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News coverage needs to stay current

What Trump said was bad—now move on During a bipartisan meeting held on Jan. 9 to discuss immigration policy and the fate of the DACA bill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted that President Trump used vulgar language to describe Haiti and African nations. The news

Sexual assault should not be a punchline

Comments at the Golden Globes were harmful Hollywood was shaken in late 2017 with the outpouring of sexual harassment allegations against some of the most popular and powerful men in the entertainment industry. Men lost their careers, families were torn apart, and victims were forced

Internet freedom is being repealed

The loss of net neutrality has harmful effects In a country where the internet is the crux of nearly every human function, it is hard to believe that the government would strive to make the open internet so exclusive. On Dec. 14, the Federal Communication

The youthquake reinvents itself in 2018

MODERN GENERATION SHIFTS THE POWER Youthquake was chosen as The Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year, and the selection has shaken up a new interest in what precisely the word itself stands for. Defined as, “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the

Parking should be free on weekends

HARDWORKING STUDENTS AND STAFF DESERVE IT It’s ironic that the students and faculty who go above and beyond to contribute to their university on the weekends still have to pay above and beyond what should be necessary for parking. Instead, these hard-working students and faculty

Spitting in public is unsanitary and gross

NOT ONLY IS IT INDECENT, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW Many obstacles that come with living in cities seem completely unnecessary: potholes, waiting for buses in snowstorms, and constantly checking above for pigeon excretion all come to mind. However, above all trivial urban tribulations, none

US news priorities need to change

LACK OF INTERNATIONAL NEWS COVERAGE IS CENSORSHIP  This fall has seen countless momentous global news stories. Southeast Asia faced one of the worst wet seasons in recent history, flooding the region with monsoons that killed over 1,200 people. The attack by terrorist forces in Niger on

Feeling ill? Stay home.

NO NEED TO GET EVERYONE ELSE SICK, TOO Aphlegm-filled cough growls from the depths of a mucus-coated esophagus. A throat cleared, a sniffling nose, and finally a sneeze; dreary eyes and lip corners are dried miserably from hours of mouth-breathing during sleepless nights. One can’t

Stop celebrating Columbus Day

INCORRECT HISTORY DOES NOT DESERVE A HOLIDAY There is debate on whether Columbus Day should continue to be celebrated in a modernist society; revisionist history proves that Christopher Columbus should not be celebrated. There should no longer be a holiday that celebrates a person who

Sexism holds negative implications for society

CAM NEWTON’S CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS “It’s funny.” After being asked by Jourdan Rodrigue, a female reporter for the Charlotte Observer, about routes and plays, Cam Newton displayed sexism blatantly by replying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes.’” Immediately the media audience buzzed with