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The most divisive action the Maryville City Council has taken since the beginning of the pandemic is no more. The mask mandate was revoked after a 4-1 vote Monday — Tye Parsons was alone in his opposition — and as of midnight that day, there was no city face-covering requirement. It’s sad th… Read more

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Representation is important. Those on a governing body need to be able to relate to the people they are making decisions for. The undermanned Northwest Board of Regents has one gaping issue when it comes to representation, and it needs to be fixed. One of the open seats should be filled by a… Read more

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And so it begins, the blame game. COVID-19 cases have surged since Northwest resumed in-person classes — shocking — and as a result, students, faculty, administration and community members are beginning to point fingers. Everyone in their own way is accountable for what is happening. No one … Read more

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Burny’s Sports Bar & Upper Deck once again hosted the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 13. Hosting the 34th iteration of an event designed to pack spectators together is not a great look during a pandemic. What made it even worse was that it spits in the face of those it w…

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Most small talk conversations during winter in Maryville and at Northwest follow the same basic structure: an introductory greeting followed by multiple comments on how cold it is followed by a polite goodbye. But the last few weeks were different.

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If the American political landscape were The Beatles, local politics would be the George Harrison of the group. The perhaps least “sexy” of political topics, local politics are often more important to our daily lives than anything that would make Fox News or CNN. Local politics have taken so…

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The same strange ritual begins every time Maryville has snow in the forecast. First, students and faculty alike will begin to talk about it with cautious optimism. The end of classes prior to the inclement weather will be spent casting hopeful predictions for class cancellations. Next, peopl…

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Northwest needs to add another category to its COVID-19 dashboard: Deaths of a student, faculty or staff from the virus. And in that new category stands a lone tally mark. Ronda Wiederholt, a Northwest campus dining employee for over three decades, has died from the coronavirus.

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As seems to be the norm with the coronavirus, inconsistent guidelines and rules have unfairly restricted some while allowing others to roam free and put those around them at risk. No process more perfectly exemplifies this issue than Northwest’s, and many other institutions, isolation rules …

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The fall semester of 2020 was perhaps the most difficult semester since WWII for colleges to plan for. No one was entirely sure if in-person classes were feasible, much less whether we could endure a whole semester of them. Northwest’s leadership ended up guiding the University to a mostly-s…