The Collegian

Victim shaming removes blame, doesn’t solve real root of problems

Victim shaming removes blame, doesn’t solve real root of problems

Natalie Hilden

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It seems to me that resorting to victim shaming happens when people don’t want to accept the reality of tragic events because it makes them feel threatened. American gymnast and two-time Olympian Aly Raisman has spoken out again on the topic of sexual assault. This time, victim shaming came up du...

Ways to bust ‘breakup blues’

Ways to bust ‘breakup blues’

AJ Spytek

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Getting over a breakup is almost always difficult. Spring break and the rest of the semester has given me time to reflect on what went wrong and what I can do to move on and grow as a person. Though the pain of a breakup seems endless, you can save yourself from the breakup blues. Positivity is key....

Rely on other artistic outlets of expression when words fail

Rely on other artistic outlets of expression when words fail

Natalie Hilden

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This past week has been nothing but stress and anxiety while I rushed to get things done that I forgot about over the long break. But what should I have expected after pushing off my responsibilities? This time of year has me failing to dig myself out of my “mudslide” of stressors. But, when thinking...

‘Provocative clothing’ does not excuse sexual assault

‘Provocative clothing’ does not excuse sexual assault

Real Greyson

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A controversial belief I have heard going around on the topic of sexual assault is the idea that the way a woman dresses affects whether or not it is OK to harass and assault her. This is yet another excuse that continues to perpetuate rape culture. There is no justification whatsoever for sexual assault. By...

Ag industry strives for improved communication

Ag industry strives for improved communication

Katie Berndt

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As I write this month’s column I am sitting on a plane to Washington, D.C., headed to the Agriculture Future of America Policy Institute. The conference invites college students from across the country to our nation’s capital to discuss current policy issues, the common mission to feed the world...

Commit to fighting, ending global climate change

Commit to fighting, ending global climate change

Jennifer McLaughlin

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Climate change is a man-made international crisis, the effects of which are far reaching and vary in severity depending on location. Melting ice caps are threatening polar bears, sea levels are rising, coral reefs are disappearing and plant and animal habitats are changing. Another effect of climate...

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...