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Editor's Note: Since publication Bernie Sanders has stepped down as a keynote speaker at the Women's Convention to visit Puerto Rico. 

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Friday 10/13/2017
Trump’s Response to Puerto Rico Tragedy
Posted: October 13, 2017

As usual, President Trump has been attracting some criticism lately. The latest Trump outrage involves Hurricane Maria and the devastation in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Many believe that the Trump administration’s response to the hurricane was inadequate. Admittedly, when Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, the administration was quick to act, but shortly after went radio-silent for four days while Trump spent time in his private club.

In response to the pleas of San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz to “save us from dying,” Trump criticized her “poor” leadership skills and suggested that Puerto Ricans “want everything done for them when it should be a community effort.”

This must have been easy to say, coming from the man who escaped to his private club shortly after the incident. 

However, Trump did eventually visit San Juan. Whether that be based on a genuine concern for the people or a publicity effort is debateable, but nonetheless, he went. Whether it did any good is also up for debate. Because San Juan is Puerto Rico’s capital, the relief efforts are moving much faster there, and subsequently this is where Trump spent most of his visit.

While speaking to the public in San Juan, Trump addressed the strain the devastation was going to put on the budget.

“And Mick Mulvaney is here— right there— and Mick is in charge of a thing called budget. Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives,” Trump said.

After Trump finished complaining about the financial strain it was going to cause the government to literally save lives, he commended Mayor Cruz, stating that she was finally starting to “acknowledge what a great job we’ve done.”

So instead of focusing his efforts on the people of Puerto Rico, he took the opportunity this tragic event provided him with to self-promote.

All this aside, perhaps the absolute worst thing Trump did on his trip to Puerto Rico, was compare Hurricane Maria to Hurricane Katrina, which he considers to be a “real catastrophe.” 

“Every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering— nobody has ever seen anything like this”

Obviously, this is not OK. Whether it is convenient for him, Trump has a responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico and instead of helping boost their morale and giving them a sense of security, he compared the devastation they had experienced to a “real catastrophe?”

Yes, statistically, Katrina had a much larger death toll than Maria, but to downplay even the loss of one human life just goes to show how much compassion this man actually lacks.

One of the biggest problems that many people have with Donald Trump is the overwhelming evidence that he genuinely cares about no one but himself, and if it wasn’t obvious before Hurricane Maria, it definitely is now. This is a terrible quality to have in public office, but unfortunately, it is rewarded all too often. Thirty-four people died in Puerto Rico and several others were injured, and President Trump showed his support by leaving an entire hour before schedule.

What this world needs is leaders who are compassionate, self-less and generous. What we got instead, was Donald Trump, a man who never even took the time to look at the problem areas of Puerto Rico post Maria, and who instead told the people that their lost loved ones were not a product of a “real catastrophe.” 

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
To #TakeTheKnee or Not #TakeTheKnee, That is the Question
Posted: September 27, 2017

Some 14 months ago, Colin Kaepernick, then-quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, knelt on the sidelines along his standing teammates during the national anthem. This demonstration, which sparked controversy across the nation, was in protest of police brutality and the oppressive systems that hinder black Americans in this nation.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Makeup or Shut Up
Posted: September 07, 2017

L’Oréal’s reaction to its first transgender ambassador’s comments about race speaks volumes about diversity in the beauty industry 

The beauty industry is no stranger to controversy. Jeffree Star, a YouTube makeup artist with his own cosmetic line, has a well-documented past full of racist social media outbursts, including one in which he referred to black women as apes and other racial slurs.

Fellow YouTube beauty gurus Jaclyn Hill and KathleenLights found themselves under fire when Hill posted a Snapchat video of KathleenLights using the n-word.

Now, beauty empire L’Oréal has found itself in the middle of the most recent incident of racial insensitivity involving its first transgender brand ambassador.

L’Oréal Paris UK was under fire last week for cutting ties with model, D.J. and activist Munroe Bergdorf.

Bergdorf was sacked from the company on Sept. 1 for a now-deleted Facebook post calling out white supremacy and racism after the Charlottesville rally.

The news came just three days after she was announced as an ambassador for the company’s #YoursTruly True Match campaign.

“Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour,” Bergdorf wrote.

L’Oréal Paris UK responded via Twitter, stating, “L’Oréal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values so we have decided to end our partnership with her.”

Many are understandably confused as to which part of Bergdorf’s statements L’Oréal feels doesn’t line up with their values. The part where she mentions white privilege? Or how about the part where she truthfully points out that white privilege is built on the backs of people of color?

White privilege is inescapable and exists even in the minute aspects of society, particularly within the beauty industry where cosmetic companies cater primarily to a white consumer base. L’Oréal’s reaction to Bergdorf’s statement did nothing more than prove her point.

While several people came to Bergdorf’s rescue and defended her against L’Oréal’s unnecessary dismissal, several people took to social media to express their disgust with the model’s comments.

Many felt as though her comments were hateful and overgeneralizing.

Some Twitter users also felt as though Bergdorf ’s “hate speech” was undermining L’Oréal’s message of “diversity and inclusiveness.” 

L’Oréal has seen its fair share of accusations of racism. In 2007, the company lost a lawsuit brought against them claiming they discriminated against people of color when seeking ambassadors for its Garnier Fructis brand.

L’Oréal and its recruiting firm were required to pay fines of about $40,000 each. The brand also has been accused of lightening Beyoncé’s skin for a beauty campaign advertising their Féria hair dye. 

Nonetheless, instances like this are all too common in the world of big brands and con- sumerism.

e beauty industry fails to serve and market to women of color, who o en have to search high and low for hair products, skincare and foundations.

However, companies do not hesitate to nd women of col- or to use as pawns to sell their products while simultaneously ignoring and contributing to their struggles.

L’Oréal saw the capital gain in Bergdorf’s diversity –– a black, transgender woman –– but wanted nothing do with her social activism.

Those who are against racism, specifically black women, are often referred to as “anti-white” by those who refuse to see the bigger picture.

White supremacy exists. It is engrained in our society. It’s in our schools, our justice systems, our government and even the beauty industry.

This instance is just one of many in which anti-racist statements are condemned rather than actual racist rhetoric.

Silencing women of color does nothing more than prove the point several social activists are trying to convey. 

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Friday 04/28/2017
Students Speak: Campus Climate
Posted: April 28, 2017

Coming to college, you have it built up in your mind that you will be integrated into everything your campus has to offer. With a plethora of clubs, organizations, and groups to be a part of, the very thought of being involved is captivating and intriguing. 

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Students Speak: Campus Climate
Posted: April 27, 2017

Part one of two stories.

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Monday 04/24/2017
What Are You Worth?: Examining the Social Construct of Virginity
Posted: April 24, 2017

Modern feminism has made great strides in recent time, making ripples in the very foundation of our society. One aspect that people always seem to overlook, however, is one of the most deeply rooted sexist constructs that still haunts women today. 

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Higher Education: It’s time for medical marijuana proponents to take the next step.
Posted: April 24, 2017

Last year finally saw the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Arkansas. 

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Monday 04/17/2017
A-State Hotel – a waste of money or a wise investment?
Posted: April 17, 2017

State Board of Trustees approved a 15-to-16-month construction project to bring students their newest development: Hotel ASU. The hotel and convention center was originally intended to be built by July of 2017. It includes a 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel, a 40,000-square-foot convention center, and a Houlihan’s Restaurant. 

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Thursday 04/13/2017
Letter to the Editor: Arkansas State, let’s keep howling
Posted: April 13, 2017

It was announced last week that Dr. Shane Hunt, the current dean of the Arkansas State College of Business is resigning so that he can vie to become the next chancellor of Arkansas State University. 

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Friday 04/07/2017
Drug testing welfare recipients: Not worth it
Posted: April 07, 2017

Starting next week, welfare recipients in Arkansas will be subject to drug screening. Act 1205 allowed for a pilot program to test the effectiveness of drug screening in counties that border other states. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is planning on applying this act to the entirety of Arkansas.

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Freedom from religion
Posted: April 07, 2017

A threat to one of us is a threat to all of us. At least that’s what they teach us in elementary school when we are children. But when it comes to the most personal and sacred parts of our society, we seem to forget about principles of freedom and equality. 

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Monday 04/03/2017
LGBTQ issues are women’s issues
Posted: April 03, 2017

Gender inequality is a symptom of a societal plague. Somehow, the medicinal remedies for our sick society are often the hardest to swallow – feminism is one of the most controversial topics in modern-day politics, splitting people of different identities into small and unrecognizable camps. 

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Friday 03/31/2017
Breaking The Chains of Repression: Why marriage is as outdated as the values it was based on
Posted: March 31, 2017

The first evidence of marriage started to show up around 1250 CE, stemming from the Middle English word ‘mariage’. Given that the institution of marriage has been around for a long time with few changes to the basic fundamentals, it needs to be called into question: is marriage outdated?

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Friday 03/10/2017
Medical Marijuana: Necessity, Not Political Tool
Posted: March 10, 2017

An older man named Larry walks to the front door of his apartment, where he meets a fellow Parkinson’s patient and invites him inside. He struggles to walk back to the couch, his hands trembling because of his severe condition. 

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Thursday 03/09/2017
Greek ban serves as wake-up call
Posted: March 09, 2017

Following a long, problematic series of hazing and sexual assault scandals, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has suspended all Greek social events for the month of March. Full disclosure -- I am a member of a sorority on campus. While I do not believe this situation was handled as it should, I support the ban.

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Fight for Your Right to Party
Posted: March 09, 2017

A-State’s Greek suspension a clumsy solution to a real issue 

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Friday 02/24/2017
Separating the Art from the Artist
Posted: February 24, 2017

 In the case of Casey Affleck and Mel Gibson should the Academy ignore their sordid pasts?

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Love comes to life in A-State’s ‘Zombie Prom’
Posted: February 24, 2017

Love can conquer all obstacles-- even a nuclear power plant. Arkansas State University’s Theatre Department has put together a show-stopping performance of “Zombie Prom.” Equipped with matching costumes and fun dance numbers, “Zombie Prom” truly comes through.

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Thursday 02/23/2017
Alternative Facts: Trump’s Relationship with the Media
Posted: February 23, 2017

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” As Kellyanne Conway stood before a group of reporters and said that Trump was simply using “alternative facts” about the number of people in attendance at the 2017 Inauguration Day, this quote from George Orwell’s “1984” played on loop in my mind. 

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Friday 02/17/2017
The Truth about Trump: A response to “Stop Taking the Bait”
Posted: February 17, 2017

Millennials played a vital role in the 2016 presidential election. With Donald Trump’s administration comes this idea of “fake news” and how it is brainwashing the youth of today. 

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Thursday 02/16/2017
Stop Taking the Bait
Posted: February 16, 2017

Is Donald Trump the second coming of Adolf Hitler?

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Thursday 02/09/2017
The Long Haul
Posted: February 09, 2017

 Rumors of impeachment have been igniting Facebook feeds all around the U.S. since Jan. 20. The rumors breathe a small gust of hope to progressives and moderates. 

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Editor’s View
Posted: February 08, 2017

 By now, most citizens of the United States have been briefed on the latest in President Trump’s now double-digit list of executive orders. 

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Monday 02/06/2017
If Trump Were Obama
Posted: February 06, 2017

At the beginning of the primary season for the 2016 presidential elections, Donald Trump seemed like a joke. Many Republicans, including long-standing and respected members of the party, denounced him from the beginning. Democrats laughed at him at first, and then opposed him with unprecedented fervor as his popularity grew. But on Nov. 8, something happened that almost no one predicted – Trump won the election.  

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Thursday 02/02/2017
Women’s March: Meaningful or Madness?
Posted: February 02, 2017

With the Women’s March resulting in a massive turn out, Jan. 21 is sure to go down in history as a unique moment of solidarity for women’s rights. 

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Editor's View
Posted: December 02, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, the contentious nature of the year’s election season hangs heavy over the heads and hearts of many Americans.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Editor’s View
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 5:01 pm

As 2016 draws to a close, the contentious nature of the year’s election season hangs heavy over the heads and hearts of many Americans.

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Preferred Pronouns
Posted: December 01, 2016

What would happen if we used gender-neutral language?

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Sunday 11/20/2016
Nintendo reveals upcoming “Switch”
Posted: November 20, 2016

Since early 2015, consumer electronics connoisseurs had vied for even the slightest morsel of information regarding Nintendo’s elusive upcoming console, codenamed “NX.”  Already halfway through October, fans were beginning to worry whether they would get any information until 2017.  

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Saturday 11/19/2016
If It’s Not Intersectional, It’s Not Feminism
Posted: November 19, 2016

There is a trend making its way around Hollywood. It’s not waist trainers or juice cleanses. Several Black male celebrities and athletes, from the likes of Kanye West to Odell Beckham, Jr., have fallen victim to white celebrity women going out of their way to depict black men in a negative light. Each of these attempts have revealed the fragility of white “feminism”.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Trump’s America
Posted: November 16, 2016

November 8, 2016. This is a date that will be recorded in our history books for decades to come. It’s a date that changed the lives of millions of Americans. It’s a date that marks the regression of our society, the violence of our silence, and the undeniable solidification of the privilege it is to be a white cisgender man. On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Luke Cage: Statement or Stereotype?
Posted: November 11, 2016

Luke Cage is the newest addition to the Marvel family. His Netflix appearance is timely. Cage is making strides to change the social environment of the urban city that surrounds him. The executive producer of the show, Cheo Hodari Coker -- who is also a supporter of the Black Lives Matter Movement, said, “It was important to me that we have a hero that was Black -- and he didn’t just happen to be Black. His identity is a part of him.”

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
Opinion: Editor’s View
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:47 pm

The First Amendment has always been a favorite of the opinionated college student.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
Solidarity at Standing Rock
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 11:58 am

“Environmental justice is our cry of defiance against the onslaught of oppressive toxins and toxic oppressions that threaten to submerge our homes.”

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Thursday 10/20/2016
Don't Sign a Lease
Posted: October 20, 2016

Loopholes in renter’s laws may leave students, low-income tenants helpless

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Trump’s War on Millenials
Posted: October 20, 2016

The Republican presidential nominee may be waging war on more than ISIS this election season.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
To Stand or Sit - Colin Kaepernick's Activism
Posted: October 19, 2016

To stand or to sit? This question applies to many of us now when we hear the national anthem. As someone who is currently serving the fourth year of a six year contract with the Army National Guard, this is an issue I feel particularly strongly about. Add the fact I’m a young black male, and now we are getting somewhere. Point blank, I fully support and commend Colin Kaepernick for the movement he has started in the NFL. There are several injustices taking place that, quite frankly, are not getting enough coverage.

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Monday 10/17/2016
Colorism in the Entertainment Industry
Posted: October 17, 2016

After two consecutive years of controversy surrounding an all-white pool of nominated actors, the 2016 Academy Awards sparked protest and boycott by minorities. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite spread across social media, and other award shows, such as the Black Entertainment Television Awards, became breeding grounds for criticism of Hollywood and its relationship with minority communities.

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Friday 10/14/2016
The Race for Black Votes: The True Impact of Black Votes
Posted: October 14, 2016

The importance of the black vote is a key factor for the Democratic Party--political home of many African-Americans--in garnering success in this year’s election.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Student Debt: Who should you loan your support to for President?
Posted: September 28, 2016

For a vast majority of college students, the biggest topic on our minds other than next week’s exam or tonight’s big party is, of course, the student loan debt that we will be expected to begin paying back shortly upon graduation. The government has a powerful role in affecting our futures as borrowers, so it’s important to take a glance into what each Presidential candidate could possibly do to assist those who may be in student loan debt.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Locthe’s Lies
Posted: September 16, 2016

Here in America, we take our sports seriously. On a worldwide stage such as the Olympics, even the modest American sports fan becomes a reveler of all athletes adorning the red, white and blue. American Olympians are similar to rock stars, and inevitably the spotlight can sometimes be too bright for even Olympians to handle.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Media Misogyny: Is there a double standard when it comes to celebrity hacking scandals?
Posted: September 15, 2016

In an ever-changing technological landscape, few things remain the same for long. One thing, however, seems to endure —people are still creeps. This fact is evident with the most recent epidemic of celebrity hacks. Many stars have been victim to having their iCloud accounts, websites, etc. hacked by predators who typically move on to plaster private information for public consumption on the internet. The most recent tragedy involved beautiful, comedic ray of sunshine—and star of the latest Ghostbusters film—Leslie Jones.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
The Panama Papers and the perils of off-shore tax havens
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:35 pm

For years it has been no real secret that there were ways for people and corporations to hide the full extent of the profits made by utilizing offshore bank accounts and other questionable means.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
The benefits of student travel
Posted: April 06, 2016

Coming into college, all that I thought about was going to class and getting my degree, but I never realized how many opportunities were right in front of me. Within my freshman year, I traveled to places that I would have never imagined going.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
Terrorism: A Growing International Concern
Posted: April 03, 2016

I’m not sure how many more of these articles there are left to write; I know that even though each circumstance is different, it all falls under the same umbrella of terrorism.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
The Case for Clinton: ‘It’s time for a woman in office’
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Given her political savvy and foreign diplomacy experience, could a Clinton presidency really be that bad?

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Saturday 03/12/2016
A Letter From the Editor
Updated: March 12, 2016 - 10:15 am

If universities continue to infringe upon student rights, the future of student journalism may be in jeopardy.

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Sunday 03/06/2016
Personal safety on campus: When does your safety become an intrusion on someone else's?
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 12:18 pm

With the recent events on our home campus of Arkansas State University, personal safety is a big concern for everyone on campus, including staff, students and faculty. We all share this campus issue, especially with those students living on campus.

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Saturday 03/05/2016
#OscarsSoWhite: A night of controversy and surprises
Updated: March 05, 2016 - 10:09 pm

The 88th Annual Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, took place Sunday night and were hosted by actor and comedian Chris Rock. The awards faced backlash earlier this year when its nominations were released to the public. Celebrities began to speak out about whom was nominated and why there were no African American nominees in certain categories this year. One of the main celebrities that spoke out was actress and wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith.

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