October 31, 2014

Can Freshmen Be Leaders?

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  (Edited by Jaime Baldwin) The man beside me on the plane was shaking his head. His mouth was wide open in shock and disbelief as he tried to respond to what I told him. Fidgeting with the Darwinism book in his hand, he said “So, you are saying that as a freshman they are sending you all the way to Denver to recruit?” “Yes,” I responded. “My school really gives a lot of opportunities to their students.” He smirked and said, “Why would they trust you with that … [Read more...]

Opinion: What We Wear vs. Who We Are

Brenna Sanchez

(Edited by Jaime Baldwin and Saul Flores) I’ve been hearing a lot around campus about what people are wearing, from the newest jogging pants to the new Uggs coming out this winter season. The clothes we wear today say a lot about ourselves. They can even go as far as to define us. As young adults, we are frequently judged on what we wear by our peers, our elders, and previous generations. And as Christians we should show a reflection of God and all of His glory. Often I see young women … [Read more...]

You’re a Senior. What Did You Expect?

Indiana Melendez

As a senior at Southwestern, I thought I had the whole college time-management thing down to a key. Wake up, go to classes, get a few hours in at work, do homework, study, hit the gym, go to bed, and do it all over again in the morning. This seemed to work for the first three years of undergraduate studies. But the system I came up with freshman year seems to be failing me now that I’m engrossed in upper-division courses and at least 25 hours at work. The class and workload I now have seems … [Read more...]

Ten Ways for Freshmen to Survive College


(Edited by Angela Mangueira) Starting college is the beginning of many things. You’ll certainly be challenged by new professors, the environment and most significantly a new routine very different than the one you were used to in high school. It’s very important that you organize your time appropriately so that you can deal with the pile of homework that the college life includes. Here are ten ways rules to surviving college: Rule #1: Note everything that you need to learn. In a university … [Read more...]

Just Another New Age Opinion Piece on the Rest of Your Lives

Emily Nolasco

“What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” The age-old question that never really gets old, but in all honesty should be retired. Permanently. Seriously, this question has outlived its usefulness, especially in the age of today where you go to school for one thing and end up doing something completely different. Especially in the age of today where teenagers graduate from high school then go on to switch their majors at least once in their college career. Another point to … [Read more...]

Bad News Is Good News

Makala Coleman

Being told that I’ve done something wrong is surprisingly one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. As editor of Status, Southwestern’s Student Association magazine, I can’t help but laugh at the irony. The second issue of the semester was distributed last Thursday. Negative comments about a movie review column one of my writers put together bothered me when I first heard them. A fellow student told me that he didn’t like the use of movies that were not rated G. Later, a faculty member … [Read more...]

The Lightbulb Moment

Glen Robinson

It’s known by several names. The “aha” moment. The “second when the switch turns on.” I call it the “lightbulb moment.” Call it whatever you will, to many professors it is the culmination of four years of university education for their students. Actually, it’s more than that. Students who think that university is just a continuation of high school are in for a rude awakening, and unless they change their thinking, they probably won’t be around for very long. Because learning goes well … [Read more...]

God Can Use You Where You Are

I am a colporteur, and I have been canvassing for some time now. This ministry has been a BIG blessing in my life and has helped strengthen my relationship with Christ. God really uses canvassing to bring hope to people. One day while I was canvassing, I entered a tattoo/smoke shop. The thought that came to mind was, "I hope this is a quick rejection.”  I thought that a place like that was not the prettiest place to bring Christian books to. I stepped in and saw the lady behind the … [Read more...]

Legalize Longboarding

Nolan Bishop

Longboarding is a viable form of transportation and should be embraced as an on-campus travel option. Southwestern has stated that they cannot allow skateboarding for insurance reasons, but what the University, or insurance, may not realize is that skateboards and longboards are far different than they may at first appear. I would compare a longboard to a bicycle before I would compare it to a skateboard.  Skateboards have little plastic wheels that are great for tricks, but are dangerous … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With Jeans?

Tiffany Collier

I must admit there are just some things I don’t understand. Most things, I just dismiss as unimportant. However, there is one thing that I have noticed since coming to college that I just simply can’t dismiss: the kinesiology department’s anti-jeans policy. I grew up on a small farm in central Texas. I wore jeans almost everywhere. Need to round up the cows? Okay, that’s fine. I’m wearing jeans. Need to run after a stray animal? Say…the dog, for instance? Sure. I’m still wearing jeans. I … [Read more...]