Weighing In On the Minimum Wage Debate

Ali Braboy, Opinion Editor
April 10, 2014
Filed under Featured Opinion, Opinion

With President Barack Obama proposing to raise the federal minimum wage of the U.S. in his State of the Union Address from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, there is a lot of controversy over the long and short term effects. Many economists do not agree on whether increasing the wage will benefit the... Read more »

R-word Campaign Reaches Students

Katie Timmons, IV Leader Columnist
April 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion

What does the word retard mean to you? According to Merriam-Webster.com it means to slow up to prevent the advancement of an accomplishment. However, because of how language has been transformed throughout the years into the slang that is so often used in this day and age, the word retard or retarded... Read more »

Support offered for working class hero

Jake Stricklin, IV Leader Columnist
April 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion

“A working class hero is something to be,” Ottawa High School’s building trades instructor Dave Keely belts out the lyrics of John Lennon’s anthem of the working man at the Fine Arts Festival. If you have been following local news lately, you have surely heard about the Ottawa High School... Read more »

The Ghosts of Our Past

Jake Stricklin, IV Leader Columnist
March 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

We live in an ever-changing world. That means we need to adapt to survive. Nothing can be a constant when there are so very many variables on this planet we call Earth. Our environment is begging for us to change, but economics and sustainability do not often collaborate well within our system. Profit... Read more »

Time for a Change

Tracy Morris, Associate Vice President of Student Services
March 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”    Gail Sheedy, American Journalist, Author and Lecturer. The timing of this quote is so important to me—as many of you know, I will be leaving IVCC at the end of March. It was a very difficult decision... Read more »

Tuition Increase — Now What?

Ali Braboy, Opinion Editor
March 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

A Choice. We get one here at IVCC, at least in the option of tuition. Not whether the amount goes up or down, but, rather, we possess the option of whether or not to pay for one. Society subconsciously states that to securely get a salary higher than minimum wage, it is required that we spend at least... Read more »

Counselor’s Corner: Students offered help in planning course

Tracy Morris, Associate Vice President of Student Services
February 20, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Have you seen the cars driving around outside of the new Counseling Center? No, not real cars — they are part of a fun bulletin board that spotlight some of the many career opportunities that you can move towards when you start at IVCC. The bulletin boards are being organized by Gina Polizzi,... Read more »

Too individualistic

Ali Braboy, IV Leader Opinion Editor
February 20, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Last week, while walking into a room too dark to see, I cursed and wondered: I’m in this room, so where the hell is the light…… How narcissistic am I to think such a thought? Very. A couple months ago my mother installed motion-sensored lights in some of the rooms in my house; after weeks of... Read more »

What’s Right?

Ali Braboy, Opinion Editor
January 30, 2014
Filed under Opinion

HEYO, IV Goers; my name is Ali: sophomore at IV, waitress at Steak ‘n Shake, and the new opinion editor of the IV Leader. Over the break I read a book about Friedrich Nietzsche, a nineteenth century German philosopher who was brought up by a Lutheran pastor. He was well read about notable people,... Read more »

Kicking off the year in Ottawa

Lori Carbone, Ottawa Center Staff
January 30, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Sure …going to classes and making the grade are an important part of your collegiate success. No argument here. However, another critical aspect of attending college is making connections — networking with other students, faculty and staff. One of the ways the IVCC Ottawa Center helps to make... Read more »