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EDITORIAL: Mental illness terminology should not be used casually

5/4/17 11:02pm

Mental illness is an issue that affects many students on Elon University’s campus. While not everyone suffers from a mental illness, mental health still affects us all and it deserves to be taken seriously and respected as a real problem students are consistently facing. Too often, Elon students use mental illness terminology flippantly in casual conversations, speaking phrases such as “Sorry, I’m so OCD” or “Oh I’m so depressed.” For students who actually suffer from these mental illnesses, using this terminology is perfectly OK.

STAFF EDITORIAL: Break out of your own communities within Elon

4/12/17 4:39pm

It is far too easy to remain comfortable here at Elon University. It is too easy for students to stay in their well-constructed comfort zones — constantly hanging out with the same groups of people, attending the same events and sharing the same ideas to the same willing listeners. Students complain about the monotony of living on a resident campus and our university’s lack of diversity, but it is necessary to remember the role students themselves have in making their time at Elon more interesting. While the university could still do more in terms of diversity initiatives, there is no shortage of opportunities for students to hear new perspectives or try new things on campus — students just need to be willing to go out and search for them. It is important to find a sense of community or home on campus, but these communities shouldn't cage students and keep them branching out and appreciating all sides of campus life.