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Political disclosures, transparent campaigns enhance First Amendment rights

Political disclosures, transparent campaigns enhance First Amendment rights

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

EDWIN BENDER Sunshine Week Columnist Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stood alone in his 2010 dissent in the Doe v. Reed challenge to Washington state’s law covering disclosure of signatures on ballot petitions. Such disclosure “severely burdens” political speech and association rights and chill...

Truth, freedom are being disregarded as ‘fake news’

Truth, freedom are being disregarded as ‘fake news’

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

BRIAN J. HUNHOFF Sunshine Week Columnist “Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of his 1889 poem, “Truth:” Truth may sparkle like diamonds, But some men will ca...

Accusations muddled in hypocrisy lessen power of discussions

Accusations muddled in hypocrisy lessen power of discussions

Natalie Hilden

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Discussion is the backbone of what makes our country so liberating. I am a strict believer in discussion that perpetuates eloquence and respect no matter where on political spectrum you stand. But, in any case, hypocritical, hateful and malicious rhetoric only dampens the power your voice can have. A...

Live like Perry: unapologetic

Live like Perry: unapologetic

Brianna Schreurs

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

For 10 days over spring break I escaped the United States news cycle, only to return to a timeline full of none other than Katy Perry. Last week, Perry was in the news after a nun collapsed and died during a court proceeding. The case relates to a nearly three-year legal battle Perry has had with the ...

Silencing voices of millennials limits potential of change

Silencing voices of millennials limits potential of change

Natalie Hilden

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Too often nowadays, people jump at the opportunity to call millennials lazy, coddled and unwilling to work hard for the things they wish to achieve. But, in the face of adversity when we decide to step up and use our voice, the opposition decides to shut us down because of our age, mental state or...

Conscious effort helps avoid ‘freshman 15’ during first year

AJ Spytek

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We have all heard of the “freshman 15,” but how accurate is it? According to the Hartford Courant, the 15-pound weight gain may be a bit drastic, but college students tend to gain a few extra pounds during their first year. This weight gain happens for a multitude of reasons. From the all-you...

Choose to positively impact others

Choose to positively impact others

Rachel Astleford

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We all know first impressions are important, but what about the effects you have on someone after an extended period of knowing them? What about the effects they have on you? Maybe you being to notice the way they start pronouncing certain words like you do, or you take on the same mannerisms. The...

Issue: We’ve grown used to mass shootings in the United States.

Issue:  We’ve grown used to mass shootings in the United States.

Editorial Board

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has us asking: How does this keep happening? We, at The Collegian, are no longer shocked by another heart-shattering mass shooting. We’ve become desensitized to these common atrocities, so we do not always feel the outrage these events deserve. We...

Educate yourself on recycling processes, sustainability awareness

Jennifer McLaughlin

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Waste is a funny thing. We toss an item into the recycling bin but don’t think about where it goes after it leaves our hands. However, when you consider it, there must be a process behind placing an item in a recycling bin and it being turned into a new product. And indeed there is. Let’s take a...

Valentine’s Day history: beyond hearts, flowers

Valentine’s Day history: beyond hearts, flowers

Garrett Ammesmaki

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Valentine’s Day is here, and you know what that means: Another day of being painfully alone and unloved; but Feb. 14 is a special day — where even Wal-Mart makes you feel bad about being single. Ignore the heart-shaped boxes and oversized teddy bears, forget the fact your ex left you broken...

Ag-vocating 101: five tips to educate others about agriculture

Ag-vocating 101: five tips to educate others about agriculture

Katie Berndt

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As an agricultural communications major, one of the most common topics of conversation between my peers and me is how to educate others about agriculture. While we have had some formal education in communication, many of our friends and family interested in ag have not. In some cases, their passion...

Companies shouldn’t promote gender division

Companies shouldn’t promote gender division

Natalie Hilden

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Where would women be without slender Bic pens plastered in pink, designed especially for our delicate hands? Women obviously can’t handle the effort it takes to write with Bic’s regular black pens, right? Bic was also criticized in 2015 for its advertisement launched on Women’s Day,...