Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Editorial: What does it mean to be an adult?

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Whether college students or high school students are living with their parents still, the parent or parents will often make the son or daughter pay rent and help them get ready for the real world.

This is a great thing to do and will help them know how to handle money, and what to spend on their need and wants.

If the parent knows that, say their son, is in college, they will often make him not pay rent.

There are, however, students that pay for their car, phone, other utilities, and also help out with groceries at home.

Just like how a regular adult would pay for all the things that they own, so the student should be able to the same right?

Yes, if a college student is unaware on how to spend money, they should either teach themselves, have a family member teach them, or read Pablo Sanchez’s regular money-saving-app stories in this newspaper.

Or just go on YouTube and watch tutorial videos on how to do these things, and who doesn’t like watching YouTube?

Stop blaming the schools for not teaching how to do all the things adults do.

Seriously, grow up and stop blaming the education system and take the time to learn how to write out a check, or set up a bank account, without the need of the parent doing it for you.

Our parents didn’t have classes to show them how to do everything. They learned a lot of this on their own

They won’t always be there to help out. It’s better to figure this stuff out now than in your late 40s.

Registering to vote made easy without human interaction

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

With everything that is going on with our government, I decided it would be a good idea to finally register to vote.

Sadly, I had not been able to vote in the last presidential election, because I didn’t turn 18 until after voter registration had closed.

So I took it upon myself to register to show you fellow youngsters that it doesn’t take that long at all.

For those of you who don’t want to deal with other humans, like me, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or dorm room to complete it.

One of my main reasons for not wanting to register was that I thought I would have to go to the courthouse and deal with people.

But it is as easy as picking up your phone or laptop, going online to and completing the following four simple steps.

These are the steps you must complete in the online voter registration process.

1. Verify your voting eligibility.

2. Verify that you have a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card.

3. Enter your personal information.

4. Review and submit your information.

The process was so simple and easy to complete it took a total of 11 minutes.

Once it was over, I honestly thought I skipped a step or that I missed something because it was that fast.

After everything was done I found myself feeling pretty proud of myself.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, but it is just one of those steps to becoming an adult that everyone should really do.

Snapchat actually sent out alerts to some of its users that said “Tap to complete registration” and talks about how important it is to register even if it’s just for the preliminaries.

Now when you drag your friends down to your local voting precinct, make sure you do not take a picture of your ballet due to it being illegal.

It’s okay to be proud of yourself for actually contributing to society, just don’t photograph it.

Emily Fehrman is a Pretty Prairie sophomore studying Journalism

Women’s Corner: the leg-shaving hiatus

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

Now that October is here, the fall weather has set in and cooler temperatures are falling upon us.

Most people love this type of weather because it means sweaters, warm drinks and the upcoming holidays.

Those are great and all, but a perk of cooler weather is being able to wear long pants. Which means the action of shaving my legs becomes forgotten.

My legs will look like Bigfoot’s in no time, and they will most likely stay that way unless a special situation arises.

Shaving my legs is probably something I dread the most in my life. As a woman in the United States’ society, I am supposed to be cleanly shaven at all times and should never have my body hair seen by anyone.

Well I am breaking this “rule”, as some might call it, because winter is when my feminine legs turn into manly legs. Long pants sure can make a difference in a person’s life.

Now, many guys might think this is disgusting, but let me tell you something darling, shaving my legs takes more effort than you think.

It is not just something that happens really quick and it’s over with.

If I am going to shave my legs, I am going to do a pristine job, so that it was all worth it in the end. That means I will be shaving my legs for a good hour.

Guys, can you imagine spending two or three times a week for an hour each, shaving your legs because society tells you that it’s what needs to be done?

Because I’m here to tell you that women are as hairy as men. They just have to hide it. And it’s not fun.

Something as simple as leg hair should not be such a big deal to society.

It is one of the most natural things humans have and why should only women be shamed for having it show to the public?

I know there are a lot of models who have broken through the stigma of women and body hair.

I absolutely love this, because it shows that women are human too. That we are not just objects for others to admire, but are a living being who has a body, a brain, and even more.

So if you see a girl this fall whose leg hair is a little bit, or even a lot a bit, long, don’t judge her.

Don’t tell her that it’s gross. All women do it and it is very natural!

Just go about your day, and think of how happy she is that she didn’t have to spend an hour or more taking a razor to the hair on her legs.

Colder weather means a leg shaving hiatus and I am so down for it.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production

The Women’s Corner: #WhyIDidntReport needs to be heard

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

This week, I was having a hard time deciding what my topic should be. Every idea that I had was bland.

But lo and behold, that a topic should fall in my lap from someone who’s supposed to set a good example.

The President of the United States tweeted out an angering tweet about sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To sum up his tweet, it stated that if the accuser, Christine Ford, was really telling the truth, and that the situation was as bad as she said, that it would have been reported immediately.

This triggered a hashtag that brings the hard core reality to the surface. #WhyIDidntReport is where women are sharing their saddening stories of why they didn’t report their situations of sexual assault. I started reading threads after threads of women’s experiences, and I was heartbroken and angry. Multiple people are coming out with why they didn’t report it to the police, and why they shouldn’t be ridiculed for fear of coming forward.

One tweet stated, “It took me 40yrs to understand that I wasn’t at fault.” Another went on to say, “I’d been conditioned to believe I had asked for it, and that a man’s pleasure is more important than my right to say no.” These reports are so saddening to see because no woman should live in fear of rape, let alone be afraid of coming forward and telling the truth of what really happened.

It’s crazy to me that we live in a society that ignores the pleas of tragedy. I can’t wrap my head around it, because why would it be instinct for humans to think that a person is lying when they say they’ve been sexually assaulted? The big question is why is someone, who is supposed to be a good example and an inspiration to the people, dismissing something he knows nothing about?

As president, the person who holds this position, is there to better our country and help people. However, it doesn’t seem like he cares one bit about women’s rights and the experiences we have to share. But this movement is another way for women and future generations to see what one person’s story can unlock. For all of those who have been wronged, I want to let you know that you are not alone. Women all around the globe are coming forward with their stories and they are making headway in putting those wrongdoers away.

I hope this movement keeps helping those who were too afraid to speak up. Victims deserve to be heard and are gaining headway day-byday. “The Women’s March” on Twitter tweeted, “#WhyIDidntReport • There are too many of these stories. • Too many of us have these stories. • Too many of us have never felt safe to share them. And men like @realDonaldTrump are why.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The #WhyIDidntReport is making an impact on a global scale. And hopefully one day, with strong and empowering women behind it, this hashtag won’t relate to as many as it does.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production.

Quit this Fortnite garbage; try Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Friday, September 28th, 2018

“Fortnite Battle Royale” has drawn a lot of attention over the past year, but there is a game that has many gamers excited.

The name of this game is called “Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4”. There is a game mode in “Black Ops” called “Blackout.” It is similar to “Fortnite” without the building. “Black Ops” recently had a private beta, and in order for you to play it you need to buy the game, which costs $60. I think it’s stupid that you have to pay that much when they should just make it open for other players.

Blackout has a total of 100 players, but the company who made the game is called treyarch.

Treyarch is wanting to increase the player count to at least 115 players, while “Fortnite” has 100. “Blackout” has all the famous weapons, even back from “Black Ops” 1, 2 and 3 and fans are happy as ever.

If you played either of the games I had mentioned, treyarch has taken the chance to put the maps that fans love into “Blackout” from firing range, Nuketown, and others as well. They even put the mystery box in from zombies, which will attract the undead, so not only are you fighting other players, you are also fighting off the horde.

That being said, there are vehicles in the game that you can drive, such as quads, helicopter, boats, and many more. Blackout has three different levels of armor. Level 1, level 2 and level 3, is really rare to find, and if you have it, then you’re a god and you can tank bullets. “Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4” is set to release in Oct. 12, and if you enjoyed the series, then this game is for you, instead of playing “Fortnite”, which is for 12-year olds.

Pablo Sanchez is a Hutchinson freshman studying psychology. He loathes Fortnite.

Review: Looking for a scare? Check out ‘The Nun’

Friday, September 21st, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Collegian Editor-in-Chief

How do I say “Mind blown” in so many ways?

First of all, if you haven’t seen “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2”, I recommend watching them prior to this film. Even though most of the movie is set in a different time frame and location, there are still connections to “The Conjuring” movies that you will only understand if you have seen the previous movies.

Being a Christian, I found this movie particularly chilling because they focus on demonic possession, even in some of the holiest/maybe not so holy of places.

I give this film a thrilling five stars, because I thought the acting was incredible and the amount of jump scares was appropriate. Normally I think of myself being quite perceptive when it comes to surprises in movies, but James Wan certainly outdid himself in this one.

The importance of 9/11 to new generations

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Rachel Lyons, Collegian columnist

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under

attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts… But they have failed. Our country is

strong.” – President George W. Bush, Sept. 11, 2001.

Those words, spoken by President Bush to a nation in despair and distress after Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, brought about immense acts of kindness between Americans.

The day following the attacks, many will recount that it appeared race, gender and ethnicity didn’t matter, yet there is a good portion of the American population who either barely remember 9/11 or hadn’t been born yet. The Class of 2020 is the first graduating class that was not alive for the events of 9/11.

Besides being one of the first major events to receive mainstream press attention, not everything has to be ‘just another event in history’. Americans rallied together to save those who became trapped in the burning towers, and ultimately lost their lives in the effort. More effort has been put into preserving the memory of the day, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, countless documentaries and innumerable moments of silences.

The reason that we shouldn’t stop teaching about 9/11 is the influence it had on America’s daily life. 9/11 changed airport security measures, it changed the perception Americans had on citizens of other countries, especially those from the Middle East. 9/11 isn’t just a memorable day, it’s a turning point in American history. It marked the end of the America that people had come to love, an end to America’s naivety.

That’s why we keep teaching 9/11 as an important event, to show the impact, preserve the memory of those who died because of another person’s hate, and to remember that there was a time in history when we put aside our differences to mourn after a tragedy.

The Women’s Corner: The double standards of pronouns

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

Since the beginning of our lives, we are accustomed to the pronouns of the adults in charge. Through school, we call our teachers by a pronoun followed by their last name. But recently, I’ve come across a double standard for this simple action. We call male adults “Mr.” but we call female adults by three different pronouns, and it doesn’t make any sense to me.

I never questioned it growing up, because it was just what you did. However, now that I’m older and I have more feministic genes in my brain, I’m kinda pissed about it.

A woman that is not married goes by “Miss”. For a woman who is married, we call them “Mrs.” But when either of those things are in place, we can also call them “Ms.” Now why in the world do females have three different pronouns, when males only have one?

Why do people need to know our relationship status? We shouldn’t be defined by our relationships with another person. We are not dependent on others to get the job done, so why should we be called by Mrs., Ms., or Miss?

Not only are we defined by our marital status, but we are judged on our age. Mrs. is based on marriage, but is also seen as mid-aged and older women. Miss is used for those who are younger. But Ms. is supposed to be used for both married and unmarried women, but we all know that most people use this term when speaking with older ladies.

Why is this a thing? Why are women put in a judgmental box and given a name of what to be defined by? It’s such a big, but sutble, double standard that needs to change.

But change is hard in a society where new ideas are shut down without a second thought. Women are still being treated unfairly with unequal pay, and everything else that is wrapped up into being a female. Do we really need to fight for something this little?

When asking a close male friend, he said it doesn’t matter. He’s never thought of it that way and it’s not that big of a deal, which it shouldn’t be, but it truly is. I have to go through my whole life being defined on whether I am single or married. Why? If a man isn’t, why should any woman be?

Women are facing so much in this day and age and this shouldn’t even be one of the things we have to fight for. It should just be common sense and gotten rid of. It will give us as women more confidence in our lives. We won’t be judged based on our marital status, nor our age. We can actually be our own person!

Let’s stand together and fight. We are independent women who don’t need any pronouns.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman in Media Communications

Our view: Crazy Hutch Drivers

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

As the Kansas State Fair continues, you expect the busy streets, crazy drivers and inconveniently closed off areas to come along with it right?

What about when the fair is over?

Then we will go back to the drivers who never use their blinkers or don’t watch out for pedestrians as often as they should.

Granted, there are many students who feel it would be fine to be hit as long as they get their tuition paid for. You know who you are.

Well, how about if you get seriously injured because someone really wasn’t paying attention on Plum Street or at the crosswalks from the dorms to campus? You wouldn’t be too happy then.

Something has to be said about the crazy drivers here in Hutchinson. It’s ridiculous sometimes.

There are even drag races, which take place at night where people love showing off their fancy cars that go super fast and almost get them totaled in the process. What common sense is that?

Have you noticed how many people don’t use their blinkers in this town, well it’s quite a few.

Whatever happened to the common courtesy of letting the person behind you know what you are doing?

Not to mention, signaling people in the other lanes that had no clue you were going to swap into their lane all of a sudden.

Another trait of the average crazy Hutch driver is that they seem to think they can beat you when a two-lane road turns into a one lane.

Come on, just wait a second instead of passing to speed up then switching lanes right when the road cuts off making the person directly behind them slam on their breaks.

So for every Hutchinson driver reading this, please, for everyone’s safety and sanity, please use good driving etiquette! We understand you might be in a hurry, but you will arrive at your destination faster if we don’t get into a wreck.

Unpopular opinion: the great Nike ad debate

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Rachel Lyons

When Nike announced its newest advertisement, which aired on September 6, featuring a Colin Kaepernick voice over, the public went crazy. Many were not happy that Kaepernick, who started the trend of athletes kneeling during the national anthem, was being given a public platform to speak, and possibly promote his actions. The naysayers are, however, forgetting a few key factors as to why Nike would pursue this advertisement.

The biggest factor is Nike’s sense of social responsibility, which is not well developed. In simple terms, social responsibility is like a code of conduct between an individual and society that tells how the person believes that one should act as a unit of the society it contributes to.

Nike has refused to uphold those standards with their influencers. That’s where I draw the line. “Business Insider” writer Max Nilsen summarized my opinion on this situation in his 2013 article “How Nike Solved its Sweatshop Problem”.

“Transparency doesn’t change ongoing reports of abuses, still-low wages, or tragedies like the one in Bangladesh.” This situation may not be related to sweatshops, but no matter how transparent a company is with the public, there is no way to change reports of unattended issues. Nike has faced issues like this since 1996’s Eric Cantona situation, yet they kept him on board.

For these reasons my “unpopular” opinion is that Nike needs to put more effort into social responsibility and ethics. As a Business major, I find it to be irritating when mainstream brands fail to uphold the values of the consumers, even if this failure draws more customers to small businesses.

I understand that a veteran wrote a letter to Kaepernick suggesting that he kneel during the national anthem, as opposed to sitting on the bench, I understand that he feels that the American flag oppresses the minority that he belongs to, but I don’t think that Nike should be utilizing Kaepernick as an influencer.

I was struggling to understand why many of the people I follow on various social media platforms had chosen to convert to only fair-trade fashion. I get it now, there aren’t issues like this with those brands, in fact, many employ women who are survivors of horrible incidents. Nike is wagering on the younger demographics of the country purchasing its products and the truth may be that those younger demographics do continue to purchase those products, not because they choose to go against social responsibility and ethical behaviors, but because they are unaware of the importance of being an educated consumer.

Overall, I believe that we need to push brands to uphold socially responsible and ethical values.

I think that it’s time we put a bit more of a good faith effort into supporting small businesses and show big name brands that we, as consumers, will stand for what we believe in. It’s also time that we educate our children and grandchildren about the importance of being an educated consumer and knowing the importance of social responsibility and ethics. If we don’t educate about these key factors, we risk having more scandals in the future.

Rachel Lyons is a Newton freshman studying business administration