Family is more than who you're born with

Jessica Barnett


My mother is cooking Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ house this Saturday. The whole family is invited. 

For my mother, this means both grandparents, her three siblings, my stepdad, my six siblings, my two brothers-in-law and my two nephews. I don’t have cousins on her side, and significant others are only invited if they put a ring on it.

The W to have changes in facilities management

Anush Aryal


The W is set for a change of faces as Sodexo is making way for GCA Services Group. Sodexo’s contract for facilities management with The W is expiring at the end of this year, and GCA will replace it.

“Sodexo’s facilities management contract with The W facilities management is expiring this December," said Dave Haffley, director of Outsourced Resources. "So we had issued [Request for Proposals] in August calling for companies to bid. A committee of seven to evaluate the RFPs was formed, and they addressed the bids through September and October and decided for GCA Services Group."

From orange and black to red and green...with no in-between?

Trisha Maxey


The aisles are decked with red and green. The bells of the Salvation Army ring out into the parking lot. Santa waves from his post next to the tinsel reindeer in the neighbor’s yard. The holiday season is clearly upon us.

But did we somehow skip from Halloween straight to Christmas? What about the holidays in between?

City lights up for holidays

Casanda Anderson


The city of Columbus is presenting a series of events from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13 to ring in the holiday season.

The festivities start on Nov. 28 with the lighting of the Columbus Christmas tree at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on the Riverwalk. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with caroling from the Columbus Choral Society. Columbus Mayor Robert E. Smith Sr., will light the magnolia Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m.

Alumni Spotlight: Johnathan Best

Lauren Trimm

News Editor

Johnathan Best graduated from the W in 2016 with a degree in theater. He has been training in martial arts since he was 12 and has always wanted to own his own studio. That dream has finally become a reality. In this Alumni Spotlight, Best shares the story behind his dream and what he hopes to accomplish in the future.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for a martial arts studio?

How to get the most out of a student internship

Sumra Hayden


Attending college is essential in today’s society. However, many students also need to have experience in their fields of study for an entry-level position.

Internships allow students to get the experience they need in the careers they plan to pursue. Dr. Van Roberts, associate professor of Communication, advises students to plan in advance for prospective internships.

Ask Asia: How should I handle holidays with my family?

Ask Asia: How should I handle holidays with my family?

Asia Duren

Advice Columnist

Q: I was finally able to be myself this semester, but my family doesn’t know about it and would probably disown me if they found out. I can’t just skip the holidays, but how am I supposed to sit across from the table and pretend it’s okay for them to make such horrible comments about people like me? –Trapped

Holiday movie round-up

Tara Baucom


2016 is nearing an end, but the holiday movie season is about to kick off. With so many new releases in the coming weeks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are just some of the movies set for release between now and the end of the year, along with their release dates.