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My first year as a resident assistant

My first year as a resident assistant

The Wichitan

March 6, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

I have two cousins that are resident assistants at different universities and they have always encouraged me to think about applying for the position. When the application opened up to be an RA in the spring semester of 2017, I jumped on the opportunity. After going through the selection process a...

Free speech defends all views

Markell Braxton-Johnson

February 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local, News, Op-Ed

A major function of college is to train us for our chosen careers and prepare us for the tough trials adult life will throw our way. In general, universities do a worthwhile job of giving students academic and professional tools to develop into productive, contributing members of society. However, on...

Historical markers enhance student experience

The Wichitan

February 27, 2018


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

OUR VIEW: Historical markers enhance the student experience by reminding students of the school's history while encouraging students to stand up for their beliefs. Last week, university administrators unveiled a bench dedicated to the first African American students to register in classes. Last...

Students fail to utilize opportunities to speak out, be heard

The Wichitan

February 20, 2018


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

OUR VIEW: Faculty and administration offer countless opportunity like critical conversation panels for students to use their voices, talents and perspectives that students fail to utilize. Faculty members put on panel discussions that pertain to relevant and serious issues evident in national head...

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

The Wichitan

February 19, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 unco...

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

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

Brendan Wynne

February 16, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 Anatomy." Regardless, if these results are accurate, or if such ...

Pets are friends, not property

Pets are friends, not property

kristin silva

February 14, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 rega...

Before you say “You need to know English”

Rachel Johnson

February 13, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

When I was in the eighth grade, I lived in Mexico for eight months. Later when I was 18, I went to three countries in Europe. In both experiences I had little to no knowledge when it came to their native languages. In Mexico, I learned what it was like to not be able to attend certain classes...

Campus needs black intellectualism

Markell Braxton-Johnson

February 13, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 ...

Environmental science majors look to solving water problem

Environmental science majors look to solving water problem

The Wichitan

February 12, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

In 2014, our quaint town of Wichita Falls was just the second city in Texas to utilize Direct Potable Reuse – reintroducing waste water into our local water treatment facility. This action was taken in the hopes of providing an answer to a severe drought we were experiencing at that time. The rumo...

Overdue renovations, updates increase morale

The Wichitan

February 12, 2018


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

OUR VIEW: The decision to renovate and update buildings on campus at the Board of Regents meeting was long overdue, and will not only benefit students and faculty, but will promote pride in our campus. For the last several years, we have had an enrollments and retention problem with students, so ha...

Get educated, talk about serious topics

The Wichitan

February 6, 2018


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

OUR VIEW: Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections and diseases should be second nature to sexually active people. We're all adults here. We talk politics, gender, race and sex, but mere mentions are not going to stop the endless ambiguity surrounding such topics unless students stop pa...

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