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When good things end

When I was about 6 years old, I had a very annoying habit. My parents would come to pick me up from playing at a friend’s house, and, no matter how long I had been there, I would throw a fit – a loud, embarrassing, bratty tantrum. This habit also came out just before bedtime when I always […]

Choose your own adventure: Job interview edition

It’s the day of the big interview. You have an hour before you need to leave, so you: A. Take a nap. You don’t need to set an alarm. You’ll wake up in time, but NOW YOU’RE AN HOUR LATE. B. Trim your bangs just a little to make yourself look more professional. But then you end up with a bowl cut that […]

When you feel like a drowned cat

When I was a kid, swimming was like a superpower. We could move through the water at seemingly breakneck speeds, hold our breath for unbelievably long periods of time and be transported to another world underwater. In the pool, I felt like I could do anything. But slowly, the taller I grew and the heavier I got, […]

Marissa versus Nature

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Dominion over animals. It’s a God-given right. […]

Why we’re not doomed

Sometimes it feels like our name should be the Doomed Generation instead of the Millennials. Seriously, if you Google “why this generation is…” the first suggestion Google gives is “doomed.” If you’re ever feeling overly optimistic, try Googling different variations of that search. It’s partially entertaining but, for the most part, downright depressing. People love to […]

America is more Nobel than you

The Nobel Peace Prize was recently awarded to two individuals – Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakastani who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating the education of Muslim girls, and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian actively fighting against the exploitation of children. Yousafzai is the youngest to ever receive a Nobel Prize. Her story is filled […]

A glossary to understand seniors

Though it’s still the first semester of my senior year, large chunks of my time are being spent discussing and Googling and worrying about my impending graduation. It’s annoying. I’m convinced I’m using the same words over and over again. So I’ve compiled a glossary – buzzwords almost every senior is using – so you […]

Getting old

I think I’m getting old. The signs are all there. I have several gray hairs. When I stand up after sitting for an extended period of time, I feel stiff. I can’t stay up as late as I used to (I’m completely useless after an all-nighter), I can’t sleep in as late as I used […]

Your basic back-to-school essay

Elementary school had a lot of things going for it. Maybe the best part, besides recess and pizza Friday’s, was that teachers didn’t expect third-graders to be able to do anything besides spell basic words, write in cursive (both of which aren’t used anymore) and go to the bathroom on their own, so at the […]

ACU to lay off clinic doctor, nurses

The university will outsource ACU’s medical clinic to the Hendrick Health System rather than being run by ACU staff. Dr. Ellen West, medical director of the clinic, said she was told on Friday that May 30 would be her and the staff’s last day. “It has been a great pleasure to be able to take […]

Ramblings of a partial retiree

This is my goodbye column, but it’s not my last column. Which feels a bit awkward. Usually when an editor writes her goodbye column, she’s sentimentally saying sayonara for good. But I guess you could say I’m retiring early or, maybe more accurately, partially retiring. I’ll no longer be Editor in Chief of the Optimist, but […]

Tuition to increase nearly four percent

Though tuition will increase 3.88 percent next year, it is the smallest percentage increase in more than 15 years. The 2014-2015 year’s tuition will increase by $1,100, from $28,350 to $29,450. Meal prices will not be increased. This continues a trend from last year’s increase of 5.9 percent which also was the smallest increase in fifteen […]

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