July 30, 2016

Opinion: Let’s Keep Things Small

Someone once said that good things come in small packages, and I believe that’s true when it comes to the student size of Southwestern Adventist University. Ken Shaw, president of Southwestern Adventist University, brought up the idea of expanding our school size during assembly last Thursday. Even though I believe increasing our school size would enhance the notoriety and success of our school, I don’t think it’s the best option. As of now, SWAU’s student enrollment is about 800 students. … [Read more...]

Opinion: Cafeteria Shows Sensitivity To Those With Special Needs

As a new student here at Southwestern Adventist University, I was nervous about attending this school, not only because it would be a new start, but also because I have gluten intolerance. Many schools I have attended in the past did not offer gluten-free options, especially since most meat analogues do contain gluten as a main ingredient. Usually this meant that I would have to survive off the salad bar and rice and beans (if it was served that day), or I would have to purchase my own meals … [Read more...]

Opinion: Southwestern Needs More Sports Teams

One of the many features that makes Southwestern Adventist University great is its athletic program. However, I believe Southwestern needs to expand that program and add more sports that students can participate in. Right now, Southwestern only offers men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and gymnastics. All of those are great sports, but the incorporation of sports like football, baseball, or even floor ball would make the University’s athletic program that … [Read more...]

Opinion: What Is Our Purpose?

What purpose does Southwestern Adventist University serve? In taking Sociology with Dr. Robert Gardner, I have had the privilege of learning about the origins of many social behaviors, and societies that were common throughout the history of the world. However, in studying the various forms of governance and the many types of societies, I could not help but think about our student association that we have at Southwestern Adventist University. Many of you will think that I am talking about the … [Read more...]

Opinion: The Cafe Needs More Options

Almost all students, as some point or another, frequent the Committee of 100 Cafeteria on the Southwestern campus. It is the only place where all 800 of our students come together to are able to share a meal and socialize. In the last three years that I have been a student, however, I have seen not only declines in café popularity, but also in café attendance. Many students are opting to go to other various restaurants around town, such as 360° and Sweet Peppas, or worse, deciding not to eat at … [Read more...]

Opinion: Long Live Dead Week

There are people who honestly believe that dead week is useless. I personally don’t believe that. Since it has been started, I’ve found this week fairly useful. It allows students to catch a breather and have the opportunity to see where they need to play catch up with other work that they need to do without worrying that other teachers will be giving them tests, quizzes or other assignments on top of their existing work.  I came to SWAU in 2012, the year before dead week was established. The … [Read more...]

Opinion: Dead Week Should Die

Let's face it, Dead Week shouldn't be a thing. Usually, at least in my experience, it ends up with more stress being put on students. The idea that professors should not assign major projects to be due the week before finals is admirable, but in a way it makes the situation works in the weeks before. Papers, presentations, and a lot of the big projects become due around the same time in order to stay away from Dead Week, so the problem still exists. It doesn't help that Thanksgiving break takes … [Read more...]

Opinion: Is December Graduation Worth It?

When I first found out that I had the option of graduating a semester early, I was absolutely thrilled. I instantly thought about how much money I would be saving and how much more quickly I could potentially find a “real” job. While I’m still really happy about graduating a semester early, I’ve realized there are several downsides when it comes to getting the true senior year experience. A lot of the senior activities take place during the spring semester. The senior retreat, for example, is … [Read more...]

Opinion: The T.P. Detour

On the cover of Charmin’s Facebook page, the mama bear snuggles confidently next to her ultra soft toilet paper. Her name is Molly and she lives in the security of knowing that her toilet paper will not only always be there for her, but be of the highest quality. Molly doesn’t have very much in common with the girls in Hadley and Meyer halls, the upperclassmen dormitories at Southwestern Adventist University. A quick glance at the average dorm room and you will see a couple of twin sized … [Read more...]

Opinion: Time Management, Prioritizing Are Keys to College Success

Entering college can be overwhelming and frightening because you never know what to expect. As a new semester begins, students try to get back into their routines. Some students look back at their first semester and realize that they got through it and are ready to take on this semester. “Last semester was pretty fun,” says Josh Ramirez, freshman theology major. “The biggest adjustment I had to make was getting into the work flow, because it’s harder than high school. And managing time was … [Read more...]