Stop the stigma, start listening

“I feel so depressed.” You’re just being sad or more upset at a certain circumstance. Usually overreacting. “No big deal,” they say. “Everyone gets depressed.” Just don’t be so negative, alright? “This makes my anxiety bad.” You’re probably just being too shy. You need to step outside … [Read more...]

Be more kind, less judgmental

When I was a child, my parents taught me lessons on how to be a good person. They taught me that smiles were infectious, a kind word can make someone’s day, and to be an all-around kind-hearted person. Using those lessons, I’ve stood up for others I saw being bullied and belittled. I've offered … [Read more...]

Language department to add Parseltongue

SATIRE Students are lining the halls and sidewalks of Bea Wood, like squatters on Black Friday outside a Best Buy, to register for the language department's newest course: Parseltongue. The line of more than 90 students formed at 5 a.m. the day after the fall 2017 class schedule was posted. Because … [Read more...]

What I’ve learned through undergrad research

A typical week of research begins by meeting with James Masuoka, associate professor of biology, to discuss the preparations that need to be made for our experiment. Preparations include calculations to determine proper dosages, creating stock cultures of Candida albicans, which is a fungus that … [Read more...]

Why liberal arts education is important

I attended the Faculty Forum last week, and I found it rather interesting. The panelists and audience discussed the importance of attending a liberal arts university, how to incorporate liberal arts into the world and other studies, cultural literacy, what can be done at the moment to incorporate … [Read more...]

What it is like being an atheist in college

Being an atheist in college can sometimes be difficult waters to navigate. I have been an atheist since I was a freshman in high school, but before that I was a faithful Christian. I won’t bore you with the story as to how I became an atheist, but what I will say is that it was only after I came to … [Read more...]

Life is a ‘dependent variable,’ make the most of it

Many say that we become the product of our life experiences, but I believe that ultimately we are only in control of the person we decide to be; we choose who we want to be. Of course the places we go and people we meet play a fundamental role in shaping who we are, but it is us alone that decide … [Read more...]

Freshman should get involved

I hate to sound cliché, but getting involved on campus is a vital part of the college experience, especially during freshman year. While there are many ways to get involved on campus, one of the most popular is to go Greek. I know Greek life can often get a bad reputation, but as a new member of … [Read more...]

Getting my degree: take two

When I started college, I was an 18-year-old who had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I loved music but I had no guidance out of high school. I started at MSU majoring in music education, then switched to music performance. I really didn’t want to teach in a school environment, so an education … [Read more...]

Inside the mind of a student athlete

From the outside looking in, the life of a student-athlete can be seen as one filled with glory and glamour. As a student-athlete, I can say this is true to some degree; however, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Very few athletes nationwide end up sealing the opportunity to compete in … [Read more...]