At Home & Abroad

The Kindness of a Stranger

April 20, 2016

Becoming lost is stressful enough, but becoming lost in a country where you cannot understand a single word and no one seems to speak your native tongue brings “stress” to a whole new level. About […]

At Home & Abroad

Sports: The Austrian Way

March 14, 2016

Growing up, I had always played sports, whether it be diving for the community swim and dive team, shooting baskets or hitting balls for my local school district’s athletic association. I found a love for […]

At Home & Abroad

Picky Eating and a Language Barrier

February 8, 2016

Upon arriving in Graz, I was beyond hungry. Fifteen hours of hunger mixed with airplane “food” left me in dire need of an appetizing meal. After settling in at my flat, I decided to go […]

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Consider toll roads as a positive option

January 29, 2015

Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Transportation are researching options to raise revenue to fund construction on Interstate 70 in Missouri, according to a December 2014 KSDK news article. Most notably, the commission […]

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Raising minimum wage is bad for employment

April 17, 2014

During his State of the Union address, President Obama announced a raise in the federal minimum wage to $10.10, hoping to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all workers. Raising the minimum wage will be more detrimental to society than beneficial.
The goal of a business is to make the highest profit it can, and when there are barriers such as wage laws, firms must find new ways to make a profit. Rather than paying high variable costs like wages continuously, firms will invest in new innovations and machinery to make goods production more efficient. As machines begin to do more of the necessary work, firms will lay off unneeded workers. […]

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Truman State should seek cleaner comedy acts

April 10, 2014

For Truman State’s Welcome Back Weekend fall semester, SAB presented comedian Eric Neumann with Ron Nobles as his opening act. Nobles opened Neumann’s show with the typical uncensored jokes, throwing profanity in each bit. He took his jokes too far when he began to make jokes about a male teacher friending a female student on Facebook because the teacher knew the student would grow up to be attractive. Students let out awkward laughs as they squirmed in their chairs with discomfort. […]

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Paying it forward is as easy as a drive-through

March 6, 2014

“There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.”
Author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book “Pay It Forward” ignited a spark during 1991 that continues to fire up people around the world. A worldwide movement started during 2007 by Australian Blake Beattie promotes one day a year during which everyone “pays it forward,” according to PayItForwardDay.com. Sixty-five countries publically participated in the Pay It Forward Day during 2013. This year, the international date set by this foundation is April 24. […]

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State funds could relieve students’ tuition costs

February 27, 2014

Tuition costs — we all dread them. Tuition costs consistently increase and it is difficult for students to pay for college without accepting loans. This leaves students with college debt that can take years to pay off. The current tuition rate for one year at a four-year university could have paid for all four years of college 10 years ago, according to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Something needs to be done about the increasing rate of tuition. The government should redirect funds toward higher education systems rather than other recipients. […]