Opinion

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Brainstorming parking

Zach Henson Staff Writer I can barely go about a day on campus without struggling to find a parking spot myself or hearing about a classmate struggling to find a spot for himself. Most of us complain about parking and for good reason. It is very hard to find a parking spot on campus, especially if you want a parking spot anywhere near where you want to go. Even though there is so much complaining going on, I hear very few ideas about how to actually fix the situation. Furthermore, […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Opinion
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The war on the fourth estate

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer The fourth estate is a term used to describe the free press as an unofficial fourth arm of the government. Among other things, they have historically been known for their journalistic integrity and commitment towards providing people with accurate information and holding government representatives accountable. Donald Trump, though, has an alternative view on that. He and his administration have labeled mainstream media as “fake news” and claim that they are “the enemy of the American people.” Outlets like the New York Times, which throughout its history […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Opinion
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Letter to the editor: addressed to the international students of Troy

Dear Troy University, We have a problem, and we need a solution. Recently, there was an international student who received a note on his car from one Troy student that said some rather ugly things. We—as the Troy University community and close-nit family of students from all walks of life, all nationalities and backgrounds, and all skin colors—cannot be silent on racial prejudices in our school, even when it comes from one person. We have to stop it at once before it becomes many. Troy has rightfully been dubbed for […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Letter to the editor, Opinion
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Looking beyond stereotypes

Anushka K. C. Staff Writer Before coming to the US, my relatives told me, “Always be careful around the black people. Haven’t you heard the stories?” Yes, I had heard some stories of people being killed, shot or mugged. I always got frustrated and angry when I heard these statements. It felt unfair, the notion that African-Americans were dangerous. That’s why Nepal is digressing from being a liberal society. We are racially biased against people who are not even from our country. I was still naïve, I realized. Things were […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Opinion
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Legislature finds solution to non-existing problem

Pratibha Guatam Contributor On Feb. 8,  an Alabama House committee approved a bill that would block state funding to Alabama public colleges and universities that adopt a “sanctuary” policy. Although the meaning of a “sanctuary campus” is not clear, most colleges adopting the policy implement two clauses: they refuse to turn over  information regarding undocumented students or faculty unless they are facing criminal charges, and they also provide confidential counseling and legal services for such students. In the past few weeks, colleges all over the United States are adopting this […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Opinion
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Constituents voice opinions on SGA

Katie Miller Staff Writer With the recent Student Government Association president elections, we as a student body need to make sure that we are represented. The SGA is a crucial part of Troy University, and it does everything it can to benefit students. Olivia Melton, our current senior SGA president from Orange Beach, considers this week’s election “bittersweet,” but looks forward to watching the new president make critical changes. “I would like to see a better way of organizing how information is communicated to students,” Melton said. “No one uses […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Opinion
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Colorism across cultures

Nijhoom Roy Staff Writer Growing up in an Indian community, I would always be appreciated for my supposed “fair” skin tone. I would also be advised by my grandparents and relatives to take good care of my skin and not to go out and play under the sun for a long time. According to my relatives, it was more important for me to stay indoors and preserve my skin tone rather than doing what I loved as a child. As years passed by, my skin tone began to grow a […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Opinion
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Living and fearing racism

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer We talk about racism as being of the past, but we often don’t realize that a single act of violence opens doors to hundreds of years of oppression. After years of struggle, many African Americans still live in a state of constant fear, highlighted by acts of violence against them across the nation over the past few years. In honor of African American history month, the Troy University Philosophy Society and the NAACP held a screening of the documentary “Thirteenth.” This served as a premise for […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Opinion
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From the future president’s desk:

Sam Moody To my fellow Trojans, My name is Sam Moody, and I am incredibly excited for the opportunity I have to run for the position of your SGA president. I am so excited to have the chance to work for you and to help make your Troy experience the best it can be. My campaign is centered around a simple slogan: Sam Moody for Troy Y.O.U. The “you” is an acronym for your YEAR, your OPPORTUNITY and your UNIVERSITY. I genuinely feel that the president’s role is to be […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Opinion
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What makes an effective leader?

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer Last weekend, Troy hosted its annual leadership conference celebrating African-American history month.  Students were able to participate in this event themed, “Overcoming the Community Crisis.” In light of this, I talked to John Kline, the director of the institute for leadership development, about what makes an effective leader. “One of the things leaders continuously have to do is to learn,” he said. “They learn from their successes and failure, and they also learn from other people, which means they always have to listen.” When asked how […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Opinion