OPINION: Belmont must join other US universities in mandating the COVID-19 vaccine

OPINION: Belmont must join other US universities in mandating the COVID-19 vaccine

Belmont needs to do better. The release of the university’s COVID-19 vaccination rates Tuesday showed only 63% of students received vaccinations against the virus. The university strongly encourages the vaccine on a voluntary basis, but as case numbers start to rise once again at Belmont and beyond — this time […]

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OPINION: New on campus? Tips to help you survive

OPINION: New on campus? Tips to help you survive

Welcome to Belmont!Whether you are a new freshman or a sophomore who has never stepped foot on our campus before, here are some important hacks about life at Belmont you might not know. From the quietest bathrooms on campus to the tourist spots in Nashville you may want to avoid, […]

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Dr. and Rev Jones on campus at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, May 21, 2021.

JONES: Let’s start fall 2021 as agents of hope

The banners shout it all over campus: “Welcome to Belmont!” I want to repeat that greeting, warmly welcoming each of you, whether as a grad student, returning undergrad, new freshman or transfer. I’m a new Bruin myself, having begun my role as this university’s president on June 1. I have […]

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Opinion: Belmont has been silent about CoreCivic for too long

Opinion: Belmont has been silent about CoreCivic for too long

When students stand up, school administrations should listen. That’s what happened at Tennessee State University.  When TSU university president Glenda Glover announced that she would be joining CoreCivic as a board member in February, the backlash was immediate.  CoreCivic, a for-profit prison company in Nashville, fell under fire for accusations […]

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A postseason snub calls for a new era of Belmont basketball

A postseason snub calls for a new era of Belmont basketball

Belmont’s 2020-21 basketball season ended on complicated terms, to say the least. The Belmont men’s basketball season has officially come to a disappointing end. After missing its opportunity to punch a ticket to the big dance, Belmont’s next hope was to qualify for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament […]

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Opinion: Students need to follow the COVID-19 guidelines

Opinion: Students need to follow the COVID-19 guidelines

Belmont should go online for two weeks; that’s what some students want now that COVID numbers are rising. This is a good idea in theory, but it doesn’t address the core issue: Students aren’t following COVID regulations.  The CDC says that “COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact […]

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Opinion: Donald Trump doesn’t belong on our campus

Opinion: Donald Trump doesn’t belong on our campus

Our campus isn’t safe with President Donald Trump on it. With the final presidential debate to be held at Belmont in only three weeks, the administration and the Presidential Debate Committee is inviting hatred, division and unabashed white supremacy onto our campus. At the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, […]

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Editorial: Race at Belmont and the road ahead

Editorial: Race at Belmont and the road ahead

Being a sports writer at Belmont has allowed me to see different sides of athletes. It has allowed me to see that athletes, though immensely talented, are just regular students. Being a black student has added another layer to my Belmont experience, making it more of a challenge. In light […]

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Editorial: Black students unpack the nature of being black at Belmont

Editorial: Black students unpack the nature of being black at Belmont

As black students at Belmont reflect on the latest instance of police brutality — the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in late May — they have been working to process the grief and other emotions that have filled the last few weeks. Elements […]

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Opinion: Dear Seniors, we will get through this together

Opinion: Dear Seniors, we will get through this together

Dear Seniors, We’re so sorry. This was it. You worked so hard throughout your four years to finally walk across that stage and accept your diploma while your fellow students and faculty cheered you on. This was the time for you to be experiencing all of your “lasts” to give […]

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Opinion: Why women in sports matter

Opinion: Why women in sports matter

The wait is over.  Basketball is back at the Curb Event Center complete with foam fingers, cheerleaders and a court full of talented athletes. Students fill the stands eager to cheer on basketball standouts Nick Muszynski, Adam Kunkle and Grayson Murphy.  What often goes unnoticed is the game played before […]

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Opinion: Open means open

Opinion: Open means open

How would you feel if you suddenly had to get 10 more convocation hours before you could graduate? What if your major was moved to a different college? What if curriculum got completely overhauled? What if all this was discussed and decided on without you knowing? It sounds far-fetched, but […]

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