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Why is it that someone is more willing to help you or work with you if they know who you are? I’ve been contemplating this for a time, but we’ll come back to it.

Beer laws in the state of Mississippi are hurting people, small businesses and the economy.

The Eightfold Path is one of the principal Buddhism teachings; it is the pathway to “enlightenment.” 

So I finally got all settled in the ASB office — all my favorite-looking books arranged on my bookshelf, a pillow under my desk George Costanza-style and my top Far Side cartoons on the door — when I’m told I have to pack up soon and find somewhere else to take mid-afternoon naps without risking social ostracism. 

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

Last week’s Associated Student Body elections were somewhat disappointing. Elections shouldn’t be about who can promise the student body the most freebies and handouts, but rather, the most qualified candidate should win the election.

Campaigning for the upcoming presidential election is in full swing, and many of us have been sizing up potential candidates. Right now, most Americans are thinking about qualifications, experience and leadership ability. Over the next few months, we will start thinking about each candidate’s political agendas, platforms and beliefs. That period of time is when things get a little overwhelming, considering we have to choose a leader for a hurt nation.

(Editor’s Note: this is a response to Sean Higgins’ Feb. 20 column “Citizens United: The Suicide of American Democracy.”)

Sexual assault, rape and our culture of victim-blaming: how some women are fighting back.

While traveling this weekend, I stopped at a fast food restaurant to get a bottle of water and get back on the road. Lately, I’ve become more interested in where my food and drinks come from, so I decided to read the label. 

On Friday, Feb. 17, members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association nearly voted to override a reform that would allow students to receive multiple-year scholarships. Since 1973, student-athletes have only been able to receive scholarships one year at a time. Thankfully, the multiple-year scholarship reform survived, though only by two votes — in fact, the majority of NCAA institutions voted against the reform, not enough to officially override it.

With yesterday being the first Sunday of Lent, it is only appropriate to write what is first on many people’s minds (other than Spring Break). For some reason, some of my friends think Lent is only observed by Catholics. I’m not Catholic; my whole family is actually Presbyterian. This season is a time for all Christ-believers, even those who do not consider themselves Christian but are wanting to learn more about God and the Church.


It has been said that no one loves you like your dog. You can ignore it, forget to feed it, make it sleep outside in the coldest or hottest of temperatures, basically forget its existence and it will still lick your face repeatedly with an unconditional affection that is unmatched, except maybe by your mom. And that comparison is iffy.


In this age of rising medical costs and more focus on medical malpractice, many people are unable to afford medical treatment or not interested in seeking it. College students are especially vulnerable and unable to find adequate treatment, perhaps because they have a lower income than the average population.

The term “affirmative action” was first used in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. It refers to efforts, both state and national, to achieve diversity through desegregation in education, hiring practices and other admissions practices.

I am basing this entire piece on something stronger than the facts — an anecdote. That’s not a line you read in the newspaper very often, but delivering such an “opinion” requires a tactful device.

A society is based on coded laws that people must follow or risk retribution. These laws aim to make society safer and better for everyone.

I believe it would be beneficial to the student body’s understanding of these issues to permit me a longer response, but in the interest of space here is an approximately 300-word response:

When Americans think of Brazil, they typically think of three things: beaches, parties and beautiful women. 

The current situation in Syria is nothing short of horrific and heartbreaking. Emboldened by the successful uprisings in nearby Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 during the height of the Arab Spring, Syrians began protesting the brutal Ba’athist regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad. However, these protests have been met with state-sanctioned atrocities, from cutting off food and medical supplies to blacking out communications to mass killings. The constant bombing and shelling of the city of Homs has been met with much international outcry. The official UN death toll currently stands at 5,400, but because of the unrest an accurate account has been impossible to calculate, and the actual number is expected to be much higher.


There are many deadly weapons on campus including cars, bats, folding knifes, long knives, swords (used in clubs), rifle team weapons, razor blades, etc. There is no debate that students can responsibly manage these deadly weapons.

“Love is not about numbers. Love is about real people.” 

Complaining is easy to do. Humans are naturally selfish, so finding something to complain about is a matter of living our lives.