Editorial

StuGov Buzz: Semester recap and future plans

December 11, 2018

Hello Bulldogs! Student Government hopes that you have all had another great semester here at the lovely Truman State University. All the snow sure puts us in a festive spirit! You can never have too much of a good thing but we are very excited for winter break. Being able to see our families again, some time off for festivities or just some time off is always appreciated, and then coming back to Truman is something to look forward to as well! […]

Campus

Lyceum ticket prices increase

December 10, 2018

Truman Public Relations Director Heidi Templeton said tickets for the series used to be free, but the series began charging $5 for the tickets during the 2016-2017 season. Templeton said the ticket prices have increased because of a lack of funding. […]

Editorial

Our View: Don’t allow Truman to be high school 2.0

December 10, 2018

Think about the classes you took in high school. If your high school was like the standard American high school, your classes only surveyed a topic’s surface and had names like “Biology 1,” “U.S. History” or “English A.” Your curriculum probably did not feature specialized study opportunities like SOAN 452: Social Dimensions of Health and Illness or PSYC 430: Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Behavior, two actual classes offered at Truman State University next semester. While high schools provide foundational knowledge, colleges are supposed to provide a more specialized education, which translates to a greater wealth of intelligence and greater self-marketability upon graduation. […]

Arts & Entertainment

Truman graduate publishes poetry collection

December 9, 2018

Last month 2014 Truman State University graduate and writer, published his first book of poetry titled “What Loss Taught Me.”

Stephen Furlong chose to write poetry because he was blown away by the beauty and complexity of it. Furlong compared it to standing close to a painting and seeing the brushstrokes, and then by stepping away, one can see how ideas are woven together. That is one of the mystifying elements of writing, but he always thought that poetry was different. […]

Features

Testimony of the Living, Part Six

December 8, 2018

What is this? This is the beginning of a story. Not a story about Truman State University, nor a story of real people from anywhere, but a work of fiction. A short story from the brain of a person with too much going on inside her head. And this is only the beginning of it.
Each edition will bring you a new piece of the story until it has been fully told. Then, perhaps, I’ll tell you a new story. For now, welcome to the world of five teenagers living in Finder’s Point, Washington, a town that one of them describes as a “hideout for the lifeless.” This is the story of the creative, passionate, and animated living among the dreary, dull, and almost dead. This is the story of a group of friends whose own parents didn’t know what to do with them. A group of friends who are committed to staying alive. […]

Features

Cancún Mexican Cuisine — from burrito stand to brick and mortar

December 5, 2018

It all began with a simple burrito stand at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.  Hector Contreras, John Garlock and Contreras’s two nieces would fry tater tots and sausage at 5 a.m. and place their burritos into a wagon to pull two blocks to The Square. With demand for burritos and Kirksville community support high, Contreras came up with an idea: turn the burrito stand into a restaurant. […]

Features

Testimony of the Living, Part Five

December 3, 2018

What is this? This is the beginning of a story. Not a story about Truman State University, nor a story of real people from anywhere, but a work of fiction. A short story from the brain of a person with too much going on inside her head. And this is only the beginning of it.
Each edition will bring you a new piece of the story until it has been fully told. Then, perhaps, I’ll tell you a new story. For now, welcome to the world of five teenagers living in Finder’s Point, Washington, a town that one of them describes as a “hideout for the lifeless.” This is the story of the creative, passionate, and animated living among the dreary, dull, and almost dead. This is the story of a group of friends whose own parents didn’t know what to do with them. A group of friends who are committed to staying alive.
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KTRM

Ode to Hunger

December 2, 2018

In 2014, I was diagnosed with anorexia. I was sixteen and weighed 132 pounds. My nails were blue – my lips purple. My resting heart rate was 34 bpm, and my index finger and thumb created a shackle around my bicep. At night I held my hip bones: I loved them.

At that time, Florence and the Machine (stylized as Florence + The Machine) had only released Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011). I listened to their music religiously. It reminded me of great women who passed from suicide, namely: Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. The drowning metaphors, the spiritual motifs, the haunting voice, the crystalized sounds – all of it transformed me into a pretentious adolescent. […]