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Chris Brindle, Opinion Editor

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An editor bids farewell

April 26, 2018

Four years is not long. Two is even shorter, and that is how long this editor has written for The Campus. Despite that short tenure, as he reflects on the time he has spent here he is confronted foremost...

Leaving the liberal arts tradition

April 19, 2018

Liam Michel Photography   Words change over time, and the term liberal arts is no different. Although its origins reach back to ancient Greece, what constituted a liberal education then would...

The changing of the Allegheny mind

April 12, 2018

Julius Hübner/Wikimedia Commons There is something amiss on American campuses, and two books aim to shed light on it: Allan Bloom’s 1987 book “The Closing of the American Mind,” and John Haidt...

Men of letters

March 8, 2018

The Library of Congress announced on Dec. 26, 2017, that it had received a copy of every public tweet ever posted, and that it will archive all future tweets. The goal of this endeavor is to “acquire...

Good point, where did you find that?

February 8, 2018

In college, the relief brought on by finishing a research paper is short-lived. When the final word is typed, and after a well deserved stretch, the student must turn his attention to chasing down those...

Western history in sports

February 1, 2018

For any armchair anthropologists, the Super Bowl may appear strange. Reclining in his La-Z-Boy, he thinks about the potential concussions and risk of injuries. The camera pans over the crowd. He then confronts...

Modern Friendship

November 9, 2017

The way we think about friendship has transformed in recent years — the word “friend” is a verb in the digital age — and we would do well to return to first principles. It is not all bad. Social...

A final season for an American proclivity

November 9, 2017

Once made accessible, television has been a centerpiece of American life. Simply owning a television set once meant that one had reached the proverbial American middle class. But now, the end of television...

Students gather at Up ‘til Dawn on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Participants raised over $31,000 throughout the semester for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

[Photo] Up ’til dawn

November 9, 2017

Students gather at Up ‘til Dawn on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Participants raised over $31,000 throughout the semester for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

The Protestant Reformation

November 2, 2017

It would be difficult to accurately portray what the majority of Christians thought about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this past Tuesday, and perhaps that is what is most significant. The...

Hart holds writing discussion

October 19, 2017

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart hosted two informal discussions entitled “Major Myths About Writing” on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Henderson Campus...

The virtues of uncertainty

September 21, 2017

Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” used to be regarded as required reading — it was ranked as number one on Le Monde’s “100 Books of the Century” in 1999 — and at this point, it should be again. It...

Time for a coffee machine renaissance

September 7, 2017

We have a complicated relationship with coffee, and the Keurig K-cup is not the answer. In 2015, John Sylvan, the inventor of the K-Cup, had his Oppenheimer moment during an interview with The Atlantic. “I...

Thinking about vocation at the start of a new year

August 31, 2017

As waves of freshmen and upperclassmen return to campuses across the country this week, there is one word that should be increasingly on their minds — vocation. The word vocation will be familiar...

The decline of anaylsis in our public discourse

August 24, 2017

There has been increased attention being paid to journalists and news outlets over the past 18 months, and as a result, the quality of discourse in our nation is deteriorating. There are two components...

Administration plans to reduce faculty positions

April 20, 2017

Provost and Dean of the College Ron Cole informed the faculty on April 20 that the administration is planning on eliminating 20-25 faculty positions from the 2015–2016 school year by the 2021–2022...

Guest lecturer reflects on uses and abuses of history

April 13, 2017

Peter Kuryla, associate professor of history at Belmont University, delivered a talk exploring Friedrich Nietzsche’s essay, “On the Uses and Abuses of History for Life,” on Tuesday, April 11, in...

Organizations strive to promote literacy

April 7, 2017

The English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, is hosting a Better World Books drive in the campus center from April 1 to May 2. The aim of the book drive is to promote literacy and writing, according to...

College denies wrongdoing in sexual discrimination lawsuit

April 6, 2017

Allegheny College has denied most allegations brought forth in a civil lawsuit filed against it by a student who was expelled for sexual misconduct in the spring of 2015. The former student claims Allegheny...

‘Day Without Women’ draws attention to inequality

March 9, 2017

Some Allegheny women wore red and chose to abstain from classes and meetings on Wednesday, March 8, in a protest inspired by International Women’s Day. The United Nations’ website states that the...

College works to address budgetary gap concerns

March 2, 2017

Allegheny College’s Finance and Facilities Committee has been assessing different steps to take that would alleviate a large budgetary gap created by the under-enrollment of the Classes of 2018 and 2019. President...

Allegheny College students Leah Sulecki, ’20, and Marison Cruz, ’20, volunteered at the annual Children’s Dental Health Fair organized by the Pre-Dental Society on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Meadville Community Center.

[Photo] Annual children’s dental health fair creates community smiles

February 23, 2017

Allegheny College students Leah Sulecki, ’20, and Marison Cruz, ’20, volunteered at the annual Children’s Dental Health Fair organized by the Pre-Dental Society on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the...

Allegheny College sued by student expelled for sexual misconduct

February 16, 2017

A former male student who was expelled in spring 2015 on the grounds of sexual misconduct has filed a Civil Action Complaint against Allegheny College alleging that the college discriminated against him...

Andrew Goodman Foundation hosts phone bank

February 9, 2017

The Andrew Goodman Foundation fellows of Allegheny College hosted a phone bank in the Henderson Campus Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in an attempt to encourage students to phone their representatives and...

Attorney addresses students on Trump’s executive order

February 9, 2017

Attorney Lawrence Lebowitz, the chair of the immigration group at Cohen & Grigsby, a Pittsburgh law firm, came to Allegheny College on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to meet with students, staff and faculty about...

Panel on justice calls for community action

February 2, 2017

The Global Citizens Scholars program sponsored an event titled Justice Efforts in Meadville on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in Quigley Auditorium. The aim of the event was to bring community members, who...

What monks and college students have in common

February 2, 2017

In an environment where students eat together, go to class together and sleep together, tensions can get high and patience will be tested. Saint Benedict instructs, “if you have a dispute with someone,...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events pull campus together

January 26, 2017

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Social Justice Center, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, the Office of Civic Engagement and the United Faith Fellowship Church of God collaborated...

Campus safety in question after Columbus onslaught

December 1, 2016

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old business student, ran his car over the curb of a street, and then emerged with a butcher’s knife at The Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016. He began slashing...

Homegrown extremists cause imminent threat

September 29, 2016

Since 9/11, the U.S. has not suffered a large-scale terrorist attack, but over the past several months, attacks have been carried out domestically at a high rate that is only increasing. The lack of mass...

Lynn Lim, ‘15, president of A5, takes a picture of sachets made by students who participated the Dragon Boat Festival on Thursday, April 16.

First Dragon Boat Festival hosted on campus

April 21, 2015

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness hosted a Dragon Boat Festival in the lobby of North Village C on Thursday April 16, 2015. The...

Reviewer: “Cooper’s performance delivered”

February 5, 2015

“American Sniper” is the true story of a U.S. Navy SEAL named Chris Kyle. The movie revolves around Kyle’s four tours in Iraq, but the film also follows his relationship with his wife and family,...

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