OPINION: Rated R for reality

Asia Porter | Online Editor Dear parents, We, your children, are not too young nor our minds too innocent to face the realities of the real world. Too often we are sheltered from the ugly truth of society. In a world where terrorism, racial discrimination, sexism and crime fills the entire programming schedule, us youth are often only exposed to […]

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OPINION: Will you read this if it’s not written in emoji?

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Emoji may seem like the “it” form of communication, but millennials and Generation Z did not invent the pictograph. In fact, early societies had to develop a form of written language to become civilizations, and the earliest of these, Egypt and Mesopotamia, fulfilled this requirement with the original “emoji.” As we supposedly advanced, we crafted treatises […]

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OPINION: Citizens owe it to their nation to vote

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor It just doesn’t add up. In an ideal nation, the average citizen votes. The average citizen has faith in the system. The average citizen is politically conscious. However, in a nation with 330 million people, only 60 percent of the eligible population votes in presidential elections, and the number is even lower for midterm and […]

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OPINION: The GOP deserves Trump

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer After the leak of Donald Trump’s horrific comments about grouping women, many Republican leaders were quick to jump ship. 51 current and former members of Congress, governors and high-level officials from Republican administrations have reached their breaking points and said they would not support Donald Trump since his vulgar remarks; these individuals include Senator John […]

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OPINION: One cannot judge a group based on the acts of a few

Asia Porter | Online Editor An individual does not define an entire group. Racial and religious tensions have grown to be more prevalent throughout the year. Police brutalities against black men and women have the black community calling for justice. Additionally, attacks on Americans by Islamic extremists have created a sense of Islamophobia in the nation. These select cases, however, […]

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Yesterday’s pop hits not up for grabs

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Our favorite pop song is bubbly, infectious, and – possibly – illegal. Billboard’s latest number one, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, is a dance-hall grind peddling nostalgia, that “we ain’t ever gettin’ older,” but its melody has garnered attention not only for its breeziness but its similarity to The Fray’s 2005 hit “Over […]

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OPINION: The War on Journalism

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Journalists have a responsibility to report the truth, and Donald Trump is trying to take that away from them. The media has essentially carried Trump through the Republican primary, giving him over 2 billion dollars in free coverage, according to the New York Times. Despite this, the media has been one of Trump’s most consistent […]

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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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