The Delta Statement

Woman holding a delicate rose to her lips

Am I Just Your Fragile Flower?

May 4, 2020

“I mean no offense, but I need a man to help me. I don't want you to hurt your chance of having kids one day.” What he’d said sent me reeling. I never thought such a sweet gentleman could actually believe it or say such a thing. I simply offered my help moving something, and in return, I got an ignorant comment. ...

Unemployment: College Edition

K'Na Rose, Events Coordinator

May 2, 2020

Germs are taking over the world. Quite literally, the Coronavirus pandemic is shutting down multiple businesses in America in one clean sweep.  There’s no longer any need for recreation or luxuries that have no beneficial value to the public. I would gracefully sacrifice recreation if I was on someone’s payroll.  Not just anyone’s payroll, though. The people government officials call “essentials” are the main ones bringing home the bacon these days, especially if they got it off the shelves first and can still afford it.  ...

Fragile man

Man Made of Glass

April 29, 2020

I guess it was early summer because the neighborhood douchebags were out in full force, and my ill-fitting jeans had rubbed blisters all over my chubby thighs. Despite being probably thirteen or fourteen at the time, puberty had more or less skipped me. I was blessed with the face of a baby and the voice of an eleven-year-old...

Jimmy Valvado at the 1993 Espy Awards.

Don’t Give Up

April 27, 2020

Imagine your brain scattered constantly with thoughts that are difficult to understand. Imagine a world where people look at you like you are a sore thumb in their reality when you reveal that you are different. When I was a child, I was diagnosed with a comprehension and speech disability that made it difficult for me to...

High Horses

High Horses

April 23, 2019

The smell of air would be rancid to city folk, but to me it smells like making sweet memories. My old boots slip in the mud as I walk past the arena with my lead rope tight in hand. I hear the announcer call out the name of a contestant, and horse and rider shoot out of the gates to make their clover-leaf pattern around the ...

Local Resident Assistant Needs Assistance With Residences

Local Resident Assistant Needs Assistance With Residences

April 22, 2019

Being a transfer student and moving away for the first time can be a jarring experience. It also doesn’t help that I’m not very sociable, but I still managed to talk to a couple of people and became friends with them.   One friend in particular, told me about his new position as a Resident Assistant (RA), and how w...

Orange Soda

Orange Soda

April 19, 2019

A Story from a Reformed Racist: Walking into Jobe Hall on the night of February 27th, I wasn’t sure what I expected other than earning points for my publications class and my education classes. After Madison Kalia’s reading, it was clear I was in the middle of an emotional shitstorm. All of the poets were amazing and many h...

Marching into Madness

Marching into Madness

April 18, 2019

March is known as the most exciting time of the year for college basketball fans, and as one of those fans, I will say it’s true. During this wonderful time of the year, the regular season of college basketball ends, and the post season begins. It starts with tournaments to crown a champion in each of the conferences. After...

Oh What A Sunday....

Oh What A Sunday….

April 18, 2019

“He stayed there all Friday. He stayed there all Saturday. But early, I said early Sunday morning, he got up with all power in his hands.” My pastor ends every sermon the same way every Sunday. At this point, I knew that he’d be ending the sermon very soon. The church seemed pretty empty that day. Everyone was in their n...

Burning Out at the Speed of Sound

Burning Out at the Speed of Sound

April 18, 2019

College students are rarely able to solely support themselves without taking on one or more part-time jobs between classes. Though college is expected to be a time for students to learn about the world and about themselves, many are focused more on survival than living. I have, over the past three years, been one of those...

High Horse

Abby Proctor, Photography

April 18, 2019

The smell of air would be rancid to city folk, but to me it smells like making sweet memories. My old boots slip in the mud as I walk past the arena with my lead rope tight in hand. I hear the announcer call out the name of a contestant, and horse and rider shoot out of the gates to make their clover-leaf pattern around the barrels. The rider’s mother and father scream on the sidelines in lawn chairs they brought from home. I can see the father’s beer-filled gut spill out from his unbuttoned flannel as he shouts. Their other child, a boy no...

Mighty Ducks: Parental View

Captain Obvious

April 18, 2019

“Gracie, it’s 20 minutes until practice, and I want to be early. So, go ahead and change into your swimsuit” “Yay! I almost forgot about that!”   As I enter the humid building, I noticed that their wasn’t a child in sight. It looked as though the college swimmers were finishing up their session.   “Wowwww! Mama that sure is a humongous pool.” I giggled a little. “Humongous it is sweetie, and you will do great.” “I know mama. I ain’t scared.”   Great to know that we were early, and...