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Being able to understand Death Note encourages enjoyment of the show.

That Time I… watched ‘Death Note’

By Abhishek Poddar, Opinion Columnist | October 16, 2022

The game of cat and mouse, “Death Note,” is a show that is a suspense done right. I had seen this show as a kid when it was on-air, but from a kid's perspective, the show is just a hero vs. villain. As an adult in my twenties, I could appreciate the...

Columnist Max Honermeier broke his neighbors window with a rocket he made.

That Time I… broke my neighbor’s window with a rocket

By Max Honermeier, Opinion Columnist | October 3, 2022

There’s few things more exciting than lighting a fuse and running away. Watching that green string turn to sparks, burning down to meet something extremely flammable gets the heart pumping like nothing else. When that pyromaniacal rush applies to someone...

Poddar describes his time hiking with friends and family during lockdown.

That Time I… went hiking with loved ones

By Abhishek Poddar, Opinion Columnist | September 30, 2022

There's a mixed school of thought about working from home. Recent happenings around the world did lock us all in for a while, but one thing was certain: there was a lot of time at hand. I have always thought of myself as a tinkerer when it comes to nature....

Angelina Padilla-Tompkins discovered her newfound love for stingrays on a trip (Courtesy of Angelina Padilla-Tompkins).

That Time I… discovered my love for stingrays

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Senior Opinion Columnist | September 29, 2022

For the first 19 years of my life, I had never seen a stingray before. In “Finding Nemo” maybe, but never in real life.  I also had never been to the St. Louis Zoo, but that all changed in a single fun-filled weekend.  In May 2021, my boyfriend...

The Liberty Bell in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

That Time I… visited the Eastern Midwest

By Philip Arduini, Opinion Columnist | September 16, 2022

Traveling is an activity that many enjoy but do not have the funds to do very often. For those that do not have the budget to visit any exotic places, I recommend taking a road trip through the Eastern Midwest. When the price of gas was extremely low...

Students walk through the pantry on Thursday, Sept. 30th, 2021.

That Time I…volunteered at a food pantry

By Parker Otto | December 21, 2021
Food pantries are a great way to give back to the community, especially around the holidays.
Wisconsin welcome sign.

That time I socially distanced myself from technology and the pandemic

By Jack Baudoin | October 9, 2020

It seems no matter where you look today, you will constantly be reminded about the global pandemic. It is on the news, people are posting about it on social media.With the amount of technology that people use in a day, it will never be far from your mind....

That time I adopted a cat from Tails Humane Society

That time I adopted a cat from Tails Humane Society

By Sarah Connolly | January 29, 2020

There are many unknowns when bringing a strange animal into your home, but adopting a kitten from Tails Humane Society has been a rewarding experience for me.  I did not grow up with pets, but I always wanted a cat. After having been on my own for almost...

That time I ... joined Youth & Government

That time I … joined Youth & Government

By Kennedy Jones | December 1, 2019

As I started filling out college applications my senior year of high school, I realized that I wasn’t doing enough and sports weren’t going to cut it, so I joined my high school’s Youth & Government program.One of my teachers was the program...


That time I…was a videographer for a high school rapper

By Anthony Parlogean | November 6, 2019

I thoroughly enjoy hip hop music and the culture that follows this genre. Unfortunately, I have not been endowed with the necessary rhythmic abilities and mic skills needed to succeed in the rap game. I understood this in high school, and compensated...

That time I... played at a Bears halftime show

That time I… played at a Bear’s halftime show

By Jordan Radloff | October 28, 2019

I have had the opportunity to perform at many cool places in my musical career. Recently, I was able to play for one of the largest crowds yet when I performed with the Huskie Marching Band during the halftime show at the Bears Sunday. Performing at Soldier...

That time I ... lived in four different time zones

That time I … lived in four different time zones

By Anthony Parlogean | October 27, 2019

Nevada; Michigan; Texas; Arizona; Maryland; Illinois. These are all the states I have lived in throughout my 26 years of existence. Each state had its pros and cons, but the overall experience of living around the country has shaped who I am as a person:...