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Nation has lost its ability to disagree civilly

Thomas Jefferson, in an official portrait as President of the United States by Rembrandt Peale.

Thomas Jefferson, in an official portrait as President of the United States by Rembrandt Peale.

My Dad used to say that it’s better to keep quiet and let people think that you are stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.  Sorry, Dad, I didn’t follow your advice.

Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, helps illustrate the problem.Disagreement on values and ideas…

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Alumna’s visit reveals ‘home’

Alumna's visit with TROY's Chancellor and First Lady reveals a 'home away from home' mentality.

Alumna's visit with TROY's Chancellor and First Lady reveals a 'home away from home' mentality.

Since graduating from Troy, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the campus numerous times, but it wasn’t until this past summer that I really started to understand just how at home I was there.

In May, I was able to interview a few key people at Troy for the trade magazine at which I work,…

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Perspective: What Am I Truly?

TROY professor Michael Orlofsky reflects on a friendship that helped shape his life and philosophy.

TROY professor Michael Orlofsky reflects on a friendship that helped shape his life and philosophy.

Along about this time of year, graduating seniors come into my office, sit on my old blue recliner, and tell me that they don’t know what they are going to do with their lives. I have three responses: a) “Don’t worry—life is going to do to you what it wants,” b) “It’s never easy starting…

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11 ways to overcome the post-spring break slump

TROY student Jessica Gunn has advice for her classmates as they return from spring break.

TROY student Jessica Gunn has advice for her classmates as they return from spring break.

1. Go to class

Some classes have an attendance policy, some don’t. If you have classes that don’t have a strict attendance policy, it can be easy to want to sleep in that extra hour in the morning or skip. Simply going to class can improve your grade or help you keep that A, because…

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