Opinions

  • Erasing the Centre Bubble: Towards a More Empathetic Campus

    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER

    This article is a member of a series focused on Diversity at Centre College.

    On September 5, many Americans moved throughout their day, unaffected by the events unfolding at the White House, as Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, for other Americans, ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Master Plan Directors Announce Blueprints for Campus Parthenon

    BY BRENNEN AMONETT – OPINIONS EDITOR

    The St. Louis-based architectural, planning and engineering firm, Hastings+Chivetta announced on Tuesday at a student forum the first campus improvement in the development of Centre College’s new master plan. A LEED Certified Parthenon will soon be an aesthetic fixture on campus with plans to complete the structure by the college’s ... Read more

  • Repeal and Replace: The Third Time Is Not the Charm

    BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER

    Another attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act fell short last Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill after several senators refused to vote for it.

    Senators Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins announced they would not vote for the bill, ... Read more

  • Solidarity, Post-Charlottesville

    BY STEWART COARD – STAFF WRITER

    In recent years, Centre has taken measures to ensure a more inclusive and diverse campus, open to individuals from various backgrounds. However, our campus must contend with the difficult reality of existing in a part of the country that frequently fails to accept deviations from the norm. Although Centre has ... Read more

  • Presidential Tweets: Donald Trump’s Controversial GIF

    BY AILIYAH ALIM – STAFF WRITER

    It is no secret that the Trump Administration has been controversial. Throughout his eight months in office, Trump has faced public criticism for his undisclosed and suspect ties to Russia, aggressive immigration policies, mocking American citizens with disabilities, and his apparent desire for escalation with North Korea.

    Though not the most ... Read more

  • “Fake News” Does not belong on Our Campus

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – OPINIONS EDITOR

    Last week a banner was hung in Cowan proclaiming a meeting for a “dialogue on Pro-life.” Yet, as was quickly ascertained, a dialogue was not the only intention of this meeting. The moderator was Brenna Lewis, a member of the non-profit organization Students for Life of America, whose mission is ... Read more

  • High Hopes or Hopelessness: Trump and el-Sisi’s Budding Relationship

    BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER

    After twin suicide bombings on Coptic Churches on the important Christian holy day of Palm Sunday in Egypt, American president, Donald Trump, called Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to express his condolences. While such exchanges among world leaders after tragedies are usually common, the sentiments expressed went beyond polite sympathies, ... Read more

  • The Big Apple: Free Education in New York

    BY OLIVIA MURRELL – STAFF WRITER 

    The state of New York recently created The Excelsior Scholarship, which will offer free tuition at two and four- year colleges. Only full-time students within the State University of New York system would be covered, however, this does encompass 64 campuses and over 1 million students. Students that come from ... Read more

  • Massacre in Mosul Underscores Trump’s ISIS Strategy

    BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER

    As Iraqi civilians in Mosul find themselves trapped on the ground between retreating ISIS forces and American-backed coalition forces seeking to regain the city, U.S. coalition strikes threaten them from above. On March 17, an airstrike, if confirmed by the ongoing investigation, may have resulted in the highest death toll ... Read more

  • Passion Politics: A New Hope for the Democratic Party?

     

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – OPINIONS EDITOR

     Deep down in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia, a special election is taking place that could determine the trajectory of the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms. A lone face stands as the picture of a new, younger Democratic Party. At only thirty years old, this protégée of John ... Read more

  • President Trump Talks Big but Acts Small on Women’s Rights

    BY DEVIN BAKER- STAFF WRITER

    March is National Women’s History Month. It is just a small recognition of the many amazing achievements brought forth by women in the United States’ history. In the ins and outs of everyday life, it may be easy to forget how pivotal of a role Women have played in American history. ... Read more

  • Kentucky Charter Schools Signed Into Law

    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER

    Last week saw the passage of the Kentucky Charter Schools Bill, a contentious issue that lawmakers have been considering since 2008.

    Matt Bevin, Kentucky’s governor signed the bill into law on the March 22, making Kentucky the forty-fourth state to allow charter schools to be established. Proponents argue that charter schools ... Read more

  • The Path of the EPA and Environmental Rollback

    BY OLIVIA MURRELL – STAFF WRITER

     

    What’s going on with the Environmental Protection Agency recently?

    The environmental justice chief, Mustafa Ali, resigned in early March in the face of proposed budget cuts coming out of the Trump administration. There could be a 30% or more funding cut for the EPA if Congress approves the budget. There ... Read more

  • New CIA Leaks: Lots of Smoke, A Small But Growing Fire

    BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER

    Certainly not the only embarrassment the United States’ government has experienced in the last two weeks, but one directed towards the already criticized US intelligence community, Wikileaks released one of the largest collections of classified material on March 7.

    This trove included 7,818 pages of files and 943 attachments related to ... Read more

  • Winners Need to Go Home Too

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    BY LANEY TAYLOR — STAFF WRITER

    Fridays at 7:41 A.M. were punctuated by the side eye of my neighbor trying to take out the trash. The twang of Bluegrass Junction apparently warmed all cars but only some hearts. Fridays at 7:44 A.M. were marked by the palpable relief in finding a clear stretch of ... Read more

  • Unpresidented

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    BY KATHLEEN MURPHY — STAFF WRITER

    Throughout his terms as president, many called Barack Obama a “social media president” with his young, tech-savvy campaign and White House staff. So in the social media era, what does this make Donald Trump? The obvious answer is the Twitter president. Throughout the election, he was known for his tweets–for better ... Read more

  • The United States and “Neocolonialism”

    BY ZAMIRAH HUSSAIN — STAFF WRITER

    Colonialism is defined as “the quality or state of being colonial; control by one power over a dependent area or people.” While this definition can easily be argued, it does provide a base for the much larger social concept of colonization.

    The European colonial period often referred to as the “first wave ... Read more

  • Perez Elected DNC Chair, and the Future of the Democratic Party

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    BY DEVIN BAKER — STAFF WRITER

    Tom Perez, the former labor secretary for President Obama, was elected as the newest Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman for the Democratic Party. Perez replaces interim chair Donna Brazile after a long, four-month race and an interesting final day of voting.

    Given the hotly contested battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ... Read more

  • Nominating DeVos: Choosing Stagnation over Education

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    BY LANEY TAYLOR — STAFF WRITER

    If you rely on financial aid to attend Centre, the confirmation of Betsy Devos should trouble you. If you are a survivor of sexual assault, Betsy DeVos should worry you. If you are a student in America, Betsy DeVos should terrify you.

    Betsy DeVos’ confirmation will go down in history as ... Read more

  • Casualties of the Bowling Green Massacre

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    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER

    Kellyanne Conway has a knack for performing interview gymnastics, twisting away from direct answers, spinning around tough questions, and sometimes improvising when she considers it necessary. Simply watch a video of Ms. Conway on any major cable news network and you can’t help but admire her verbal agility, as she ... Read more

  • Have You Heard About the Emails?

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    BY JAKE MCGUIRK – STAFF WRITER

    As if the country had not had a big enough dose of reality television from the meteoric ascendance of Donald Trump, the FBI further fueled Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal” days before the election. Yet the news did not reach the public directly from Director James Comey, but rather via the ... Read more

  • What’s Happening in Utah? Talking About McMullin and Mormons

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    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER

    Throughout the contentious election season of 2016, many Americans felt as if they had no other choice than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Citizens of Utah were no different in their dislike of the two major candidates, if anything there was a stronger dislike in Utah for both candidates than ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Centre College President Shocked To Hear Not Everyone Enjoys Emojis

    BY: BRENNEN AMONETT – STAFF WRITER

    In an astonishing wave of electronic critique, students, faculty, and alumni of Centre College have banded together to oppose President John A. Roush’s horrifying use of emoticons in emails and posts on the college’s Facebook page.

    In an email addressed to the student body last Wednesday, President Roush addressed the outcome ... Read more

  • CentOnion: DPS Opens Investigation into Centre Student’s Email Account

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    The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has opened an investigation into first-year student Hope Carter’s controversial use of the ‘reply all’ button on a school-wide email. In a letter written to the Centre College Board of Trustees on Friday, ... Read more

  • How “Making America Great Again” Could Make Trump Less Wealthy

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    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – OPINIONS EDITOR

    In September, Donald Trump committed a campaign sin: he punked the media.

    With an announcement that Trump would be having a news conference to divulge “big news,” the media watched an empty podium for an hour as the candidate arrived late for his press conference. Then, when he finally arrived, he ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Centre to Host 2016 Vice Presidential Cage Brawl

    BY BRENNEN AMONETT – STAFF WRITER

    The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) revealed a new partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) today, announcing the first ever Vice Presidential Fight-to-the-Death Cage Brawl. This event is set to take place at Centre College on October 13th, 2016, and will be the fourth of now five general election debate ... Read more

  • Girls Can Throw Parties, Too

    BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    As with many colleges, a staple of Centre’s student culture is the frat party; nearly every weekend, any number of the school’s six fraternities will open their houses to the student body for a night of themed outfits, blaring music, and dancing away the stresses of the week. Banners hung in Cowan ... Read more

  • Kentucky Kernel Scandal: A University’s Failure

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    BY JAKE MCGUIRK – STAFF WRITER

    A University of Kentucky professor resigned recently over his involvement in a case of sexual harassment. In response, the college conducted an internal investigation and reached a deal in February with the accused, James Harwood, allowing him to resign and receive ... Read more

  • Bevin’s Bloody Bodement

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    BY BRENNEN AMONETT – STAFF WRITER

    Several weeks ago, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin called upon the people of this country to make a sacrifice. A sacrifice that derives its historic and nationalistic relevance from the words of Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of a country economically and ... Read more

  • What is Aleppo? Taking a Closer Look at the Third Party Candidates

    BY BRENNEN AMONETT- STAFF WRITER

     

     

    “What is Aleppo?”

     

    This question, posed by Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson, tells us a lot about where the 2016 election season has taken us. It’s certainly been a wild ride. From Emails to Socialism to memes to a new Great Wall, it has been a mind-boggling wake up call for the ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Cowan’s Meaty Monotony

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    Google Images Fair UseBY JAKE MCGUIRK – STAFF WRITER

    Far more important than newly tenured faculty, a rapidly growing student body, a presidential election, or an ever-heightening conflict in the Middle East is this pressing question: what food will we get to shove in our mouths today? ... Read more

  • The Bevin administration’s push for Pro-Life legislation

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    This week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, which he claimed was operating a clinic in Louisville that violated state law. From Dec. 3 to Jan. 28 the clinic had allegedly performed 23 unlawful abortions, which for Governor Bevin was the basis ... Read more

  • Letters to the Editor: To the men of Centre College

    To the Men of Centre College, on Whose Behalf Jesse Diluzio Spoke –

    It is my understanding that you took offense to Emily Rodes’ article and I can objectively see why; you didn’t like feeling attacked or generalized, which is fair. But what I think you didn’t quite get out of the article, and ... Read more

  • Centre reacts to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy

    BY DANA REYNOLDS – STAFF WRITER

    Beginning with host Chris Rock’s bold opening monologue and ending with the fiery, political anthem “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy running over the credits, the 88th annual Academy Awards delivered a sustained and wildly messy attack on Hollywood’s diversity problem. This year, uproar was unavoidable; for the second consecutive ... Read more

  • A contentious battle in nominating a new Supreme Court Justice

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has turned into a political battle, with both parties fighting for their right to nominate a new candidate. Although President Obama still has a little less than eleven months left in office, Republicans are eager to push him out of office ... Read more

  • CentOnion: DPS condemns use of military grade weaponry; “horrible idea”

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS EDITOR

    Amid criticism and outrage, Centre College’s Director of the Department of Public Safety Gary Bugg has reiterated his strong disapproval of accepting surplus military grade weaponry from the Danville Police Department (DPD).

    “It’s a horrible idea,” Bugg said, shoving an M-16A4 off of his desk while making room for another shipment ... Read more

  • Student perspectives on major social issues

    BY SHRUTI RAM – STAFF WRITER

    Students often say that Centre College is not the typical liberal arts college in terms of how liberal the minds of the students actually are. While being home to many out-of-state students, Centre has managed to retain a level of conservative attitudes that are unlike most other liberal arts colleges. ... Read more

  • Why going Greek may not be for you

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    As rush week winds down, and sororities and fraternities have finished welcoming their new brothers and sisters, most unaffiliated students are probably breathing a sigh of relief. The decision not to rush is never more keenly felt than during rush week, when Greek friends are absent and festivities are in ... Read more

  • Last Time Around the Flame: Senior perspectives on their last semester

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    Snow and emotions are swirling as Centre students recover from Centreterm break and find their routines for spring semester—many for the last time before graduating. Not only do the seniors face the usual stress of classes and extracurricular activities, but also questions of what the next step will be after ... Read more

  • The popularity of anti-establishment candidates

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    The recent New Hampshire primary produced some interesting results. While it was expected that presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump would do well, the fact that two anti-establishment candidates took home wins for the Republican and Democratic parties is quite an anomaly. These candidates have accumulated astounding amounts of ... Read more

  • We Elected Matt Bevin: What’s next?

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    On November 3, Republican Matt Bevin was elected Governor after defeating Democrat Jack Conway to take the historically liberal seat, held by Democrats for forty of the last 44 years. Bevin is a Tea Party Republican and businessman who built his campaign on pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-religious freedom ideals. He took ... Read more

  • The Final Countdown: Don’t let finals get you down

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    November is a foreboding month for college students as term papers, presentations, and final exams loom just around the corner. The brief respite of Thanksgiving break often isn’t enough to curtail the campus-wide increase in stress and anxiety as the dreaded final week of the semester approaches. For many it ... Read more

  • Are health concerns really driving proposed changes to campus smoking policy?

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    Toward the end of October, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a Town Hall forum in Young 113 to discuss potential changes to the campus smoking policy. Currently, the policy states that smoking in buildings and near their entrances is prohibited.

    The proposed revision is to ban smoking on the main ... Read more

  • Militant Social Justice Warrior Spends Fabulous Day at Keeneland Racecourse

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS EDITOR

    As is custom during the fall and spring semesters at Centre College, students make the trek to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, the unwanted stepsister of the world famous Kentucky Churchill Downs. Though never quite warm enough, weekends at Keeneland become the battleground for students displaying the wealth they desperately wish ... Read more

  • Skip the headdress, grab a broomstick: Cultural appropriation and Halloween

    BY SHRUTI RAM – STAFF WRITER

    Halloween: the season of pumpkin-spiced-everything, candy, and racially insensitive costumes. On the quest to find a costume that’s “funny” or “sexy” enough, some people cross a fine line when they appropriate other cultures into their costumes. This can be done in several different ways. There are blatantly racist costumes, which ... Read more

  • Global Affairs at Centre: Should the International Studies major Require more religion courses?

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    In this year’s September issue of America, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the importance of an understanding of religion and global affairs.

    “I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science. That is because religious actors and ... Read more

  • Between Party Lines: The trials of an independent candidate

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    In a move that has become common in the current age of partisan politics, Centre’s gubernatorial debate left out one man that has become a recent contender in the race for governor—Drew Curtis. While this move is not altogether shocking, it does bring up the question: why can’t a man ... Read more

  • Bringing Reality T.V. to Politics: The commercialization of presidential debates

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    Last month, Fox News broke records with their coverage of “Round One” of the Republican Primary debates with 25.1 million viewers tuning in every minute, making it the highest-rated non-sports program in cable history. Compared to the primary debates of 2012, which attracted a few million at best, the people ... Read more

  • Fitness Favoritism: Student-athletes before students

    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY – STAFF WRITER

    Many Centre students have been in an uproar in light of recent developments concerning the popular Combo-Mix Aerobics class. The turmoil began when a campus-wide email was sent out stating that the class had been moved out of the Sutcliffe aerobics studio and into the small racquetball court in the ... Read more

  • Belligerent Alumnus Angered Nevin Hall No Longer Moral Wasteland

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS EDITOR

    Citing glorious days of untold vandalism, flame runs, and endemic stench, Centre College graduate and veteran of Nevin Hall William Withers was outraged this homecoming weekend to find the building he once called home inhabited by men and women alike.

    “I’m livid,” the 1981 graduate said, after shot-gunning his ninth beer ... Read more

  • A new ‘Odyssey’ for journalism?

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    This year, Centre was given its branch of The Odyssey, an online publication created by the students, for the students. Thus started our “Odyssey” into college students’ and millennials’ new favorite Buzzfeed-esque website. While their stories are relatable, they are not intended to be much more than a commentary on ... Read more

  • First-Year Students Tremble in Fear as President Roush Stares into Their Souls

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS EDITOR

    The beginning of the school year is always an emotional time for students of Centre College, a small liberal arts institution in Danville, Kentucky. A time of reunion, regrouping, and reinvigoration, August at Centre also sees the induction of a new class, and every year that class is treated to ... Read more

  • To-Go Boxes: Switching Practicality for Sustainability

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    A few weeks ago, Centre Dining Services announced their intentions to implement a new, sustainable take-out service. This service aims to eliminate the previous system of using Styrofoam and Polystyrene disposable boxes, and create a new system of eco-friendly boxes that we can buy for three dollars then bring back ... Read more

  • U.S.-Iranian Nuclear Agreement: Deal or Dud?

    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – STAFF WRITER

    For the past several months, there have been widely publicized talks in the United States surrounding a deal to lift sanctions on Iran if they give up the materials to maintain their nuclear program. This deal is largely beneficial for the United States and the world as a whole, as ... Read more

  • College Students/Staff Shocked to Learn Not Everything They Read is True

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    The college community of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky is reeling from recent allegations of their school newspaper publishing articles that are “purely fictional and does not necessarily reflect views of the or Centre College.”

    The College’s newspaper, The Cento, began a new recurring feature this year with the ... Read more

  • Germanwings Crash: A Word on Terrorism

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    Few people can imagine worse things than murder or suicide. For some, there is no moral or ethical distinction between the two. Still fewer could imagine these two things occurring 39,000 feet in the air. And perhaps no one can fathom the tragedy of involving 149 other people.

    Yet, this ... Read more

  • Friendzone: The Point of No Return?

    BY SHRUTI RAM – STAFF WRITER

    Being rejected sucks. But the worst kind of rejection is when it comes from your own friends. Our generation came up with a term for this particular kind of rejection in a romantic setting – the ‘friendzone.’

    It is commonly known that people that complain about being in the friendzone more ... Read more

  • America’s Summer Movie Line Up

    BY THOMAS SACCENTE – STAFF WRITER

    The American film industry is a business that works almost exclusively on a yearly cycle. The seasons are a defining factor for what movies get released at what times, and this formula continues as a staple of the industry for decades. For example, the beginning of the year is always ... Read more

  • Students Offer Insights Into Alternative Spring Break

    BY IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    Spring break — the short-lived break we receive each year where, for one whole week, thinking about school is taboo and doing homework is forbidden. Usually for this break, students jet off to the hottest beach or the nearest college town to participate in debauchery so creative that even Captain ... Read more

  • Greek Students Dismayed to Find Their Big/Little “Not Perfect”

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    The longstanding tradition of having a ‘big’ and ‘little’ is central to being a member of a fraternity and sorority, creating a bond between Greek members that can often transcend brotherhood or sisterhood. For many, it’s one of the closest bonds to be formed during their college years.

    Recently, however, ... Read more

  • The Digital Revolution Meets The Cento

    BY IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    The Cento printed its very last paper issue ever two weeks ago. If you wish to read The Cento today, you can find it online on The Cento’s website through the link on the Centre website or by simply googling, “The Cento.” Even this very article will only be accessible ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Student Life Office Announces the End of ‘No-Bake Wednesdays’

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    In a stunning decision by the Centre College Student Life Office (SLO), the College administration announced plans to end the beloved ‘No-Bake Wednesday’ tradition so many students adore.

    The decision was communicated via a campus wide email to the student body last Thursday, stating that while the administration acknowledges the ... Read more

  • Let it Snow: Centre Makes A Tough Call

    BY IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    Whether you prefer getting bronzed on a beach in the Bahamas or appreciate freezing to death in the icy tundra, it cannot be denied that only a short while ago, Centre College faced something that was nothing short of a “snowmagedon.” On Mon., Feb. 16, the College cancelled its classes, ... Read more

  • What Has the Student Government Association Been Up To?

    BY IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    Let’s talk about something completely uncontroversial, unanimously loved, and irrevocably revered — the government. And not just any government: Centre’s on-campus government, also known as the Student Government Association (or SGA). What is SGA exactly? What does it do? What is its purpose?

    “SGA, per our constitution, exists to ‘enhance the ... Read more

  • Deferred recruitment: Is it right for you?

    By IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

     

    Sometimes it’s just not your choice: your grades aren’t where you want them to be, your finances at the time don’t really permit it, or it’s just not a good fit into your already hectic life.

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  • Letter From the Editor: A final love letter to print

    By SARAH CORNETTEDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    Dear Cento Readers:

    This past October marked 126 years since the first Editor-in-Chief Lucien V. Rule (Class of 1893) founded The Cento. At the beginning, Read more

  • Editorial Board: Call for Senior Week discussion

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    On Feb. 12, Kendrick Durham emailed the senior class with a tersely titled email: “Important Announcement Regarding Senior Week.” In the body of the email, Durham briefly explained changes made to the Senior Week guest policy, namely, that no guests could stay during Senior Week. ... Read more

  • Experts Discover Abraham Lincoln Conceived at Centre

    By GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    In a stunning new historical development, Centre College administrative experts have determined, independent of the modern academic community, that the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was conceived on what are now the footsteps of Old Centre.

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  • Boko Haram Acts of Terror and Violence Increase

    By JARED THOMPSON – NEWS SECTION EDITOR

    In recent months, and particularly since the beginning of 2015, the threat of Boko Haram has magnified to a previously unparalleled height.

    Headlines of various massacres and attacks have dotted cable ... Read more

  • Editorial Board: New information on Senior Week Discussion

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    On February 13, every member of the senior class received an email notifying them of a policy change regarding senior week activities. Citing chronic damages and misconduct, Kendrick Durham, speaking on behalf of the Student Life Office, explained that seniors would no longer be allowed to have guests during senior week.

    Angered at both ... Read more

  • An Eye for an Eye: ISIS and Jordan’s Response

    By ADAM JOHNSON – CENTO WRITER

    ISIS is considered to be a blight on the Middle East, a blight that has origins in one of the world’s largest religions. Fortunately, that origin is baffling for many who follow Islam personally.

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  • To Rush or Not to Rush

    By IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    The decision to rush or not to rush is one that seems to weigh heavily on the minds of most first-years that cross the threshold into Centre’s campus. The Centre College Greek Community graciously pushes the process of formal recruitment back an entire semester with the hopes of alleviating some of ... Read more

  • CentreTerm provides new learning opportunities for students

    By CHADWICK CARTER – STAFF WRITER

    For much of the year, students at Centre divide their time between school, social life, athletics, and occasionally, sleep. Apparently it’s quite stressful. In the fall and spring semesters, the average student takes four academic classes. This means, within a given day, the already-cluttered student brain is forced to switch ... Read more

  • The benefits of taking a gap year

    By MICHELLE KIMCENTO WRITER

    There is a common misconception in our society that faster is better. For this reason, elementary and middle school students skip grade levels, high school students take the most AP classes to opt out of college courses, and college students take the most amount of credits possible, ... Read more

  • Students Return from Semester Abroad; Friends Not Happy

    By GRAY WHITSETTOPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    Centre College has long set the standard across the country for study abroad programs. From China to England, students who attend the small liberal arts college in central Kentucky can choose between eight different semester abroad programs that provide travelers with a ... Read more

  • Students offer Thanksgiving traditions for break

    By MICHELLE KIMCENTO WRITER

    It’s that time of year again when vanilla lattes turn into pumpkin spice, green leaves turn red, and our jeans feel a little bit tighter than we would probably prefer.

    The ... Read more

  • CentOnion: Sodexo to use human meat in food

    By GRAY WHITSETTOPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    The close-knit environment of a small liberal arts school is something many students and faculty will point to in their explanation of an institution’s success. And indeed with 98 percent of Centre College students living in on-campus housing, the ... Read more

  • Nolan’s Interstellar rockets to critical acclaim

    CHAD CARTER  – STAFF WRITER

    Christopher Nolan’s new movie Interstellar has generated a lot of buzz. Nolan is the director of many successful films of the last 15 years, including Momento ... Read more

  • The Grand Ole Party that’s not so grand

    By JARED THOMPSON – STAFF WRITER

    County by county, state by state, voters and nonvoters alike watched on Nov. 4 as Republicans slowly edged out their Democratic opponents to gain a majority of seats in the United States Senate, widened their majority in the United States House ... Read more

  • Student evaluations interest both professors and students

    By MICHELLE KIMCENTO WRITER

    Every semester in the midst of finals, students are asked to sit down and critically evaluate their professors. Many students consider professor and course evaluations as a burden, while some find it a useful exercise in reflection.

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  • Centre to move 2,000-Year-Old Hut to Campus

    By GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    Being an institution that is rapidly approaching its bicentennial, Centre College is no stranger to the annals of American history. Home to numerous buildings that were built well before the turn of the twentieth century, and supplemented ... Read more

  • The Centre Mindset, or: How grades run our lives

    By CHAD CARTER – STAFF WRITER

    As the end of the semester draws closer, the school will begin its bi-annual epidemic of students studying for finals. Ask any of these students why they are spending large blocks of time reviewing their class materials, and ... Read more

  • The reasons why Sororities should have parties, too

    By MICHELLE KIM – CENTO WRITER

    We’ve seen them in countless movies, such as 22 Jump Street, Bad Neighbors, and several spin-offs of American Pie,Read more

  • Haven’t we totally missed the point of Yik-Yak?

    By MASON McCLAY – STAFF WRITER

    Recall a moment during which you lost yourself, mentally, in a crowd. At a concert, perhaps, hidden among countless bags of sweaty skin, or possibly walking through a downtown crowd during a summer festival. In these crowded contexts, ... Read more

  • We Canceled the Ghana Trip, and here’s why

    By JARED THOMPSON – STAFF WRITER

    On Oct. 9, a decision was made to cancel the CentreTerm study abroad trip being led by Associate Professors of Education Sarah Murray and J.H. Atkins to Ghana.

    Read more

  • Is It Really Appropriate to Have a Statue of Lincoln?

    By RACHEL KENT – CENTO WRITER

    From the very first tour as a prospective student, each member of the Centre community is proudly told that Kentucky is the birthplace of Lincoln and that one time, the man himself borrowed some books from someone important who was connected to Centre.

    Somehow, because of this, we ended up with a ... Read more

  • Everyone Wants a Longer Fall Break—Right?

    By JARED THOMPSON – STAFF WRITER

    Everyone has reached that slump. You’ve written a paper for every class, you’ve spent countless hours tucked away in one of Grace Doherty’s cubbies, and you’ve finally kicked midterms right in the teeth. Now you just want to relax and spend a bit of time thinking about something that isn’t organic ... Read more

  • Centre Launches Rockefeller Scholars Program

    By GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    It’s a topic that’s on every parent’s mind–how will I be able to afford college for my child?

    “Here at Centre College we’ve taken steps to alleviate some of these concerns,” Dean of Student Life Randy “Savage” Hays.

    “Most people know that a strong majority of students are on some type of merit ... Read more

  • A Bad Apple: The Case Against Apple Products

    By ADAM FALLUJI – STAFF WRITER

    When the first iPhone was introduced in 2007, it was marveled as a revolutionary piece of technology. Heralded as a product inspired by “thinking different,” the product was actually a combination of existing technologies. Mp3 players, handheld web-browsing devices, and high end phones had already been around for years. Apple’s true ... Read more

  • Students React to the Possibility of a Fifth Sorority

    By IRINI BROM – CENTO WRITER

    From the history of Chi Omega’s short-lived stint in the 1980s to the addition of new housing beside the Kappa Alpha Theta House on Greek Row, rumors are always buzzing about the potential for a new sorority. In fact, these rumors have been partially confirmed—though still very early in the process, ... Read more

  • Centre Announces New Study Abroad: Centre-in-Gaza

    By GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    Centre College has long been a standard bearer in learning across the globe. As their website proudly states, Centre is “a national leader in international education.” Indeed, with an impressive 85 percent of students having studied abroad, the liberal arts college has a right to be proud of its abroad ... Read more

  • Partygoers Give Feedback on Fraternity House Parties

    By LAURA HUMBLE – STAFF WRITER

    We have all experienced it: walking into a dark house full of hot sweaty bodies, music pulsing in our ears, people moving in every direction in such a small space, bumping into you, maybe because it’s dark or maybe because they’re drunk.

    Maybe you swiped in first, or maybe you just walked ... Read more

  • Ferguson Raises Concerns Over Police Militarization

    By JARED THOMPSON – STAFF WRITER

    In the aftermath of the events that transpired in Ferguson, Mo. in Aug. 2014, the county was thrown back into the midst of a debate concerning police brutality and the militarization of police. However, Americans are not strangers to this sort of debate. Rodney King’s assault sent Los Angeles—and the country—back to ... Read more

  • Sandella’s Stirs Up New Food Options on Campus

    By RACHEL KENT – CENTO WRITER

    Amidst the sea of familiar faces, swarms of people, studying, crunching leaves and jam-packed schedules, one of the most important parts of being a college student cannot be ignored—eating. From snacks to meals, lots of recent campus buzz has revolved around the new dining changes this year. The most talked about ... Read more

  • Seniors Offer Insights During their Final Year

    By CHAD CARTER – STAFF WRITER

    School has begun again, and a new class of seniors begins to realize they are nearly finished with their education on Centre’s campus. For many seniors, this means that a deadly disease will soon strike: senioritis. But while that epidemic sweeps campus, another will surely follow. Nostalgia has already started to ... Read more

  • Student and Faculty Parking: What’s the Plan?

    By MASON McCLAY – STAFF WRITER

    Centre’s campus is often applauded for its nearly constant renovation of facilities, from the eagerness and openness to altering the quality of some spaces (Sandella’s), to some of the more unique additions to campus (Religious Life and Contemplation Room). The standard of constructing a campus suited to the needs and often ... Read more

  • EXObition: An Extended Look at Extended Orientation

    By JARED THOMPSON – STAFF WRITER

    Every year, somewhere in the neighborhood of 320 first-year Centre students run the gauntlet of Extended Orientation (EXO), a “class” that meets once weekly with various members of

    Centre’s staff to cover a plethora of topics that will help students make a successful transition into college.

    This year, Extended Orientation is divided into four ... Read more

  • Centre College Ranked #1 College in Boyle County

    By GRAY WHITSETT – OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    “There’s a little college down in Kentucky which in 60 years has graduated more men who have acquired prominence and fame than has Princeton in her 150 years.”
    – Woodrow Wilson

    So goes the quote that has kept the “little college down in Kentucky” flaming for decades. Centre College, founded in ... Read more

  • Title IX and Haven Spark Conversations on Campus

    By LAURA HUMBLE – STAFF WRITER

    Centre has made a recent profound change in their policy regarding sexual misconduct, a change that impacts every student on this campus, but one that many are not aware of.

    “We want to send a clear and unmistakable statement against sexual misconduct of all kinds, especially sexual violence. We focused on moving ... Read more

  • So What’s the Big Deal About Calling Them Freshmen?

    By MORGAN KING – STAFF WRITER

    It is a struggle that Centre students have faced since the moment they have moved into their first dorm room. At Centre, and many other colleges across the nation, the students’ first year is not marked by the typical term “freshman” but instead embrace the more general name of “first-year.” This ... Read more

  • Will Work for Experience: Woes of Desperate Interns

    BY SARAH CORNETT – EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    Each year, students across the nation begin the crucial and chaotic hunt for the perfect internship. If they’re smart, the search begins in the early fall.

    Several hours are spent scouring through internship directories and databases, organization’s websites, and emails to find a few hundred possibilities.

    By the winter break they’ve cranked out more ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: The Final Shade of Gray

    BY GRAY WHITSETT – COLUMNIST

    We critique, I believe, because we feel. If there is no connection, no emotional investment, there stands no motivation to lift a finger, whether to help or to hurt. Those who don’t bother to care don’t bother to do much of anything.

    But I also believe we must consistently doubt it. Framed in such ... Read more

  • Combating the Censorship of Journalism

    By RACHEL WEST – MANAGING EDITOR

    In a twenty-first century world, it can seem like access to information is immediate.

    When a starlet causes a scandal, it’s on the Internet in seconds. When a breaking news story comes in, you get an alert on your iPhone telling you all about it.

    Information, and thus the media, now works at ... Read more

  • Some transparency needed in regard to Centre’s private investments

    BY ALEC HUDSON – STAFF WRITER

    One of the negative aspects of going to a private liberal arts college is that the school’s endowment is not transparent. Though students and staff are allowed to meet and discuss the endowment with members of the Board of Trustees, the official documents and investments of the endowment are kept private ... Read more

  • Serving Self-Interest: Using skills to create an impact

    BY JUSTIN ALLARD OPINIONS SECTION EDITOR

    After a very formative Alternative Spring Break experience, I have been thinking about service. I spent a week working with other Centre students in Chicago. We lived in the Darst Center, an organization that serves as a hub for service groups coming to learn about urban poverty.

    The goal of the ... Read more

  • Centre Should Take a Stand for the Rights of Poor Workers

    By ALEC HUDSON – STAFF WRITER

    Centre College has power few even realized it had.

    While it is an academic power as an educational institution, it is also an economic power as a purchaser of school apparel for the bookstore and for other functions.

    This apparel is not made here in America; it is made by an international garment ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: Dancing around the Centre grind

    By GRAY WHITSETT – COLUMNIST

    I’d be willing to wager that upward of 95 percent of Centre students have, at one point or another, frequented the institutions we collectively and affectionately refer to as “the Houses.”

    Nearly every new student during the opening weeks of their Centre career at least samples them, and a healthy amount continue the ... Read more

  • Take a Hike: the Best Trails and Parks Kentucky Has to Offer

    By ADAM FALLUJI – STAFF WRITER

    This past winter seemed as though it would never end.

    One of Danville’s worst winters in recent history, there were a number of times where it appeared as though the weather was finally picking up, only to drop right back down within 24 hours.

    Although Kentucky’s weather is notoriously temperamental, it seems as ... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: “It’s all about respect”

    By MATT GILBERT – CENTRE STUDENT

    Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to this article published in the March 20, 2014 issue of the Cento.

    As the recent Cento article “SGA Raises Questions Over Centre’s Smoking Policy” stated, Centre College is one of the few college campuses in Kentucky to have relaxed tobacco policies.

    Our policy, according ... Read more

  • Success in Female Leadership: Keep Momentum Going

    By SARAH CORNETT – EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    In September of 2011, Jill Abramson was appointed as the Executive Editor of the New York Times.

    Abramson’s appointment should have come as no surprise, considering her past résumé includes notable positions at Time, the American Lawyer, and the Wall Street Journal before spending 14 years at the New York Times. All of ... Read more

  • The Editorial Board: Why We Would Choose Centre

    By: The Editorial Board

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    You’ve probably seen in the news recently that a 17-year-old New York student named Kwasi Enin ... Read more

  • Funding the Flame Stirs Both Disgruntlement and Hope

    By Justin AllardOpinions Section Editor

    On Tue., March 18, Centre sprouted gold ribbons with gift tags on them overnight. They appeared across campus and were all addressed to Centre College.

    The sender varied from tag to tag, but all represented a private donator. This was part of a new funding campaign called Fund ... Read more

  • True Life: the Confessions of a Snapchat Hater

    By Sarah Cornett – Editor-in-Chief

    In 2012, Stanford students Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy designed an app that would change the face of modern communication.

    The aptly nicknamed “phantom app” called Snapchat allows users to send photos that will disappear in one to ten seconds. It seems that everyone born after 1990 ... Read more

  • The Editorial Board: The Work-Study Dilemma

    By: The Editorial Board

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    Work-Study is one of the greatest opportunities provided to students by the federal government. ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: Discussing Centre’s Diversity

    By Gray WhitsettColumnist

    Here at Centre College we talk a lot about our accomplishments. We brag, and rightfully so, about our stellar study abroad program. We tout our remarkably low student-to-professor ratio. We praise the accolades of our faculty and students, boast of our admirable “value of education” ranking, and assert our ... Read more

  • A Washed Up System Causes Problems in Laundry Facilities

    By Alec Hudson – Staff Writer

    Centre students are a privileged group. We live on a well-organized, well-managed campus with most of the amenities necessary for a normal life.

    But this life of education is by no means free. We as students bear many costs and responsibilities for living on such a ... Read more

  • This I Believe: The Importance of Listening

    By Mason McClay Cento Writer

    Sore and exhausted, I sat in the pavilion of Indian Hill High School in a frustrating attempt to avoid the wave of ninety degree, mercilessly humid air. I believe I was drifting into a state of disassociation.

    I didn’t usually have trouble distinguishing which hand was left and which ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: Learning to accept the imperfections of CentreTerm

    By GRAY WHITSETT – COLUMNIST

    I have only lived through two CentreTerms in my time at Centre College — one focused on religion and politics, the other spent in India.
    These two courses were arguably the most influential classes I’ve taken in my student career and experiences I value with love and pride.
    I hesitate to say ... Read more

  • Misrepresentation of the Millenials: Slighted by Media

    By RACHEL WEST – MANAGING EDITOR

    Yahoo wants to tell us “Why Millennials Will Never Be Happy.” Time calls millennials the “Me Me Me Generation” who “are lazy, entitled narcissists.” A Slate article purports that millennials “can’t think for themselves.” The New York Times asks us, “Do Millennials Stand a Chance in the Real World?” (Spoiler alert: ... Read more

  • Restoring voting rights to ex-felons

    By ALEC HUDSON STAFF WRITER

    Are we a forgiving society?

    Many would argue that we are: for American society is one of countless stories of dispossessed people committing errors of judgment that lead them through hardship only to redeem themselves through hard work or good deeds. But this forgiveness has its limits in our state.
    For Kentucky ... Read more

  • The Editorial Board: Examining the Social Greek System

    By EDITORAL BOARD

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    At Centre, the Greek system has a rich history and presence with almost exactly 50 percent of ... Read more

  • Detox the Stress: Learning to cope without being busy

    By AUDREY JENKINS – STAFF WRITER

    You’re busy.

    Don’t bother denying it, because we all know it’s true. I can taste it in the Cowan coffee you gulp down like water to stay awake during your afternoon classes.

    I can see it in the bags under your eyes as you scribble yet another club meeting into your already full ... Read more

  • Plenty of TLC (Tinder Loving Care) offered in newest dating App

    By Audrey JenkinsStaff Writer

    Everyone always says that college is the ideal place to find a life partner, but what Centre student has time for real dating? Between club meetings, sports practice, late-night Taco Bell runs with your girls, and Facebook creeping in the library, finding the time and energy to pursue meaningful romantic ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: A different perspective on Centre’s introductory courses

    By Gray Whitsett  Columnist

    I was blessed with a solid class schedule my first semester – a good balance of difficulty, lively professors, and a diverse genre of subjects.
    I say “blessed” for a reason, as I had essentially no choice in the matter. The only input I had was suggesting during the summer one gen. ... Read more

  • Course Evaluations: A suggestion for change

    By The Editorial Board

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    At the end of each semester, Centre students are besieged by the same barrage of emails ... Read more

  • Debate: An argument based on scientific evidence

    By Alec Hudson Staff Writer

    Out in Meade County, Ky., there is a swath of forest collectively owned by my mother’s family on the cliffs of the Ohio River. I grew up going there for family reunions, vacation days, or just outings. Every time I went, I would dig through the mud, especially around the creek ... Read more

  • Debate: Understanding through faith

    By Mason McClayCento Writer

    After watching the highly anticipated Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky,it was clear who the victor was … at least in terms of references to tangible evidence that supports a widely accepted theory.
    However, after allowing myself to process the different rhetoric used ... Read more

  • CVS Pharmacy to kick the habit: Tobacco product sales to cease

    By Bryan WrightCento Writer

    CVS has decided to stop selling tobacco products because doing so conflicts with their purpose of providing a form of healthcare as a pharmacy. This made me think that the intelligent people at Centre College should follow suit by actively remembering the harm that tobacco use can do to our ... Read more

  • The Editorial Board: A discussion on the merits of going “gradeless”

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    If you ask any Centre student, “What makes Centre, Centre?” you would get a slew of ... Read more

  • The Influence of the Meme Generation: The Evolution of Millennials’ Preferred Methods of Communication

    By JARED THOMPSON CENTO WRITER

    Technological advances, by definition, allow us a variety of new opportunities with which to expand our worldviews. The technological advances of the 21st century, at least the ones college students have most closely integrated into their lives, have primarily allowed people greater freedom of expression.

    However, the very same people utilizing ... Read more

  • The British are Coming, the British are Coming

    By RACHEL WESTMANAGING EDITOR

    You’ve definitely heard their names: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Downton Abbey. They’ve become some of the most popular television shows and fandoms in America in recent years, and you can only watch them online or weeks after they first appear.

    It’s the most recent iteration of the British invasion, but this time ... Read more

  • “Mind the Gap”: The dangers of being a healthy woman

    By SARAH CORNETTEDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    For any individual who has ever traveled by the complex London subway system there is one phrase that should automatically come to mind: “Mind the gap.” Within these subway stations, commonly known as the “Tube,” this simple utterance is meant to warn travelers of the wide gap created between the station ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: The Prevelance of Unhealthy Study Habits and Student Asceticism at Centre

    By GRAY WHITSETTCOLUMNIST

    It’s that time of year again. It is cold. It is difficult. It is nearing finals. It is Centre in November, the onset of winter. It is time to buckle down, time to make our offerings to the caffeine gods, time to stop denying the existence of research papers, seminar presentations, ... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: “Slut-Shaming”

    By CHELSEA FAISTCENTRE STUDENT

    Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to this Letter to the Editor.

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to say a few words about a previous letter to the editor, titled “Reaction to the Gray Area.” My issues here are not with the policy discussed; I am not particularly concerned with ... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: Columnist’s Response to Previous Column Contribution

    By GRAY WHITSETTCOLUMNIST

    Dear readership,

    In a recent article in The Gray Area, I stated a few opinions that I had toward the visitation policy.

    Unfortunately, they may have been taken in ways I did not intend, which is partly due to poor interpretation and partly due to the way I presented them.

    I don’t write this ... Read more

  • The Death of Chivalry: The Female Perspective

    By AUDREY JENKINSSTAFF WRITER

    Editor’s Note: This article provides the female perspective. The accompanying male perspective is found here.

    If we define chivalry as the sexist notion of performing tasks for women because they are too dumb, weak, or pathetic to do these tasks themselves, then I’m all ... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: Reaction to the Gray Area

    By C.J. DONALDCOLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to this article.

    Dear Editor,

    Respectfully, I disagree with the previous piece from the “The Gray Area” titled “The Visitation Policy: A Violation of Student Independence.” I am sure that the student only wished to express his ... Read more

  • The Immaturity and Immorality of Cowan Dish Theft

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    Cowan Dining Commons and Sodexo Dining Services are common topics of discussion on Centre’s campus. Every ... Read more

  • The Twitter Dilemma: Loose Tweets Sink Futures

    By JARED THOMPSONCENTO WRITER

    It is hardly a debatable fact that Twitter is a major force in society. It has brought many average people fame while simultaneously bringing many famous people to their knees. From scandal to bad comedy, song lyrics to mundane complaints, our tweets can be viewed as nothing less than a ... Read more

  • The Death of Chivalry: The Male Perspective

    By MASON MCCLAYCENTO WRITER

    Editor’s Note: This article provides the male perspective. The accompanying female perspective is found here.

    As the Roman Empire helplessly fell, these words issued a steadfast code among European men, resulting in the urgent protection of civilization: “Love the commonwealth as thyself, and ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: Hate the Player, Not the Game

    By GRAY WHITSETTCOLUMNIST

    The “Centre bubble,” as we all know, is a very real phenomenon. And as we also all know, it cuts us off from the world at large. I couldn’t be guiltier of this. As such, when the recent government shutdown began I hadn’t properly followed the story and short of a ... Read more

  • Student Political Debate and Exchange of Ideas

    By ALEC HUDSONSTAFF WRITER

    For over two weeks the United States Federal Government was shut down. National Parks, museums, and monuments were closed, federal workers were furloughed for two weeks, and benefits to millions of Americans were cut due to lack of workers to process the claims.

    The infantile attitude of Congress, due to partisan ... Read more

  • Observing the Various Animals of Centre’s Serengeti

    By ALEC HUDSON STAFF WRITER

    Centre College’s social bubble is an enigma to anyone who interacts with it. With such a diverse range of student interests, activities, and preferences, it is hard to truly look at the Centre Bubble as a whole.

    Luckily I’m a fan of National Geographic, which is the perfect source for clear ... Read more

  • Letter to the Editor: The Gray Area

    By JEFFREY PODISCENTRE STUDENT

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to this article.

    Dear Editor,

    When I first read the article in the Sept. 26 issue in “The Gray Area” titled “The Things We Say and the Things We Mean,” I was furious. Why is this white, privileged sophomore student telling me what ... Read more

  • Pet Halls: The Solution to Student Stress

    By MASON MCCLAYCENTO WRITER

    “Mason, I swear, if you touch my head one more time…” Such is the usual response I get around this time of year when the stress of responsibilities incites me to relieve tension in obscure ways, such as rubbing the tops of my friends heads. As strange as it sounds, ... Read more

  • The Visitation Policy: A Violation of Student Independence

    THE GRAY AREA

    By GRAY WHITSETT – COLUMNIST

    As children and teenagers, we go to bed at the prescribed time, we eat the food that is served, and we associate with the instructed groups. This is for good reason. Parents exercise large amounts of control, and, while it can certainly be overdone, it is a positive practice. Understandably, ... Read more

  • Unexpected Consequences of “The Thrill”

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    For Centre, last year will always be referred to as the year of “The Thrill.” ... Read more

  • Kentucky Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to End the Shutdown They Created

    By STEPHANIE PENN 
    SENATOR MCCONNELL – CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the unsuccessful rollout of Obamacare and the need for Senate Democrats to negotiate a solution to end the federal shutdown that they created:

    “Well, if it wasn’t clear earlier ... Read more

  • The Annual Interfraternity Council and PanHellenic Council Walk-a-mile Event Sparks Diverse Conversation

    By GARRIC BUZZARD – OPINIONS EDITOR

    The annual Interfraternity Council (IFC) and PanHellenic Council (PHC) sponsored Walk-a-mile in her shoes event occurred this past Saturday, Oct. 7. The event sought to raise awareness about power-based violence, which is defined as violence in which someone uses power, control or intimidation in order to harm another person. Along with ... Read more

  • The College Decision: The Appeal of the Liberal Arts

    Jared Thompson Cento Writer

    A college of 1,375 students in a city of 16,000. Not a metropolis filled with thousands of students and hundreds of businesses designed to cater to them, but a modest town, rich in historical and educational importance.

    Regardless of our opinions on urban versus rural living, we were all attracted here for the ... Read more

  • Centre’s Adaptability: New Library Furniture

    Laura HumbleStaff Writer

    One of the best characteristics of Centre College is its ability to change in new and exciting ways from year to year. Perhaps one of the most significant, and possibly most subtle, changes on campus this year has been in the library.

    These past several months, the library staff has been kept ... Read more

  • The Gray Area: The Things We Say and the Things We Mean

    Gray WhitsettColumnist

    We live in an age in which the politically correct is all the rage. Every name has four others, each less offensive than the last, and pundits, academics, intellectuals, and sensitive mothers bicker and quarrel over which is best, which is worst, and which is downright ugly. It seems that every few ... Read more

  • SGA has 99 Problems, and they’re all Elections

    Mason McClayCento Writer

    Finally entering the college atmosphere has provoked several speculations to swirl amidst my cluttered mind, but no other consideration has been as important as the following: What activity will allow me to feel the most sophisticated?

    After a short conversation with sophomore Gray Whitsett, it became clear to me that nothing other than the ... Read more

  • How Strategic is the Strategic Plan?

    Editorial Board

    Editor’s Note: The Editorial Board of the Cento is composed of members of the staff and does not reflect the opinions of any one individual on the staff. The Editorial Board represents the voice of the Cento.

    In an attempt to define the future direction of the College, the Strategic Plan is published every few ... Read more

  • The Advantages and Benefits of Global Citizenship

    Irini Brom – Cento Writer

    Is it important to learn about other countries? If I’m a United States citizen, do I need to know why South America is the way it is? Or why Europeans value certain ideologies and not others?

    Director of International Programs Milton Reigelman and Chair of the International Studies Program Lori Hartmann-Mahumud would argue, that ... Read more

  • Withdrawal of $250 Million Brockman Scholars Donation Marks New Era of Centre Marketing Plan

    Alec HudsonStaff Writer

    Centre College has just witnessed the dawning of a new era of college advertisement. With the apparently tragic loss of the Brockman Foundation’s $250 billion donation, the students should be happy to know that what we have experienced is nothing more than Centre College’s new marketing strategy: humiliating public failure! What a relief, ... Read more

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