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Help yourself! College is scary to navigate--use these tips to keep yourself safe when the situation is less than ideal

College campuses aren’t considered very safe, due to sexual allegations or other dangerous situations that some students may encounter. However, there are ways to ensure your safety on campus, but if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel violated, scared or apprehensive, the best thing to do is to call the campus police. Here are some tips that I have acquired for staying safe during your college years:

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
It's 2018, let's hit the gym!
Posted: February 07, 2018

It’s a new year, and many of us have resolved to get in shape. Actually getting started on that promise is another matter. We’ve all got access to the on campus gym, but how do we make sure we can keep it up past the beginning of the year?

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Grammy awards disappoint fans, post-Grammy comments inspire rally for change
Posted: February 07, 2018

Last Sunday was the 60th annual Grammy Awards, and the overall reactions to the show have seemed to be less than positive.

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Friday 09/08/2017
Uber has rolled into town: service now available for students!
Posted: September 08, 2017

Uber, a ride-sharing service popular in big cities, reached new heights when it arrived in Jonesboro on Aug. 1.

The first month served as the platform for a well-rounded clientele of incoming freshmen and other students transferring or returning to A-State. This addition has proved to be safe and effective for the student body because of its smartphone accessibility.

Uber was first initiated in New York where it became quite popular among the locals. Although there are other versions of the service available such as Lyft, Uber has remained the original and become recognized as a main contender in the business of public transportation.

Branching out to other states and ourishing in major cities, Uber grew to be sought after by tourists and habitual travelers.

Prices for rides may vary, but the base price for any trip is $5.95. However, the price is dependent on how long the trip will take and how far the driver has to travel. For example, to catch a ride from the Education building to Cregeen’s downtown, the cost would be $6.91. A trip from just outside the Quads parking lot at University Loop and Alumni Boulevard to Slim Chickens would cost $6. Yet a trip from University Loop to Malco Hollywood Cinema would be $9.87. These prices are approximate, as they have been calculated during normal business hours and do not account for surge pricing during special times or circumstances.

As a passenger, gratuity is not included automatically, but once the ride concludes the option to tip is present among leaving a written tip or compliment. The emailed receipt will include trip details and overall charge. The star system is also provided for rating each driver and for the drivers to rate their passengers. These ratings, as well as how many trips the driver has executed, are visible to any future passenger.

Sometimes, plans can change pretty quickly. For those who may change their minds, there is also a grace period that allows cancellation without charge. This cancellation can be performed by the passenger or the driver in the case of the passenger not being present for the ride or special circumstance. After the grace period has expired, the cancellation cost is $5.

More often than expected, customers were getting into the wrong cars, mistaking them for Uber drivers, and instead being regular bystanding drivers. The new version of the app now allows for in-app chatting and provides the mobile option to speak directly to the driver appointed.

As the community welcomes such a commodity, it is becoming more common for people to take on a second or even third income by becoming an Uber driver after their day jobs or by driving on the weekends. This may create heavier traffic for the city, but it could also keep potentially hazardous people from behind the wheel.

To become an Uber driver, one only needs to go to the Uber website and fill out an application. The only true requirement is to be 21 and older. Uber also does a background check that takes about two to three weeks to review, but makes it fairly simple to get started if approved. No car? Uber can provide one for long-term or short-term use. From there, it’s a simple matter of setting the app up on your phone to accept new riders.

Though Uber is available, there are other services the company provides that aren’t yet available here. UberEats is a newer service provided by the company that will deliver food to you from your favorite restaurants, but is available in 60 cities across the U.S. currently. It would be perfect for a late night pick-me-up from McDonald’s or dinner from Red Lobster.

Though the ratings on the app store are low, Uber is a great way to get around after late nights at the bar or for freshman who don’t have cars yet. It is available on the App Store or on Google Play for any smart- phone. 

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Monday 10/10/2016
Herald Hits: Halloween Playlist
Updated: October 10, 2016 - 5:27 pm

A spooky and taboo playlist for your Halloween needs. 

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Local artists showcase works in the Bradbury Art Gallery
Posted: September 15, 2016

                                      Delita Martin

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Weekly Pop Pick : "My Favorite Murder" Podcast
Posted: September 13, 2016

If you’re looking for high production value and cold, hard facts, you’re looking in the wrong place. “My Favorite Murder” pairs the horrors of true crime with the neurotic tendencies of your closest friends. Make no mistake, this hilarious duo is sensitive to the victims of the crimes they explore. “My Favorite Murder” pairs nicely with the current pop cultural obsession with true crime at an easily digestible one hour-a-week rate.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Stranger Things Review: Believe the hype surrounding the hit summer series on Netflix
Posted: September 12, 2016

Unless you’ve been living in the Upside Down, you’ve probably heard of the Netflix Original Series “Stranger Things”. It has only been out since June 15, but already its first season has become the third most watched Netflix Original series. Bested only by “Orange is the New Black” and “Fuller House,” “Stranger Things” is an even mix of cute and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

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Friday 09/09/2016
Still Making Magic: Beloved series lives on in academia and on stage
Posted: September 09, 2016

Though the franchise began in 1997, J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" series has enjoyed enduring appeal from generation to generation. To this day children and adults alike proudly proclaim themselves to be members of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or (Rowling’s personal favorite) Hufflepuff.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Back to School Playlist
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 5:48 pm

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Monday 05/02/2016
Dealing with stress and depression in college
Posted: May 02, 2016

Go to class. Do your homework. Exercise. Get an A. Study. Study some more. Ace that text. Eat right. Make connections. Go to work. Write that essay. Apply for scholarships. Stop procrastinating. Get an internship. Read your textbook. Repeat.

That’s a basic to do list for any college student, and there is no denying it is   lot to handle and still stay perky and presentable. And the weight of all of
that responsibility results in many students feeling depressed and overwhelmed with stress in college.

In fact, in 2009 The As- sociated Press partnered with MTV and conducted a College are ways they can combat their

Stress and Mental Health Poll that surveyed 2,200 students at 40 different colleges in the U.S. and found that 85 percent of students feel stressed on a daily basis.

The American College Health Association also conducted a nationwide survey in 2011 and found that 30 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time during the past year.

With those statistics, it’s easy to see that stress and depression are serious issues for college students.

What students may not know, however, is that there stress and depression both through outlets provided by their university and by doing things themselves.

For stress, one of the best ways to combat that overwhelmed feeling is time management. By managing their time, students can focus on one thing (writing an essay, etc.) at a time to keep tasks from piling up until it gets impossible to manage.

Using a day planner is a good way to keep track of the things you need to do to stay ahead. It also helps prevent those moments of forgetfulness and curbs procrastination.

University counseling centers, as well as organizations dedicated to combating stress such as the American Institute of Stress, also promote breathing exercises and meditation to help calm down a student who is feeling overwhelmed.

Arkansas State University’s Counseling Center promotes stress-relieving techniques but many usually offer free counseling sessions to students who are feeling extremely stressed out.

The sessions, usually one-on-one or in a group setting, offer students an outlet to talk about what is stressing them out and get advice from someone about what they should do.

These free counseling sessions are extremely beneficial for students who are feeling depressed as well.

Not only do counseling centers offer individual and group sessions, but in the case of depression they usually offer emergency counseling and help promote depression awareness through various university programs.

And although depression is sometimes harder to pinpoint and combat through individual means, studies, such as one conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, found that eating healthy (staying away from extremely fatty/greasy foods, sugar and caffeine) and exercising regularly helps boost serotonin levels (neurotransmitters associated with feelings of happiness and well-being), which in turn help people combat depression.

However, it is also important for college students to understand that sometimes feelings of stress and depression are less from various situations and more from an actual mental disorder.

The American Psychological Association categorizes anxiety and panic disorders and clinical and manic depression as mental illnesses, which like any other illness, can be treated with medication prescribed by a doctor.




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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Horoscopes for the week of 4/17 to 4/23
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 12:45 pm


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Saturday 04/16/2016
Social Media Usage and Mental Health Issues
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Is there a link between Facebook and the mental health of young adults?

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Saturday 04/09/2016
Horoscopes for the week of 4/3 to 4/9
Posted: April 09, 2016


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Wednesday 04/06/2016
The Big Sleep: Napping on Campus
Posted: April 06, 2016

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To drop or not to drop? What students should consider before they hit the drop class button
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 6:36 pm

After midterms and then after spring break, the time arises for a students to really take into consideration their grades for the semester, and evaluate whether they have high enough grades, or at least enough time and assignments, to pass all of their classes. Upon instances where a student does not, or simply has decided for other reasons not to continue a class, such as changing their major and no longer needing it, the big, important action that they need to think about and execute is to drop the class.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
Squirrels Gone Wild: A-State’s own bushy-tailed, on-campus residents
Posted: April 03, 2016

With spring here, it would be a challenge for a student to walk from the Reng Student Union to the Dean B. Ellis Library without encountering one of A-State’s local residents: the squirrels.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Batman V Superman: A Super Disappointment
Posted: April 01, 2016

It took 120 of the 155 minute runtime of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a character to utter the phrase ‘God is dead,’ which seems particularly telling for a film that banks on convincing viewers that the eponymous Superman, played by Henry Cavill, isn’t the physical embodiment of his Nietzschean namesake.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
The Roots of St. Patrick’s Day
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 1:01 am

The consumption of alcohol is, of course, a pastime for people all over the world, and if there’s one place that is identified with drinking more than any other, it’s Ireland. There’s no way around it – alcohol flows voluminously through the veins of Irishmen, and on Saint Patrick’s Day, best known in the United States as an excuse to get absolutely slobber-knocker-ed in the middle of the week, it flows through everyone else’s veins, too.

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Surviving daylight savings time
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 12:44 am

Depending on who you ask, daylight saving time means something different. Whether you look forward to an hour of extra sunshine or dread losing an hour of sleep, the time is officially upon us. Although losing an hour of precious night drooling doesn’t sound so appealing, the arrival of daylight saving time does mean summer is that much closer. However, the approaching of summer does not always make daylight saving time sound any sweeter.

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Sunday 03/06/2016
Asians at the Oscars: Not only are the #OscarsSoWhite, they are whiter than you think
Posted: March 06, 2016

Since the announcement of the Academy Award nominees for the 88th Oscars, the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on many popular social media platforms to showcase media consumers’ disapproval of the lack of racial diversity that the award show was presenting, as the Oscars had zero non-white nominee actors or actresses up for an award. When the awards show went live, featuring the same unsurprising white-majority audience, the host for this year’s Oscars, entertainer Chris Rock, made note of the lack of diversity in his own monologue, saying, “Man, I counted at least 15 black people on that montage. I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards. You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. So y’all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.

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'Race' Review
Updated: March 06, 2016 - 10:19 pm

Jesse Owens biopic stands as a misguided attempt to teach a history lesson from a cursory glance at a Wikipedia page

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Backpack Back Pain
Updated: March 06, 2016 - 10:14 pm

You carry it with you every day. It holds your essential items to get through your day. And it may be doing more harm than good. The dreaded backpack.

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Monday 02/29/2016
Life on the Nickel: Living Thrifty in College
Updated: February 29, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Frugal: sparing or economical with regard to money or food. Frugal: what most college students would simply call “broke”. Being a college student teaches you numerous valuable life lessons, such as time management, responsibility and accountability. But more than anything, college teaches students how to live on a budget. Sometimes, a very tight budget. Whether that experience be willingly or unwillingly, there is no doubt that most college students will go through the living on a budget (and a prayer) stage. How exactly do college students live on a budget? What can they do to be sure that they don’t waste every dime they have? Well, there are a number of tactics, sacrifices and moments to which any student living on a budget can relate.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Real women have curves?
Posted: February 18, 2016

There has been more positive representations in the media and entertainment circles on body positivity by putting more focus on more plus-size body types, specifically since the average American woman is reported to be a size 14, according to the Washington Post. For example, the newest face of Sports Illustrated Swim 2016 edition, model Ashley Graham, is a size 16. The representation of plus-size and larger women is becoming a movement in the body positivity movement.

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Tuesday 02/16/2016
The Vinyl Resurrection
Updated: February 16, 2016 - 10:58 am

MRecords have been available for a while, recording sounds and music on large, usually black records, but by the ‘80s were quickly replaced with newer, small technology that was a little easier to carry around and save space with— no big record player, no having to have crates for a vinyl collection. However, in recent years, records have had a huge resurrection. Go to a brick-andmortar bookstore—and there they are, available to customers. And it is not just old tunes— many musicians release a vinyl record alongside their physical CDs and digital downloads.

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Saturday 02/13/2016
How to search for your first apartment
Updated: February 13, 2016 - 8:13 am

Figuring out how to survive the stress of moving into your first place

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Saturday 02/06/2016
Barbie's Got Back: New doll line promotes diverse body types
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Barbie, one of America’s most prominent toy icons, has recently received a much-needed makeover. Mattel, the creators of the famous blondhaired beauty, announced their newest project on Jan. 28: a line of Barbie dolls that will come in curvy, petite and tall sizes.

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Chinese New Year: Ringing in the Year of the Monkey
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 12:08 pm

In the western part of the globe, people tend to know a little about the Chinese New Year either from television and movies (think the parade during the climax scene of “Mulan” and references in “Jackie Chan Adventures”), and that it takes place after the western New Year, but the meaning and purpose of the holiday not always understood.

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Saturday 01/30/2016
Does anyone actually accomplish his or her new year’s resolutions?
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 12:35 am

Throughout the end of December to the first part of January, individuals commonly plan a New Year’s resolution over something they wish to achieve or change during the brand new year. Some people set resolutions to achieve a personal goal or correct a habit, usually in the effort to improve something about themselves.

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Saturday 11/21/2015
No-Shave November: Manliness for a good cause
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Some say that the true measure of a man’s worth is the wisdom he has acquired over the years. Others say that a man’s worth is measured by his strength, while others claim that it’s measured by his luck with the ladies.

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Friday 11/13/2015
Jonesboro man preserves history with Volkswagen vehicles
Updated: November 13, 2015 - 11:42 pm

A Jonesboro man’s love for a specific foreign car has allowed him to own dozens of vehicles.

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Saturday 10/17/2015
Doing It: Being a virgin in college
Posted: October 17, 2015

Partying, drinking and sex: all key components in the life of a scandalous college student. This is the common perception that most people have.

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Arab in Arkansas
Posted: October 17, 2015

Omar Alaraimi talks about studying far from home

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Monday 10/12/2015
Chris Tomlin and Rend Collective at the Convo
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 8:19 pm

The Convo hosted the latest in their fall series of concerts Friday night. Chris Tomlin, with special guests Rend Collective, brought the Love Ran Red tour to Jonesboro, treating fans to a mix of indie-folk and worship pop.

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Saturday 10/10/2015
The Man Cave: Being a gentleman
Posted: October 10, 2015

Everyone knows how the story starts out, the couple walks out of the coffee shop trying to stay out of the rain and just before his date steps in a puddle, the valiant young man takes his coat off and lays in the puddle in one swift motion, not fearing for his own warmth, as long as his date is taken care of. He then whisks her off into the sunset as the clouds clear pursuing all life has to offer, i.e. doing anything other than going to “Netflix and chill.”

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Tales of the trail
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 8:18 pm

In recent years, recreational hiking has gained popularity across the United States, especially in Arkansas. Arkansas is home to miles of great hiking terrain and trails, and people from all over the country come to experience the beautiful scenery the state’s hiking trails have to offer.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Dating freshmen
Updated: September 09, 2015 - 10:00 am

Dating: the word can both excite and frighten you at the same time, but as a college freshman, dating can bring a surprising whirlwind of emotions.

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Saturday 08/29/2015
Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson bring Country to the Convo
Updated: August 29, 2015 - 8:24 pm

The A-State Convocation Center was filled with a wild, almost tangible energy Friday night as two country headliners took the stage.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Department of Communications gets social with new emphasis area
Updated: August 22, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication will soon have a new Bachelors of Science degree program for the connection-loving student: Social Media Management. Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Social Media Management will be a full-fledged degree program beginning in the fall semester of 2015.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Student outlines reasons for abstinence other than religious practice
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 10:01 pm

College--A place for experimentation, casual hookups and… abstinence?

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Monday 04/27/2015
Easy Pinterest recipes make cooking a reality for students
Posted: April 27, 2015

Cooking in college tends to be a rarity.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Pantone releases 2015 spring colors
Posted: April 13, 2015

Pantone recently released the official colors of Spring 2015. The collection, titled “En Plein Air,” incorporates the colors of nature and warmth to evoke the freshness and life spring brings, ranging from cool shades of blue to earthly neutrals.

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Monday 03/23/2015
At home during spring break? Here's what you can do:
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 10:50 pm

If you’re not planning a get away for Spring Break, you might be spending a lot of time indoors binge-watching Netflix.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Student realizes true calling while studying abroad
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 3:10 pm

“Mostly likely to be president” - That’s the title John Williams was given by his 2013 Greene County Tech high school graduating class. Now things have changed.

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Monday 03/16/2015
Slang Words become essential for communication survival in college
Posted: March 16, 2015

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines slang as “words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people.”

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Downtown Jonesboro entertains community with interactive opportunity
Posted: March 16, 2015

For students and faculty members new to Jonesboro, it can seem difficult at first to find out where the fun is. Where are the hot spots? Where does everyone hangout? Downtown Jonesboro is where you can find most of the excitement.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
The minds of men on sex exposed
Posted: March 04, 2015

Although this column talks about sex in general, rarely before has it contained the thoughts and feelings of a man.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Cursing becomes socially acceptable in college
Posted: March 03, 2015

We’ve all been there: you stub your toe on the stupid dresser, some idiot cuts you off in rush hour traffic (how dare they), your professor just posted grades for that chemistry test, and that four letter word just flies.

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Benefits of listening to music
Posted: March 03, 2015

Had a rough day? Bored and don’t know what to do? Just plain stressed out? Listen to music.

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