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Commencement: The good in goodbye

Published April 17, 2013

This is my last opinions column and I have never been any good at goodbyes. I am not exaggerating. My normal goodbye face is scrunched and constipated looking with fat tears rolling down it.



Gun Control: Emphasizing the human element

Published April 14, 2013

I have shied away from this topic for a while because I feel it is very similar to the abortion debate.



Professors: Move past the PowerPoint and engage students

Published April 7, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I sat in class drifting off. I dont usually make a habit of sleeping in lecture I am secretly terrified of waking up with a professor standing over me as I wipe the drool from my cheek. However on this particular day my efforts to keep my eyes open were about as successful as Paris Hiltons singing career.



Redefining success, yourself in future plans is empowering

Published March 31, 2013

My roommates father had his daughters trained. At ages seven and five they knew perfectly well how they were supposed to respond when an all-too-cheery adult leaned inches from their face and asked the predictable question What do you want to be when you grow up On one such occasion Sarah age seven had it down pat.



On marriage equality: Why it is your responsibility to speak up

Published March 20, 2013

Saying that our countrys top leaders have a lot on their minds may just be the understatement of the century.



A love letter to a dying industry: The book business

Published March 13, 2013

Dear BookI am not entirely sure when I first noticed you but it had to be about fifteen years ago.



Group Projects: Workplace Preparation or Waste of Time?

Published March 10, 2013

Group projects prove no easy feat. If you stop pretending to play with your phone and listen to the chatter on the bus or in a campus dining center many conversations are filled with students moaning about the trials and tribulations stemming from group assignments.



How to survive any spring break trip

Published February 27, 2013

We glorify the concept of college spring break. MTV the once end-all-be-all of American pop culture raised us with the notion that spring break was the time in which all inhibitions were lost copious amounts of alcohol consumed and irresponsible actions instigated.



Tinder dating app: your guide to online speed dating

Published February 24, 2013

There is a common saying to the effect of theres an app for that and if you use the saying you are almost never wrong.



Online classes: Where busy students go to die

Published February 20, 2013

Time is a unique resource. It is tricky in that there is no way to ever obtain more of it than we are given and no way to rid ourselves of it.



A wrinkle in time is a wrinkle that’s fine

Published February 17, 2013

A few mornings ago I woke up with a wrinkle in my forehead. A real-live wrinkle. I stared into the mirror and pictured what I would look like at age 90 haggard and lined 8211 possibly toothless the mental image terrified me as well. I stretched and pleaded with my face but alas there the crevice remained for a good half an hour.



The Faith Fallacy: Why belittling believers makes no sense

Published February 6, 2013

College like religion is an institution. These institutions are recipients of their constituents time and money and said individuals work with these institutions to gain greater knowledge in a particular area.



Bad Romance: the College Dating Scene

Published January 30, 2013

A couple days ago I found a website where I could make my own conversation hearts. Seeing as it was nearly February the month of love I thought it appropriate to give the candy a go.



Roommates with rabbits

Published January 23, 2013

Okay lets face it- the honeymoon phase is officially over. You have only had one of those weekly family dinners since you moved in and things are so tense that it is only a matter of time before one roommate loses it and eats all of the others Fiber One bars.



Manti Te’o and the importance of being earnest

Published January 20, 2013

If college football star Manti Teo wasnt a household name before he certainly is now. On the off chance you arent familiar Teo a Notre Dame Linebacker is currently involved in a messy web of lies concerning his girlfriend who had supposedly passed away this fall. The tragic story involved his girlfriend and his grandmother passing within a day of each other and concluded with Teo leading Notre Dame to a big win over Michigan State the day of his girlfriends funeral.



When Help Hurts: Women’s rights gone wrong

Published January 13, 2013

I am a woman and I am powerful. I have the capability to do and achieve great things. There was a time women could not confidently make claims like those and I understand that it is thanks to womens rights and feminist movements that I can freely make and believe such statements.That being said the current womens rights movement in our society puts the country in danger of further gender segregation.



Syllabus week should be standard, not special

Published January 9, 2013

Another semester another syllabus week. From ice breakers straight out of your second grade classroom to teachers who manage to change normal names like Brad into the exotic Ba-rah-de while reading the roster- theres no pretending syllabus week isnt wacky.



The Year of the YOLO

Published December 9, 2012

I have heard the rumors. 2012 end of the world type stuff. Theres been whisperings of a Zombie Apocalypse.



Fiscal Cliffhanger: An open letter to our government

Published December 2, 2012

To the United States Government Hello there. My name is Christine Colleran. You may not know me for in the governments eyes my short existence has proved utterly unremarkable in every way shape and form. Still I carry on.



Holi-don’ts: Tis officially the season

Published November 25, 2012

Well its officially the most wonderful time of the year. So why arent you smiling Or singing carols while walking through Kirkhof