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Editorial

Spring

April 24, 2014

Cartoonist Megan Archer comments on the marketing value of spring weather at Truman. […]

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Truman students take improvising to a new level

April 24, 2014

The phrase “making it up as they go along” usually does not have a positive ring to it. Yet I think much can be learned from the times we have to figure things out on the fly — like jazz musicians discovering a song as they play it.
I think at Truman State, a rarely acknowledged skill we share is making it up as we go, reinventing ourselves all the time. Forced to deal with uncertainty in essays, research projects and performances, students become increasingly better able to turn uncertainty into a chance for creation.
One of my favorite acts at Truman is Tag Improv. Witty, surreal and unpredictable, these students have spent perhaps more time than any of us practicing the art of “making it up as they go along.” My favorite performance was last fall in front of Magruder Hall. Their long-form sketch somehow brought together zombies, a corn maze, the clock tower and corn nuts in a reasonably coherent and humorous story. Seemingly random elements of our shared culture appear in their sketches and are connected in bizarre and artful ways. […]

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Values should not rule public discourse

April 10, 2014

I try my hardest not to stick to my values.
According to Jon Stewart and his quote on posters around campus, “If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.”
However, this type of thinking that is pushed by the political parties is harming political discourse. A person’s values can contradict, so they shouldn’t be the sole basis of decision making. People should refrain from making political decisions based on strict values political parties arbitrarily assign to issues. […]

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Science majors should include better writing course options

April 3, 2014

There is a common cliché at Truman State that scientists write poorly. Writing well in the sciences is, in fact, a challenge. But we ought to see this not as an unavoidable consequence of studying science, but rather an opportunity for Truman to train better science communicators. Science classes focused entirely on writing for that particular field would help students with scientific literature comprehension and enable them to explain their findings to non-scientists, a necessary skill for the professional world.
As someone with academic interests in biology and English, I am unusual. Some might argue even though writing well is an important skill for at least some scientists to have, it must remain outside of the focus for the majority of science majors because of the limitations of a four-year program. […]

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New research makes waves

March 20, 2014 and

Between classes, tests, extracurricular activities and having a social life, few students have time to watch the news, let alone keep up with the latest scientific discoveries.
Science research is an incredibly varied field, and important discoveries are being made every day. A few of these recent discoveries include gravitational waves, using plant xylem as a water filter and a device the size of a corn kernel that will let you know when your milk is spoiled.
The discovery of gravitational waves may seem frivolous to the casual observer, but this discovery helps to validate the theory of inflation. […]

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“Review” rocks comic writing

March 20, 2014

Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) is a smart, somewhat square, unassuming man. He always wears a tan jacket, khakis, brown shoes and glasses. He lives a humdrum suburban life, except for his job. Forrest hosts a TV show called “Review,” in which he tries to rate experiences. The concept comes from an Australian show, “Review with Myles Barlow,” and it’s a breath of fresh air for sketch comedy.
The two episodes aired thus far are “Stealing, Addiction, Prom” and “Sex Tape, Racist, Hunting.” As you might guess, these experiences tend not to go well for Forrest. His polite, naïve, awkward manner clashes with his viewers’ outrageous requests, and often the result is quality shaky-camera cringe comedy a la “The Office.” […]