Nerd Factor: Splat Prevention System

Dr Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

The futuristic world of Star Trek is an imaginary universe full of all sorts of fantastic technologies. For decades, viewers have for example, thrilled to the imagery of various spaceships named Enterprise as they raced off at imagination defying warp speeds.  Phasers, transporters, replicators, and cloaking devices are now curiously familiar fictional inventions that do not exist yet still drive tales of creative exploration and spectacular adventure.

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UL in History: The Senior Sneak

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt 

 

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Winter passed its half-way point on Monday, Feb. 4, and the milder temperatures this week have me thinking of spring. While enjoying a bit of warm sunshine, I suddenly remembered a campus tradition that passed into history decades ago—The Senior Sneak.  Many of the women who last participated in this activity are grandmothers now!

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The Buzz: College Life: Romantic Relationships Are Never Easy

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

Relationships are never easy. You have situations where you want to cry, smile, or be angry. There are times where you want to have time away from your significant other and other times, you want them to hold you close. There are always many ups and downs to a relationship, but if you love each other, you end up making things workout in the end. I’ve been in a relationship with my man for five years now, and it has truly been a journey of plenty of laughing, crying, endless memories, and tons of love. But even in our relationship, things have never been easy. We have taken one break when we have been together, but not long after being apart, we came back together, and it seems like nothing ever happened. Since being in a long-term relationship, I have learned many key things to a successful relationship.

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First Year Vibes: Remembering What’s Important in College

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

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Contrary to what some people in academia may think, I do not believe education is the most important thing in life. In no way do I mean to suggest that education is useless; in fact, being a student throughout the course of my life has taught me more about life than I would have ever imagined. I also realize what a privilege it is to be able to attend school, especially at the university level.

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Mystic Magic: Homesickness

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

As a camp counselor during the summer, we learn very quickly that homesickness is the worst possible thing to happen in camp. It rampages through the cabins until all the girls are crying late into the night.

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Nerd Factor: Back in the Swing on Things

Dr Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

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I was several months behind, of course, but over the break I finally got the chance to play Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4. While I am nowhere near finished the linear storyline of the game, I am already ridiculously happy with its open world features. Web slinging around virtual New York City on random crime-fighting adventures and various side missions is an unsurpassed thrill amplified by vertigo-inducing high quality graphics.  I have long thought that one of the unappreciated appeals of Spider-Man is his method of transportation. After all, we all know how to swing.

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UL in History: Office Clean Up

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Cleaning out one’s office is like an archeological dig, even if the “debris” dates back to 1965 and not to 1665.  Recently I found something I “lost” twenty years ago. Now at least I know where it is, although I cannot remember why I needed it in 1999!  Last week my wife, who is helping me, found a copy of the address I gave at Freshman Convocation almost forty years ago. As I read it, I realized that some of my comments are still pertinent today. I did a bit of editing to fit the limits of my column, and  I trust my readers will find something of value.

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