Category Archives: Opinion

In Defense of the Oxford Comma

The omission of the Oxford comma can radically alter the meaning of a sentence. (Photo special to Vanguard Dahlonega)

The Oxford comma is also called a serial comma. It is the comma that comes just before the conjunction when a list is being made. The Oxford comma is extremely important to writing, but it could be extinct by the

Weekly Whine: Pedestrian Unfriendliness

Part of the Dahlonega square. (Photo special to Vanguard Dahlonega)

It’s hard to get from point A to point B in Dahlonega, GA on foot without the fear of getting killed. This isn’t the biggest complaint one could have about the town – most students have their own cars so they

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

green starbucks

The typical college student or white girl can hardly wait for holiday drinks to come around in the Winter and Fall. However, as that short time passes very quickly, people can go into a state of depression, missing those limited

The Struggles of Transferring into UNG

Regardless of university, my struggle is real. (Photo special to Vanguard Dahlonega)

When you first go off to college, you don’t think about transferring schools and making sure everything you take will transfer with you. If this was the case, I would have had a nice, smooth transfer from Young Harris to

Bye, Felicia: A Reflection on the Trends of 2014

Dyed armpit hair was a colorful addition to the trends of 2014. (Photo special to Vanguard Dahlonega)

2015 is still in its infancy, and as we embark further into this odd-numbered year, let us examine certain parts of 2014, so that we can repeat or, in some cases, completely forget behaviors, trends, and other elements of pop

Hickory (Really) Prime BBQ

Karen Martin and Billy Rhodes by their wood stack.
(Photo by Joshua Snead)

From roadside shacks and trailers, to bigger, more established restaurants, the southeast is blessed with a wealth of men and women manning their BBQ pits to feed their patrons. The smoky meat found in these pits takes on many forms

Charlie Hebdo, The Interview, and a Drill Field Protest

On the morning of January 7th, a group of Islamic extremists stormed the Parisian production offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shot 11 people, including some well-respected French cartoonists and financial advisors. While this event has more to

Gone but not for Long: Student Returns to Dahlonega

(Photo special to Georgianne Carpenter)

My goal has always been to travel the world. I would have thought it would have been after I got a degree, but 2014 was the year for me. Leaving the University of North Georgia was probably the hardest decision

Weekly Whine: Pushy Family Members

Family gatherings can be both a source of joy and a source of stress. Unfortunately, there's 

usually more stress than joy. (Photo special to UNG Vanguard.)

The holiday season is the time of year when you are obligated to spend hours socializing with people that you otherwise would spend a few minutes having a basic conversation with before heading on your merry way. Yes, from Thanksgiving

Weekly Whine: An Open Letter to Gainesville’s Editor

Our newspapers aren't "Journalism for Dummies." We shouldn't treat them that way. (Photo special to Vanguard-Da

I take great pride in our campus newspaper. I enjoy watching our articles cause activism and change on our campus. They make students aware of things that affect them. Our words make change, but yours just make me want to