Best of SNO

‘Please tell me where my daughter is’

By Karen Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

July 25, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

For more than two months, Yingying Zhang’s family waits for answers in a dimly lit, one-story house day after day. The family sat on a set of couches facing away from the window in their rented Urbana home Thursday afternoon, looking at the otherwise empty living room during long moments of silen...

A psychological perspective on events in Parkland

A psychological perspective on events in Parkland

By Rebecca LiVigni, Saint Louis University

March 2, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Dr. Terri L. Weaver sat down with me to reflect on the recent tragic shooting that occurred Feb. 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Rebecca:Tell me a little about your background and what your research interests are. Weaver:So, I am a professor of psychology here in St. Louis. I am a clinica...

Column: In-game promos are crowd killers, detrimental to Shockers’ home success

Column: In-game promos are crowd killers, detrimental to Shockers’ home success

By Evan Pflugradt, Wichita State University

January 29, 2018


Filed under College Reporting

Wednesday night I witnessed something quite rare: Wichita State losing at Koch Arena. In fact, it was only the second time in my three years at the university such a thing has happened. Before the Shockers dropped to Northern Iowa in 2015, they had won 43 home games consecutively; and that streak...

Column: Not protesting is what is really un-American

By Jason Green, University of Texas at El Paso

November 8, 2017


Filed under College Reporting

Almost one year ago today, I wrote a column about Colin Kaepernick and the stand – or knee – that he was taking in response to his perceived racial inequality and police brutality toward African-Americans in the United States. This was during the Obama administration. A year later, we are 10 months...

Go big or go home: Private colleges fight waning enrollment

Go big or go home: Private colleges fight waning enrollment

October 17, 2017


Filed under College Reporting

With a shrinking number of Iowans seeking higher educations, private institutions such as Simpson College find themselves in a dogfight for in-state students, many of whom are opting for less expensive alternatives. That’s one reason that Simpson and most of the nearly two dozen private colleges...

Reach out and touch

Reach out and touch

October 5, 2017


Filed under College Reporting

Jordan Cooper sat slumped on the cold tiled floor, surrounded by meager earthly possessions, and two devoted yet weary dogs. She smiled candidly - albeit faintly dashed - at the people who stopped to greet her. One of the thousands of people experiencing homelessness in the city of Denver, Cooper...

“Show Me What a Family Looks Like”

“Show Me What a Family Looks Like”

October 4, 2017


Filed under College Reporting

On Sunday, protesters marched down Grand Boulevard after Jason Stockley was found not guilty in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. As they marched towards Saint Louis University’s campus, police blocked the entrance to West Pine, only allowing university students to pass, and the larger protest moved...