Dear CNU…

The vines on PFAC construction say a lot  Dear CNU’s Construction Vines, There is nothing more appropriate for Christopher Newport’s style than to hang fake vines over a chain-link fence to mask an incomplete building.   Now, if you have no clue what I am talking about, the PFAC construction site located right behind Pope…

What is a commencement speaker?

Following a petition and student outcry, one CNU student reflects on the values and accomplishments a speaker should have Over the past week, increasing public dissent has erupted surrounding CNU’s 2019 Commencement Speaker.  From a student petition with hundreds of signatures to the outcry on social media, the chief reasons cited for disapproving in the…

Looking forward, looking back

A freshman and a senior reflect on the year they’ve had Leading at the last minute I have waited until the last possible minute to write this send-off. For many, this comes as no surprise. I frequently push the deadline with the paper. Waiting and marinating on stories until the last possible minute, I want…

Sunny D is not your friend

‘Brand Twitter’ is a gross manipulation of human empathy  Social media is a major frontier for advertisers. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram are all home to thousands of accounts for brands ranging from Wendy’s to Crest Toothpaste to Geico to Steak-Umms. These accounts are advertisements, like the commercials people skip with TiVo or the banner…

Elephant in the room

Conversations surrounding representation are too hostile Colleges are meant to be places of openness and expression. You are meant to find yourself and strengthen your voice. However, nowadays, saying your opinions paints a red X on your head. With the media, anything you tweet, post, upload and Instagram, will be found offensive by someone. And…

For the love of God!

CNU’s choice of a Christian missionary as commencement speaker is questionable CNU’s recent announcement of Suzanne Scheuble as the Class of 2019’s commencement speaker perplexed many graduating seniors looking forward to their big day. There is a lingering question as to why someone who is the same age as us (or in my case, younger)…

Intersectionality is more than just black and white

A response to Sophia Nelson’s Keynote Over the weekend of March 21, I had the pleasure and luck to participate at the Global Status of Women and Girl’s Conference. As a presenter, a volunteer and a guest, I was able to listen and learn as multiple inspiring men and women from all over the globe. …

A lottery of disaster

The housing lottery was poorly planned March 20, 2019: By 10 a.m., majority of Warwick rooms were taken. By 12:55 p.m., all sophomore housing was unavailable. Rising sophomores without housing had to go to CNU Housing to be kindly greeted with a “please email CNU Housing to be put on a waiting list.” It was…

Jostens sucks

Why I didn’t buy a class ring Jostens is a company created to sell you useless garbage. This is not unique—most companies fit this description—but Jostens is conspicuous because of its place in college life. College life is filled with obvious gouging: tens of thousands of dollars a year in tuition and room and board,…