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Start your break without any stress

Alexa Lago Buchtelite Opinion Editor The end is near! That’s right, another semester is over and it’s nothing but eggnog, long naps and freedom ahead. For some students, a well-deserved and restful break is just over the horizon, and for others graduation is finally here. But before students settle into comfy sweats, Netflix marathons and holiday bliss, they […]

The most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year

Laura Stall Buchtelite Opinion Writer Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for peppermint-flavored coffee served in red coffee cups decorated with ornaments and reindeer. It’s time for the radio stations to switch from playing the same Katy Perry and Lorde songs and start playing multiple versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Winter Wonderland.” That’s […]

UA could benefit from having a Men’s Studies program

Mike J Wiles Buchtelite Opinion Writer As a returning student to The University of Akron who graduated high school in 1983, I’m old enough to remember a time before there was AIDS. I’m not old enough to remember a time when supposedly relationships were more “free.” According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, approximately 700,000 Americans have […]

The cost of a living wage in America

Russell Friend Buchtelite Opinion Writer Our society is failing to provide a living wage for tens of millions of Americans. In 2012, according to the Social Security Administration, the total percentage of American workers making less than 1968’s minimum wage was between 39.6 percent and 46.6 percent. An unsettling and large percentage of Americans currently struggle to live […]

The drinking age is fine where it is

Laura Stall Buchtelite Opinion Writer Almost every teenager, at one point in his or her life, has questioned the drinking age. A common question is: If we’re old enough to smoke, vote and join the army, why can’t we drink? I’ve heard a lot of talk about the need to change the drinking age back to 18. People […]

Smoking and choking on campus

Smoking and choking on campus

Ione Friess Buchtelite Opinion Writer I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to say that I am absolutely sick and tired of people smoking on our campus.  After swimming competitively for two years, getting my health and lung capacity up, only to have a bunch of inconsiderate jerks blowing secondhand smoke down my throat, I’ve become more […]

From turkey to door-busters

From turkey to door-busters

Alexa Lago Buchtelite Opinion Editor Thanksgiving is a wonderful day where families come together to feast, be thankful and spend time together. But as the pie tins get thrown away and everyone wakes up from their turkey-induced comas, Black Friday begins. Americans all over the country kick off the holiday season by heading out on Thanksgiving evening […]

Akron baseball: getting serious about silly

Russell Friend Buchtelite Opinion Writer “The Akron Aeros” decided they needed a new name. They wanted a name that reflected the city’s vast history in… well… rubber, and they wanted it to reflect fun. What enjoyable endeavors come to mind when one thinks of fun things to do involving rubber? No, they didn’t go with that. Please keep […]

Required courses are a nuisance

Paula Ramsey Buchtelite Opinion Writer When we graduated high school, we were ready to venture on to college and work our way toward our future. Personally, as a journalism major, I was all too thrilled as an incoming freshman to take classes in the reading, writing and communication fields. However, my excitement has progressively deteriorated as I have […]

Graduation countdown begins

Graduation countdown begins

Sharon Jones Buchtelite Opinion Contributor The countdown to graduation has begun. “But what do I need to do? How am I going to get a job?” These are the thoughts that have been running through my mind, as the day of graduation seems to be coming closer and closer. Here are the seven things that have been helping […]

On-screen adaptations prove prolific for fans

Lauren Thompson Buchtelite Opinion Writer ‘Tis the season for the release of movie adaptations of our favorite, or not so favorite, books. This year we have seen adaptations of many books including “The Mortal Instruments,” “Ender’s Game” and “Percy Jackson.” And we still have “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Desolation of Smaug,” “Divergent” and “The Fault in […]

The true value of a liberal arts degree

Mary Menzemer Buchtelite Opinon Writer Several weeks ago, I had a revelation of sorts after a conversation I had with one of the regulars at the bookstore where I work. He was asking me general questions about my college education, such as what I was majoring in and what I wanted to do with my life. I told […]

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

Save the holiday spirit for the holiday

Spencer Skolnick Buchtelite Opinion Writer “Christmas in November” presents the opportunity to hasten the festivities and anticipation of the December holiday; however, this effort to hurry Christmas fails to provide a satisfying November and pressures individuals to prepare well in advance for a holiday that occurs at the end of the month of December. To quote the popular […]

Gigantic purple polka-dotted elephants

Tyler Coventry Buchtelite Opinion Writer Have I gotten your attention? Great, because we need writers. That’s right, I’m talking to you. All of you. I’m talking to all the people who found this newspaper under their desk and started reading it before class. All the people on the website, who know they can get their news online rather […]

Consuming more than turkey

Consuming more than turkey

Lauren Thompson Buchtelite Opinion Writer I realize going into this article that I am going to be a tad biased because I, in fact, work in the holiday joy-obliterating world of retail. Nothing quite destroys the jovial feel of the holidays like being stuck at work. Or worse, being stuck at work for extended holiday hours. Thanksgiving, much […]

Facebook’s inevitable fall is underway

Russell Friend Buchtelite Opinion Writer Facebook has jumped the Internet’s virtual shark, or in this case, they jumped the pretty red and blue trout thing from the game “Fish Farts.” They’re as done as the Zips’ football season, and you could stick a fork in them if you had an account with “Second Life.” The site has been […]

Don’t choose to leave college

Suzanne Capron Buchtelite Opinion Contributor I don’t want to sound like your parents when I say this, but I am going to say it anyways – please stay in school. I am graduating in December at the age of 44, and if telling my personal story can prevent just one person from making the mistakes I made, I […]

The death of the American dream

Russell Friend Buchtelite Opinion Writer According to, if you’re earning less than $10.77 an hour, then you’re making less than your grandparents did back in the ’60s, when they were working a minimum wage job. The $1.60/hr they made in 1968 is worth $10.77/hr today. With that in mind, it’s hard to deny the painful truth: Wages […]

The pains of working out at the gym

The pains of working out at the gym

Working out is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and to deal with stress. There is nothing better than putting in your headphones and blocking out the rest of the world for an hour or two. However, the gym does come without its own set of annoyances. There are certain rules that need […]

No longer needing to ask for permission

Laura Stall Buchtelite Opinion Writer Many people’s favorite moment in life is the moment when they realize that it’s time to move away from the parents. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, leaving the nest is always fun. But what makes leaving the house such an important milestone? Let’s be honest: Moving out of the house instantly puts more […]