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Column: Do not sweat the small stuff

Liz Stephens, Columnist
August 20, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Each summer, I make it a priority to discover ways to grow as an individual and to have a better semester than the last. I love buying and reading all of the personal development books I can get my hands on and often find that while reading, they spark many ideas and mottos to use in the upcoming semester....

Have fun but stay focused on your goals

Staff Report
August 20, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As the sun rises Monday morning, sleepy students will wipe the crust out of their tired and heavy eyes and roll out of bed, dress and make their way to the first class of the day. For some, the first day of school can be nerve wracking, for others it’s a walk in the park but whatever the case is,...

Letter from the Editor

Cassie Buchman, Editor-in-Chief
August 20, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In case you have not heard it enough, let me just say welcome back to campus, and happy first day of classes. In case you do not know me, my name is Cassie Buchman, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Eastern News. Heading into the new school year in my new position, I have thought a lot ab...

OPINION: Jack Chick strikes again

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
July 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

A few days ago, my coworker came back from the bathroom of our gas station with a tiny booklet in hand. It was a multi-page comic book, colored in retro-inspired black ink pictures and garnished with Bible passages. Folded into the book was a yellow pamphlet advertising a story of a man who allegedly...

OPINION: Favorite places exist, find one

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
June 29, 2017
Filed under Columns

In rural Fayette county, there is a natural spring. It supplies cool, crystal-clear water to anyone who wants a drink. Maintained by one dedicated man and beloved by people across the county, the Kaskaskia Gardens are a hidden gem and one of my favorite places on Earth. As an opinion writer, I am...

Minimum wage workers do not need extra work

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
June 22, 2017
Filed under Columns

When I was a child, I used to go with a close friend of mine on trips to Walmart. In my hometown, shopping trips were one of the few child-accessible forms of entertainment that did not involve aimlessly wandering town or making sleds out of old mattresses and staircases, so friend-based Walmart trips...

OPINION: All kinds of parents deserve recognition

Liz Stephens, Staff Reporter
June 18, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

My stepdad took on the commitment of being my father when I was almost five years old. It was not until I was almost 18 that I realized how much he knowingly chose to take on when marrying my mom, who had three daughters. Fathers who are present and active in their children’s lives need to be recognized...

Opinion: Breakfast of champions may not make champions

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
June 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Dear readers, let me tell you a story of my greatest failure as a person, a person with taste and a student. This is the story of the worst breakfast I ever had. Let us flash back to roughly four years ago. At the time, I was attending a Lake Land College branch in Effingham, splitting my time between...

Opinion: Being overworked is not trendy

Liz Stephens, Reporter
June 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a college student, it is easy for one to work their hardest but still not feel as if they are doing enough. It is also easy to say yes to every opportunity because of the fear of missing out or looking lazy for not taking an extra obligation. Last semester I worked three jobs and went to school...

Opinion: Take a chance on a lesser-known activity

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
June 8, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Earlier this week, The Daily Eastern News reported on The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, which recently moved in at Eastern for part of their spring training. When that article ran, I got the chance to have my first-ever contributing byline in a news article. I gleefully wrote up a few paragraphs about dr...

OPINION: People need to think for themselves

Olivia Swenson-Hultz, Assistant Photo Editor
June 6, 2017
Filed under Columns

In the age of apathy, true purpose may be becoming a thing of the past. We are a sanctioned people, forcibly separated from our individual thoughts and forced to wallow in the daily news or the latest executive order. In many ways we are a selfish people, driven by money and control, but we also...

Travel can be healthy

Shelby Niehaus, Columnist
June 2, 2017
Filed under Opinions

During the last two weeks, I have traveled some 3,500 miles by car, bus, airplane and foot. Originally, I did not intend my extended travel break to be therapeutic, but I needed to get away from Illinois for a while. Central Illinois, while a lovely locale, has been weighing me down. Lately, the...

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