• Features

    What not to say to seniors

    By Ceci Creissen Everyone lied, senior year is more stressful than junior year. Senior year is junior year all over again with the added responsibility of selling yourself. The commodity is four years of courses, extracurriculars, a rancorous desire to learn, and the potential to become an intellectual superstar who will bring his or her prospective alma mater pride, and good publicity. They key towards staying on a senior’s good side is to avoid asking questions they don’t know the answer to. Don’t give into the temptation of asking them “Where are you applying?” or “What do you want to study?” because chances are they’ve already been asked twice that…

  • Features

    Students approve resources for SAT and ACT studying

    By Olivia Cohen Let’s face it: preparing for college is hard. But the long and arduous road to a university acceptance letter can be quicker with the right resources. Don’t worry about spending time looking for the right SAT, ACT, and college guides. A review of the best apps, websites, and books for these topics are sure to make life easier while dealing with the stresses of high school. If you are worried about the SAT… App:  “SAT Up Test Prep and Tutoring” is great if users have a couple minutes to spare throughout the day. After taking the diagnostics test, this app helps identify areas users need to work…

  • Archived,  Features

    Open Loop University Concept opens doors to students

    By Julia Long Universities in the United States may seem like a complex web of rigor and diversity, but most colleges offer the same types of programs at similar levels of intensity. Higher education in the U.S. is limited primarily by cost, and by the opportunity cost of devoting an additional four years to studies without gaining experience in the job market. The new “Open Loop University” model, introduced by Stanford University in 2014, hopes to change that. Instead of attending four consecutive years at a single campus right after high school as is typical with most students in higher education, the Open Loop University program would involve six years…

  • Archived,  News

    Government takes action to combat sexual assault

    By Kayla Miron Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz went through hell twice; once when a classmate violently sexually assaulted her, and again when a disciplinary panel dismissed her case. The panel asked her probing and inappropriate questions, suggesting that her assault was not physically possible. Eventually, they dismissed her case, just like they did many others this year alone. “Has anything ever happened to you that was just so bad that you felt like you became a shell of a human being?” said Sulkowicz after hearing the verdict. Situations similar to Sulkowicz’ have become alarmingly common. Of the 25% of college women who experience sexual assault during their academic careers,…

  • Opinions

    Fraternity reform needed at UNC-CH

    By Kayla Miron While participating in a ritual at a UNC-CH fraternity last year, an 18-year-old from Charlotte with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit for driving tumbled to his death off of a concrete plant. This fall, this fraternity was suspended from campus while the police investigated suspected hazing. This recent incident, coupled with numerous older incidents, illustrates the pervasiveness of fraternities’ potentially troubling qualities.  Fraternities create an unhealthy culture that UNC-CH, and other similar universities, must reform. While anti-hazing laws have lessened the incidence of such tragedies, hazing rituals persist that threaten the safety of fraternity members and other students on campus. Many fraternity debacles…