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Reflecting on the Kappa Delta Experience

Ever since fall of 2014, I’ve made the conscious decision to stay in Kappa Delta, and I ask myself ‘why’ all the time. Why do I stay when we will spend 20 minutes fighting about one change in the bylaws, or what color a shirt should be? Why do I stay when every semester after recruitment we stay up until the wee hours of the night trying to find who would make the perfect Kappa Deltas? Why do I stay when I have to do countless hours of community service? Why do…

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¡Pura vida! Pure Life!

On May 17, 2018, a flight will depart from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and I will be on it. This plane ride will be one that I will hold close to my heart for years to come; it will be a time I will often reflect on. This is the first time I will ever leave country. I am leaving the country to study abroad for one month in Cartagena, Colombia. A few days ago, I received my homestay information and, for the first time, the trip felt real….

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A Student’s Reflection on Performing for the First Time

This past weekend of April 12th, 13th and the 14th was Wilmington Colleges play production of Early Dark. Directed by Wynn Alexander, based on the book “A Long and Happy Life” by Reynolds Price, the cast and crew of Early Dark did a fantastic job preforming the difficult and demanding roles in which they were placed in. I was lucky enough to be cast in the role of Wesley Beavers, the love interest of Rosacoke Mustian, played by the incomparable Keni Brown. This was my first theater experience. Of course,…

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Sometimes It’s Okay to Skip

Two weeks ago, I did something that I’m entirely against… skipping class and showing up late to work. I have skipped four classes in my two years as a student at WC. I have never understood the students who can skip class after class in good conscience. However, I concluded that skipping would not kill me, and I went to a concert in Columbus instead. I realized taking time for myself and interacting with my world outside of academics was just as important. I realized taking time for myself and…

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Sliver of Liver: A Story about Donating Life

April: The start of Spring, sunshine, Easter, and National Donate Life Month. National Donate Life Month is a time of awareness on how great an impact donors can have on the lives of families awaiting transplant. In 2016, more than 33,600 transplants brought renewed life to patients and their families and communities (from 9,900 deceased and 5,900 living donors).  More than 116,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants. 12% of patients waiting are in need of a liver. Living donation of part of the liver can help these…

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Student Reflection: Tour of the Clinton County Jail

photo taken by Randy Sarvis On Thursday, March 22nd, Wilmington College’s Corrections class went to the Clinton County Jail. This included a tour of the facility and any questions the students had, answered and led by the Lieutenant and Captain. We started out the tour in the holding area, where the police would bring in the people that were being booked into jail. In this area, the inmates were searched, showered, and asked questions to learn about who they were and their past history, especially whether they were in other…

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After Visiting Lebanon Correctional Institution: A Student’s Thoughts

  On Tuesday, March 27th, Wilmington College’s Corrections and Juvenile Justice class took a tour in the Lebanon Correctional Institution. My initial reaction to the idea of the tour was fear, but after stepping into the facility and meeting some of the staff members, my fear began to diminish. I was overwhelmed with how relaxed the environment was. The staff members were not only relaxed and welcoming toward our group but relaxed to the inmates as well. In my first article, I mentioned that prisons were dark, depressing, and empty,…

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Fear of Visiting Prison for the First Time: A Student’s Thoughts

An opinion piece with a follow-up story coming next week! My corrections class was given the opportunity to go to the Lebanon Correctional Facility in Lebanon, Ohio. My first reaction was fear. I see how the movies and TV shows present prisoners and prison facilities. The prisoners are hard, starting fights, starting riots, and being rowdy to anyone unfamiliar. The facilities are locked, dark, depressing, empty, filled with life but lacking the qualities of a home. As a woman, a group of men can insight fear, but entering a prison…

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“Dear Wilmington Swimming:” A Letter from a Senior

  Dear Wilmington Swimming, It’s not you, it’s me. I think we should start seeing other people. Our love story started when I was only 14. My older sister introduced us, and I thought you were okay, but not the one for me. From the time I was 14 to 18, I continued to go to every one of your meets, whenever I did not have a meet of my own. Finally, my senior year I gave you a chance and went zip-lining with you. After that I knew I…

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A Student’s Thoughts on the AmeriCorp Budget Loss

AmeriCorps NCCC is losing its budget soon. A generation of community service thrown out of the window because of our President who promised to ‘help’ America, somehow dissolving a federal program that promotes community service throughout the country doesn’t seem like help to me. AmeriCorps was an integral part of my life and many others. I spent 11 months with a team of 8 other individuals, I was able to travel to Vicksburg, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, Sacramento, California, Fort Worth, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as all the…

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