The Collegian

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,...

Complex issues of addictions

Complex issues of addictions

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Gov. Dennis Daugaard As a state, we grapple with many issues. Some are very complex, with no easy fix or single solution. These may require sustained effort over long periods, through different administrations and legislatures and generations of South Dakotans. Drug abuse is one such issue. W...

Excessive social media screen time interrupts quality experiences

Excessive social media screen time interrupts quality experiences

AJ Spytek

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Social media is great and it can bring you closer to people you’ve lost touch with. But how often do you feel jealous or left out when you see recaps of your followers’ weekend adventures online? With my multiple Instagram accounts I take full advantage of my ability to filter my posts and make...

Lessons learned: rely on your siblings for support

Lessons learned: rely on your siblings for support

Natalie Hilden

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As college students, we are facing the reality of being an adult every day. Things go wrong, plans fall apart or we fail at something we tried very hard at. It’s painful to experience these harsh realities all on our own. Having a familiar face who has overcome or will be taking on these kinds of...

Budget your spring break plans

Budget your spring break plans

Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In one month, spring break will be here. If you are making plans for a trip, consider implementing a few budgeting strategies. This way you and your friends will bring home memories, not buyer’s remorse. Set a goal Decide where you want to go and how you are going to get there. Plan how you are...

Another government shutdown if parties can’t agree

Another government shutdown if parties can’t agree

Ben Hummel

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 22, a Continued Resolution (CR) was issued by the United States Senate to open the government back up until a new deadline on Feb. 8, 2018. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects nearly 700,000 people brought to the United States illegally as children from b...

Michigan State needs to step up, be accountable

Michigan State needs to step up, be accountable

Natalie Hilden

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Former U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life behind bars for his sexual assault of more than 150 Olympic and collegiate athletes. The sentence came after 17 days of brave, powerful testimonies from 156 of Nassar’s victims. Even...