OPINION: Branding Cultures

Alexandra Lisa | Staff Writer A reflective, silver jewelry box sits at the mirror’s base on my dresser. My near obsession with accessories that glitter has led to a dresser top cramped with shiny charms and tangled chains, but this box has a specific place, and is reserved for what I truly value. For the gold bracelet with my name […]

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OPINION: Judge one, judge all; Why universities must standardize social media monitoring of applicants

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Glue is no longer enough to hold the paper-mache selves we craft for college admissions. According to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 40 percent of admissions officer said they monitor applicants’ social media – its highest since 2008. A single tweet could dismantle a carefully patched image – but we all know this. […]

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OPINION: Religious Freedom Bills

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Last month Mississippi Governor signed a bill into law that he claimed would protect religious freedoms, yet instead of protecting people from discrimination it does the exact opposite. Supporters of the bill have claimed that it protects “religious freedom” but the clear focus of the bill is on allowing for open discrimination against people of […]

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Reality dramas went too far, over a decade ago

Gina Deaton | Editor-in-Chief I watched three episodes of The Bachelor this season, and I am never watching it again. In February, Alexa McAllister, a former Bachelor contestant, became the third woman from the show to commit suicide, and the 21st in the last decade. Reality television, in its desperate attempts to create that direly craved drama, has been sacrificing the […]

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The code for success

Madison Krell | Staff Writer There is no code for how to become successful. But there is a bracelet that helps young girls learn the basics of coding. Whether it’s Barbies, pink Nerf guns, or princess Legos – the toys directed toward girls stereotype us as pink and Barbie lovers. But Jewlbots is helping break that stereotype by helping young […]

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Muslims are not to blame

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels, politicians and civilians alike were quick to up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. We see these attacks happen far too often nowadays, and it’s sad that fear has creeped its way into nearly every part of our lives, but we must not allow this fear to influence our actions and […]

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OPINION: Leave the ‘Grade Culture’ behind

Gina Deaton | Editor-in-Chief We all remember it. We remember the sense of utter defeat. We remember that indistinguishable feeling of inadequacy, of unworthiness, of stupidity. We remember the traumatizing experience right up to the moment at the end of the semester when we held our breath, opened our Private Reports, and saw it: our first B (or C, or […]

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OPINION: More marijuana, more problems

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Ohio voters smoked Issue 3. Our neighbors, however, have triumphed their own legalization initiatives; residents of Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, can legally purchase marijuana. Better yet – they can tax it. On any other Friday, the Internal Revenue Service would clap its fudge-fingered hands and down its share of the candy, […]

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OPINION: A black and white Hollywood

Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer It’s 2016 and Hollywood is still black and white. The Oscar Awards ceremony was on Sunday, February 28. Out of the 20 actors and actresses nominated, not a single one was African-American. Even at the 88th Academy Awards, racism is still prevalent. But this type of racism is different. It’s not the shooting of a […]

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OPINION: Save Kesha

Madison Krell | Staff Writer We were born to break the doors down, fight until the end. Kesha sang these words in her hit song “Warrior” in 2012. And she is taking that mentality to court. On Kesha’s 18th birthday, she claims that her producer, Dr. Luke, drugged and raped her – but he was never charged. Flash forward 10 […]

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OPINION: ‘Spotlight’ win is a victory for journalists

Abbey Marshall | Managing Editor Last year, CareerCast named “newspaper reporter” as the “worst job in America”. Going to college with the goal of becoming a journalist is becoming less and less common; the future for journalism oftentimes seems bleak. As a student with the eager intent to major in journalism, this bothers me. I am told by skeptical relatives […]

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