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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • “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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Winners Need to Go Home Too
    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 road…
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    Unpresidented
    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…
  • 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…
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    Perez Elected DNC Chair, and the Future of the Democratic Party
    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…
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    Nominating DeVos: Choosing Stagnation over Education
    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…
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    Casualties of the Bowling Green Massacre
    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…
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    Have You Heard About the Emails?
    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…
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    What’s Happening in Utah? Talking About McMullin and Mormons
    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…
  • 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…
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    CentOnion: DPS Opens Investigation into Centre Student’s Email Account
    BY: BRENNEN AMONETT - STAFF WRITER 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, Director of Public Safety Kevin Milby noted that “The use…
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    How “Making America Great Again” Could Make Trump Less Wealthy
    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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Kentucky Kernel Scandal: A University’s Failure
    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 pay and benefits through August 31. The Kentucky…
  • Bevin’s Bloody Bodement
    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 culturally oppressed by a nation across the sea,…
  • 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…
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    CentOnion: Cowan's Meaty Monotony
    BY 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? There’s no doubt about it; no single topic dominates conversation at…
  • 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…
  • 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 possibly…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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