Industrial hog farm threatens community

Jake Stricklin, IV Leader Columnist

May 8, 2014

Filed under Opinion

There is a menace nipping at the heel of La Salle County. VMC Management Corp., an industrial hog farrowing company, is gearing up to build a super-farm in the northeastern corner of Marshall County. They wish to construct... Read more »

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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more »