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Opinion — You can call me Sal

Opinion — You can call me Sal

Dallas Wiertella March 25, 2023

What is it about nicknames that are so intriguing? For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast, know me or have heard of me beyond the byline, my name is Dallas Wiertella ... but I just go by Sal.  I...

STRAWBERRY CREPES — An arrangement of my crepes filled with homemade strawberry rhubarb jam and ringed with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I also experimented with strawberry garnishes that I discovered on YouTube.

Cooking with Kata — Mental health crepes

Katarina Rothhorn March 23, 2023

I was planning on hosting a crepe party with my friends this past weekend, but none of them wanted to make the trek through the crazy wind and snow to my apartment. When we decided to postpone the brunch...

CLIMB ON — Despite bruised shins and jelly limbs, I (climbing on the right) reached the top of this 70-foot ice formation — affectionately named “The Dryer Hose” — with several words of encouragement and a few breaks. While physical strength is a must to reach the top, the mental roadblocks were much more complicated to conquer as I clung to the face of the ice.

Opinion — Ice climbing and the reward of perseverance

Andie Balenger March 21, 2023

I am the type of person who loves to be challenged. Whether it's academic, physical or mental trials, I love the process of overcoming hardships because of the great sense of accomplishment that awaits...

FRESH BAKED BREAD — While not as beautiful as store bought focaccia, homemade bread is worth the wait. The process of making bread helps me manage my time better and have fun experimenting with different recipes.

Cooking with Kata — Sourdough focaccia and bonus pizza

Katarina Rothhorn February 21, 2023

It’s that time of the week again, where my sourdough starter (lovingly named Fredricka) needs to be fed and my weekend is spent procrastinating homework through a new baking project. This weekend the...

SECOND THOUGHTS — Me as I question whether or not choosing to pursue journalism was a good idea. While the field of journalism is wonderful in itself, it is definitely not for everyone.

Opinion — So, you want to be a journalist?

Hannah Jenkins February 20, 2023

I have been fascinated by the realm of journalism since my junior year of high school when I took a career prep class. In this class, we were tasked with making a presentation on the career of our choice....

ADRENALINE — Vaughn heading down the static line to scope the route. This was the rope that I hung on while the others climbed.

Opinion — Ice climbing and the cold, cutting edge

Fischer Genau February 15, 2023

My friend likes to imagine himself falling when he climbs. A lot of climbers caution against this, saying you'll psych yourself out. Instead, it's best to just focus on the next move, the next handhold...

MELODIOUS MEMORIES - This is me on my fourth birthday, proudly holding one of my most iconic gifts. This plastic pink Barbie guitar played a set of preloaded songs, the most memorable of which was What a Girl Wants by Christina Aguilera. I remember singing along to all the songs, citing every word at four. My life is riddled with memories set to song, thanks to my family members sharing their passion for music.

Opinion — Generational mixtapes

Molly Birch February 2, 2023

Dad told me a story once, though I have no real clue of its truth.  According to the countless times I have heard this story, Dad often played music when I was a newborn at home. Safe in my bouncer,...

Opinion — Is it me or is it my professor?

Opinion — Is it me or is it my professor?

Dallas Wiertella January 20, 2023

Something that I hear most around campus when discussing classes is that some professors fail to instruct their classes, which leads to the downfall of their students.  We have all heard the horror stories...

HERO — A photo of me holding Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. The adaptation of Luke’s character in the “Star Wars” sequels has been a hotly debated topic by many generations of the franchise’s fans, some questioning whether their childhood hero would truly act in the way he did.

Opinion — A take on Luke Skywalker’s character in the “Star Wars” sequels

Nathan Kwapisz December 2, 2022

Luke Skywalker is a hero for many generations of "Star Wars" fans; he embodies many ideals in the story and in real life.  To me, Luke is shown as a person that loves unconditionally. His objective...

Opinion — Song dissection of “Funny the Way It Is”

Opinion — Song dissection of “Funny the Way It Is”

Andie Balenger November 30, 2022

At a recent worship service, my church celebrated All Saints Day. The service was dedicated to acknowledging those from our congregation who have passed away in the last year, with a candle being lit and...

CARROT FLOWERS — A great way to decorate your carrot cake are with sliced raw carrots. For a sweeter design, you can also boil some carrots in a sugar syrup and bake them to make candied carrots.

Cooking with Kata — Spontaneous carrot cupcakes

Katarina Rothhorn and Hayden Bruzewski November 28, 2022

Picture this: my friend and I sitting under a tree on the academic mall, trying to do homework while enjoying one of the last sunny days of the year.  Hayden (friend) says, “Dining hall had carrot...

Opinion — Dear holidays, you suck

Opinion — Dear holidays, you suck

Dallas Wiertella November 18, 2022

I wake up in a cold sweat to the ding of my phone and multiple messages from family members. They are all reaching out to wish me a happy Thanksgiving.  I groggily get out of bed. It is 3 p.m. and...

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