Category: Columns

A look back over years spent teaching

By John Culp/ guest columnist I came from a 420-acre farm 7 miles north of Warrensburg.  I started first grade in 1953.  All my schooling, Grade 1 through Grade 12 was in the Humphreys Building.  All of us were part of the Training School, with lots of student teachers, especially in high school.  We had… Read more »

Project Green Challenge: Centering the focus on energy

By Jasmine Bylander Whether we live on campus or not we all use the electricity here. We charge our phones and watch television while eating meals. But have you ever wondered where it all comes from? I did, so I dug deep, talked to many different people including the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Planning… Read more »

Total “Fortnite” Takeover

Hearing the name “Fortnite” probably already has you itching to ditch class and kick back on your couch with a controller in hand. What’s so special about a game that is supposedly a rip-off of the game “Player Unknown BattleGrounds”? Maybe it’s all the cartoonish features that were created so this game could be a… Read more »

Safety awareness on campus

When choosing a college, a main factor all students and guardians must consider is location. Location is an important factor for college students because it gives us a sense of community. The beautiful University of Central Missouri is located along U.S. Highway 50 between Kansas City and St. Louis, drawing in many students from all… Read more »

How to survive your freshman year

College is a stressful time. Some feel like they are in the shallow end, and others feel like they are drowning in the deep end. So here’s to the freshmen, and what college students wish they knew before taking off their life vests and drowning in the craziness of college (you really don’t drown, everything… Read more »

Cutting the president’s salary is not the answer

The president of our university earns more than anyone else at our university. In the university’s current financial climate, it is understandable that a little more attention has been given to that fact. The attention has become more prevalent and more open. It is also a bit misguided. At the student forum held on April… Read more »

Saying goodbye to my serving job and sexual harassment

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Sexual misconduct. It happens everywhere. Homes, schools, workplaces. If you go out to eat regularly in Warrensburg, there’s a chance that I’ve brought you food. In the past four years, I’ve worked at five restaurants in town. I was either sexually harassed or sexually assaulted at four of them. I was 17… Read more »

What I hope for in the new SGA president

The Student Government Association sees a change in Presidents for the first time in two years. Courtney Abt, a graduate student studying criminal justice, recently won the SGA presidency by just 11 votes above DaVonte Hair. She will make a great president, and she really seemed to care about the issues of the students. I… Read more »

Political stagnation, learning from rats

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – After the last political cycle, it is very apparent to anyone that isn’t hiding under a rock that the political atmosphere has stagnated due to polarization. A 2015 study from the University of San Diego found 46 percent of Americans identify themselves as “strongly Republican” or “strongly Democrat.” In 1989, only about 30… Read more »