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Friday 11/30/2018
Opinion: Is Christmas too commercialized?
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 11:15 pm

Now that the Christmas season is here, millions of people across the U.S. have taken to the stores to find the best holiday gifts of the year. However, many people think that as the years go on, the true meaning of Christmas is getting lost amongst the retail havoc.

Saturday 10/20/2018
Opinion: the importance of music in film
Posted: October 20, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Take a moment today while watching a show or playing a game to close your eyes. What are you left with, once everything else is stripped away? The music.

Friday 10/12/2018
Opinion: At what age are people "too old" to trick or treat?
Updated: October 13, 2018 - 3:23 pm

Halloween is right around the corner, which brings the yearly debate between teenagers and adults alike of what age should people stop trick-or-treating, even though every person has a right to partake in the fun if they please.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
OPINION: Classes that belong in the toilet
Updated: October 03, 2018 - 9:23 pm

General Education classes may have a noble purpose, but in reality they’re useless for the majority of college students who have already achieved a basic proficiency in the base subjects like math, English and science in high school.

Monday 10/01/2018
Opinion: Children's Health Day
Updated: October 01, 2018 - 6:38 pm

Children’s health seems to be a topic that comes up each year, but it rarely gets the attention it needs.

Sunday 09/09/2018
Opinion: The story of Rowan in pictures
Updated: September 10, 2018 - 12:49 pm

The 50 images about Rowan County on display at the Morehead Conference Center are just a teaser to what’s to come. But even with those 50, the depth is amazing.

Saturday 09/08/2018
Opinion: Picking, then switching majors
Updated: September 08, 2018 - 10:43 pm

While college is meant to let people further their education, not everyone knows what they want to study right off the bat.

Thursday 09/06/2018
Opinion: Overflow Parking
Posted: September 06, 2018 - 11:01 am

Students with overflow parking passes at Morehead State have expressed unhappiness at the danger of parking across a highway.

Friday 02/23/2018
Opinion: Were we oversold on college?
Updated: February 23, 2018 - 10:31 am

Since we were children, we were told that a 4-year college degree would be necessary for an enjoyable quality of life. However, did this not disparage many careers not requiring a traditional 4-year degree and encourage us to choose from a range of careers that required that 4-year degree?

Friday 02/09/2018
Opinion: How to handle criticism
Updated: February 09, 2018 - 9:43 pm

It has been apparent since our younger years, when we get our first scolding from our parents, that we aren’t perfect. We can make mistakes, and people can call us out on it.

Monday 02/05/2018
Opinion: How college students can aid the environment
Updated: February 05, 2018 - 7:49 pm

In general, people want to make the world a better place, but who has the time to recycle while juggling work, school and trying to have some sort of social life? However, there are some simple things you can do daily or weekly to help keep the environment clean:

Sunday 02/04/2018
Opinion: Air conditioning amiss in residence halls
Updated: February 05, 2018 - 9:49 am

When you're a student living on campus, you at least want your home away from home to feel comfortable after a long day of classes. Especially if you're paying thousands of dollars per semester to do so.

Opinion: Co-ed dorm rooms
Updated: February 04, 2018 - 11:11 pm

At the age of 18, a person can enlist in the army, buy tobacco, take out a loan and go to prison; they can’t, however, live in a college dorm with a roommate of the opposite gender.

Opinion: Escape to Olive Hill
Updated: February 04, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Olive Hill Trail Town

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Opinion: Online vs. in-person shopping
Updated: January 31, 2018 - 12:14 pm

With the advent of massive online retailers, we are all faced with a choice: should we shop online or at the physical store?

Thursday 11/30/2017
Opinion: Stress busters for finals week
Posted: November 30, 2017 - 10:24 am

As finals week rapidly approaches, many students are already experiencing the mounting anxiety that comes with the end of the semester.

Thursday 11/16/2017
OPINION: Anatomy of a decisive moment
Updated: November 16, 2017 - 11:48 pm

The best sports photography depicts a decisive moment, or the peak of the action, but that’s only part of it. We also look for the reaction to the moment, because it’s where we normally find the emotion of that moment.

Monday 11/13/2017
Opinion: Video games need local co-op
Updated: November 13, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Remember the good old days when you and your friends would come home from school, grab some junk food and spend hours playing a video game together?

Sunday 11/05/2017
The pros and cons of working in college
Posted: November 05, 2017 - 1:46 pm

As tuition and living expenses sky rocket, more students are heading to work.

Sunday 10/22/2017
Dorsey: How to keep safe on Halloween
Posted: October 22, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Halloween is a time where young people all over the world gear up for spooky and fun activities, but it can easily turn into a nightmare if precautions aren’t taken to ensure everyone’s safety.

Opinion: Fact-checking Governor Bevin on recreational marijuana
Updated: October 22, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Governor Matt Bevin recently discussed the legalization of recreational marijuana on WHAS radio. As expected, Bevin said that as long he is in charge, he will not allow it. Bevin cited overdoses in Colorado as his reasoning.

Opinion: General education courses important or unnecessary?
Updated: October 22, 2017 - 3:09 pm

General education classes are college courses that typically cover core academics such as mathematics and science. Students are required to take a certain number of courses in general education, with the exact number differing between schools.

Sunday 10/15/2017
Opinion: Combating stress and anxiety in college
Updated: October 15, 2017 - 1:36 pm

College should be about students being confident in themselves and figuring out who they are. Instead, many are stressed, anxiety-ridden young adults struggling to make it through.

Wednesday 10/04/2017
Opinion: Marriage in college
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 7:10 pm

As a college student, people are shocked when they notice a wedding ring on my finger.

Friday 09/22/2017
Opinion: Korean cuisine a welcome change on campus
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 10:36 am

Bibim-Box, a Korean restaurant, was introduced to Morehead State students this month.

Thursday 09/14/2017
Opinion: Show some courtesy in the laundry room
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 10:11 am

It’s been 5 weeks into the fall semester, and do you know what that means? Fighting to get laundry done in the dorms.

Wednesday 09/13/2017
Studying abroad in Merida, Mexico
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 5:45 pm

Church at Izamal
The church at Izamal, Mexico in June 2017. Photo by Andrew Sexton.

Saturday 09/09/2017
Opinion: The struggle of KHEAA verification
Updated: September 09, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Most university students have enough hassle as it is with classes, bills, keeping in touch with family and making sure financial aid is in order every semester.

Tuesday 09/05/2017
Opinion: Food trucks worth the trip
Updated: September 05, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Freshly squeezed juices, super nachos and loaded hot dogs are among the variety of new foods being offered at several food trucks stationed near campus.

Friday 09/01/2017
Opinion: Problematic parking on MSU's campus
Updated: September 01, 2017 - 10:29 am

If you have had trouble finding a parking space before class this semester, you are not alone. Some students pay nearly $200 just to be left without a space.

Thursday 08/24/2017
Opinion:Finding the middle in civil strife, Civil War
Updated: August 25, 2017 - 7:29 am

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of a monument is a statue, building or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event. Monuments commemorating the Confederate States of America have been a major point of discussion and protest between citizens of the United States as well as the media.

Friday 08/18/2017
OPINION: In high school with a Nazi
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:12 pm

I went to high school with a Nazi who ended a life.

Thursday 05/04/2017
Leach: Swedish metal band won't disappoint
Updated: May 04, 2017 - 12:41 pm

The Swedish metal band, Avatar, consistently outdoes themselves in showmanship and album complexity.

Saturday 04/29/2017
Leach: Advice on music festivals
Updated: April 29, 2017 - 5:58 pm

The summer festival season is quickly approaching, especially with Coachella just ending April 16. Here is some experienced advice on how to make your festival experience affordable and fun. 

Lindberg: Bias response team
Updated: April 29, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Over 2.84 million American students attend universities with blatant fractures in the First Amendment.

Monday 04/24/2017
Lindberg: Life is not as it is in television
Posted: April 24, 2017 - 6:11 pm

If life was as it is in most television, I'd feel much better about signing up for on-campus housing and ignoring that little red "check engine" light in my car that has been blinking for a good half-year now.

Friday 04/21/2017
Leach: "I don't want children"
Updated: May 02, 2017 - 4:21 pm

Not everyone wants children and that is okay. It is time to accept the fact that people find happiness outside of the social norm. 

Thursday 04/20/2017
Smith: The future of MSU
Updated: April 20, 2017 - 12:10 pm

Amidst talk of performance based funding and cuts to education from Gov. Matt Bevin, Morehead State University is set to lose $13.5 million over the next four years for a different reason.

Thursday 04/06/2017
Lindberg: Mental Illness
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 4:10 am

Not taking mental illnesses seriously subjects the millions who suffer them to unfair stigmatization and neglect.

Monday 04/03/2017
Stroud: The fate of the music industry
Updated: April 05, 2017 - 11:16 pm

With the arrival of streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music that are used by millions of people, one would think that the creator of a song would make a lot of money for receiving millions of streams right?

Friday 03/10/2017
Lindberg: Cultural Censorship
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 4:34 pm

I hate Rush Limbaugh. Hate him. I despise him, loath his show. I'm unable to think of anything I might agree with him on, and his attitude and blatant disregard for truth disgust me to no end.

Thursday 03/09/2017
Dunn: The extinction crisis
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 4:41 am

There are anywhere from 10 million to 1 trillion species in the world, and we’re on the road to killing every one of them.

Thursday 03/02/2017
OPINION: Colorado is the progressive state
Updated: March 02, 2017 - 11:08 am

Colorado has taken it into their own hands to lead the United States into the future. 

Wednesday 03/01/2017
OPINION: Spread the Word to End the Word
Updated: March 01, 2017 - 3:32 pm

The first Wednesday of March marks the annual day for Spread the Word to End the Word.

Friday 02/24/2017
OPINION: Criticizing the music critic
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 3:14 pm

If I reach the end of an album review and still don't have even a vague idea of what the record sounds like, the reviewer has utterly failed their job.

OPINION: Depression in college students
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 12:30 pm

The typical high-school or college student has the same levels of anxiety today that an average psychiatric patient had in the 1950s.

Thursday 02/23/2017
OPINION: More than just a red X
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Refusing anyone basic human rights is disgusting and absurd.

Wednesday 02/22/2017
OPINION: An immigrant ponders hate and hope
Updated: February 22, 2017 - 3:13 pm

 I have been in this country for over 10 years and I'm still not a citizen or permanent resident. You know why? Because the immigration system is broken and is so more complicated than most people know.

Friday 02/17/2017
OPINION: Facts
Updated: February 17, 2017 - 7:47 pm

There is an alarming lack of discernment in the public that is working, often by design, against a well-informed society. We cannot keep stupidly, ignorantly and mindlessly making decisions on erroneous information wrongly touted as fact.

Thursday 02/16/2017
Hogan: Testing products on animals
Updated: February 17, 2017 - 4:05 pm

In today’s technologically-advanced age, it shouldn’t be outrageous to assume that companies are utilizing methods of product testing that do not involve cruel treatment of animals. However, despite animal testing techniques being developed over a century ago, companies are still relying on these brutal and unreasonable animal experiments.