The Problem with Wealth at Furman, Continued

By: Courtney Kratz, Opinions Editor

This article is a follow-up to “The Problem with Wealth at Furman,” a piece I wrote in response to the Equality of Opportunity Project’s 2017 study on economic diversity in higher education. I’ve met with a number of Furman administrators, including the president, to discuss the problem of economic diversity at Furman. I hope to address their concerns, the pervasiveness of the problem and possible solutions. For your convenience, the following includes some of the data that prompted me to write.

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The Power of One: We Cannot Afford Indifference

By: Bonnie Williams, Copy Editor

When I first heard about the shooting in New Zealand, my heart sank. Usually, I am spurred to action by these moments. I am spurred to educate, to inform and to get out of bed in the morning to fight for a more tolerable world. Rarely do I allow myself to pause and grieve, but in this moment, I did. I grieved for the lives lost, and deeper still, I grieved for the indifference still prevalent in the world. I grieved for the reality that those who commit crimes of violence, particularly against religious peoples, do not live in a vacuum. When someone commits a violent act, there exists others who supported or were indifferent to this person’s hate-motivated crime. Perhaps those who saw the early inklings of hatred in this person believed it would make no difference to speak out. Perhaps they did not see the damage this person’s hate could do.

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Travis Evans Sago’s “Do We Hear Gay” CLP

By: Evan Myers, Assistant News Editor

Thursday, March 14, Travis Evans Sago 09’ returned to his alma-mater Furman, to ask a simple question: “Do we hear gay?” Sago’s CLP resonated with students, as a packed McEachern Lecture Hall laughed with him as he expressed how surreal it was to be back at Furman. “I can’t believe I am a CLP,” he joked.

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We Must Hold Politicians to a Moral Standard

By: Evan Myers, Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2019, Busboys and Poets — a bookstore and cafe in Washington — invited guests to “a town hall gathering on progressive policy moving forward.” Attendees included the Congressional Progressive Caucus, most notably freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Rather than advancing the discussion surrounding progressive issues, however, Omar’s most significant contribution to the event was an inflammatory injection of what many considered to be anti-Semitism. She said, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

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Students at Furman are Overinvolved

By: Thomas Moore, Campus Editor

It is self-evident that Furman students are obsessed with extracurricular activities. Ask any student at Furman what they are involved in and odds are that person will be involved in at least two clubs, two intramural sports, and potentially a job off-campus, not to mention Greek life. This kind of overinvolvement is not something to be celebrated, but rather, it is deeply problematic for Furman’s students.

The first problem with being overinvolved is that one’s physical and mental health are negatively affected. It is no accident that Bilbo said in “The Fellowship of the Ring” that stretching oneself too thin makes one feel like “butter scraped over too much bread.” A rigorous lifestyle results in overexertion and less sleep. This makes people prone to sickness and means that one’s activities will be negatively impacted. Further, it can spread and cause the rest of us to be sick as well.

The second problem with overinvolvement in extracurriculars is that quality of work decreases as quantity increases. Many students boast about how many clubs they are in, yet few mention their GPA. Arguably, people undertake numerous activities to compensate for a low GPA. These students should take heed that less extracurriculars would allow more time for studying. It seems more reasonable to simply pick fewer extracurriculars that one truly enjoys and devote onself to doing them well. Rather than undertaking useless workloads, students should be more selective; they should plan, execute and enjoy.

The third problem with overinvolvement is that one does not have time for leisure. Once upon a time, “leisure” meant extra time to think about the mysteries of life and contemplate the deeper meaning of the universe. Now, it means eating Hawaiian pizza and watching Netflix when you are utterly exhausted from a busy day. As much as we all love watching Pretty Little Liars, Netflix shows do little for the soul. We are creatures of curiosity, yet we are diminished when we are exhausted and slothful in our precious hours of free time.

Finally, overinvolvement detracts from cultivating long-lasting relationships. Bear in mind the old adage, “Social life, grades, sleep. Pick two.” Typically, people choose to lose sleep, and those who bother to heed health advice tend to pick losing their social life. Some students wiggle around that one by making their extracurriculars their social life. But students should not deceive themselves. Just being around people is much different from forging deep, meaningful relationships with them. Students should be careful that overinvolvement does not detract from the quality time they have available to devote to their friends. It also worth mentioning that Furman relationships are not the only ones worth cultivating; we should forget neither our childhood friends, nor our parents. Childhood friends can be some of the most important people in life, as can our parents.

Hopefully my words do not fall on deaf ears. I must be honest — I have been guilty of what I now condemn. I hope that freshmen and sophomores will not make the same mistakes I have. I hope that the Furman student body takes care of itself, cultivates its relationships with one another and tends to grades and activities with both cunning and wisdom.

The Notion of “Fitting In” as a Minority in College

By: Nomonde Gila, Contributor

College is a place where students from all walks of life come together to pursue their love for academics and explore not only their passions for various causes and careers, but also adulthood.  When 2.2 million incoming freshmen prepare for university in the United States, they are commonly taught that university is the place where you will find your crowd, the place where you meet people that share your common interests and the environment where you are likely to fit in. Yet in a country where university acceptance rates are so polarized, the U.S. Department of Education reports that the best-funded 468 institutions accept 77 percent white students and 23 percent Black, Hispanic and other minority groups. This raises the question, do all students truly fit in? Continue reading “The Notion of “Fitting In” as a Minority in College”

Hate Finds Refuge in Ignorance

By: Evan Myers, Assistant News Editor

This February, all three of Virginia’s statewide elected officials were enveloped in scandal. Governor Ralph Northam’s med-school yearbook was discovered, depicting him in blackface next to an individual dressed as a member of the KKK. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was confronted by accusations of sexual assault, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward confessing that he, too, had worn blakface in college.

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Love Your Body, It’s with You for Life

By: Anne Kirby, Staff Writer

“Love Your Body, It’s with You for Life”

We see it as we scroll through our Instagram feeds. We see it on the magazine covers as we check out at the grocery store. We even see it in the scrutinizing faces of our friends looking at their reflection in the mirror. The appearance ideal has consumed our society to an inescapable degree. We cannot fail to address it: dysmorphia and impossible beauty standards are everywhere. They direct negativity toward body types that do not meet a certain set of criteria. Body image issues affect  all of our lives, knocking on our door and tempting us to conform to their unrealistic standards. How long must this go on? How many girls must be driven to unhealthy eating and over-exercise because of an aversion to her perfectly beautiful body? The Body Project is tackling these questions, and we as a Furman community should be listening.

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Flint Still Needs Our Support for Clean Water

By: Emily Balogh, Staff Writer

At this point, it is irresponsible for our current government administration (local and federal) and the citizens of America to continue to ignore the humanitarian and health crisis occurring right now in Flint, Mich. America has turned a blind eye on the Flint crisis, pushing the story out of news cycles in favor of harder-selling stories for years. We cannot forget the people of Flint and the hardships they face daily.

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We Cannot Ignore Venezuela’s Cry for Help

By: Evan Myers, Assistant News Editor

July 5, 1999, Jorge Olavarria stood in front of the Venezuelan Congress and urged his compatriots to be brave and stand up to President Hugo Chavez, who was beginning to abuse his power at the turn of the century. Olavarria concluded his speech, “This is for my children and my grandchildren and the children and grandchildren of everyone who has children and grandchildren, for who I have spoken. They are the ones that are going to live in the Venezuela of the twenty-first century.”

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