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Simon: The deception of the melting pot

Simon: The deception of the melting pot

Shawna Simon, Guest Columnist
March 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I started school, I was taught that America was a melting pot. My teachers emphasized the words on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Emma Lazarus’ words were a promise that I believed in. As the eldest child of immigrants,...

Ayoub: Which is better —doctor or pharmacist?

Ayoub: Which is better —doctor or  pharmacist?

Samar Ayoub, IC Columnist
March 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Parents only want the best for their children. They want to see them grow up, succeed, get married and, maybe, have a couple kids of their own. All parents want their kids to have the best life, not to fall victim to the same mistakes they made and to be the best kind of person. No one wishes anything...

Harker: Dealing with my hospital fantasies

Harker: Dealing with my hospital fantasies

Jessica Harker, Editor-in-Chief
March 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My second year at UT, I had a schedule that would have made even the busiest of people cringe a little. I worked 40 hours a week on third shift for Oasis, attended college full time and wrote for the Independent Collegian on top of trying to maintain an unstable relationship. I felt like I was drowning. One...

Abayateye: Secor — for the greater good

Abayateye: Secor — for the greater good

Philemon Abayateye, Opinion Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Self-interest and self-preservation: These are important motivations of individual action. We can all claim to care more about others than ourselves in every situation, which could probably be true — sometimes. But the truth is that commitment to impeccable altruism tends to fade away when we realize...

Sennett: “The King and the Clown”— A Review

Sennett: “The King and the Clown”— A Review

Evan Sennett, IC Columnist
February 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

It is rare for the University of Toledo to explore the east. The theatre season is usually booked with Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and anything from the American Great White Way. But, this spring, we were given something unusual: a play from South Korea. “The King and the Clown” is based on the 2000...

Thomas: Taming my natural, curly hair

Thomas: Taming my natural, curly hair

Amber Thomas, IC Columnist
February 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Black History Month is over, but the struggles of the black girl continue daily. A central part of this struggle is what black girls do to keep our natural hair straight and acceptable to the public. For many girls like me, it would not be exaggeration to say that I hated my hair. It was thick, unruly...

Joslin: Bowling IS a sport — trust me

Joslin: Bowling IS a sport — trust me

Savannah Joslin, Director of Photography
February 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I get the same look when I tell strangers that I bowl collegiately — a cocked eyebrow and a face full of disbelief. And then they start to explain why they’re so surprised. Normally, it starts with trivial comments like “anyone can bowl.” Or “all that you do is throw a ball at pins; it’s...

Nieszczur: Becoming a stronger woman

Nieszczur: Becoming a stronger woman

Alexis Nieszczur, IC Columnist
February 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Life as you know it: Gone. Vanished. Changed. The girl with every second of her life planned out is now sitting with a blank slate facing her.  It is an ominous, vulnerable and terrifying feeling.  How can she trust again? How can she pick herself up? Who will be there for her? Who will understand? These...

Schnipke: Keeping my sanity on Toledo’s roads

Schnipke: Keeping my sanity on Toledo’s roads

Emily Schnipke, Managing Editor
February 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

As my favorite bachelor contestant, Corinne, said this season, “I’m a nice person. I’m not just saying that.” Every day I try to be the very best version of myself that I can. It doesn’t do well for me to get caught up in petty gossip or to be uninvolved with the world around me. I hold...

Ayoub: Born in the wrong generation

Ayoub: Born in the wrong generation

Samar Ayoub, IC Columnist
February 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Being born in the wrong generation makes me only wish that I could put Arwin’s time machine from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” to good use. I could go back to the era of twisting to Chubby Checker and salivating over James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” My generation is too caught...

Sanders III: If ending the circus shows was great for the animals—what about the workers?

Sanders III: If ending the circus shows was great for the animals—what about the workers?

William Sanders III, IC Columnist
February 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When the Ringling Brothers closed, hundreds of circus workers were the most affected. They lost their jobs. The managers were distraught thinking about what they were going to put the trained animals through. These animals have provided wonderful entertainment and funfair to their patrons for decades. But...

Kovacs: Want more fun? Travel alone

Kovacs: Want more fun? Travel alone

Morgan Kovacs, News Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

To put it bluntly, last semester was awful. I was a neurotic little ball of stress accompanied by newfound perfectionism. By December, I craved an escape. So I bought a flight to England and landed alone. I was quite literally running away, if only for a week. No emails, texts, or calls. My personal...

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