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Our View: Awareness week will be helpful

September 19, 2014

Next week, Truman State will host Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The Awareness Week’s purpose is to raise the public’s consciousness about sexual assault and provide information about what Truman is doing to stop these crimes.

We, the Index Editorial Board, encourage the campus community to take part in these dialogues about how we can cooperate to end sexual assault. Though the disturbing trend of sexual assault on college campuses is a complex and nuanced problem, we — as an outlet of public information — think public awareness is the first step to meaningful change.

Events of the week will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building 3202 with “Coffee & Consciousness: Sexual Assault & Survivor Resources Discussion.” This event will serve as a discussion about constituents of sexual assault and useful resources available to victims.

University President Troy Paino, Dean of Student Affairs Lou Ann Gilchrist, and junior Dani Fritz will present “Administration vs. Assault” 6 p.m. Tuesday in Baldwin Hall’s Little Theater, room 176. Truman students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about how Truman approaches and works with survivors and assailants of sexual violence on campus.
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Our View

September 11, 2014

Wander through downtown Kirksville this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and you’re bound to come across milling, boisterous crowds and tents showcasing everything from glassware to pottery to printed posters.

This hustle and bustle is an annual event in Kirksville — the Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival. The 2014 Festival will mark the 40th anniversary of the event. Native Kirksvillians, Truman State students and their families, and amateur artists from near and far will attend, and we encourage you to experience the festival for yourself.

The Kirksville Arts Association manages the festival and “seeks to bring together individuals involved in the visual arts, performing arts and crafts, with the extended community of the Kirksville region,” according to the Kirksville Arts Association website. Each year, more than 9,000 visitors attend the festival and more than 100 booths showcase their wares. […]

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Find the bright side of news

August 17, 2014

This week, even as a member of the working media, there have been times when I just didn’t want to read the news. Every news source, every headline seems to spread the stories of deaths — whether of students or beloved celebrities, fighting in the Middle East and many students’ hometown, St. Louis, and other tragedies. Sadness and violence are close to home as well as all across the world.

When times seem bleak like this, it can be tempting to try to hide from what upsets us in the world even as the ability to block out events that make us unhappy becomes harder and harder when they hit closer to home. […]

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Our View: Homelessness might not be apparent

April 17, 2014

For Truman State’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, student organizations around campus will participate in a food, toiletries and clothing drive April 14 to 18. The contributed items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central/Northeast Missouri in Columbia. During this time, the University encourages students to give toward this cause and educate themselves about the realities of homelessness.
We, the Index Editorial Board, applaud these efforts and encourage students to take this opportunity to familiarize themselves with the realities of homelessness. […]

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Our View Good teachers can’t be defined by a paycheck

April 10, 2014

For some time, raising faculty salary has been a hot topic of discussion at Truman State. Recently, University President Troy Paino proposed a plan to increase salaries throughout the next five years. The Index Editorial Board recognizes the importance of this issue for faculty members and its potential impact on their quality of life.
However, some of the arguments in favor of this pay increase do a disservice to the dedicated Truman faculty and possibly could hurt future hiring practices. […]

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Our View: Rankings don’t fit with liberal arts mission

April 3, 2014

Truman State often is awarded by organizations for the value of its education, an obscure characterization arrived at by weighing the cost of attending the institution against the equally vague “quality” of the education. Recently, Kiplinger named Truman No. 12 of the 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.”
Truman’s administration is, of course, happy to emphasize these rankings. And yes, they benefit the public image of the University which we attend — as students who continue to attend the University, we must, at some level, think Truman offers an education with value. […]

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Our View: Blackboard use should be mandatory

March 20, 2014

College has many stressors, and a significant one of those is grades. Grades are the measuring sticks that can effect whether students earn jobs. At Truman State, teachers have access to an online resource that can help alleviate some of that stress — Blackboard. We, the Index Editorial Board, think it should be mandatory for professors to use that resource to inform students of their progress in courses.
Some professors do not offer percentage grades on returned assignments, only a letter grade. Other professors, due to human error, forget to hand back assignments to students. This can create a situation in which students don’t know what grade they have received on their assignments. This sort of situation multiplies students’ stress about their course grades. […]

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Our View: Immunity bill shows respect for human life

March 6, 2014

A pair of bills introduced to the Missouri House and Senate by Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-63) and Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-27) would offer some immunity to possessors of illegal drugs when they report an overdose.
We, the Index Editorial Board, would like to express our support for such a measure. No person deserves to die from a drug overdose — especially not because a potential reporter is too afraid of legal ramifications after contacting emergency response personnel. However, we disagree with some of the bills’ limitations. […]

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Our View Index editorial board honors Teri Heckert

February 27, 2014

Truman State psychology professor Teri Heckert passed away Feb. 19 after a long battle with breast cancer. We, the Index Editorial Board, wish to extend our condolences to her family, close friends and everyone impacted by Heckert’s death.
While we did not know Heckert personally, we were moved by the outpouring of support and passionate recalling of memories by the sources we spoke to while compiling information for our feature about Heckert. […]

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Our View: Support ban of dog discrimination

February 18, 2014

Missouri legislators and representatives from animal shelters throughout the state are speaking out in support of a Missouri House bill that would prohibit cities from banning ownership of specific dog breeds. We support this “Dog Anti-Discrimination Act,” and commend Rep. Ron Hicks (R-107) for sponsoring the bill.
Ordinances that target specific dog breeds are misleading and vague. As Hicks said, “Any dog can bite.” A dog’s tendency to bite is based as much, if not more, upon its environment as its breed. Dogs such as pit bulls, which currently are banned in the city of Kirksville, are unfairly labeled as “dangerous,” when they often are as docile as any other household pet. […]