Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

Initially, I was hesitant to bring my emotional support animal to campus. I saw Cocoa as a walking symbol of my struggle with my mental health. I hated  when people asked me how I managed to get a dog in the dorms. After explaining that she is an emotional support animal, I got the most … [Read more...]

Aim for long-term goal, not short-term payoff

There’s a scientific study that says if you stand in a superhero pose for just five minutes before a job interview, a big presentation or a really hard task, you will not only feel more confident, but you will perform measurably better. At least, that’s what Amelia Shepherd says on "Grey’s … [Read more...]

Pets are friends, not property

Whether you adopt, buy or come by it happenstance, giving a home to an animal is a huge responsibility. You become their lifeline and owning a pet is not something that should be taken lightly. I've seen students who live in a dorm or an on-campus apartment with puppies who know the rules … [Read more...]

Campus needs black intellectualism

We are entrenched in a post-truth, “alternative facts” reality. The evidence is most clear in American politics, but it can be seen in all avenues of life. Not only do we face malicious disinformation, we also encounter the continuing scourge of wealth inequality, a poisonous reintroduction of white … [Read more...]

Pursue liberal arts outside the classroom

Much has been said about Midwestern State University being the only public liberal arts institution in Texas, and you may have heard rumblings of the internal efforts to enhance that experience. Arguably, most students will experience the liberal arts in the classroom through the quality and … [Read more...]

Become involved on campus, enhance your college experience

It was the autumn of 1979 and I found myself in my freshman year, one of over 56,000 students at The Ohio State University. As a first-generation college student from a small town with a population less than half of that of my freshman class, I felt a bit out of place. I knew I needed to find my … [Read more...]

What it is like to be a photographer

Everyone has their own definition of being a “photographer,” yet no one can deny how vital we are for modern society. What others don’t realize is that it is not all fun and glamor. It is at times, but we also spend a tremendous amount of time alone. I started taking photos the summer of 2017 … [Read more...]

Inclusion, representation matters

I've heard the whispers my entire life. As I walked down hallways in middle and high school, I always heard the hushed comments about my weight. I get it—I'm fat. This isn't news to me. I've been overweight my entire life, and while I'm not exactly the picture of health, I know that I should never … [Read more...]

‘Reshape how we see beauty’

Picture this: You are watching TV with your friends or significant other and a Victoria's Secret commercial pops up on the screen. You can't help but notice how beautiful the girls modeling underwear and lingerie are, but you also feel insecure and fold your arms on your belly. This is how many of … [Read more...]

Why Artist Lecture Series alone won’t change this campus

Let me just say out of the 3-and-a-half years I’ve been at MSU, I’ve attended at least 10 Artist Lecture Series. I enjoyed almost all of them and took something away from each. It’s a great concept: bring in well-known speakers from around the world to talk about a certain message, usually with … [Read more...]