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Pot Moms

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. For many years, a stigma was formed around marijuana: sellers and buyers. However, times are changing as many states across the country have legalized medical marijuana. Some have even legalized recreational marijuana. Recently, Illinois lawmakers proposed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. The legalization of marijuana has the potential to make grea ...

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The Disparity

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by John Freeman. Ocho Rios, Jamaica is a port town. During the touristic season, cruise ships dock there nearly every day; sometimes as many as three. I went to this town over spring break with a friend who had recently graduated. She is half-Jamaican and wanted to visit her homeland for the first time. Driving through the town to reach our apartment we rented, I was remin ...

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But First, Responsibilities

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. In the movies, we see college students spending their spring break somewhere on a beach, being irresponsible, and causing some type of trouble. While most of us don’t want to get into trouble over spring break, we would really like to enjoy ourselves. As a college student on break, I'm eating pastries and drinking coffee on a patio at a cute little café, lon ...

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Staying Home for Spring Break

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. As a college student, the thought of spring break is the only thing that pushes me through the first half of the spring semester. While many college kids like to take road trips, go to the beach and get a taste of pre-summer fun over spring break, I prefer to stay home. Staying home over spring break may sound lame, but I have a very strong appreciation for ...

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The Advantages of Being Single

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by Tawnie Kozora. DISCLAIMER: This is not a rant article about couples, why you shouldn't date, or get married; rather, the joys of being single. 1. Being Single is Less Expensive You don't have to spend money on dates or presents for your significant other. Instead, you can spend money on yourself! Whether that is enjoying a nice drink from Jo's Java, movie night, or eati ...

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If You Can’t Leave A Tip; Eat At Home

Written by Allison Perry. DM by Tawnie Kozora. Did you know restaurant servers are not paid minimum wage? That’s right! Because servers are intended to be tipped by patrons, they make less than the minimum wage. In Illinois, restaurant servers are only paid $4.95 per hour. The most unfortunate problem that goes along with the wage servers are paid is patrons do not know how to tip. Some do not tip enough be ...

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Why You Should Watch Star Wars

 Written by Dylan Deppe. Media by John Freeman. There’s been an awakening.  Have you felt it?  There’s a bunch of new Star Wars movies that are going to keep coming out.  There’s something more: you may have missed all the other ones.  “I think it’s stupid, and I don’t really care [about watching them]” is what I’ve heard multiple people on campus either say or imply.  Star Wars movies have had (and still d ...

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The Art of Packing a Lunch Box

Written by Allison Perry, Media by Tawnie Kozora.   All throughout my life as a student, I have always taken my lunchbox to school. From kindergarten to senior year, if I didn’t like what was being served I would take my lunch. As a college student, though, packing a lunchbox is the best scenario because it saves me money and time. Packing a lunchbox also allows me to choose healthier options. At the a ...

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The Wave of Immigration

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by John Freeman. Trump is already making waves in his first couple weeks of assuming the U.S. presidency. One of those waves, or maybe a tidal wave would be a more accurate description, is his immigration ban. Quickly dubbed as the “Muslim Ban” human rights activists, advocate groups, and Democrats are expressing their displeasure. His ban, signed January 27, affects citiz ...

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Did You Say Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans?

Written by Allison Perry. DM by Tawnie Kozora. Have you ever wanted to visit a coffee shop where you can order drinks made with homemade syrups, smoothies made with real fruit, or even homemade sodas? If so, Shimoji Coffee in Vandalia, Illinois is the place to go. Shimoji has been open since late September of 2016. I visited the drive-through coffee shop on the very first day it was open and literally went ...

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