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The Importance of Visual Arts at Viterbo

Gretchen Cortez, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 7, 2024

In the ancient halls and serene courtyards of Viterbo University, the visual arts serve as more than decorations; they pulsate with the heartbeat of creativity, expression, and cultural significance. From...

The U.S. is an empire with dissolving credibility

Noah Nelson, Editor February 16, 2024

It's an open secret that many Americans no longer trust their government. The rise of populism sparked by the MAGA movement and the increased criticism of “mainstream media” that followed it have created...

World War Z on the American consumer

Noah Nelson, Assistant Editor December 14, 2023

There are hundreds of them. The Lululemon line is an hour long. They’re… just standing there. Abercrombie and Fitch 50% sale. We’ve got to get out of here! Get to the food court, we can refuel there…...

Leave it at the door

The more we are ’connected,’ the less we are connected

Carter Steger, Editor November 16, 2023

Generations Z and Alpha are born into a social norm in which technology is deeply integrated into many people’s lives. Every day, I see instances of my peers struggling to stay in the moment, consuming...

Is life post-COVID making people feel behind?

Noah Nelson, Assistant Editor October 30, 2023

Three years ago, students around the world returned to semi-normal classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in the post-pandemic era, ripple effects are being felt, and the consequences may...

Farewell Address: My understanding of life’s values

Grace Monk, Editor April 30, 2023

My first semester at Viterbo I took VUSM-100 with Josh Lichty, an assistant professor in the School of Education. Throughout the course, we created a book of reflections titled “Understanding Life’s...

Is social media a reliable news source?

Grace Monk, Editor April 12, 2023

The increasing popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, and others, has led to many people relying on it as a news source. As digital media continues to grow, so does the...

The need for perfection: A response to social media and unrealistic expectations

Carter Steger, Assistant Editor March 23, 2023

Perfection is often viewed in our society as something for which we should strive. Although when we make it a continual point of importance it has the potential to increase anxiety and lessen our enjoyment...

The dangers of misinformation and TikTok’s “non-toxic living” trend

Grace Monk, Editor March 1, 2023

In recent years, TikTok has become the world’s top social media platform. Once a place for lip syncing and dance challenges, the platform has now become a guidebook for generation Z and beyond. While...

A shot of Maria Angelorum Chapel taken in November of 2018

The Lumen says farewell to staff member Nathan Janzen

Grace Monk, Editor December 7, 2022

As the semester comes to an end, the Lumen is preparing to say goodbye to Arts and Entertainment Editor, Nathan Janzen. The Lumen recently sat down with him to reflect on his experience.  “I didn’t...

The Parasocial Paradise

Jessica Schneider, Campus Life Editor November 16, 2022

Parasocial relationships aren’t a new phenomenon. My own mother talks about her days as a Duran Duran fangirl, how she’d fawn over their posters and become invested in their lives. The very essence...

Doing well or living well? Competition culture in post-secondary education

Grace Monk, Editor October 31, 2022

There are some aspects of higher education that create an environment where students are constantly competing against each other. Competition in post-secondary has its pros and cons, with the bad outweighing...

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