Halloween, A History

Halloween. The time of year when pumpkins seem to take over and the nights get just a little bit spookier. In 2017, more than 179 million Americans took part in different Halloween celebrations, and for 2018, expects around 180 million. It’s safe to say that many people enjoy dressing up and having a little fun on All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween originated from the Celtic festival “Samhain.” This festival was celebrated to mark the end of a bountiful summer harvest and the beginning of the cold winter. Celts celebrated Samhain at this…

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A Close Look on Ohio’s Issue 1

On Nov. 6, 2018, the United States is holding the Midterm General Election. There are many issues that we, as voting Americans, will be facing during this upcoming election. And As Ohioans, we have several issues and candidates to choose from during this voting session. On the statewide ballot we have Issue 1 which focuses on reducing penalties for crimes of obtaining, possessing, and using illegal drugs. WHY TO VOTE YES ON ISSUE 1: Ohio spends roughly 1.8 billion dollars a year on our prison system and the inmates that…

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Like Your Voice, Your Vote Matters

It is important to realize that we are, in fact, born with certain unalienable rights in the United States of America. We are given the opportunity to voice our opinions loud and proud; we are given the right to own firearms; we are given the right to walk freely and not be held as slaves, and slowly but surely… every American citizen was given the right to vote in every, single American election. The right to vote came about after long battles between white males and, well, everyone else who…

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Easy Ways to Go Green

We encounter plastic use throughout our entire day. We use plastic water bottles, shampoo bottles, body wash bottles, tv remotes, hair clips, toothbrushes, trash bags, the list is truly endless. Over the last ten years, we as a species have produced more plastic than during the entirety of the previous century. It fills our oceans and landfills and breaks down at a prolonged rate; estimates for plastic degradation at sea has been ranged from 450 to 1,000 years. It is essential to keep Earth clean so that generations to come…

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What’s Black and White and Nothing More?

“Zero Shades of Grey” is a program that states that sexual assault is black & white with no space in between. Throughout the process of overcoming sexual assault, there are three stages. Stage one is being the victim. Stage two is being a survivor. Stage three is becoming a creator. The three stages are important for the victim to become free from what has been holding them back because sexual assault is something that can hinder a person from living their life. An interesting fact to consider is 78% of…

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Westheimer Peace Symposium Discusses Issues at Home

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Wilmington College hosted its annual Westheimer Peace Symposium. For most students, it was a day off to catch up on homework and sleep, but for our new freshman and a few upperclassmen, it was a day of eye-opening experiences and learning. This year’s topic, chosen by the Westheimer Peace Symposium Committee (composed by Tanya Maus, Elizabeth Haines, Michael Snarr, and Wendy Grab), was the opioid epidemic currently sweeping the United States. First, opioids are usually a prescribed drug from a doctor for the treatment of…

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Individuals: They’rrre Great!

On Sept. 17, 2018, Jason Dixon came to Wilmington College to talk to students about taking care of themselves and empowering his audience to think, “I’m kind of a big deal” about themselves. During his presentation, Dixon talked about how telling yourself “you are important” helps with prioritizing your life and what is most important to you. Realizing that you are a big deal is where it all starts. A freshman who attended the event said, “The ‘Greatest Coach’ speech was very entertaining yet informative with a touch of inspiration.”…

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Cold Weather Have You Down?

Seasonal depression is a very real thing that can affect people when the cold, rainy, and wintery months come to visit us; the miserable weather can be detrimental to your overall outlook on life. If you are one of the people who know this demon all too well, there are ways to try and conquer seasonal depression. Access to Light and Sun: Light therapy boxes give off light that mimic sunshine and can help in the recovery from seasonal depression. The light from the therapy boxes is brighter than regular light…

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Bikers Against Child Abuse Ride into Wilmington

On Sept. 10, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) came to Wilmington College to talk about the intensity of child abuse. The purpose of this group is to create a safer environment for abused children. Not only does this community work towards a safer environment, the members also try to empower abused children to not feel afraid of the world. In order to accomplish this, the members follow a code of honor that consists of respect, loyalty, and trust. Part of this organization’s job is to protect the abused, and often…

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Relay for Life Hosts Trivia Night

On September 18, 2018 the Relay for Life committee will be hosting a trivia night in the Underground. Team registration will be taking place at dinner from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Pyle this week.  Teams of five are encouraged and the fee is two dollars per person, coming out to ten dollars a team. Trivia questions range from, but are not limited to, Disney fun facts, Vine references, music, celebrity name game, history, Broadway shows, and more Vine references. The Relay for Life committee would be highly enthused if they received a…

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