April 24, 2019

An assault outside of Carlson. Speculative tweets. Passing rumors. Last week, University of Toledo’s campus was a case study on the convergence of crime, misinformation and social media. The Independent Collegian sat down with UTPD Chief Jeff Newton to sort through what really happened. 

Q: What happened outside of Carlson Library a couple of weeks ago? There were rumors all the way from jumpings to gang initiations. What really happened? 

A: “[The rumors] are mystifying. I think it’s just one of the effects of social media. We had one report that happened on Sunday, [April 14] at 10 p.m. where an individual called and indicated that he was struck in the face by an unknown individual. Nothing...

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September 12, 2018

I remember getting in trouble when I was younger and having my mom ask the classic rhetorical question, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”

Joke’s on you, Mom; my friends are also thousands of dollars in debt.

Growing up, I was always told that I would be able to attend whatever school I wanted and become whatever I wanted to do. I boun...

April 18, 2018

The seamless process: shadow colleges, pick a major, have your family celebrate your achievements at your high school graduation party, enter college, ace your classes, land that dream job and do it for 40-plus years. Easier said than done, right?

According to a December 2017 report, the U.S. Department of Education found that at least one-third of...

February 6, 2018

Revealing to someone that I am majoring in English usually results in a predictable conversation.

Sometimes the person states matter-of-factly that I am destined to be an English teacher. Other times, they look at me with a mix of incredulity and pity and wonder out loud what in the world I’m going to do with that degree.  

I don’t think these p...

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April 24, 2019

College Republicans held an NRA-U event hosted by the National Rifle Association at the Student Union April 18.

The interactive presentation teaches students about the history of the Second Amendment,...

April 24, 2019

An assault outside of Carlson. Speculative tweets. Passing rumors. Last week, University of Toledo’s campus was a case study on the convergence of crime, misinformation and social media. The Independe...

Note: The IC uses pseudonyms when discussing individual’s experiences with smoking weed to protect their identities.

When most people grab a cup of coffee, Joe reaches for his leaves. The grinded herbs...