Opinion

Fussing ‘Bout Cussing

Fussing ‘Bout Cussing

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party leader in the Canadian Parliament, made news last week by uttering a famously foul word into a live microphone at a public event. In so doing, he became the most recent of many public figures to cross that line. Many Americans remember Vice President Joe Biden’s public proclamation that the passage of the Affordable Care Act …

Free Advice from an Old Chick

Free Advice from an Old Chick

With graduation almost upon us, you’re bound to hear someone say that they were on the five-year plan or the six-year plan while they were here. Well, I’m on the 20-year plan. When I graduate on May 10, it will be 20 years after I started. And no, I didn’t need 15 years of remedial classes. Life just sort of …

Weekly Whine: We All Scream for Sunscreen

Weekly Whine: We All Scream for Sunscreen

I hate getting a sunburn. I’m Irish and German, which means I have a double dose of pale skin. Anytime I’m outside for longer than 10 minutes, my skin starts to get pink. Take Spring Jam for example. Just from waiting in line to get my wristband and waiting again for a funnel cake, I turned a lovely shade a …

Guilty Pleasure: Harvest Moon

Guilty Pleasure: Harvest Moon

Let me just say, I am one of those people repulsed by the excessive invitations to play Facebook games. “No, I’m NOT going to tend to your virtual eggplant crops while you’re on vacation!” I would tell my friends when they tried to enlist me in their evil “Farmville” regime. That being said, my guilty pleasure is the godfather of …

Who are the Board of Regents, Really?

Who are the Board of Regents, Really?

The Board of Regents was on our campus this week for their monthly meeting. This is a board of governor-appointed representatives who make decisions that affect all 31 of the public colleges and universities in Georgia. Of the 19 regents, only nine have graduate degrees and three of the members do not have any college degree at all. There are …

Weekly Whine: Financial Aid Failure

Weekly Whine: Financial Aid Failure

I respect what the Financial Aid Office does. It can’t be easy managing the monetary affairs of a bunch of self-proclaimed “broke college students.” The Office is probably getting a lot of bad vibes tossed their way anyway, given the recent rise in fees, general student awareness of how our fees are spent, the newly announced tuition increases and the …

Transfer Learning the Latest in Teaching Writing Skills

Transfer Learning the Latest in Teaching Writing Skills

So here’s something educators talk a lot about when we talk about students: knowledge transfer. Transfer was described by a psychologist in an April 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education article as “education’s holy grail.” Transfer involves the cognitive task of a learner connecting concepts from one context to another. Educational researchers David Perkins and Gavriel Salomon provide the following example, …

Top 9 International Student Problems

Top 9 International Student Problems

G’day, bonjour, Guten Tag, nǐ hǎo, privet and terve. America, the land of opportunity, where everyone has the chance to live out the American dream. This is why many of us international students made the journey across the sea to come here. But for all of America’s niceties and luxuries, it is also a land of frustrating problems and inconveniences. …

Weekly Whine: Registration’s a Struggle, and the Struggle is Real

Weekly Whine: Registration’s a Struggle, and the Struggle is Real

You sit anxiously in front of your computer staring at the clock, just waiting for your registration time. When the anticipated minutes comes,  you quickly punch in the CRNs and click “Submit Changes.” You take a deep breath…and you only get one of the classes. What kind of sorcery is this? So you scramble and find some classes to fill at …

8 Things the Board of Regents Needs to Know

8 Things the Board of Regents Needs to Know

Since the Board of Regents decided to visit our campus April 15-16, I decided to put together a list of student grievances for them. 1. The great state that Dunlap is in. When I say “great,” I really mean “dilapidated” and “crappy,” for lack of more descriptive words that I can’t say in print. Walking into Dunlap is like walking …