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The exterior of Graceland has statues of lions and grand architecture

That Time I… went to Graceland

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | April 13, 2023

My mom is a huge fan of Elvis Presley’s music, so I grew up listening to it.  As a lifelong fan, I had always dreamed of visiting Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. When I finally made the trip down to Tennessee, it was everything I had hoped...

A white toy poodle prancing in a field while the sun sets.

That Time I… got my first pet

By Nanette Nkolomoni, Copy Editor | March 28, 2023

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was six years old when I got my first pet. My brother and I spent years begging and bugging our mother for a dog. She would refuse: “Who will take care of it?,” “Neither of you are responsible,” “It’ll...

Two wooden figures with a heart shaped hole in between them. Columnist Nanette Nkolomoni expresses that friends growing apart is a natural process.

That Time I… realized outgrowing friendships is normal

By Nanette Nkolomoni, Copy Editor | March 10, 2023

Friendships are something I value and cherish deeply. The feeling of being understood and having a confidant that not only respects you but is there for you through highs and lows is priceless. The first best friend I ever had, I met in the second-grade....

Bourbon Street during a Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.

The Time I… attended Mardi Gras 

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | March 7, 2023

I first visited New Orleans in December 2019, and ever since then I told myself I would return one year for Mardi Gras; 2023 was the year I made it happen.  My fiance and I both turned 21 this year, so our trip to New Orleans turned into a birthday...

The Chicago Skyline at night with the water in the foreground of the image.

That Time I… went to a concert in Chicago

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | February 16, 2023

Last March, Big Time Rush announced that they were going on tour. My friend is a big fan of Big Time Rush, and she has never seen them in concert before. When I saw that they were going on tour and would make a stop in Chicago, I immediately bought tickets...

That Time I… went to a gymnastics event

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | January 30, 2023

Sports outside of the “Big Four” in America often get overlooked, undervalued and underappreciated. While I believe they are still fairly covered and promoted by the media and schools, I sometimes think that spectators never give these sports a legit...

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, Editor-in-Chief | 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.