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Whole people finding whole love

Whole people finding whole love

Bella Pacinelli, FEATURES EDITOR

February 2, 2018

Author, Cheryl Strayed, has left me feeling inspired since watching the film adaptation of her memoir, Wild. This movie illustrates Strayed’s emotional and physical journey along the 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Dealing with the loss of her mother and recent divorce, she struggles to be remin...

An open letter to a tide pod

An open letter to a tide pod

Renee Borcas

February 2, 2018

You are not to blame. In our advancedly sanitized world, I can only assume something must have gotten lost in translation when people started confusing your fresh, fruity scent as appetizing. It is not hard for people who are less than logical to understand that you are not some sort of candy-flavored...

The Meaning of Valentine’s Day

The Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Bella Pacinelli, FEATURES EDITOR

February 2, 2018

Ask 20 people their opinion about Valentine’s Day and you are likely to get 20 different answers. Some may say that they love it and look forward to spending time with a significant other. Another might say that Valentine’s Day is just stupid. Some may not hate the holiday, but hate how it...

New year, but probably not a new me

New year, but probably not a new me

Bella Pacinelli, FEATURES EDITOR

January 19, 2018

A countdown, ball drop and champagne all signify the transition from one year to the next. But what happens when you do not partake in all the cheers? Let me first start off by saying that I have always been a New Years fanatic. I believed in starting fresh and creating resolutions to motivate the...

JDM Department recognized

JDM Department recognized

Collegian Staff

January 19, 2018

For the second year in a row, AUTV-20 and 88.9 WRDL were selected for multiple Finalist Awards by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. AUTV-20 was recognized in five different categories and WRDL was honored in three different categories. “These awards are a tribute to the hard work, dedication...

2017s Biggest Moments

January 19, 2018

There were many defining moments in 2017 in our backyard of Ashland University and on a larger international scale. Here are some of the things that our editing staff considered the most impactful. Manchester attack "I would say the most impactful thing that happened this year would be the Mancheste...

Be thankful, but not for Thanksgiving

Be thankful, but not for Thanksgiving

Bex Hunter, News Editor

November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and a lot of us will be heading home to spend time with our families, eat our body weight in food and celebrate the yearly traditions involved with the holidays. But what exactly is it that we are celebrating? According to American history, we are celebrating...

The way we once were

The way we once were

Bella Pacinelli, FEATURES EDITOR

November 10, 2017

Life is pretty funny sometimes. When something bad happens, it feels like the end of the world. As young adults, us college students definitely fall victim to taking things out of proportion. In those hard times, have you ever thought about the big picture? So yes, I am in an argument with my mom, I...

Introducing AU Live

Introducing AU Live

Renee Borcas, Media Content Editor

October 26, 2017

The staff of The Collegian is proud to announce Ashland University’s new converged, multimedia website, AU Live. Since its founding, the Journalism and Digital Media department at AU has advocated for convergence within student media where the individual outlets work in conjunction with one another...

The flag is a symbol: Respect it

Noah Cloonan, Managing Editor

October 6, 2017

On Aug. 18, 2016 Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, first kneeled for the national anthem. In just over a year’s time, the meaning of kneeling during the anthem has changed from a declaration against the oppression of people of color and ongoing issues with police brutality...

Doing as the Romans do

Doing as the Romans do

Bex Hunter

August 25, 2017

In almost every college movie or television show one thing always stands out: Greek Life. While most shows and movies’ depictions of Greek Life are not completely accurate, it still tends to give off the idea that you have to join a sorority or fraternity in order to be happy in college.That is jus...

Why I joined Greek life

Bree Gannon

August 25, 2017

Leaving home, your parents and your friends to start a new chapter of your life is something that can be scary to some. Doing something different, joining something different and being something different than what you have been used to is exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time.College is the time to break out of your shell and explore all the new things going into the new chapter adulthood has to offer. Whether that be joining a club, intramural sport or Greek life, there is something different for everyone.I was that person, who came out of high school and wanted to be different and do something different than what was expected of me. So, I joined a sorority. Now by this time you might be thinking, “Yikes, why would you join Greek life?” This is the exact question that went through my head after I decided to go through recruitment with my roommate. All hesitation aside, it was a great decision.Greek life does not subscribe to the bad stereotypes that you see in movies or hear from your parents or neighbors down the hall. Being Greek is so much more. It is commitment, community service, being a part of something bigger than yourself, helping others, leadership and acceptance.Going through recruitment was probably one of my most awkward experiences due to the fact that I am an awkward person and hate talking about myself. The chapter that I fell in love with was the very last one I had visited and did not picture myself in it at all. Through fate, I found out my childhood babysitter had joined the sorority I was interested in. She introduced me to all of the sisters and I learned so much information about sororities that I never knew.By then I was thinking that Greek life was not bad at all and I could actually see myself doing something I had never planned on doing when I got to AU. Flash forward to present day and joining my sorority three years ago was a good freshman decision. Being involved in something that was practically centered around helping others is such a giving experience.My philanthropy involves donating the necessities to live to those in rural Appalachia, inviting children of low income or less fortunate families to a summer camp and help those in need when it comes to living situations. Being involved in an organization that helps others is so rewarding and brings so much joy to me.Throughout my entire Greek life experience, I have not only learned a lot about my chapter, Greek life as a whole and my sisters, but also about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I am still an awkward person but I am not as awkward. Having 60 girls around me has helped bring me out of my shell and be the outgoing person I am today.Greek life is not just about the community service, academics, or helping others. It is about being comfortable around everyone and feeling accepted.I have went through my fair share of difficult times and having the shoulders of all my sisters to lean, has by far been such a rewarding feeling. If it were not for the support of my sister’s, I would not be writing this article or even feature in the newspaper you are reading.Never did I think that by joining Greek life I would gain future companions, my best friend, future bridesmaids, forever friends, and connections that will last a lifetime. The phrase “it’s not four years, it’s for life”, has some serious holding power when it comes to thinking of all the wonderful opportunities being involved has given me.The future can be scary especially if you are trying to go out and do something different than what you are used to. My advice for you is whether you think it’s for you or not, just try it. It does not hurt to take a step in a different direction and see if the things you are scared of or not sure about, are actually the right move for you. If you find it is not for you but something else is, at least you can say you tried and take a step in a different direction.