Editorial 4.18.13: Live events provide more insight

There’s a wealth of information out there. It can come from “TED Talks”, the History Channel, the news or even Buzzfeed when “legitimate” articles are posted. And websites like reddit, imgur and Facebook help new knowledge reach the fringes of the technological world. But there’s something to be said about encountering information in a real, personal way. John Lewis, only remaining survivor of “The Big Six”, visited campus April 11 as part of Bradley’s yearlong Civil Rights theme. The theme was selected in honor of […]


So it’s finally here. As a senior, I have long-awaited the end of school, through the long days of class and long nights of homework. But at the same time, I don’t want these college memories to end. I came to Bradley in fall 2012 as a transfer student, and I didn’t really know anyone. I looked at various clubs to join but felt they weren’t for me. I went about my first year focusing mainly on school and making friends and eventually came to […]


Walking through campus last week for a group meeting, it finally hit me. I looked up and realized how beautiful this place is. Although, I did question if Bradley actually spray paints its grass that beautiful green color. No, I’m not going to appreciate the insane student debt I’ve accumulated over the past four years, but I will appreciate the hell out of my cap and gown. Graduation is finally upon me, and I can’t help but think back to all the crazy times I’ve […]

Student newspaper is not public relations

For those of you who don’t know: The Scout is a student-run, student-produced newspaper. And we will continue to do things this way. In the past few weeks, we’ve received criticism from members of the administration and Bradley staff for the way we do things. But we don’t think what they’re criticizing us about is fair. So, let us back up and share what exactly we do here at the newspaper. Contrary to popular belief, The Scout is not Bradley’s official public relations newsletter. We […]

Editorial 4.4.14: SBO Endorsements: 2014-2015

Note: The following endorsement was based off of a consensus of The Scout staff.   In our 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 SBO endorsements, we were faced with the dilemma of who to endorse because there were so many candidates running. While we are left wondering how we went from 17 candidates last year to a mere five this year, The Scout believes the options we do have are strong nonetheless. Polls open Monday and Tuesday for students to vote on SBOs, and be it Student Senate […]

SBO Presidential Candidate calls student body to action

Dear editors and the student body,   I write this acknowledging the fact that not a single student is formally running against me for the student body president position. I would like to respond to a few of the questions that were posed in the opinion section printed in the March 28 issue of The Scout. First, I would like to state that I am upset that I am the only candidate formally running for this position; I am a huge advocate for democracy and […]

OPINION: Student apathy causes disappointment

When I came to college, I envisioned that there would be people on the quads fighting for causes they believe in. I pictured signs and posters all over the university proclaiming a group’s position on a certain matter. I envisioned mass crowds at any event on campus. But almost two years into my “Bradley experience,” I have to say I’m a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong; I love Bradley for the usual reasons of small classrooms, opportunities for extra-curricular activities and so on. But […]

Editorial 3.28.14: Lack of SBO candidates disconcerting

Five students will formally run for next year’s student body officer (SBO) elections April 7 and 8. The presidential, speaker of the assembly and secretary of the assembly races are uncontested, and the secretary of finance election is only comprised of two candidates. This is a lack of drive from us students, and it’s something like we’ve never seen before. Last year, seven students ran for the presidency, five ran for speaker of the assembly, three ran for secretary of the assembly and two ran […]

Elective college courses can broaden horizons

I never really liked writing. Sitting down at a computer for long periods of time and trying to figure out what words go where never really interested me. Until last year. Last spring, I took COM 215, a basic reporting class taught by Terry Knight. Almost immediately, I regretted taking the class. It wasn’t a major or department requirement; I took it because I wanted to. And I still felt like I wanted to, right up until I was handed the syllabus. Then that feeling […]

Letter to the Editor: Scout Sports needs to consider all BU teams

A biased newspaper is something that should never be printed. Every activity or occurrence that is relevant to Bradley University should have equal opportunity to be covered and reported on. I have never seen so much unbalanced coverage in a sports section as I do in The Scout. Almost every single issue is focused on men and women’s basketball. The issue printed March 7 had four out of six stories written solely on basketball. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that this was the only prominent […]