Mourning the loss of a pet difficult whether near or far away

Marjorie Kirk, Assistant Opinions Editor

When we were children, we looked to an assortment of things for comfort and companionship. My greatest companion, my number “2,” my sidekick, my cuddle buddy and my fellow adventurer was a spry Australian shepherd named Lady. The summer before I left for college I remember worrying about the possibility that she was going to […]

Rating bathrooms on campus


Editor’s note: Kernel columnist Boyd Hayes is going to be grading campus bathrooms throughout the semester based on a number of different criteria, including cleanliness and facilities. Whitehall, 3rd floor, northwest hallway Cleanliness: A Toilet, stalls, floor and sinks were visibly clean. No feces or urine apparent. No overwhelming odor. Privacy: C Despite its reputation […]

Impacts of Keystone pipeline would not be widely felt

Matt Young
Contributing Columnist

Brace yourselves, the whole world is about to explode. Every time you turn on the news for the next few weeks you are likely to hear a politician somewhere playing political football with the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate passed a bill authorizing the building of the Keystone pipeline last week and will now go […]

Our generation must fight status quo in world of income inequality

Patrick Brennan, contributing columnist

By 2016, the richest one percent will own more than half of all global wealth, according to a projection recently released by Oxfam. Income inequality is one of many problems created by the generations of our parents and grandparents which we must face as we graduate and look for positions in the world. It may […]

American Sniper discussion riddled with hypocrisy

Cheyene Miller
Contributing Columnist

There is no doubting the impact that “American Sniper” has had on the ongoing American culture war. The movie has dominated the box office for two straight weekends and grossed $200 million in North America alone. It portrays the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who has been labeled the deadliest sniper in U.S. military […]

Measles outbreak, Snowmaggedon puts things into perspective

Marjorie Kirk, Assistant Opinions Editor

Three days ago, I woke up with a throbbing inner-earache — which will probably be an ear infection by the time I actually go to the doctor — and I should have known then not to leave my warm, cozy fortress of comforter and pillows. Instead I got dressed, only to slip and fall twice […]

Fact checking Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

“Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis.” True but misleading. The actual unemployment number, less than six percent, makes the economy sound like it is much stronger than it really is. Yes the number is lower, but it gives us almost no context. It does not tell us how […]

Patriots’ ‘Deflate-gate’ a non-issue

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship victory over the Colts. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS)

By Kyle Arensdorf Controversy swirled around the New England Patriots’ 45-7 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when some Colts complained about a number of footballs being underinflated. To the casual fan, an underinflated ball doesn’t raise too many red flags. Many probably don’t even know that there are two different kinds of […]