How to Survive Freshmen Year at College

Written by Onyx Hall, Staff Writer

I’m still a freshman so I may not be the most credible source when it comes to giving freshman advice. However, my first tip would be to look at YouTube videos about freshman year. Look at what other people have done as far as tips on packing and studying. The best advice I received was not from tour guides or administrators or parents, but from people who were in the same position as I was. Make sure you get the truth when it comes to college. I would also keep in mind that you might not only struggle with adjusting to college academics, which they emphasize a lot at Furman. You might struggle finding real friends who you can relate to. 

You must keep in mind that even though you all may be the same race or have a lot in common, it still may be hard to find people you really connect with. Diversity does not just refer to skin color but also refers to economic status and personality. My other point of advice would be to try to think about what you’re interested in before you come. It is good to be open minded and to be okay with not knowing, but also remember that you do not want to be in your senior year without a major or not really sure about what you want to do after graduation, because tuition is expensive. 

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Urban Innovation is Essential to Greenville’s Future

Written by Sawyer Rew, Contributor

A typical commute from Furman to downtown Greenville takes about 15 minutes. Although the commute is short, it is not particularly enjoyable. Poinsett Highway is a four-lane monstrosity flanked by poverty and filth. The roads are spotted with potholes, people walk along the medians and vacated buildings rot on all sides of the street. Once we reach our destination, we forget the sketchy drive and opt to enjoy the beauty of downtown Greenville.  

There was a time when all of Greenville looked like Poinsett Highway. Luckily, the downtown area has made a comeback and Greenville looks forward to a bright future. We must find ways to share downtown Greenville’s prosperity with its orbiting communities.  

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Physical Activity Requirements Are Essential in Obesity Crisis

Written by Anne Kirby, Staff Writer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18.5% of children and adolescents between the ages of two and nineteen in the U.S. currently struggle with obesity. Trends show that this prevalence also increases with age, indicating a likelihood of these children facing obesity later in life as well. The health risks of obesity are life-threatening. Recognizing this, the U.S. government has begun to prioritize policies for reducing childhood obesity. The most influential of these policies directly impacting children falls under the category of physical activity requirements in schools, and yet, there is still no federal mandate to ensure that this is happening.  

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Greek Life Should Consider Fall Rush

Written by Evan Myers, News Editor

This August, before any first year students even arrived on campus, I overheard a sorority president tell another student, “I wish you were on O-staff (orientation staff), it would be great for recruitment, right now it is a Chi-O (Chi Omega) and Pi-Kapp (Pi Kappa Phi) fest.” The comment surprised me. Although I have never been in Greek Life myself, I was under the impression that Furman had deferred (spring) recruitment. On paper, we do.

As Ashley Hall, president of Furman’s Panhellenic Council, clarified, “the University’s administration prefers delayed recruitment… because it allows first-year students the opportunity to settle into college life before adding such a commitment to their schedule.” Ashley Baudouin, Furman’s new Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, echoed Hall’s message, saying “I am a proponent of deferred recruitment as it allows first-year students to first adjust to the University’s academic rigor as well as explore all aspects of the campus community and involvement opportunities prior to focusing in on the fraternity and sorority experience.”

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Impeaching Trump is the First Step Towards Change

Written by Ashley Frost, Staff Writer

Impeachment is the formal process of inquisition, investigation, and trial (both in the form of voting and formal hearings). 

Donald J. Trump is facing an official impeachment inquiry as a result of whistleblower allegations, incriminating the president with abuse of power in attempting to draw Ukranian assistance in his reelection. According to a non verbatim transcription of a recorded phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump requested investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. This information calls into question the validity of the 2016 election, as well as the potential for international interference in the upcoming 2020 election.

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Exposure to Diversity is an Intentional Choice

Written by Anne Kirby, Staff Writer

Throughout our time here at Furman, we are all growing and developing into complex individuals with a wide array of experiences. It is a time where we can discover the things that pique our interest and spark passion inside of us. The goal is to come out on the other side of the four years, a more holistic person— one who knows him or herself and has had the types of rich experiences that “The Furman Advantage” promises to offer to prepare us for the future. But this is not just handed to us. In order to develop into an active contributor to the greater good of the world, we must be intentional about the kinds of situations we put ourselves into. We must open up doors to experiences that diversify our perspectives and force us to consider thoughts and views that differ from our own.  

One of the ways that we as students at Furman have the opportunity to expand our world outlook is through volunteering to serve individuals who do not have the same kind of privileges that many of us do. There are many chances to do this and in various capacities, whether it be tutoring kids after school in a low-income area, being trained to advocate for sexual assault victims, or checking in patients at the Free Medical Clinic. Exposure to others lifestyles and the challenges they have faced is sure to enhance our sense of compassion for other individuals. It also guarantees an understanding that not everyone has the same opportunities that we have had, but that does not make us inherently better than them. Their opinions and thoughts are just as valuable to listen to.  

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Seniors Need to Know We Don’t All Have a Plan

Written by Abbey Morelli, Opinions Editor

Stop asking college seniors what their plans are for next year and deterring those that have an idea from exploring it. We need to be told that everything works out. We want to hear that you support us and that taking time before further education or rejecting graduate school completely is still a sensical and personal choice. We do not care to hear your thoughts about what we should be doing if we already have something in mind that sounds interesting.

Hearing that our plan for the next step is not financially feasible or that we are asking for a career of boredom and dissatisfaction is less than helpful. While being realistic is necessary, it can also cause an overwhelming feeling of disappointment when someone does not think your goal is feasible. It is true that grad school applications will not always result in an acceptance. It is also true that we may apply to over fifty jobs and hear back from none of them. That is where you can help us. We need to hear your support, and we are more than happy to accept your help with connections and application reviewing. We want to hear about your college transition and know that it is not worth spending thousands of dollars on graduate school for something that no longer excites us. 

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Investigation of Swastikas in Blackwell is Finally Closed

Written by Onyx Hall, Staff Writer

Over fall break, there was an incident in Blackwell where someone wrote swastikas and sexually offensive language all over the doors and walls of the dormitory. We received an email about it and were told that the Furman Campus Police were “investigating” the incident. That is all of the information we had received; it has been over a week since the actual situation occurred.

This afternoon, Oct. 28., we were informed that the campus police have found the students responsible and that one “has been criminally charged with vandalism under South Carolina law.” The students say the purpose was “opportunistic and isolated.” One of my classmates made an interesting point that if the people doing this only wanted attention, they could have drawn something completely irrelevant, but they deliberately chose this symbol. The symbol represents an attempted genocide of an entire people and is still used today by people who call themselves Neo-Nazis, keeping the same hateful ideologies over fifty years later. Adolf Hitler used this symbol to represent his control when people whom he felt were inferior were not only put in death camps to be subject to starvation, dehydration, over-exhaustion and, maybe worst of all, gas chambers and human ovens, but he also made them feel inferior by pushing his “aryan” agenda in Germany at the time. Survivors of what we know as the Holocaust are still alive today, and there is an entire museum here in the United States dedicated to telling the horrific and tragic story of the Holocaust.

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Greta Thunberg Represents Our Generation

Written by Abbey Morelli, Opinions Editor

Sweden’s sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg and her drive to speak out about climate change should be an inspiration to all of us. Her passion is enviable and her dedication is deserving of our respect. In Aug. 2018, Thunberg’s climate campaign began with her school strike. She protested outside of the Swedish parliament for action against climate change and was soon joined by other students and teachers. “Fridays for Future” became a weekly event in which she and others would walk out of school to protest. She soon began receiving responses from numerous other countries and spoke at the United Nations climate talks in Poland in Nov. 2018. In 2019 she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was named by Time as one of  the world’s most influential people. When she was set to arrive in the United States to participate in the UN’s climate summit, she traveled by a ‘zero-carbon emissions vessel,’ truly practicing what she preaches. 

Thunberg represents our generations’ views on climate change; she is taking action to aid the world that we and our children will grow up in. In September, she expressed how the UN leaders had “stolen my dreams and my childhood with [their]empty words.”

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We Are Vital Characters in Greenville’s Story

Written by Sawyer Riew, Contributor

My fellow Paladins, 

I hope you find my words amusing and useful in your pursuit of truth.

Many students are not told of the tumultuous yet triumphant history of downtown Greenville. Furman used to be located near the center of downtown Greenville and stood as a beacon of knowledge and progress. Around the early and mid 20th century, Greenville became a leader in the textile industry. In fact, Greenville was so confident in textiles that they neglected economic diversification. Furman subsequently left downtown in order to make way for this industry. Then, suddenly, the textile business collapsed, and Greenville was left in a massive depression. By then, Furman had already relocated off of Poinsett Highway.  

In the late 1990s, Downtown Greenville was not the charming place we all know today. In fact, it was so unsafe that native Greenvillians would purposely avoid downtown. You can imagine the little restaurants and local retail shops being replaced by empty cobwebbed shells. The Greenville of the early 1990s was a ghost town.

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