Category: opinion

A Survivor’s Dilemma

BY ANONYMOUS I am a survivor of sexual assault. I have only ever told three people my story. I believe it is important to talk about my mindset as a survivor, especially in today’s climate where reports and allegations are…

National Emergencies Should Be Emergencies

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER President Trump has said that if Congress does not provide enough funding for a border wall, he will declare a national emergency. He claims that illegal immigration and drug trafficking pose an immediate threat to Americans’…

Queer and Christian: The Truth

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS, STAFF WRITER It is not often that I write of my queer identity in such a formal setting, and it is not at all that I write of the intersections of my identity of being both queer…

Service Dog Etiquette

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER I’m going to be flat out and honest. Service dogs are not for your personal pleasure. Yes, they may look really cute, cuddly and behave rather well, but it still does not mean they exist…

Your Mental Health Doesn’t Belong to Anyone’s Schedule

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER While we slowly chip away at the stigma and silence surrounding issues of mental and emotional health, we have managed to barely scratch the surface of the problematic views we still hold as a society….

Your Next Car Will Be Electric, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

BY DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER In many ways, 2018 was the year of the electric vehicle (EV). For example, despite numerous production delays, leadership scandals and other various roadblocks, Tesla ended the year with the best-selling luxury vehicle in the…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, Hope you’ve all had a good start to your semester so far. In our News section, we have great stories updating you on the political situation in Virginia since Ralph Northam’s yearbook photos came out last week and…

Do We Still Need the Postal Service

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER The Trump administration recently proposed allowing private companies to pay the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the privilege of putting packages into mailboxes, a practice which has long been illegal. The proposal is a way…

It’s Okay Not to Care About Football

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER The Super Bowl has come and gone, along with all of the great American pastimes that accompany the massive televised event. For many people, it is a tradition as important as Thanksgiving, usually with similar…