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Just Sayin’: The Last Goodbye

I woke up, put on my wool beanie and unzipped the tent door. The horizon of the Ohio cornfields stretched out miles into the distance. A slight glow could be seen coming up against deep navy blue sky. My tentmate woke up and inched his way over in his sleeping bag. The two of us just sat, watching as the world emerged into a new day. We hadn’t decided to camp out until after 10:30 the previous night, and by the time we decided to go to sleep, it was well past midnight. But that didn’t ...

Just Sayin’: Lollipop

It was a warm fall night. Clouds filled the sky, blocking any light from the moon and stars. The only reason we could see ahead of us was the headlamps two or three of us had grabbed before heading out for the run. We were all freshmen on the cross country team at Cedarville. It was Labor Day weekend and we had decided it would be fun to go running in the dark on some back roads none of us had been down before. We spent the run trying to learn more about each other, talking about our ...

Just Sayin’: FeBREWary

I am not sure exactly how or why it happened, but a few weeks ago I decided to stop drinking coffee. If you know me at all, you understand that not drinking coffee is a big deal. Every morning I would have two large mugs of coffee with breakfast. Usually I would make enough in the morning so I could have at least one mug in the afternoon as well. If I was studying at Panera I would have three or four cups. I learned from many sleepless nights not to have too much in the evening, but I loved my ...

Preview: The Oscars

It’s that time of year when the conversation starter is something like: “Felicity Jones or Rosamund Pike?” or maybe, “Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne?” A person’s thoughts turn to the allure of the silver screen and hope that artistic merit wins over mere power of celebrity. An imperfect system Although the Oscars are typically a reliable and respected establishment, it comes as no surprise that the system isn’t perfect. Among the common criticisms is the possibility of ...

Is Speech Ever Free?

Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, is making news once again. This time, it’s for riots that have been sparked in Niger in response to the cartoons published in the most recent issue of the magazine. The cartoons were meant to make a statement to terrorists letting them know they have not succeeded in silencing the magazine. But at what cost? Part of the reason the shooting at Charlie Hebdo struck a nerve with the American public was because attacks on freedom of speech were ...

Just Sayin’: New Year, New Resolutions

Well, here we are. 2015. I recently watched the “Back to the Future” trilogy, and if any of you are familiar with those movies, you would know Doc Brown takes Marty to 2015 in the second movie. October 21, 2015, to be exact. That is still a few months away, but we have a long way to go to live up to those expectations. No one has a flying car or hover-board. “Jaws 19” is probably not quite in the making yet. Although, I did hear Nike is potentially releasing a pair of shoes that ...

Just Sayin’: Row Your Boat

Well, you’ve made it. Almost. Only one more week stands between you and the freedoms of winter break. For some of you, thoughts of finals send shivers down your spine. Your professors seem to find joy in condensing an entire semester into a single two-hour time period. And not just one professor. All of them. Your weekly planner is a mixture of all-nighters at Tim Horton’s and multiple Killer Bees from Rinnova the following day. Others of you may not have it so bad. Maybe you have a ...

Just Sayin’: Don’t Lose the Plot

The two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region was last month. The storm would end up costing the United States around $65 billion, second only to Hurricane Katrina. It had been almost a full month since Hurricane Sandy came ashore when my family joined a group from my church in Pennsylvania on a day trip to help with the relief efforts. The first thing I noticed was the garbage hanging six feet above the ground in the trees. The worst of it had ...

Just Sayin’: Be Where You Are

It’s fall in Ohio. The days are warm and nights are crisp. The leaves will be at their peak colors in the next couple weeks, and Peifer Orchard has amazing apple cider slushies for two dollars. Young’s should have the corn maze up and running, and Fairborn has a wonderful disc golf course. The sunsets at Buck Creek easily rival Cedarville’s, and Yellow Springs will be having the street fair soon. The day after this is put in print if I am correct. And who could forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes ...

Just Sayin’: A Little About Me

Welcome back, everyone! I’m sure most of you are starting to settle down and establish your routines for the semester. Hopefully you have been able to sort through the plethora of assignments located within your syllabi and have not suffered from shock. I’m still trying to figure out my schedule, and this is my fourth year here, so no worries if you still need to get a little more organized. I figured the best way for me to start off this column would be with some kind of introduction. If ...