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The average American uses up to 100 gallons of water each day. Photo courtesy of Pixabay user Semevent.

Just turn off the tap

Drip, drip, drop. It was a quiet Saturday morning. I had just walked into the McDaniel Hall bathroom when I heard this noise. I may not have been fully awake…


Photo by Kyle Parks.

Adjusting to college life

Looking back on my first year of college, I wish that I hadn’t heard that “it’s the best four years of your life” so many times. It made me feel…


Damascus, Syria at night in 2011. Photo courtesy of James Filipi. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

The case against intervention in Syria

All regimes pursue power, regardless of the type of government system they have. Whether it is a democratic republic like the United States, oligarchical Russia, or theocratic Saudi Arabia, in…


Photo by Christian Garruppo.

It’s time to help yourself

Losing a family member because of a battle with depression is something that I will never get over. My family will forever be effected emotionally, financially, and mentally as a…



Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

The twenty first century’s Watergate?

After special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to the Russia Investigation on May 17, 2017, President Donald Trump attempted to fire him. However, the president backed off in response to…





Piazza and D'Amico. Photo courtesy of Hannah D'Amico.

The dangers of hazing culture

On Feb. 4, at Penn State University, a young man died at the hands of his “brothers.” Tim Piazza died after running a gauntlet of drinking stations at Penn State’s…


Hoover Library. (Kyle Parks / McDaniel Free Press).

Library woes

It was midterms week once again, and my dread for the approaching week would be beyond justified. During midterms, my daily “trips” to the library could have been better described…



Photo courtesy of Mario Fernandez.

“Where are You From?”

In this increasingly interconnected world, you are more likely than ever to meet someone from a different country. That is normally something to be excited about, and in the past,…


Photo by Kyle Parks.

The precarious liberal arts college

The liberal arts college, and McDaniel, will face sweeping changes in the coming years. McDaniel has done quite a bit of rebranding since I arrived three years ago. What I…