The Last Word: March 10, 2017

Freedom of Expression in the Dorms – Where Do We Draw the Line?

By Matt Thomas

I’m all for exercising my freedom of expression, but I’m also for creating a living environment on campus that is comfortable for ALL students; not just a select few. 

As an RA on campus, I make multiple rounds of my building each night that I am on duty — giving me free and easy access to see how each and every resident chooses to decorate their door, their whiteboard and their hallway. In my short time of having this position — all of two months — I have seen a variety of politically charged messages, nicknames, profane words and inappropriate graphics plastered all over each hallway. 

Some of these decorations can be creative and comedic, while others can be downright offensive. When it comes down to it, I don’t believe there are set guidelines on what can and can’t be displayed in or around your living space, aside from what is common sense. Yes, we’re college kids: we’re in that awkward phase of trying to be an adult and kid all at the same time. We’re going to have our immature moments here and there. But at the end of the day, the purpose of our four years here is to prepare us for a “big-kid job,” or at least it should be. 

If your roommate is okay with that offensive poster, then great. If the other residents in your hallway don’t mind some profanity on your whiteboard every so often, all the power to you. 

We are adults in college, so we should know what is considered appropriate dorm decorations and what is not. 

Feel free to decorate however you choose, but also remember that you are not the only resident in your building. Be a respectable adult and be willing to erase that profanity off of the whiteboard on your door. Four years from now, it won’t matter what your dorm room door looked like. What is going to matter are the relationships that you’ve built on this campus. Is that worth sacrificing for a distasteful choice of decorations just to say you express yourself?


Add a personal touch to those plain white walls

By Shelby Mullis

If I were not pursuing a career in journalism, you could call me the future Joanna Gaines. 

Interior design is my niche, and I like to think that is obvious when you see both my dorm room and my room at home. 

Looking for ways to decorate your own dorm room? 

Fear no more, for I have some tips that will help you a create a room everyone in your hall will admire. 

Liven your room up with memories. 

Everyone loves photographs. I’m obsessed with Indiana, so my photos are organized in the shape of Indiana with a wooden canvas in the middle that reads, “home.” And of course, the “o” is the shape of Indiana. 

Add a personal touch of art with homemade canvases. 

Canvases oftentimes have a way of lighting up a room. Whether it be a landscape painting or your favorite quote, create pieces of art that will tell a story of who you are. 

1) Illuminate your room with mood lighting. 

Let’s be real: There is nothing worse than a giant fluorescent light on the ceiling. So forget that, and jazz up your room with Christmas lights. They’re cheap, and they last forever. 

2) Your room has to smell good, so don’t forget your candle warmer. 

For less than $10, you can purchase an adorable candle warmer and amazing scents at Walmart. 

3) Decorate your desk space. 

My favorite place in my room is my desk. The shelves are decorated with succulents, photo frames, office supplies (from Target, of course) and adorable knick-knacks. I spend hours sitting at my desk doing homework, so why not make it comfortable with a little personal touch? 

To be honest, a lot of my room decoration ideas came from Pinterest. If you’re in search of a DIY project to liven up your room, look no further than Pinterest. 

Find a way to personalize your white brick walls and laminate floors. Trust me, it’s possible. 


‘Get Out’ not your ordinary scary movie

By Christina Ramey

With my popcorn in one hand and my ticket in another, I headed into the theater for Hollywood’s latest horror film, “Get Out.” 

For a horror flick, the movie had very few jump scares and scary scenes than I had expected. Nevertheless, the movie was still entertaining. 

Rose (Allison Williams) is the cool girlfriend everyone hopes for. She takes Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), her black boyfriend who is successful and respected photographer, to meet her family. When Chris asks Rose whether her family knows he is black, she says no, but that he shouldn’t worry because her parents aren’t racist. But that doesn’t calm Chris’ nerves. 

Upon arriving to Rose’s house, Chris notices her family has black employees working the family’s annual party. But there is something about these employees that sticks out to Chris — they’re not acting normal. 

The party only leads to more unusual things, ultimately leading to a shocking revelation about Rose and her family. 

I’ve seen several horror films, and they’re usually filled with terrible acting and an awful plot line. 

But “Get Out” wasn’t like that. 

The acting was actually good and solid. The plot line was strong and easy to follow. The few scenes that could be considered scary were actually scenes I couldn’t take my eyes off of. 

Even if you’re not a scary movie enthusiast, I think anyone would find enjoyment out of this movie. 

I would recommend the movie, 10 out of 10.

Movie Times for ‘Get Out’

Friday, March 10: 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m.8 p.m. 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11: 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m.8 p.m. 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 12: 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

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