Category: Columns

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 »

A review: ‘The Thing’

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Yes, good remakes do exist. In 1982, “The Thing” was released to theaters. The movie is a remake of the 1951 film “The Thing From Another World” is one of them. It has the same plot from the original, or at least the short story it was based on. At an isolated… Read more »

Recycling is no longer the answer

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Recycling is a cause that people champion even though many people haven’t the slightest notion of what happens between the time they drop something into the recycling bin and when that material is – if it is – reincarnated and used again. Warrensburg does not recycle. Warrensburg collects recycling. It’s important to… Read more »

Be proactive, Warrensburg.

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – It’s easy to ask for things of our governing body, and it’s easy to point out what’s going on that is either wrong or what could be better. However, it’s hard sometimes to remember there are systems in place by which citizens can communicate their needs and ideas to our governing bodies…. Read more »

The incredible journey of litter

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The litter that’s visible is obnoxious. But there is a lot going on that isn’t visible. Just because you can’t see it does not mean that it isn’t affecting you. Through an intricate web of drains, pipes, man-made channels and natural creeks designed and maintained to reroute stormwater away from the city, litter… Read more »

Litter has a pretty hefty price tag

Litter is taking money out of your pocket and lighting it on fire. You, personally, are having money taken out of your pocket by people you’ve never met and circumstances that you cannot control at a point in time that could be years from now. Please let that wash over you for a second: Litter… Read more »