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 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 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 LUCAS THOMPSON
For many college students, there is no clear indicator for what defines terrorism. This is common for many in the United States, since there is no clear indicator for what actions or affiliations may be considered terrorism. Neither the United States government nor the legal system has a universal agreement on the definitions of terrorism, with many agencies and departments using different definitions. Although just a word, it holds a powerful connection to many Americans, often associated with the enemy organizations the United States has fought for decades, such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban.
In the aftermath of a divisive election, many are left with a fear of being further disenfranchised as the president-elect takes the Oval Office.
by KAITLYN BOEHLER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but one thing always ruins the holiday spirit: final exams.
Final exams are just around the corner, and your studying habit can make or break your exam performance. Take a look at the five study tips for finals below to help you come out of this challenge on top.
by NATHAN DANKO
It's November 2016, and we Americans know what that means. It is time for our brightest minds to rise and properly debate as to whom should be commander in chief of our grand nation.
If only this were the case.
In 2016, we get to choose between two individuals with a lot of baggage, ranging from hatred towards memes and the deletion of emails to sexual assault accusations and blatant bigotry.
For future historians, the 2016 election will be a joke. In most elections, there is a clear vision of who is the better candidate by October. In October of the 2016 election, we debate as to who is least likely to ruin everything our forefathers strived and fought for. "Would you rather total your car or have it stolen?" has frequently been asked as a joke regarding the election.
Don't get me wrong, this brings up an interesting debate, which at times can be more productive than our actual debates; With insult-filled discussions and constant interruption, many believe they are watching two children bicker over the TV remote. The TV remote just happens to be the key to the Oval Office.
by LUCAS THOMPSON
In recent years, there has been a new dilemma for Americans concerning the bounds of tolerable speech. It has become normal for groups or individuals to silence and censor speech that does not concur with their own. Americans are now faced with needed debate on the lengths that society is willing to go to hinder intolerable speech, for such little convenience.
If there were one right granted in the Bill of Rights that intertwined with all other rights, it would be the First Amendment’s freedom of speech. If speech can be targeted, then it may be used in a way to eliminate the inalienable rights granted thereafter in the Bill of Rights.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Stress. Let’s be honest here: nobody likes it, nobody wants it, but everyone has it and may not know how to get rid of it. Read on for some of my methods that you may find helpful.
“Stress is the typical overwhelmed feeling when essential needs are put in duress,” said Colleen Lloyd, one of the area coordinators for residence life who has a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and profession experience with mental health patients. We’re in college, so problems are everywhere and ignoring that persistent feeling seems as difficult as sitting through a five-hour calculus course.
Before you are anywhere near prepared to handle stress, you have to know what causes it. According to every college student’s residential doctor WebMD, stress is caused by multiple factors.