Articles by Nick Wojtasik

Nick's Knack: Nice guy syndrome

If you don’t know how you got home from the last party you went to, chances are it was a nice guy who helped you stumble down the sidewalk and took measures to prevent you from drowning in your own vomit while you slept. Though nice guys are everywhere, few people understand their way of…

Nick's Knack: The painful truth

Do you remember the last time you made a bad decision? If not, you should. You should revel in it and let it fester in your soul until the infectious power of the consequences infiltrate the core of your being. Extreme? Yes. Wrong? No. Am I crazy? Perhaps. Many of our daily practices are performed…

Columns: Back to the present

There is a lot in the world that sucks. Quite often this stuff can get us down. Maybe your leg just broke, your grades could be bad or perhaps you’re sad about Iran enriching uranium. In both cases, it is understandable to wonder why these things happen. Why did you jump off that roof? Why…

Columns: Being in nothingness

It is a giving time of the year. I’m sure that among the many thoughts rushing through your minds, the question of what you want or what you should get someone else for Christmas or Hanukkah has been prevalent. In a conversation I was having on this subject last week, the topic of appreciation came…

Nick's Knack: Collective confinement

I’ve never travelled anywhere exciting. I’ve never left North America. I haven’t experienced 39 states of the union. I haven’t touched the salty Pacific or seen a real, honest-to-God mountain. Many find this peculiar since I exude an adventurous spirit, constantly talking about running away, seeing the world, and escaping the constraints of civilization or,…

Columns: Dangerous dichotomy

Last spring I wrote of the complacency that has taken over an uncomfortably large percentage of my generation. I called for action from the student body pleading for them to offend me and help me think more deeply about my positions on various issues. As adamantly as I felt about this, over the past few…

Nick's Knack: Where are you going?

Freshman orientation was an uncomfortable time for us all. Unless you came with someone from your high school, you were all alone in a new and overwhelming place, unsure of how to get around or how to be a college student. The default friend-making question to ask was, “What is your major?” Whether we had…

Nick's Knack: Take me home tonight

We are now in our seventh week of school. Tension has been rising because of midterms. Many high school relationships are starting to falter due to distance and the wealth of new experiences college life presents. This is also the time when some freshman begin to really miss home. Sure there are the obvious reasons…

Columns: A case of the Mondays

It’s about the time of the semester that brings with it midterms, fatigue, illness and general displeasure. Naturally, I’m going to take advantage of the circumstances and play off the unfortunate experiences and feelings you’re having right now. I’ll make another attempt at persuading you to join in a revolution against society and start another…

Columns: The road to success

Sunday afternoon my roommates and I received an unexpected phone call. A few hours later, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met was sitting in our room sharing his remarkable experiences. Fifty-four days ago, Casey Miller began his bike ride across the country in Portland, Ore. with his destination set for Boston. Until…

Columns: You’re an animal!

These days we, mostly of middle class American families, have a lot at our disposal. Air conditioning, indoor plumbing, thousand dollar computers, access to a world of information via a handheld device, etc. All of these things are cool to an extent. However, I see them as having diluted the one thing that every single…

Nick's Knack: Written in the stars

As a lad of five or six, my only true friend was my sister, who is five years my senior. I went through the same stages of interest she did. There was one period when she would read the horoscopes from the newspaper every day to me. I listened with excited anticipation as oddly titled…

Columns: Universally diverse

Some of the foundational beliefs of our Jesuit institution are service and acceptance of diversity. These are indeed virtuous values but could their coexistence be counterproductive? I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Who is this clown? Does he hate people, encourage suffering, and promote discrimination?” In short, sometimes, sometimes, hardly ever. The problem with the diversity…

OurView: Test this

During and  for years after finals week, the evaluations of instructors are exposed to the world. I find it only fair that student evaluations of test be released to the JCU community once and for all. We’ve all been there, 12 a.m. on the night before a test, fretting over how much there is to…

OurView: I’m offended that you won’t offend me!

Going about our daily business, we often find displeasure in the inconvenience that comes with sacrificing our time to fulfill an obligation. Normally, fear does not dissuade us from riding the flow of a schedule we devised for ourselves. But what if it did? The typically comfortable citizen of the world would cease to be…