December 15, 2017

As my last semester of college approaches, I am beginning to have mixed feelings about graduation. Many of our seniors are graduating this December. In honor of all the seniors, I wrote the pros and cons of graduating college.


1. Traveling: These past four years (o...

November 13, 2017

As the University of St. Francis prepared to have their 41st annual Brown & Gold Fundraiser, the main headliner of the event, former World Series champion and Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, hosted a press conference at the Sullivan Center which is featured...

September 4, 2017

In college, it’s safe to say money is one of the bigger issues people struggle with. So the last thing a student, or anyone in general really, needs is to get money taken right from under them.

Unfortunately, this happened to be the case with a couple students for the p...

April 8, 2017

At USF, the best and brightest are honored through the many different honors societies around campus. From groups centered around academic excellence in different subjects, to pride in leadership from various cultural backgrounds, the honor societies at USF recognize l...

February 7, 2017

Approved on Tuesday, January 24, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has finalized the fiscal budget recommendations for 2018. These recommendations include details for grades pre-K through 12, with a total purposed budget of $7.727 billion, which is about a 3...

February 3, 2017

Being in college is a very stressful time in most students’ lives. Between homework, studying for exams, participating in extra-curriculars and possibly maintaining a job, it can seem like you have no free time to relax and unwind, which can be very overwhelming. While...

February 1, 2017

Just in case you missed it on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of president Donald Trump, protest marches were held in support of women's rights and other social issues.

Although the focus of the day was the Women's March on Washington, many people a...

January 23, 2017

At 94-years-old, Amy Craton is officially the oldest person to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). With a 4.0 grade point average, Amy has earned a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and English through the online degree program that is offered b...

January 21, 2017

Rev. Peter Jankowski from the historic Joliet church (710 W Marion St.) said in his homily on Sunday, Jan 8:

"I have struggled with these issues for years and, at the advice of members from my parish council and staff, I chose to remain silent while behind the scenes he...

January 13, 2017

Lamar Jackson, University of Louisville’s sophomore quarterback, was declared the 82nd winner of the 2016 Heisman Memorial Trophy, on Saturday, December 10. Jackson became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Wat...

December 12, 2016

According to Medical Xpress, a health research and news site, a research team at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has found that interacting with stress-therapy dogs significantly reduces the stress of college students during final-exam week.

"Bringing therapy dog...

December 9, 2016

The stress is real. For USF Students, we have two more weeks left in the semester which means finals are right around the corner. Before we find holiday happiness in a few weeks for winter break, it is time to focus, buckle down and finish every assignment for each cla...

October 25, 2016

30. FINAL WAVE - Dinowalrus

29. YOUNG AND ALIVE - Beach Slang
28. RUNNING IN THE DARK - Psychic Twin
27. BREATHLESS - Batwings Catwings
26. ANOTHER YOU - Boreal Sons
25. GARAGE - Brett Newski
24. CAN'T TELL YOU - How to Dress Well
23. FREE SPIRIT - Fictionist
22. S...

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