Our Bobcat family will always welcome us home

Until this year, Homecoming never meant all that much to me. It was just another weekend—another football game. It was just a lot more spirited than the rest. I didn’t really consider the meaning it would have this year until I was walking through Baker, taking in all of the decorations; I realized this was…

Giving a voice to silence: Let’s talk

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s only when things like the recent death of Robin Williams happen that we start to examine suicide and the causes behind it. We start to care about these things when our favorite stars show that…

The Girl in the Pressbox: Don’t stop asking

There’s certainly this misconception that we must treat bereaved family members with a sense of fragility, as if any mere mention of their departed loved one’s name can trigger a waterfall of tears and an emotional breakdown. People dare not mention the loss of a loved one for fear that tears will ensue and worse,…

The Girl in the Pressbox: Where are our female role models?

The hypersexualization of women has been noted and you’ve likely heard all about it in your women and gender studies classes so I won’t regurgitate it here, except to say that I’m proud of Aerie, American Eagle’s lingerie brand for showing the most vulnerable demographic that perfect isn’t real. It’s airbrushed. And they won’t stand…

Syllabus day marathon becomes a study on repetition

It was a brilliant, perfect plan– that is, until it was time for execution. On Tuesday of the first week of classes, I had to wonder whether the schedule I had masterminded was more genius or masochistic. Once I realized that there was a chance at a two-day school week this semester, I was determined.…

The Girl in the Pressbox: Fun and Games

The welcome into my “Sports Writing” course last semester was a brief reading assignment at the end of the syllabus. It was an article written by Shelby Strother, of the Detroit News, about the true nature of being a sports writer. Getting into games for free sounds fun, sure. And it is. Talking to players…

The Girl in the Pressbox: Speaking Out

Every social movement needs a face—someone behind it that is willing to take the cause and make a change. It takes people who are willing to stand up and say something is wrong in order to make it right. It’s almost 2014, and I don’t understand how people can be so vehemently against people who…

The Girl in the Pressbox: The Start of a New Era

Watching the Ohio women’s basketball team last season was at times—or almost all times—a painful experience. Covering the team, losing game after losing game, and hoping to find some sort of bright spot proved to be a big challenge. I wanted to find positive story lines and despite the widely held notion that there’s no…