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To think of being human

The theme for Southern Oregon University this year is On Being Human. As opposed, one may wonder, to WHAT? Animals? Oh yes, lets all conveniently forget that humans are part of the animal kingdom and use that particular dichotomy! Or, more honestly, we could just say any other species of animal.  So humans are humans, […]

Overhearing a conversation can take you back

It’s truly interesting what I overhear when I am walking between classes at Southern Oregon University. Love lives falling apart, teachers not being fair or unclear about what they want. Sometimes just daily life. Once I overheard three women discussing the difference between a long board and a short board. I could only deduce that […]

The splash was bigger than expected

    Four weeks ago, in my column titled, “Tunisian unrest could begin to ripple throughout region,” about the mass protests in Tunisia, I called for similar peaceful protests to spread all throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Unfortunately, it seems that the international community has not taken heed to the words of this […]

Outdoor Program is a cache for adventurous students

Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program offers terrific services for students. From kayak rolling clinics to snowshoe rentals, the Outdoor Program has something to offer avid outdoor persons or the inexperienced beginner. Over the years, the outdoor program has grown from a small entity to a full service gear rental shop accompanied by a trip service […]

Giving thanks to veterans

Giving thanks to veterans

RW Balzer On November 11th we celebrate Veterans Day and give thanks to all the living veterans that have served our country both in time of war and in blessed peace. I, as a Viet Nam veteran, wish to thank all the vets from WW II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for their service […]