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The Real Hero of Indiana State is Not Larry Bird

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Like a lot of Sycamores, I’m proud of what happened in 1979.  But none of those guys are my Alma mater’s heroes. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily ...

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The Specific Problem with Standardized Tests

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Grading a school or a teacher based on a “blind test” is the same as evaluating a football coach who cannot scout his opponents. When the Hoosier state finally (finally) released this year’s ISTEP results, Indiana House Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) wasted no time in politicizing it: “Less than half ...

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A Former Earlham Quaker on the End of Football

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A former Earlham College football player laments the school’s recent decision suspend the program. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM ...

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Empty Seats and Absent Victories

Despite all the reasons I dislike my beloved alma-mater’s awful football stadium, I nonetheless have happy memories there.  I am also less than convinced a new stadium would prove the magic wand some hope it would be. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely ...

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On Leaving the Democratic Party

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Across the nation Democrats eagerly await a promising midterm election.  Instead of sharing their enthusiasm, I am walking away from the party. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily ...

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Find Your Own Tractor

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Last month I gave this address to the graduating class at Greencastle High School–the place where I have largely defined myself for over two decades.  I hesitated to share this for a couple of big reasons: One, the awkward and glaring narcissism (but then I thought ¯\_(ツ)_/¯…everyone thinks that of ...

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More Than a Barista in Training

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by Alexandra Weliever Public Domain Photo courtesy of Max Pixel I knew switching my major from engineering to creative writing would raise a few eyebrows. I just wasn’t aware that some people would take my decision so personally. “But what are you going to do with that? What can a degree ...

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Support Them All

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For the first time since the IBM days, staying in town is now a viable option for an enjoyable night out.  All we have to do is not screw it up. On a frigid November evening, days ahead of Thanksgiving, the auto-technician servicing my car walked into the waiting room ...

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Town and Gown: A Lack of Transparency

The Ubben Lecture Series presents "Wired... and Weary?" - a debate between Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, at Kresge Auditorium, Green Center for the Performing Arts. Photos by Richard Fields.

I had family in attendance at Tuesday night’s Jenna Fischer Q&A event at DePauw University. Similar to the confusion that other town members have expressed throughout social media, they too were unaware of the racial slurs, threats, or feelings of insecurity that had plagued DePauw’s campus recently. For them, the ...

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Town and Gown: About That Townie Photo

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Hanging at a painfully bent angle from the side of a porch post, a nylon Confederate flag droops in full view.  I see it every day when I take “the back way” home from town.  I never not think about it when I see it.  Something always crosses my mind.  ...

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