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When I first decided to become a journalist, everybody had something to say about it. At family gatherings, people would always talk down on journalism. It hurt because it felt like they were talking about me. If they dislike journalists so much, what do they think of me? 

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I came to Franklin College intending to be a Multimedia Journalism major. Knowing I needed to get as much experience as possible as early as possible, I looked into working on the school’s magazine while attending my freshman activity fair. But things didn’t exactly go to plan.

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In this final print issue, we’re saying goodbye to several of our soon-to-be graduates. Erica, Victoria, and Allie will be walking across the graduation stage in just a few short weeks.

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I can do every- thing right in this country, but it will still not be enough for people.

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It’s hard to believe everything happened a year ago.

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Position: Sudden enforcement of Franklin College's attendance policy is inconsistent with the promised flexibility of last semester. — The Franklin Editorial Board

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I have experienced a fair share of adversity in my life; however, until October of last year, I had never stared death in the face. It was the first time I ever visited an emergency room and the first time in my life that I believed that I was going to die.

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Content Warning: This column explores disordered eating practices in detail. If you believe you struggle with disordered eating or an eating disorder, call or text the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 800-931-2237.

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I am the enemy—a public menace without a doubt. I am a self-serving crustacean who hides behind my laptop and feeds on the stories of the vulnerable. I don’t report on what people need to hear, but rather what I want people to hear.

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On the last day of final exams for fall semester, Dean of Students Andrew Jones shared that there would be a new requirement for students returning in January and in spring: reentry testing.

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On the edge of adulthood, college students feel a sense of doom when it comes to the future. We were born into one of America’s defining moments, 9/11, and we really had to just hit the ground running from there.

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People always say to me, “How come I never see you around campus?” My response is usually along the lines of, “I spend 90% of my time inside Shirk Hall with all the other journalism majors.”

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Position: The Franklin supports adding staff to the counseling center when possible. Additional trained staff will provide the professional help students and faculty need to prioritize community mental health.

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Tax forms such as W-9 and I-9 are all things we've heard when applying for the FAFSA ever since high school. But after so many years, we still have no idea what they really mean.

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Position: Franklin College's decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic prompt questions. But the college's commitment to student involvement in a difficult time matters.

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Jazz music comes in many variants of emotional expression. Within the roots of its music lie ragtime and the blues. Many people do not realize the intense emotional values that jazz music can have on a singular person. For example, if 10 people listen to the same song, it could be perceived …

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We began to hear about the deadly spread of COVID-19 in late December 2019 and early January 2020, which originated from Wuhan, China. Not sure what it was at first, some assuming it was like a new, powerful version of the flu.

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Everyone dreams of an excellent trip; of going places and exploring all cultures the world has to offer.

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Position: Franklin College needs to do more than sending emails and releasing statements. An actual change must be seen for students of color.

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James “Jim” Carter passed away on July 22. He worked in maintenance at Franklin College for more than 35 years. Tom Patz, assistant vice president of physical facilities, writes in his memory. Franklin College lost a legend last week. He wasn’t the type of legend that could be found in any r…