Articles by: Opinion

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Editor-in-chief reflects on past year

Tori Bedsole Editor-in-Chief Leading the Tropolitan as editor-in-chief has been the greatest accomplishment of my college career. I have had the privilege of serving with some of the most dedicated writers and photographers I have ever met. It has been an honor to serve alongside students from a variety of disciplines. Different viewpoints bring diversity and perspective to a newspaper. I hope that as the Trop grows old, students from different majors and opinions will continue to come together to seek out the truth. The Tropolitan may be Troy University’s […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Opinion
From the desk of the Tropolitan: In regard to the SGA complaint against Taylor Holt

From the desk of the Tropolitan: In regard to the SGA complaint against Taylor Holt

Tropolitan Editorial Board  Concerning the news article on Page One about Taylor Holt’s campaign practices for an executive position in Troy’s Student Government Association, the office of the Tropolitan feels that the SGA is not performing its purpose to an appropriate extent. Holt, a member of Phi Mu, after campaigning at a separate table across from Phi Mu’s Founders’ Day tent, eventually moved her campaign under Phi Mu’s tent under the supposed threat of “severe weather.” During this time, her campaign and the Founders’ Day event were indistinguishable from one […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Opinion
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Don’t take Troy for granted

Holly Ammons Photography Editor God willing, I’ll be graduating in a few weeks. I’d like to leave behind some inspirational piece of advice, but I’m drawing a blank. I have nothing profound to say, so please excuse me as I reflect upon the past five years. I registered for my first semester of classes with the dream of being a nurse. I was in an unhealthy relationship that I thought would last forever. I didn’t speak up for myself or anything else. Most days, I wanted to be invisible. Almost […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Opinion
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Finding success in unlikely places

Franchesca Perez Features Editor Let me start by saying that I had zero real experience in writing, journalism or AP style when Destiny Hosmer, a former staff writer, finally persuaded me to come to a Tropolitan meeting. I had no clue what I was doing or what to expect, but somehow, I found myself agreeing to cover an upcoming SGA meeting. I remember walking in hesitantly, trying to mask the fact that I had no clue what I was doing. It was honestly pretty terrifying. Yet, somehow I made it […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Opinion
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Fulfilling dreams through struggle

Kathleen Egbert Graphic Design Editor With graduation looming in the immediate future, I’ve done a lot of reflecting, thinking back to what I came to Troy with the dreams and aspirations to do. I first moved into the dorms four years ago, a very different person than I am right now. I was shy, hated speaking up for myself, had no friends in Troy and had huge hopes and dreams that I later decided were near impossible. Over the past four years, I’ve learned quite a bit thanks to Troy. […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Opinion
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Trojans bid farewell to Blackboard, voice hope for Canvas

Katie Miller Staff Writer Starting this summer, Troy University will no longer be associated with Blackboard. Instead, students will be introduced to Canvas, an up-to-date, student-focused, easy-to-use system for all assignments and communication. Glynn Cavin, associate vice chancellor for Troy Online, speaks very highly of Canvas. “We think it’s important to stay abreast with what’s going on in evolving educational technology,” Cavin said. “Blackboard was not meeting our needs currently.” “Canvas is very up-to-date,” Cavin said. “It met all of our functionality requirements, and it’s easy to use and a […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Opinion
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Advising troubles: a double-sided issue

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Some students in the exercise science program highlighted issues that they seem to have about advising. The department is staffed with three faculty members and is responsible for overseeing the curricula for just under 400 students. Taylor Carbone, a sophomore exercise science major from Hawthorne who transferred to Troy from the University of Alabama, is frustrated by the lack of personal interaction at Troy. “Coming from a big school like the University of Alabama and being able to sit one-on-one with an adviser and then coming […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Opinion
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Math department implements specific calculator model rule

Katie Miller Staff Writer Calculators seem like a simple device, but the math department takes sincere care in making sure all students have equal opportunity in their classes. The TI30XII scientific calculator was a requirement as of fall 2016 for lower level math courses, mainly those that are general studies. Students were forced to part from their basic function calculators or high-level graphing calculators and begin getting accustomed to the TI30XII. This is a great change for Kenneth Roblee, a professor in the math department and general studies coordinator. “I […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion
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Doc leaves office; Alabama still sick

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor In the buffoonery that is Alabama politics, the state’s most ridiculous clown has finally resigned from the governor’s throne, assuring voters that he had, in fact, done something illegal. Huzzah! Now that the voters’ monocle is no longer focused on Robert Bentley broadcasting tomfoolery, Alabama lawmakers can return to serious work like posturing with fruitless legislation. But, what’s new? Our state’s politicians have long been the butt of the joke in every statesman’s cigar room, at least since the reign of former Gov. George […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion
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Republicans rewrite rules

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer In confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last week, Republicans took the drastic step of overturning a filibuster, an act that could virtually leave the Democratic Party powerless until the next election. A filibuster in the United States Senate is a legislative device that requires a 60 percent vote to bring any major legislation to the Senate floor for a final vote. This breaks a tradition that has lasted over 200 years where a filibuster has been respected by a majority party. The effects of […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Opinion