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The history of Halloween

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Headlines have recently filtered in regarding an elementary school in Massachusetts dropping its typical Halloween costume party and picking up a “Black and Orange Spirit Day” instead. The reasoning behind this change in tradition as stated by the principle was to remain inclusive to all students and to ensure safety. Instead of dressing up in costumes, students were encouraged to dress in black and orange colors. This raised concerns from local parents who disapproved of the political correctness being inserted into school policy regarding a holiday so popular with children. Also, some were worried this would create a ripple effect of fun events being cancelled due to being non-inclusive. With all this drama circulating around a holiday that dates back to long before political correctness and costume parties even existed, it’s important to consider the roots of Halloween, something...

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What’s happened to Halloween?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

One year at a Halloween party, I was channeling my inner Hermione Granger, and it was awesome. I had a pleated skirt, gray sweater and knee-high socks complete with a wand I had bought at Target. It was cute, fun and one of my favorite characters. Now, at this party, I kept seeing girls stumbling around in booty shorts and fishnet tights, claiming to be cats, bunnies and other animals. Clearly they’ve never seen a cat before because I’m pretty sure cats don’t wear fishnets.   This got me thinking. Why do people choose to wear these revealing costumes or things that just shouldn’t be worn as a costume? Cats, bunnies, cops, nurses, soldiers, Disney characters and many others have been deformed into these weird, ugly costumes. To be a bunny, you need a set of tights, a leotard,...

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Maryville College republicans want your support

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Maryville College is a two-party campus. The Maryville College Republicans Club is seeking to increase the level of political diversity on campus by providing a forum for conservative students and members of the Republican Party. There is a much larger number of Republicans on campus than many would think, and the MC Republicans club is seeking to provide a home for those students who identify as Republicans and to anyone who would like to learn more about the GOP. Every other week, the MC Republicans come together and engage with local elected officials and candidates for office. Recent guests include members of the Tennessee House of Representatives that represent Blount County.   The MC Republicans are not just limited to meetings–members of the club are actively engaged in the community, participating in political campaigns and other community events. Our...

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In a world such as this. . .

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

In a world such as this, in a time such as ours, we, the younger generation of American citizens, are faced with considering issues that are unlike the problems faced by our predecessors. A strong and tangible feeling of nervous angst is growing inside the minds of our young people. It can be heard between the words in our conversations and read between the lines in our writing. It can be felt in our silence when we consider—while impending thoughts of doom creep into our minds—things like Global Warming, over-population, mass-shootings and violent protests. On the forefront of our minds lately are thoughts of a baldness-denying, orange-skinned man as our supreme leader. We imagine him with his finger on the trigger waiting for some country to say the wrong words. We consider the economics of the future with little...

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Screaming against insanity

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

It’s 10:05 p.m., and the rattle of gunfire can be heard over terrified wails of panic. It’s 10:15 p.m. when the bullets stop, and 59 innocents are left dead on the bright Las Vegas Strip. 59 individuals with individual stories, individual experiences, individual hopes, individual dreams and individual longings. In 10 minutes, 59 unique perspectives were wrongfully washed away like tears in the rain. When I heard news of the Las Vegas massacre that took place on Oct. 1, 2017, I was miserable. Yes, I was miserable, mad, angry, depressed and grief stricken. But I was not shocked. Shock implies that the event is unexpected, yet after observing this year’s other happenings, the bloodshed almost made sense. It’s as if the Las Vegas massacre was a microcosm of current America: chaotic, messy, violent and so loud that people couldn’t...

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Take a knee

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

The Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars. All of these football teams chose to take a knee on Sunday, Sept. 24 after President Trump had tweeted that players who take a knee during the National Anthem should be fired.     President Trump was likely referring to Colin Kaepernik who first took a knee during the National Anthem last season in protest of police violence and racism.     “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernik said to NFL Media.     Though many teams are getting recognized for the number of players who are kneeling, some teams are responding to the tweets in other ways. The Greenbay Packers chose to stand and link arms, as a symbol of the unity of the football community. Meanwhile, other teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers chose...

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