How 'Public' Do Our Public Universities Really Need To Be?

How 'Public' Do Our Public Universities Really Need To Be?

I don't feel safe, do you?

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College campuses are breeding grounds for anyone who wants to exercise their free speech. I did not realize how easy it was for the general public to walk onto our college campus without anyone blinking an eye until I got here. It is commonplace to see whole families, people with dogs, etc. walking through campus. The average college doesn't pay attention to who we're walking by or worry about who they are... and why would we? It's a college campus; we're never going to know everyone so seeing an unfamiliar face isn't particularly alarming. The times we do pay attention to who is on campus, however, is when they are yelling and disrupting our day when we're just trying to get to class.

In recent weeks, there have been several strangers walking onto campus in the form of two bigoted faux-Christian groups and an anti-abortion group playing live abortion videos in the middle of campus. All three of these groups have engaged in yelling at and harassing students, targeting women and LGBTQ+ folk with threats of rape and damnation to hell. When one faux-Christian group of old men occupied the steps of the education building, classes were canceled due to their disruption. When the anti-abortion group set up camp in the center of campus, they blocked walkways and were almost impossible to avoid.

Every time that I've wondered aloud to my friends, campus police, or the person next to me protesting why these people are allowed on campus, I'm met with the same answer: it's a public campus. While I understand that it's near impossible — and for the most part, unnecessary — to keep non-BG students or faculty off campus, I do not understand why the safety of students and faculty aren't prioritized over people who just want to walk onto campus to harass us. I pay money to live on-campus and receive an education, not to worry about threatening groups creating a dangerous space in the place I'm supposed to think of as my "home away from home."

These groups have permits and often alert the school as to when they will be on campus. So if the university has this knowledge, why aren't they at the very least giving paying students and dutiful faculty a heads up that these kinds of people will be on our campus? Why do they leave it up to us to walk into a potentially triggering or dangerous situation, to just be walking to class trying to get through the commotion and have an old man tell women that they're going to be raped because they're wearing shorts? (Yes, that really happened.)

The university owes it to us to keep students in the loop as to who is going to be on campus and why. And students of color/ LGBTQ+ folk shouldn't have to worry about being shut down for organizing their own protests if strangers who aren't contributing anything to our school are allowed to just walk on and cause a commotion without question. Free speech, anyone?

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

Not every roommate story is a bad one.
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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys (unless they're a f*ckboy).

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

17. You have more pictures together than any of your other friends.

18. You found a best friend for life.

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A Definitive Ranking Of Purdue University's Dining Courts

Which dining court's burger variations will come up on top?

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Purdue University was recently named #19 on Best Value School's "50 Best College With The Best Food 2017-2018" article, but how do their dining courts rate against each other? After finding myself in each dining court for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at least three times, I have decided to rank them to find the champion amongst champions. Please note that this list is purely my own personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of my school as a whole nor the students attending it.

5. Ford Dining Court

Although it is the closest dining court to my dorm, I purposely go out of my way to avoid eating here. Of the numerous times I have eaten here, I find myself searching high and low for food that is not a burger, not pizza, not chicken tenders, and not Chinese food. Listen, I love all of these things (excluding Chinese food) as much as the next guy, but when it's being served almost every day, it not only gets boring but it starts to lose its good taste.

My advice to Ford is to change it up more often because I really want to make more use of you!

4. Earhart Dining Court

Of the times I have been to Earhart, I have always managed to eat the most random and dissimilar foods possible. It could be 10:30 am and I would be forced to eat scrambled eggs along with a breaded chicken breast or a risotto of some sort. No, I don't dislike any of those foods, but I do like my meals to be somewhat cohesive and only consist of one type of "meal food". However, I will note that Earhart does offer what I believe to be the BEST mashed potatoes on campus so a few bonus points for that!

My advice to Earhart is if you're going to serve food that overlaps two generally separate meals offer more food of each so students can pick and choose from more of one or the other rather than having to settle for a weird combo.

3. Wiley Dining Court

While I attend Wiley regularly, it still lacks the strength needed to push into my top two dining courts. When I go eat at Wiley I will 9 times out of 10 opt for their professional pasta bar or use the small self-making pasta right next to it. I love this pasta bar because it allows me to indulge in my favorite food of all time and the ingredients they offer to allow me to have the same culinary creativity I would if I had access to my own kitchen. However, this is where my rave for Wiley stops as much of the other food I've tried was too salty for my taste.

My advice to Wiley is to keep serving 10/10 pasta with impeccable ingredients and I know Salt Bae was a thing for a while, but maybe be a little less heavy-handed with the sodium?

2. Hillenbrand Dining Court

This is where it got hard. Between Hillenbrand and my number one choice, I struggled with determining where to place them but I finally concluded that Hillenbrand came just shy of number one. Hillenbrand is what I believe to be the best in terms of food diversity but the worst in terms of lines. I guess with great food comes even greater and longer waiting. The number of times I have waited in a ridiculously long line for the make your own Burger Bar, Wings Your Way Bar, or Quesadilla bar is too many to count. However, I continue to do so because the food is so good. Maybe it's unfair to rank a dining court based on its lines rather than it's food but someone has to be number one.

My advice to Hillenbrand is to keep the food diversity up, but work on getting it out faster because I'm hungry!

1. Windsor Dining Court

All of the many things that set Windsor above the rest are fresh baked cookies, halal options, gourmet salad bar, and make your own burrito bar. I constantly find myself eating at Windsor munching on a kale salad with quinoa, hot chicken, and Italian salad dressing or a burrito bowl that comes without the extra fee of getting double guac. I mean come on people gourmet salads and burrito bowls are all anyone needs! But let's not forget the fresh baked desserts that the amazing kitchen staff whip up, they taste homemade and are too addictive to not pass up. Bonus of Windsor? It's architecture resembles Hogwarts, which makes for an even better dining experience.

My advice to Windsor is to never change!

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