The Collegian

Think beyond the turkey: thank farmers for Thanksgiving

Think beyond the turkey: thank farmers for Thanksgiving

Katie Berndt

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Regardless of race, religion or lifestyle, Thanksgiving usually centers around one thing — food. But something most people don’t think about is where their food comes from. Over several decades, agriculture has changed to feed not only those who are actively involved in farming, but the rest of...

‘I don’t know’ shouldn’t be a go-to answer

‘I don’t know’ shouldn’t be a go-to answer

Brianna Schreurs

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

There is nothing that irritates me more than the answer “I don’t know.” It’s OK to genuinely not know. We shouldn’t pretend to have all the answers. However, it’s not OK to use “I don’t know” as a definite no. You leave a person hanging with those ambiguous types of answers. ...

PragerU isn’t just fake news, it’s dangerous

PragerU isn’t just fake news, it’s dangerous

Ben Hummel, Columnist

November 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

All it takes is the application of critical thinking to make the far-right unravel. The plutocracy Trump panders to knows this well. One of those plutocrats decided to actively fight against the “liberal mainstream media,”  and that man was Dennis Prager. Thus, “Prager University,” or PragerU ...

ROTC’s space is being infringed upon

ROTC’s space is being infringed upon

Editorial Board

November 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In 1965, South Dakota State and the Army forged a contract stating that the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program requires offices, storage rooms, a gym floor and classrooms used exclusively by the program. Since then, SDSU has impeded upon that contract at least three times. Most recent...

Sutherland Springs is the product of lenient gun legislation

Sutherland Springs is the product of lenient gun legislation

Ben Hummel

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It was Sunday morning and a church service had just begun at 11 a.m. in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small town with a population of 650. The parishioners were occupied with prayer when 26-year-old Devin Kelley, dressed entirely in black, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon. At least 26 are dead, ...

The quality matters, not quantity

The quality matters, not quantity

Rachel Astleford

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I’ve learned friendships become unique in college. In high school, I was used to spending time every day with my close friends. Now, I’m lucky if I get to see people from back home three or four times a year. I’m ecstatic if I get to see some college friends once every two weeks. Many of my...

Stay sustainable and warm this winter

Stay sustainable and warm this winter

Jennifer McLaughlin

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With the winter snow came winter temperatures. That means we are switching on our heaters, hunkering down by the fire and sipping hot cider. It also means we have another chance to practice energy conservation. Saving energy’s not only is beneficial to your wallet, but it also has positive impacts...

Why you should keep up with politics

Why you should keep up with politics

Micayla TerWee

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

At the tips of your fingertips is a powerful tool — your smartphone. Our smartphones have the capacity to access unfathomable amounts of information. We can learn about any topic or any person. We can read about events from hundreds of years ago or we can read about events happening right now. Our ...

Bank account running low?

Bank account running low?

Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With only a little more than a month before finals week, thinking about your financial situation may be taking time away from studying. Are your food and bank accounts running low? Are you finding yourself not participating in social events because you are worried about stretching your money until...

Dialogues must be replaced with direct action against racist behavior

Dialogues must be replaced  with direct action against racist behavior

Editorial Board

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Last week, the Collegian Editorial Board wrote about cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes and, like clockwork, a former South Dakota State student donned blackface for a costume. He apologized afterward, but the student and his actions are not the main issue. The issue is a systemic lack of mandat...

Peremptory strikes allow racial discrimination in courts

Peremptory strikes allow racial discrimination in courts

Viraj Patel

November 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Timothy Tyrone Foster, a young black man, was on death row for 30 years before receiving his shot at justice. In the 2016 case Foster v. Chatman, the United States Supreme Court discovered documents revealing prosecutors systematically eliminated black jurors. The documents show prosecutors marked a ...

Simply labeling the opioid epidemic won’t solve the problem

Simply labeling the opioid epidemic won’t solve the problem

Taylor Tomaszweski

November 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the scale of one of the most deadly health epidemics in the United States grew, our country more or less stayed silent on the matter. The opioid death tolls rival the peak of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and yet even the general public was more aware of the effects of AIDS than the dangers poised by ...