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. . . the Spirit to Soar

Whether in athletics or the arts, some of the most important lessons in college come when students are allowed to let their spirits soar.

Whether in athletics or the arts, some of the most important lessons in college come when students are allowed to let their spirits soar.

Some of the most enduring lessons of my life I learned at the 50-yard line of a football field. In high school, I played sports for the Boiling Springs (Pa.) Bubblers. That’s right . . . we were the Bubblers—unabashedly, our mascot was a bubble. Our school colors were purple and gold. As I look…

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Separating fact from fiction and opinion in a news story

How can you tell whether a particular journalist, newspaper, website or broadcaster is giving you information that you can rely on?

How can you tell whether a particular journalist, newspaper, website or broadcaster is giving you information that you can rely on?

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a professor, politician and statesman who advised four presidents of both parties.

His statement reminds us that we should seek the facts and base our opinions on them. But that’s not as simple as it seems today, when…

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‘Unrigging’ our elections

TROY journalism professor Steve Stewart explores the politics behind the U.S. electoral system.

TROY journalism professor Steve Stewart explores the politics behind the U.S. electoral system.

“Elections are rigged,” one of my students said — echoing a word used by Donald Trump, whom she probably would not vote for.

My instinct was to disagree, but on reflection I came to the conclusion that “rigged” is too strong a word, but she has a point.

In several ways, our system makes some…

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A Study in Empathy

 

In my younger and more vulnerable years as a college English teacher, a student in my World Literature class asked why he had to take a General Studies literature course. Up to that time, I thought the truth was self-evident—literature was important in its own right. I gave him the best response that I knew:…

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