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As I thought about things I wanted to write about this week, I was struck by how most "opinions" people (including myself, not going to lie) tend to revolve around complaining about something. Granted, opinions usually address an issue someone has with something and can be a legitimate mode of instigating change, but I've recently been struck by the bad effect complaining can have on the mood of everyone around you.
I don't go to D-Hall too much these days. Blame it on the "trayless everydays" scare, the long lunch lines or maybe that the Mongolian Grill has lost much of its luster after three years. But when I happened by for a quick bite this past week, I noticed something new.
In my senior year, I've noticed that some people in my class are starting new relationships during their final year of college. In a career-focused environment such as the University of Richmond, they have significantly constrained themselves. Why would they do such a thing?
In addition to making the prerequisite series of fart jokes in my opinion column each week, part of my job as your assistant opinion editor is to motivate you students to write in with your own thoughts, rants, points of view, secret teacher crushes, etc.
So here I was on the corner of Broad and Madison Street Friday night listening to four people in a folk(ish) band scream my name aloud in front of about 15 people with crowds nearby.
Courtesy Lisa Brancheau and Lindsey Ryan
After taking the United States off the gold standard in 1971, Richard Nixon uttered his now infamous and oft-mocked saying, "We're all Keynesians now."
By Benjamin Telsey and Stephen Hess
Top 10 Themes the Lodges SHOULD have, because who doesn't enjoy a good themed party?
The first hints of springtime after a long cold winter are always the most glorious of days. Like this past Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday nonetheless, with the sun poking out from the clouds and the temperature pushing seventy degrees.
By Larry Burnett
It was almost a year ago when I first met members of the "Extreme Croquet Club of Richmond" playing on the Westhampton Green. I was standing under a tree on a cold, rainy Sunday when I heard the now familiar crack of a croquet mallet hitting a croquet ball. I looked over at the group and watched wondering who would want to be outside on a day like that.
As a junior at the university, school spirit is a recurring topic of discussion on campus, often leading to possible ways in which attendance at athletic events could be improved.
Richmond students don't care about Richmond sports. It's a statement I hear at least weekly, if not more frequently, and I'm sick of it. The reason, however, may surprise you. I am sick of it because, for the large majority of the student body, it's true. Stop complaining about it.
By Jason Barnes
I'm afraid I haven't been completely honest with myself during the last year and a half of college. There are times in life -- you might have experienced them -- when you realize you've made tons of small decisions and finally reached a TAM point ... That Ain't Me. I know myself too well to actually believe that my passions are dead and my dreams small. To think I had finally arrived at a point of comfort with the world around me ... TAM. I recently realized that when I'm here at school, I spread myself so thin that sometimes I'm not actually anywhere -- moving too fast and caring too little for what's going on around me. Most of my relationships are like faces when the train goes by and you can just barely make out the blur before it's gone.
In his Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama asserted that we are asking the wrong questions. Instead of engaging in political debates about the proper size of government, we should do what works. In other words, we should not unquestioningly identify ourselves with ideologies, but should remain open to what public discourse can teach us. In order for this republic to function properly, we must adhere to foundational principles, such as honesty, courage, curiosity and loyalty.
Editor's Note: The Collegian reserves the right to publish anonymous submissions only if an author's well-being is at stake and the article's message is deemed worthy of publication.
It still seems weird to me that a semester has already gone by since coming to Richmond, but the beginning to my second semester is starting off even more quickly than the first. I can't say I missed having a week of Orientation before starting class, but what happened to that so-called breeze of a "syllabus week?" I've already read three and a half books since coming back, which is more than I can say for the five weeks I spent at home.
It's spring semester, and that means we in the senior class are being harassed on an almost daily basis for donations to the class gift fund. So, before I get another guy with a clipboard trying to muscle a few bucks out of me, here are 12 reasons why I will never donate to the University of Richmond. Respectfully submitted, of course.