by NICK BUCHANAN
Dr. Vallo’s independent guided study met twice a week in the concrete dungeon of a classroom in the library basement during the fall of 2015. Her challenge for me and my two peers was to accomplish something never before done at Tiffin University: a successful online student press platform that could reach beyond the campus we serve.
We nabbed the domain name to correspond with the name of the school’s second-generation student press – tutimes.weebly.com, a URL that still redirects users to this publication’s homepage – and quietly got to work. When Dr. Vallo pulled library archives of the student press at Tiffin University to chronicle our journey, she handed us a pile of copies of The Tystenac, a strange-named publication with a big, blocky masthead that launched in 1933 and faded into oblivion before the turn of the century.
by NICK BUCHANAN
An unusually warm February breeze brushed through Sabaidee Coffee House’s tall French doors as they stood propped open, inviting more customers to join the lone college-aged men fuddling with a few textbooks and a laptop computer at a table. Eyeing their empty plates, Delana Ball bent in her seat towards them.
“How was everything, guys?” she asked. They nodded in agreeance, saying, “The steak and cheese crepe – it was great.”
With her promises of quality validated, she turned back and said, “See, people love it.”
Ball, one of two independent coffee house entrepreneurs in Tiffin, purchased and rebranded the former Java House at 45 South Sandusky St. a few years ago, reopening it in 2014 as Sabaidee Coffee House. She has spent the past three years positioning her business with a homey environment and creative menu offerings, like those ever-popular crepes and a blended coffee drink coined the Carmella.
Opened just a few years prior to Ball’s business, Bailiwicks Coffee Company is nestled in the downtown district in a nondescript brick building across the Sandusky River from Tiffin University’s campus and has earned its owner, Jessica Williams, awards from the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation and Heidelberg University.
by BRANDON UTLEY
If you have ever sat through a meal that consisted of nothing but a glass of water, you might have been to Tiffin University’s Cole Dining Hall, commonly known as “the caf.” As a picky eater I have experienced the tragic feeling of walking into the caf and not being able to find something I like on numerous occasions.
But to the caf’s defense, its food is not the worst I’ve eaten. There are even days, albeit rare, that the food tastes better than most restaurants.
“It has its good days and bad days. But honestly, more bad than good,” said Becca Smith, a sophomore at TU.
It’s crazy to think the food is not actually as bad as you think, right? Well, that’s partially true.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
Have you attended an interesting speech presented by a distinguished scholar recently? Did you receive free cookies, coffee, and tea at the event? Was co-curricular credit offered? If you answered yes to all three of those questions, then chances are you were an attendee of a Global Affairs Organization event.
Tiffin University’s Global Affairs was founded less than 10 years ago and offers its members an opportunity to attend the Model United Nations and Model NATO conferences as representatives of assigned countries. Last year, TU represented Turkey and Estonia at Model NATO in Washington D.C. and was considered to be an active participant to the discussion, contributing many ideas and solutions for both countries, and maintaining diplomatic relations with other countries.
I need some help with my fashion attire. What do you do when you have two pair of boots that look good with the same outfit? At my internship, I need to always look fresh and profesh! TU, what’s good?
by PAJAH WILLIAMS
If you know anything about me at all, then you’ll know that I am an avid social media crusader.
I use Facebook as a platform to advocate for social justice and peace, and yes, at times, to discuss politics. Indeed, I heavily criticized Donald Trump throughout the extent of his circus of a campaign for president, and yes, I will admit to being among those who declared that Trump is #NotMyPresident.
I did these things because I felt it was important to vocalize my disdain towards some of the xenophobic and hateful ideologies that he stood for as a part of his campaign. I did it to extend support to my Muslim and LGBT friends and the media that Trump has outright attacked in ways that are unprecedented of a president of the United States.
by LUCAS THOMPSON
In today’s politics, there are two polarized groups that have pitted themselves against one another: the religious sect of the Republican Party and the socially liberal cohort of the Democratic Party. In the past few years, both have controlled the dynamics of the Republican Party and Democratic Party.
The irony is that both groups are extremely similar in their tactics for influence and the outcomes to their solutions. The problem in this situation is that both believe that their morality is somehow superior to all other mindsets, and they are offended when others push their morals, or alleged lack thereof, onto others. The result of this confusion has both lessened the personal freedoms that the religious sect advocates for and suffocated the equality that the liberals always chant for.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Be prepared to have your mind blown.
Have you ever heard of a show called The Berenstein Bears? You know, the children’s show based on the beloved book series about a family of bears. Everyone seemed to love that show and book series back in the day.
But what if I told you that it never existed?
That’s right. The name The BerenSTEIN Bears has never been real. The name has always been The BerenSTAIN Bears.
I know, you’re pretty shook right now, and you’re not alone. Actually, you are part of the 93 percent of people who remember the show being spelled with an ‘E.’
This memory lapse is part of a phenomenon called the Mandela Effect.
by STAN CIAPALA
The fluoridation of the public water supply has been touted by dentists as being a preventative measure against cavities for nearly a century, but when has any industry endorsed preventative measures that contradict their own profit-oriented interests? In other words, if dentists generate most of their income from treating cavities, but fluoridation of the water supply prevents you from having to step into a dentist’s office to pay for treatment, then how does the endorsement of water fluoridation serve the interests of the dentistry community?
Based on observation and personal experience, I have held steadfast in the belief that the medical community does not seek to implement permanent cures, but rather to provide treatments that entail continuous treatment and alleviation of symptoms. Why provide a cure when you can create life-long consumers of pharmaceuticals and medical treatment? There is an obvious conflict of interest within pharmaceutical and medical corporations. Is their higher duty owed to their patients through the Hippocratic Oath or to their stockholders, for whom they are legally obligated to produce profit? But I digress.
by AMANDA RUNION
Walking the halls of St. Mary’s classroom building, Tiffin University students see nothing out of the ordinary: dull walls, bland doors, mismatched floor tiles. But for some of us, the St. Mary’s building wasn’t always like this. It was full of color, its walls were covered with artwork only a parent could love, and kids roamed the halls, ranging from preschoolers to eighth graders – because, although many TU students may not know, St. Mary’s was once a lively elementary school.
Many classrooms are still haunted with lingering memories for the former school’s alumni. When Emily Weiker, a TU graduate, attended classes in this building, the memories were given a chance to come back to life.