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Letter from the Editor: Are you entitled to a Valentine?

BY OLIVIA SIELAFF

Assistant Editor

Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you are entitled to feel loved?

Especially around Valentine's Day when talk of secret admirers and romantic dinner dates wafts around the cafeteria table, it's easy to think we ought to be someone's valentine.

Certainly there are many things we might rightly feel entitled to – a good education or a well paying job, for example. But is love one of them?

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Challenging the status quo on gossip

BY JORDAN OTERO
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 

At the beginning of the new year, a news site compiled Pope Francis' top 10 most memorable quotes into a list of "New Year's resolutions." The first was to act against gossip, which Pope Francis said is a version of "doing what Judas did."

"Every time we judge our brother in our hearts, or worse, when we speak badly of them with others, we are murdering Christians," he said. "There is no such thing as innocent slander."

This time last year, Editor-in-chief Elizabeth Wong offered a reflection on gossip on campus. She pointed out that at Franciscan University, gossip is easy to camouflage. Be it desguised behind the mask of a prayer request, or whispering that so-and-so went to the "sinner's Mass" at 4 p.m., gossip is alive and well at Franciscan University of Steubenville, whether we choose to see past our blinders or not.

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Letter from the editor: What chess and the Guinness brewery have in common

BY SAVANNA BUCKNER
ASSISTANT EDITOR  

Gravity Bar at the top of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, offers a unique view. Glass windows encompass the circular space, creating the effect of one, large panorama. Standing up there, you suddenly see how the city fits together and where each building stands in relation to the others.

Like the view from Gravity Bar, chess also involves seeing farther ahead than usual. Chess-masters train their mind to think through the myriad of consequences that may result from a single move. Yet, in the case of grandmaster chess, planning ahead usually means spending grueling hours studying and staring at chessboards, which may be difficult to meld with the notion of living in the present moment.

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Letter from the editor: 'Rate My Franny' fiasco

BY JORDAN OTERO
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  

Respect for the human person and his dignity is a central part of Catholic life and, therefore, a central part of life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It is this focal point that colors Franciscan University differently than its comparable institutions.

It's no secret that our school is an "academically challenging, passionately Catholic" institution. At a school that prides itself on churning out devout believers who will go forth into the world to preach the gospel at all times, using words if necessary, the fact that a website dedicated to nothing less than the objectification of the human person was developed by a student on campus seems shocking.

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Letter from the editor: Learning life lessons from the comics

BY SAVANNA BUCKNER
ASSISTANT EDITOR  

A few years ago, the webcomic created by Dan Walsh "Garfield Minus Garfield" became popular on the Internet. What people were amused by was exactly what the name implies: the Garfield comic strip minus the fat cat.

Without Garfield, you are left with a lonely and strangely pathetic Jon Arbuckle character talking, not to a cat, but to himself. Without anyone to answer him or even to interact with, he is not exactly able to communicate.

Now, there is something to be said for talking to oneself. After all, G.K. Chesterton said that if a man does not talk to himself, it's probably because he is not worth talking to.

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