Monthly Archives: March 2015

Speaker series aims to promote discussion around societal and environmental issues

Earlier this March, I had the chance to attend a speaker series event here at St. Kate’s that is promoting discussion around some of today’s important issues. This particular event was concerned around the topic of environmental justice. Karen Monahan of the Sierra Club, senior organizer for the Beyond Coal campaign, started off the event by giving a little bit of background into her activism in environmental justice. She then led a discussion with the audience to talk about some of the issues concerning the environment and ways to solve them, as well as the things the audience wanted to learn about in regards to environmental justice. Continue Reading →

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The ABC’s for test taking

There is always that feeling before a huge test that makes stomachs churn and heartbeats quicken. Although nerves before a test are sometimes unavoidable, there are ways to walk in to an exam feeling prepared and ready to tackle it. Make sure to actually study before the day of the exam. More times than not, scores tend to be higher if there’s a little prepping before hand. Often times, professors don’t want to make an exam impossible, they just aim to test knowledge and what has been learned so far in class. Continue Reading →

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St. Kate’s seniors share experiences as they wheel off into the future

As college ends, so do naptime rituals, sweatpants every day and the reduced stress of a pre-paid meal plan. The start of a new identity begins, as seniors embrace adulthood. Five of these seniors share their stories and advice with The Wheel. Biology major Alex Kennedy ’15 entered her final year looking forward to graduation. “I was excited to keep going with the stuff I had already been doing,” Kennedy said. Continue Reading →

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Yik Yak, the chat app

Yik Yak is an app for iOS and Android devices that offers users a forum to interact with other users in the same area, in order to post and share comments, as well as respond to comments posted by others. (Yik Yak, Inc. 2015)

This anonymous app is primarily used among college students to view Yaks within a 10 mile radius, however users also have the option of viewing Yaks within other college areas. Viewing nearby Yaks helps to make the app relatable and relevant to users within that specific area. Users have the option of responding to, ‘up-voting’ or ‘down-voting’ a Yak, which is a 200 character anonymous message that usually consists of something funny and/or relevant. “As a first-year college student, it is nice to be able to go on Yik Yak and see that someone else may be having the same problems that I’m experiencing, along with other people who will yak something just in hopes of making you laugh,” said Lexy Lentz ‘18. Continue Reading →

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For-profit schools and the harm they cause

Recently, for-profits schools have been in the media for the amount of debt and low job opportunities their graduates receive. For-profit schools tend to be expensive, with the average for-profit school costing almost five times the amount of an average community college and sometimes double the amount of a state university. Some individuals’ reason that the cost of a for-profit school is so high is because of the supposedly high quality of the education received at the schools, however recent graduates of such schools believe otherwise. Of students that have graduated from ITT Technical School Sylmar campus in December of 2013, only one third of the 115 class graduated. Of the one third that graduated, less than half of the students have become employed in their respective fields. Continue Reading →

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Staff editorial: The cycle of suffering

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to cause many ripples.”

                                         – Mother Teresa

The University released the news in the week of March 9: at least 150 Christian missionaries in Syria were abducted by the extremist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. was mourning the murder of three muslim students. In the month before that, #blacklivesmatter was trending as a result of racial oppression. The world is constantly regurgitating the same message of hate, over and over. Tragedy, tears and terror are the norm. Continue Reading →

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Have you heard about Kappa Gamma Pi?

Kappa Gamma Pi is one of the many prestigious honor societies at St. Kate’s. Some students may be familiar with it, but chances are most are not. That could be because it is not an active honor society. Cara Garrett, Assistant Director of Student Center and Activities, recently shared information about Kappa Gamma Pi. Continue Reading →

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Orange, green, and other perspectives of Northern Ireland

Whether you say it with cynicism or genuine pride, there is no doubt that America is a “melting pot”, filled with people whose heritages are varied as a rainbow. Being that we are a country of immigrants, even if people often forget that fact, there is a strong emphasis on the origins of our past generations. Get to know people well enough and you will eventually hear all about where their ancestors were from and how they came to America. In some cases, cultural traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. In others, people return to these traditions anew in an attempt to connect with their heritage. Continue Reading →

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Why The Fault in Our Stars will stand the test of time

The popularity of any book is determined by how well the story line and characters connect to an audience. In some cases, books, though popular for a few years, eventually fade into the background while others remain well-received year after year. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one such example of a novel that I believe will remain relevant for many years to come. Although this novel is considered young adult fiction, this should not mean that it has any less importance when compared to other famous works of literature; any book can have merit if it evokes powerful or personal feelings for the reader. In essence, the more relatable and honest the story, the more likely it is that the book will become a classic read for years and years. Continue Reading →

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When crisis strikes while studying abroad: A retelling of the Charlie Hebdo attack

The French satirical news office Charlie Hebdo was attacked on Jan. 7, 2015 by two gunman. Twelve people were killed. The attack was carried out in retaliation for satirical images that were drawn by people at this office, depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammad. America Silva ’16, who is studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, tells the Wheel of her experiences in a culture seized by terror. Continue Reading →

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