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I haven’t been at Emporia State very long, but I have learned a lot. I have learned the school doesn’t really care about its students very much; especially those in the arts departments or at The Bulletin. I have decided to leave ESU. This will be the last “Vibing With Violet” piece.

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French President Emmanuel Macron addressed world leaders in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. In the 20-minute speech made under the Arc de Triomphe, Macron made a clear and competing distinction between nationalism and patriotism.

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Kris Kobach suggested people “vote with their feet” when responding to accusations about Voter ID Laws and voter suppression, meaning they could just leave Kansas if they didn’t like what was happening.

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If I had to write down the number of times that someone told me I was “One of the good lesbians,” I’d have a piece of paper that wrapped around an entire room.

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When I was a freshman, I was approached by an English professor and encouraged to become a staff writer at The Bulletin. When I mentioned it to an upperclassman, they said “Don’t do that. Working for The Bulletin is committing social suicide.”

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To vote, or not to vote, that’s the question. Some say you should vote so your voice can be heard and so you can make an impact on who will win. Others argue your voice is never heard and your one vote won’t make a difference. I will say there are many reasons it feels like your voice doesn’…

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First impressions are important, but often times appearance can be a larger factor than behavior in the way someone perceives you. Of course, wardrobe can never come close to defining who someone is, but with some effort, it can make a claim in your favor.

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The governor election is inching forward and we can’t help but notice that with everything that’s going on, it’s time to turn this red sea blue. And Laura Kelly is the woman for the job.

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It’s not uncommon for people, and perhaps students even more, to find themselves getting up at the last minute. For students, this only creates chaos in trying to find an outfit, get their backpack together and shove all their homework (and the right book) in their backpack so they can get t…

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Happy Homecoming everyone, and a “Stingers Up” to all of you. The air is crisp, and football is in full swing. It is that time of year. As ESU celebrates Homecoming next week, however, one thing seems to be missing: the focus on students.

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Mental illness has become part of a broader, national conversation. People are being educated and becoming more aware of mental health issues; we are now public, we are heard.As more and more young people face these problems, it’s impossible to ignore. Policy is changing, and resources are b…

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The idea of women in military combat roles on the frontlines and whether they should be included in the draft has been hotly debated for years.

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Being a college student has never entailed a relaxed schedule. Students nearly always have a busy schedule, trying to balance studies, jobs, social lives and participation in many other activities. So, it’s not a surprise that sleep tends to come at the bottom of that list.

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As Can the Bods begins again, as it does every fall, I think it’s important to keep in mind that this is not just a fun competition.

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If you follow politics, this piece is for you. But even if you don’t, who sits on the Supreme Court should matter just as much. It matters for women, people of color, indigenous communities and queer folk throughout the United States.

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Since I was a young child, I’ve always had a slight aversion to meat. As I got older, I went through phases of liking and not liking meat, but for the past few years, I have been a full vegetarian.

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Fitness and health are often equated to time spent at the gym.  Yet, for many people, the gym seems intimidating, which can lead to an avoidance of the gym and exercise in general.

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“Go green” and “be environmentally conscious” are just a couple things we often hear. While it’s pretty clear how important it is, following these types of commands can be a little more complicated than they seem.

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Hozier has always produced a good variety of differing songs. Recently, he created a short album, sporting some political messages as well as creativity.

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Relationships between teachers and students in high school raised many concerns for students, parents, and faculty alike. All my “Pretty Little Liars” fans know what I’m saying. However, in college, the realness of the adult world comes upon every-one.

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Look, I get it, nothing is better than curling up with an immaculate piece of literature surrounded by the commonwealth of nature. But, I don’t think there is anything more confusing and offensive than hammocking. To the caterpillar, that is.

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ESU Theater’s production of “Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring opened last night. The department has been rehearsing and building this show for about six weeks. It was during this time of massive rehearsals that the news that ASG voted to cut the Performing Arts Board came. 

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A couple weeks ago, in the middle school book club that I help out in, we were talking about a book where the main character had two moms and a gay best friend.

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Lebron James and Kevin Durant are just a couple of players on the list of best basketball players in history. After being selected in the first round of the NBA draft in 2003 by the Cavaliers, James played for Cleveland in his home state of Ohio until leaving for the Miami Heat in 2010 to te…

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Last week I was doing some quick grocery shopping. I had 15 items, so I got in the express lane.  Then, a woman with just two cartons of ice cream got in line behind me.  

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It’s a common misconception that business is a form of theft, especially in the United States. The truth is, capitalism has been a huge force for good in the world.

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So here’s the thing, social media is obviously a part of our culture. We are wired. Think about it, what is the first thing you do when you wake up? What is the last thing you do before going to bed? What about when you’re in your lecture that got boring two minutes before you walked in? Bet…

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Who doesn’t love a good superhero movie? From the hard-hitting action, to the larger than life drama, suspense and the use of cool superpowers, superhero films are all the rage now. 

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When I found out that you didn’t need a license to conceal and carry,  I thought to myself, “Wow, this isn’t good. Someone is going to get hurt.”

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Brownback resigned as governor yesterday. The resignation freed Kansas from his clutches, putting an end to the seven year long battle against economic, education system and human rights that he spearheaded.

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As the fresh semester emerges to reveal students crawling from their warm cocoons of scholarly procrastination, the breeze that blows around campus holds a scent of overly-hopeful goals set, not out of desire, drive and passion, but out of failure from the previous year.

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I wish I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve received a negative reaction from people when I tell them that I want to be a teacher some day.

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As an international student attending a university in Kansas, I am able to see two different sides of the U.S. There are the people who want change at all costs, and people who want to rely on the safety of a traditional America.

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Let’s say you are at the store and buy a bag of oranges. When you return home, you notice that you have one bad orange.

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I am issuing Emporia State a challenge. This year, instead of catering only to your white, protestant Christian students and decorating the campus with the lovely “Christmas Cheer” like we have done every year, don’t.

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After a particularly exciting Chief’s game, my mom made a comment about wanting to purchase a Marcus Peters shirt for my younger brother.

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