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A vision for diversity and inclusive excellence

By Mary Cullinan, EWU President
May 20
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

EWU’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week was filled with inspirational and beautifully organized events that showcased the multiple ways in which we experience diversity. The week also provided many opportunities for serious reflection and conversation. I’m very grateful to the President’s Committee...

Space for improvement with EWU drivers

Space for improvement with EWU drivers

By Joe Matthews, opinion editor
May 17
Filed under Carousel, Opinion, Showcase

With many students commuting to EWU every morning, the difficulties of finding a decent parking spot can cause great frustration. Driving circles around campus, using more gas than it took to actually get there in the first place, many students attempt to fill the smallest of spots even if they are...

Forced to attend classes

Forced to attend classes

By Joe Matthews, opinion editor
May 9
Filed under Carousel, Opinion, Showcase

Coming out of high school, most students finally get the opportunity to start making their own decisions such as being able to miss a class or two without worrying about the school calling home. Unfortunately, though many students work, have family conflicts or are struck by sudden strife, several professors...

Preacher represents more than God

By Joe Matthews, opinion editor
April 29
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It seems that every year EWU is blessed with a self-proclaimed man of God standing outside the PUB preaching to anyone that will listen: warning students of eternal damnation if they don’t accept the Lord into their lives. Always drawing a crowd, he preaches his beliefs as if there is nothing more...

Math Lab contributes to department’s bad reputation

By Joe Matthews, Opinion Editor
April 25
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Unfortunately for EWU, over the past several years its math department has received the reputation of being sub-par. With complaints of poor teaching, tests that have nothing to do with prior lessons and little resources to their disposal, students have become incredibly frustrated with the lack of progress...

Isolated incidents bring bad rep to gun owners everywhere

By Joe Matthews, opinion editor
April 15
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Not being a heavy gun activist myself, I have always found it a little threatening and somewhat unnecessary to carry a gun wherever you go. The concept is easy enough to understand; guns have the ability to keep us safe in the case of an emergency. But when people are making idiotic decisions with their...

All holidays are commercialized

All holidays are commercialized

By Joe Matthews, Opinion Editor
April 2
Filed under Carousel, Opinion, Photos, Showcase, Slideshow

Lent is over, the Easter Bunny has dropped his eggs and the complaints about the commercialization of Easter have begun. What is supposed to be a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ has become a day full of gluttony and consumerism. From children crying over not finding as many...

Staycation just as good as vacation

Staycation just as good as vacation

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
March 12
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Slideshow

Some have their sights set on the beaches for this upcoming spring break while others can only see their couch and Netflix on the horizon. While some may be going on a vacation to remember, a lot of students are probably doing the same as me — taking a much-needed and deserved staycation. Taking...

More diversity needed in two-credit classes

More diversity needed in two-credit classes

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
March 4
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Slideshow

There are many one and two-credit classes offered at Eastern, but what is lacking is diversity amongst those classes. Almost every one of those classes requires physical activity, whether it be Yoga, Zumba or, of course, Fast Fitness. There are a couple non-P.E. classes scattered throughout our vast...

Justice Scalia’s death leads to controversy

Justice Scalia’s death leads to controversy

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
February 28
Filed under Opinion, Photos, Showcase, Slideshow

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his bed while staying at his ranch in Shafter, Texas, on Feb. 13, 2016. With 30 years on the court under his belt, it is sad that many people are only concerned with his controversially-rumored murder and how they can prevent Obama from nominating Scalia’s...

Collegiate eSports need support

Collegiate eSports need support

By Jordan Perry, Contributing Writer
February 27
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Slideshow

How long will it take for people to see that playing a game for money is the same whether it is a physical sport or a video game? It seems that every time I mention eSports or professional gaming I get a sideways look or a scoff from passersby. Yet eSports tournaments are pulling in big-name sponsors...

Beyonce’s Superbowl halftime show not racist

Beyonce’s Superbowl halftime show not racist

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Slideshow

As of Feb. 7, the Denver Broncos are Super Bowl champions, but over a week later, all some people can remember is the supposedly racist halftime performance given by Beyoncé Knowles. Trying to remind us of the good the Black Panthers brought to the African-American community, Beyoncé’s performance...

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