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Sam Heilmann

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor

Sam Heilmann is a sophomore from Johnstown, PA. She is double-majoring in Communications and Environmental Science and Sustainability. This is her second year on the Campus staff, and her first as Opinion Editor. When she isn't writing for The Campus, she enjoys painting, listening to music and spending time with her friends.

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Wrapped Up

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor February 9, 2024

In 2023, Spotify added a new element to its annual “Wrapped” release. In addition to the breakdown of a listener’s music taste, listening habits and where they fell within their top artist’s “top...

The hydroponics system, located to the right of the shelving, will grow fresh produce for students. The system was funded by the Bonner Program.

FRN adds hydroponics system

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor February 9, 2024

The Food Recovery Center recently added a hydroponics tower to its food pantry. The center — created and stocked by Allegheny’s chapter of the national Food Recovery Network — was unveiled in September...

Social media is a public health hazard: Now what?

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor February 2, 2024

When asked about what the impact of the internet would be one day, rock legend David Bowie responded: “I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet...

Nostalgia as a drug

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor January 26, 2024

One of my favorite authors as a child was undoubtedly Roald Dahl. You name a book of his, I likely devoured its bizarre contents in a sitting or two: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Matilda,” “The Witches,”...

America’s look in the mirror

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor January 19, 2024

Content warning: this article discusses gun violence. Reader discretion is advised. America. Land of the free, home of the brave, so we’re told. It’s not irregular these days to wake up to a news...

Alumna named EIC of New York publication

Alumna named EIC of New York publication

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor January 19, 2024

Katrina Tulloch, ’11, has covered almost everything. “The journalism I used to do was everything from murder, music — it was very wide-ranging,” Tulloch said. “Now it’s going to be really...

Director of Sustainability Kelly Boulton, ’02, (third row from bottom, second on left) stands on the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. with other sustainability leaders while being recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for achieving the 2023 Better Building Challenge.

Allegheny recognized by DOE for commitment to sustainability

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor December 8, 2023

Allegheny College was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for achieving the 2023 Better Building Challenge as part of the college’s energy-saving initiative. Allegheny was one of only...

AGES President Cam Lesher, ’24, (left) speaks with Noelle Mertz-Bruce, ’23, during the Gender Affirming Closet event hosted by AGES.

AGES holds “Gender Affirming Closet” event

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor November 10, 2023

On Saturday, Nov. 4, a line of tables in the Schultz East Alcove featured an array of neatly-folded clothing organized by size. In the center of one of the tables was a selection of binder tops as well...

Moderators from the Meadville Tribune (left) lead a debate with the four candidates for Meadville City Council on Oct. 24. The candidates, from left: Bill Lawrence, Autumn Vogel, ’15, Larry McKnight and Marcy Kantz.

City Council candidates speak on jobs, safety at public forum

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor November 3, 2023

Meadville City Council candidates discussed affordable housing, city revenue and more at a televised forum on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The forum, hosted by the Meadville Tribune at Active Aging, was the last...

Jaclyn Pham, ’25, explains how to study photos after taking them in her ALIC workshop session on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

ALIC workshops begin

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor November 3, 2023

You can’t rush art. But you can make it easier to learn. Jaclyn Pham, ’25, is trying to make art more accessible through her Allegheny Lab for Innovation and Creativity workshop series. The project...

Love at first ‘cite:’ From around the world to Meadville

Love at first ‘cite:’ From around the world to Meadville

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor November 3, 2023

Work-life balance is a little easier to find when you can bring your life to work with you. As Global Health Professor Amelia Finaret held office hours on Friday, Oct. 27, she also kept an eye on her three...

French Creek Coffee was one of the initial partners in Alleghenys outsourcing of Wi-Fi.

More time in Meadville

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 29, 2023

Walking into French Creek Coffee last week was not unlike walking into Grounds For Change on a weekday: students were honed into their laptops, earbuds in, steadily sipping cup after cup of coffee. Nearly...

Food Recovery Network President London Dejarnette, ’24, (left) and Food Resource Coordinator Kaylan Parker, ’25, unveil the new Food Resource Center on the third floor of the campus center. The FRC houses a fridge, microwave and dry goods pantry and is open whenever the campus center is.

Food Resource Center opens with fridge, food staples

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 29, 2023

Allegheny’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network unveiled their new Food Recovery Center on Sept. 22, 2023. The center will serve as a 24/7 resource where all students will have access to refrigerated...

Words are not enough

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 26, 2023

I’ve noticed recently a kind of messaging that seems unavoidable once you pick up on it. You can find it in your dorm hall, your community spaces, or your Instagram feed, most commonly. But unlike other...

ASG bookkeeper expected soon

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 22, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government announced the timeline for a new ASG bookkeeper and swore in two new senators at their General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in room 301/302 of the Henderson Campus Center....

Alleghenys color-coordinated system means that students are limited to parking in certain lots.

[Photo] Parking problems

September 15, 2023

Allegheny's color-coordinated system means that students are limited to parking in certain lots.

A familiar sight for Gators this week: a notification of poor internet connection.

Lacking connection

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 8, 2023

I hate the internet. I think I hate it even more when it’s gone. As I sit against a wall in the campus center, watching my Chromebook try its hardest to find the printer that sits just a few feet away,...

The college’s counseling services are housed in the Winslow Health Center, located in Schultz Hall at the south end of campus.

Changes to wellness resources on campus provide new options

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 1, 2023

Mental health resources are changing on campus. In an effort to provide students with accessible wellness options both in-person and anonymously online, the Counseling and Personal Development Center will...

Barbie is more than a blockbuster

Sam Heilmann, Opinion Editor September 1, 2023

If you saw the Barbie movie this summer as someone who grew up experiencing girlhood, it’s likely that you cried. Whether it was America Ferrara’s monologue on the double standards of being a woman...

The ‘Slote-file’: a dynamic Allegheny duo

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 28, 2023

The Slotes arrived at Allegheny College in a blizzard.  Even through the cold and snow, one thing was clear to Ben Slote: Allegheny was no ordinary school.  “I was just very impressed about how both...

Despite low turnout, ‘Speak About It’ goes on

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 28, 2023

No one wants to speak about it. Music blared over the stereo for sound checks, audience questions were being finalized and “wanna be an ACTIVE BYSTANDER?” was written on the green chalkboard at the...

The strange history of cannabis in the U.S.

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 21, 2023

Like many things in America, weed is equally politicized and misunderstood. Since little is concretely known about the consumption and effects of marijuana, much of the conversation around its use is speculative....

“Unbound” exhibit showcases books in all their forms

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 14, 2023

As any true book lover knows, a book is more than a physical item. It is not the pages or binding or ink that make a book a book, but rather its contents. The students of ART 584, “Contemporary Institutes...

Taking the dread out of existentialism, one box at a time

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 14, 2023

In my room there hangs an all-white poster. All that fills the space is 4,628 boxes, roughly a fifth of them checked with a single black line. It’s plain, simple and terrifying all at once. Each box...

To speak or not to speak: It is no question

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor April 7, 2023

To speak or not to speak, that is the question. For many prominent members of the Republican Party, the question has a simple answer: Speak if you will benefit, stay silent if you will not. Like a lot...

ASG holds JRB closed session, discusses finances

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor March 31, 2023

The Allegheny Student Government held its weekly general assembly on March 28 to continue judicial proceedings, discuss finance issues and approve a new club. The final order of business for the GA was...

Career Education, WIBE collaborate for professional event

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor March 24, 2023

In between the sunlit windows and the plethora of hanging flags on the second floor of the Henderson Campus Center, dozens of stylish students lined up to have their professional photograph taken. Down...

Career Education offers inside scoop on how to achieve career goals

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 24, 2023

It may be February, but the Office of Career Education has its sights set on summer. With speakers lined up and plenty of ice cream to go around, the office’s “Summer Scoop Series” gave students...

2023-24 Presidential Profile: Smith campaign

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 22, 2023

Editor’s note: Allegheny Student Government announced late last night that Smith has officially been removed from the 2023-24 presidential race, citing a violation of Article 1, Section 6 of the ASG...

2023-24 Presidential Profile: Colabawalla and Leszczynski campaign

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 22, 2023

Ray Colabawalla, ’25, and Joe Leszczynski, ’25, are running for Allegheny Student Government’s President and Vice President, respectively. Leszczynski serves as the current vice president for the...

2023-24 Presidential Profile: Murphy and Bantawa campaign

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 22, 2023

Kevin Murphy, ’24, and Manasvi Bantawa, ’24, are running for Allegheny Student Government President and Vice President, respectively. Focused primarily on student culture, the ASG-outsiders want to...

Lessons from loving solitude in a social world

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 17, 2023
It's essential to shed the idea that the only time worth spending is the time you spend with others. Wouldn't you like to get to know yourself, too?

Waste-ing away Valentine’s Day

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 16, 2023

Love is in the air. Or maybe it’s consumerism. Walking into any store in America in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, it seems that love is not so much a feeling as it is a product. Massive...

Meadvillians brave cold for First Friday Cookie Walk

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 10, 2023

Few things are powerful enough to draw people out of their warm homes and into the cold and snow on a dark winter evening. Cookies are one of those things, and Meadville business owners know it. Cookies...

Starting your hobby young can make it seem effortless in adulthood.

The ‘art’ of failure

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 10, 2023
We live in a culture plagued by self-reliance attitude and self-improvement jargon, where failure is praised in theory but instantly rejected in practice.

The Oddfellows chimney swift dilemma

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor February 2, 2023

If you pass by Oddfellows Hall on a summer day, you are likely to hear a distinct chatter from above. Look up, and you may catch a glimpse of a small, gray figure swooping through the sky. Those sights...

Generation Z: self-absorbed or just self-aware?

Sam Heilmann, Junior Opinion Editor January 27, 2023

When you think of Generation Z, what comes to mind? Depending on your age, you may think of your children, your peers or your students. Maybe a more abstract concept comes to mind — the future, open-mindedness...

Mandatory art exhibit showcases variety of artistic mediums

“Mandatory” art exhibit showcases variety of artistic mediums

Sam Heilmann, Staff Writer December 13, 2022

A collection of posters scattered around the Allegheny campus this past week had one message to get across: supporting the arts is a campus-wide necessity. As students and faculty members filled the Allegheny...

Ghost Stories by Doctor Sparks blends local history with fiction

“Ghost Stories” by Doctor Sparks blends local history with fiction

Sam Heilmann, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

It was a dark and stormy night as students and professors filtered into Ford Chapel to listen to the “Ghost Stories” of Karl Smith, ’11. After a brief rehearsal and some technical adjustments, Smith...

The Campus asks…

Sam Heilmann, Staff Writer November 11, 2022

DEEPly Sustainable Series combines sustainability, diversity and wellness

Sam Heilmann, Contributing Writer October 28, 2022

In classic liberal arts style, Allegheny is hosting a new collaboration project between the Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Sustainability. The series of events, named “DEEPly...

Formal group photograph of the Supreme Court as it was been comprised on June 30, 2022 after Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson joined the Court.  The Justices are posed in front of red velvet drapes and arranged by seniority, with five seated and four standing.

Seated from left are Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Samuel A. Alito and Elena Kagan.  
Standing from left are Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Trump’s extreme policies live on in the Supreme Court

Sam Heilmann, Contributing Writer October 21, 2022
In letting his selfish attempt to escape the law tarnish the court for the upcoming years, we all suffer at the hands of Trump long after his presidency.

How Allegheny fell short during first-year orientation

Sam Heilmann and Anna Westbrook September 16, 2022
We firmly believe that the burden of education should not be placed on only slightly older students who have minimal training in diversity and inclusion.
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