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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...

Creativity is forgotten, but it doesn’t have to be

Carter Steger, Assistant Editor October 19, 2022

Children are praised for their imagination and innocence, not yet having experienced the hardships of “growing up” when we leave that playful innocence and creativity behind in the interest of being...

Big cost with little reward: Should the cost of meal plans be lowered?

Grace Monk, Editor October 4, 2022

College meal plans are designed to provide students with the convenience of not having to cook, budget, and buy groceries. For students without transportation or culinary skills, meal plans can be beneficial....

How a culture that prioritizes today wastes tomorrow

Calum Sullivan, Assistant Editor May 1, 2022

If we were all sitting in the room together today and I were to conduct a poll, I think it would be safe to assume that in the past week we have all dumped at least one plate of food into the Viterbo cafeteria’s...

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