The need to end the prejudice against mental illness

More than four years ago I met a new friend at my church. Let’s call her Jen. Jen had been home schooled all of her life up until her senior year when she attended Hendersonville High School. She struggled...

Court Rooms and Broadway Shows

I am a social anxiety-ridden Broadway star because of mock trial. Allow for me to explain. From a young age, I  feared public speaking. “Show and tell” was a knee-knocking nightmare in first grade...

Combating bullying: Falcons ‘roar’ for Katy Perry

What is it like to be a Falcon? At the beginning of my freshman year, I walked onto campus just like many freshmen do, scared and excited. I was scared of the “giant” seniors, but excited that I was able...

Staff Editorial

Though it was well past midnight, Joan Smith sat at her kitchen table, staring at the pile of bills that needed to be paid. Her $2,700 monthly paycheck — before taxes and Social Security deductions —...

Marriage act unconstitutional

Eighty-three-year-old Edith “Edie” Windsor had been engaged to her partner, Thea Spyer, for 40 years before they finally married in Canada in 2007. Two years later when Spyer died, Windsor was not...

Con: Should the minimum wage be increased?

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2015. In reality, such a move would ruin the chances of teenagers getting jobs and...

Pro: Should the minimum wage be increased?

For most people, the words “minimum wage” evoke images of teenagers taking orders or bussing tables for money to pay for car insurance or movie tickets. Now, however, the Great Recession has forced...