Category Archives: Op_Ed

Editor’s Note

Dear Belltower readers,  When I began school at Saint Martin’s University in 2018, I never imagined finishing my studies amidst a pandemic. Despite the drastic changes to our publication, our staff has persevered to continue sharing the stories of our campus community. Thank you for your continued readership and support, as we have transitioned to our new online format. My

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Even flawed games set bars

Steven Gonzalez, Guest Writer Rogue Company is a broken mess of a game, yet there’s still something in this mess worth highlighting. Developed by Hi-Rez Studios, Rogue Company is a tactical third-person shooter that pits two teams of four against one another in a variety of game modes. A la Counterstrike, Rogue Company combines tactical objectives with zany abilities to

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We must talk about mental health in college athletics

Andrew Oslin, Content Creator Collegiate student-athletes carry a rigorous workload and live in an environment structured around excellence, but leaving mental awareness out of the limelight has compromised their holistic well-being. There is a scourge of silence surrounding mental wellness in college athletics. A 2016 study indicated that one in four college athletes shows signs of depression, and others provide

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Is climate change really as bad as scientists are claiming?

Kelsey Monaco, Guest Writer   It’s all over the news. With headlines like “More than 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’” and “‘Bleak’ United Nations (U.N.) Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks.” We’ve been bombarded with fear-inducing reports on the climate disaster. But should we be worried? According to a special

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Empowering future generations to lead: The impact of youth activists

Emma Dobbs, Managing Editor    At 17 years old, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has become an international icon. Thunberg first gained media attention for her two-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions produced by commercial flights. She has since spoken at the 2019 United Nations Youth Climate Summit, testified before the United States Congress,

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My City Year experience

Chelsea Mancilla, Guest Writer   City Year is an AmeriCorps program which operates in 29 cities across the U.S. and 22 states, including Seattle. I am proud to be serving in this program at Concord International Elementary School, located in the South Park community of Seattle. At the beginning of the school year, I was assigned to Mr. Tobin’s fourth

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Find the freebies

Joe Edgecomb, Guest Writer   I was almost shocked when the professor told us to pack up 15 minutes early. The program was a six week course in radiochemistry, an intense one to say the least. Daily lectures and labs were broken up only by the ten minute bike ride home for lunch. Every week, the program flew in a

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