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My dad’s disease

Lauren Ann Yeboah-Mantey
February 10
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My dad, the loving, patient father of three children, has always been a source of strength in my family. About a year ago, my dad began to have strange health problems that baffled even the doctors. Although he had always been very healthy for a man in his fifties, he suddenly began to have severe fatigue....

Living an invisible life

Living an invisible life

Faith Snyder, IC Columnist
February 10
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Living with an invisible illness is one of the hardest things to go through on a daily basis. I’ve faced people who have simply dismissed my symptoms, doctors who gave me the wrong diagnosis over and over again, and some people who simply say I fake the entire thing for attention. I have Neurocardiogenic...

The winter blues

The winter blues

Devan Lutz, IC Columnist
February 3
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The relaxation, comfort and joy of the holidays are over, a new semester is underway, and the below-freezing temperatures have you stuck inside for the next few months. Welcome to the winter blues, where bikini season seems so far away. More than three million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disord...

My mom is my pride

My mom is my pride

Morgan Rinckey, IC Columnist
February 3
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My mom always tells me how proud she is of me, but I’ve never acknowledged how proud I am of her. Pride isn’t a common feeling for a child to have for their parent, but over the weekend I was thinking about all the things my mom has done in her life and where she is now, and I felt an extreme...

The 2016 Oscar Controversy

The 2016 Oscar Controversy

Evan Sennett, IC Columnist
January 27
Filed under Columns, Opinion

At some point, every filmmaker becomes entranced by the magic and glamour of the silver screen. Hollywood magic is like mythology for young, aspiring filmmakers. These images seem unreachable, fantastical and wonderful. Hollywood cinema is pure at an early age, but is only the gateway to a larger, more...

Does welfare provide assistance or encourage laziness?

Does welfare provide assistance  or encourage laziness?

Philemon Abayateye, IC Columnist
January 27
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Our presidential campaigns thrive on discussing what the proper role of government is in people’s lives. This is the contest between “trickle-down economics” and “trickle-down government.” Just asking, is it possible for government to concurrently promote both ideas successfully? I’m thinking...

Agreeing to a difference of opinion

Agreeing to a difference of opinion

Gabrielle Hawkins, IC Columnist
January 20
Filed under Columns, Opinion

We live in a society where everything, from whom we associate ourselves with to what we wear, offends someone. No one can say exactly what they feel without some sort of backlash or accusatory remark. Why is that? Why it so hard for everyone to just take what people say as an opinion and leave it at...

Invest in graduate students

Invest in graduate students

Kyle Novak, IC Columnist
January 13
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last semester The Independent Collegian reported on an exchange between an English professor and President Gaber about graduate student enrollment and funding. The University of Toledo is trying to reverse declining enrollment and the professor commented that graduate students have been declining offers...

Dear future husband…

Dear future husband…

Alexis Nieszczur, IC Columnist
January 13
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Maybe it seemed like Meghan Trainor was being impractical with her demands, but perhaps she was on to something. There are things in every relationship that may seem overwhelming to a third person, but are actually very appropriate in the situation. Whether you are in a committed relationship or want...

Hawkins: I’m proud of who I am

Hawkins: I’m proud of who I am

Gabrielle Hawkins, IC Columnist
December 9
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Picture this: you are a bright and beautiful little girl. You have great parents, bright blue eyes with a fire in them, have a generally good relationship with yourself at such a young age — and you’re happy. Then you get to elementary school and that’s where it all goes to hell in a hand basket. It’s...

Sami: The events that shaped me

Sami: The events that shaped me

Shagufta Sami, IC Columnist
December 9
Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Fifty-one kilograms. One hundred and twelve pounds.” It’s all I took with me to the U.S. two years ago. It seems like just the other day when I wrote my first column for The Independent Collegian. And now that I am graduating, it sure has been a long journey. It is inevitable that life, le...

Sennett: Alternative holiday movies

Sennett: Alternative holiday movies

Evan Sennett, IC Columnist
December 9
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Every Christmas, the television airwaves are filled with trash. The occasional Christmas film is appreciated, but this superficial theme can only go so far. While Hallmark or Lifetime tries to cram hundreds of Christmas-themed “movies” down our throats every year, we become more and more desensitized. I...

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