Patriot Position

The Patriot Staff

March 1, 2019

Police departments in South Carolina have made millions of dollars by seizing money and property from citizens in the past three years. The justification is that criminals shouldn’t keep their dirty money, but often, law en...

The Last Chapter: Lauren Owens

Lauren Owens, Copy Editor

April 12, 2018

Four years ago, a naïve 17-year-old college freshman drove nervously to FMU with the anticipation that life was about to begin. Little did I know the next four years would be some of the most challenging, but rewarding, years of my l...

Patriot Perspective: Abroad

Taylor Gray, Contributing Writer

November 16, 2017

Summing up the experience of studying abroad is extraordinarily difficult; I have experienced many emotions, experiences and lessons.  Four years ago, when I received a scholarship that required me to study abroad, I was over...

An Editor’s Note: The Clery Act: is it useful?

Rebekah Davis, Assistant Editor

October 30, 2016

For the few who’ve known about my front-page story as it has developed, they’ve asked me the same question: Is the Clery Act a useful tool for letting students know what’s happening on campus? My response – my opinion...

The Patriot Position: When class goes over

Editorial Staff

October 19, 2016

"The bell doesn’t dismiss you; I dismiss you.” The editorial staff at “The Patriot” has heard this line several times during high school as class periods ended, and that mentality has carried into college. As students...

The Patriot Position: Social Security Numbers

Editorial Staff

September 22, 2016

With 17.6 million Americans falling victim to identity theft in the year 2014 as reported by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft is one of the most prevalent white-collar crimes. According to the Social Security...

From the editor’s desk: Farewell and Goodbye

Veronica Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2013

As I am wrapping up the end of my last year at FMU, I think of a song like Vitamin C’s Graduation (Friends Forever).  I remember listening to it when I was younger and thinking that time is never going to come… then here...

Spring Break for Some…But Not All

Marsh Julian, Staff Writer

April 18, 2013

Spring Break was great, right? Spring Break is the much-anticipated event usually occurring in mid-semester. I love the break. I try and take full advantage of my time off from the busy grind of the school regiment. Many will...

The Sum Of All Parts

Robyn McNeil, Copy Editor

April 18, 2013

As another semester ends and I prepare for my senior year, I consider how long it has been since I walked across the stage to receive my diploma.  Within those three years, I have noticed a transition; and I feel more “myself”...

Dear 18 Year Old Self:

Martha Armstrong, Staff Writer

April 18, 2013

As I see you all alone crying in the dark, thinking that by sobbing into a pillow it would hide the desperate cries for help. People hear you, you cannot hide. I thought that you may need some advice right now.   Just...

Finals and the Rise of Narcotic Stimulants

Martha Armstrong, Staff Writer

April 18, 2013

She was an 18-year-old freshman at Francis Marion University (FMU) who excelled in high school and had a full academic scholarship. She had been living in the dorms on campus and was struggling to juggle her newly found freedom...

Is the sky the limit?

Martha Armstrong, Staff Writer

March 13, 2013

As college students trying to find our path in life, we have all heard the idiom: “The Sky’s the Limit!” I decided to research the meaning of this term, coming up with the following: the potential is limitless. Just as the...

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