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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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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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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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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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Saturday 02/27/2016
Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?
Updated: February 27, 2016 - 5:52 pm

First and foremost, I feel like I should make this very clear that this is not an opinion. But, considering we have three presidential candidates claiming that climate change is false, and another who believes climate change is real, but is a natural process not escalated by human interaction, I feel like this issue needs to be addressed. While this is disappointing, one can hope that this doesn’t come from a sincere place or actual lack of scientific understanding, but the result of the heavy influence of the coal industry’s lobbyists. Either way, this is a polarizing issue between candidates and the lack of understanding and action needs to be addressed.

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
The public battle to #FreeKesha
Posted: February 24, 2016

After the pop star lost her first in a series of legal battles against record producer Dr. Luke, supporters have taken to social media to voice their concern for her well-being

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Friday 02/19/2016
Black History Month: A closer look at how Black History Month may deviate from Dr. King’s dream
Updated: February 19, 2016 - 3:29 pm

In recent weeks, actress/ commentator Stacey Dash has taken quite a bit of criticism for her opinions about a group of black actors considering boycotting the Oscars because of the low number of African American winners. Most of the comments in regards to Dash have been character slams, like “out of work actress” or disparaging remarks about a perceived lack of intelligence.

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Tuesday 02/16/2016
Black History Month: A closer look at why Americans should celebrate Black History as American History
Updated: February 16, 2016 - 10:51 am

It is 2016 and the United States has come such a long way in terms of diversity and equality for all. Our president is black; we’ve had two female secretaries of state and may soon have our first woman president. Our country has made leaps and bounds in the last 50 years, and because of progress, some people feel that our country is where it needs to be, and that we should no longer focus on the inequalities of the past. We should see ourselves as one nation, with one history.

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Saturday 02/13/2016
Valentine's Day: Could amorous intentions have an unwitting sinister side?
Updated: February 13, 2016 - 8:00 am

The celebration of Valentine’s Day is not a new occurrence in human history and in fact, can be traced back to the story of a Roman priest named Saint Valentine.

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Saturday 02/06/2016
Breaking down Bernie
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 12:40 pm

Demystifying Sanders may be the key to understanding the modern political climate.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Should Christians vote Trump?
Posted: February 05, 2016

A Biblical look at electing Trump whilst remaining a follower of Christ.

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Saturday 01/30/2016
Should Guns Be Present On Campus?
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 5:37 pm


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Should Guns Be Present On Campus?
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 7:16 pm


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Friday 01/29/2016
The Lottery: Utopian Dream or Dystopian Nightmare?
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 11:42 pm

Looking at the celebrities on television flaunting their newest outrageous purchase, the thought of what you think about what you would do with all that wealth flashes across your mind.

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Saturday 11/21/2015
Rise in campus alcohol violations a cause for concern
Posted: November 21, 2015

Consumption of alcohol affects the lives of many college students. According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), all college students experience the effects of college drinking whether they drink or not. The NIH suggested that the problem with college drinking is not the alcohol itself, but the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking for both the drinker and his or her fellow students.

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Thursday 11/19/2015
Legalize to save lives
Posted: November 19, 2015

Despite the legalization of marijuana becoming more prevalent in the modern political climate, advocates are still finding it tough to nail down a core audience to rally behind the cause

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Friday 11/13/2015
The power of student protest
Posted: November 13, 2015

In the wake of student strikes over mounting racial tensions at Mizzou, many students are wondering if there is truly power in organized protest or if it really is all about the money

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Thursday 11/05/2015
Planned Parenthood
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 8:38 pm

As the healthcare provider is inundated with controversy surrounding their medical practices,  many supporters are concerned that this is just another battle in the war on women.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Why Should You Care About the Iranian Nuclear Agreement?
Updated: October 22, 2015 - 4:08 pm

The implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and other world powers entered a new phase on Sunday, which will have lasting effects on American lives

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Political correctness should be used for positivity, not bigotry
Posted: October 21, 2015

Shortly after Caitlyn Jenner announced that she no longer wanted to be called Bruce, a disturbing photo began circulating on Facebook. It portrayed an outdoor sign that read: “If Bruce Jenner went missing, would his picture be on a carton of half and half?” The picture was captioned: “I love small towns. No political correctness here.”

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Friday 10/02/2015
Gun provision unsafe, could jeopardize lives on campus
Posted: October 02, 2015

Two weeks ago, Delta State University experienced the unimaginable. No matter how much our universities prepare students, no one on campus is ever fully ready for an active shooter. Sadly, the Delta State shooter was professor Shannon Lamb, and he was seeking to murder a colleague. Ethan Schmidt, an American history professor, became yet another victim of a school shooting that day.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Death penalty inhumane; ineffective at deterring crime
Posted: April 30, 2015

Imagine standing in complete darkness waiting. You’ve been waiting for years now, but it doesn’t change the terrifying sound of clicks as the guns are loaded.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Self-accountability not enough for pilot mental examinations
Posted: April 17, 2015

On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps en route to Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Rolling Stone and the Dangers of Irresponsible Reporting
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 4:56 pm

In the field of journalism, nothing is more important than your source.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Not so free: Ambiguous legislature has unintended consequences
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 3:06 pm

I believe taking another human being’s life is immoral based on my sincerely held religious beliefs.

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Monday 03/16/2015
A nation that's still black and white
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 10:10 am

My interest in Greek life was never a general desire for brotherhood or organizational involvement, it was a specific drive to belong to an organization that stood for the principles I believed in, and because of that the process by which I became Greek was substantially different from most men in my demographic.

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Equality: Still just a dream
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 10:10 am

In a day and age where no one who is born in America has a pure pedigree, you would think racism is fading into the background of history and equality is emerging into the spotlight of pop culture. Sadly, decades after the height of the Civil Rights movement, we have yet to see a cohesiveness that disregards skin color.

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Learning a second language means more global converstations, opportunities
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 9:44 am

You are walking across the streets of the neighborhood that you will live in after college, and you come across businessman wearing Ray Bans worth more than your car and a watch worth more than your house. He falls and drops his suitcase, and you quickly come to this aid, being the generous person that you are. After helping him get off of the ground, the man thanks you, shaking your hand and showing his appreciation.

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Free choice triumphs in vaccination debate
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 9:34 am

A recurring hot topic in the media in recent years is the issue of required vaccinations; specifically in the context of primary school admissions. Currently, nearly every state requires students so be vaccinated in order to be to be enrolled in public schools (with exemptions based on religious or health reasons). Nineteen states take these exemptions even further and allow for personal belief to be a sufficient enough reason to not have a child vaccinated. It is this form of exemption that sparks the most debate and controversy over the vaccination issue.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
A-State stubs out smoking
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 5:44 pm

This last week at Arkansas State University has been one of outrage for the community of tobacco users here on campus.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
Letter to the Editor: Same-sex marriage promotes love, care of children
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 7:49 pm

In last week’s letter to the editor, William Kazyak gave some “down-to-earth” reasons why homosexuals should not be allowed to marry. I highly disagree on the basis that heterosexual marriages are nowhere near as perfect and loving as society makes them out to be. Because of this, I believe if a man and woman who do not even truly love each other can marry, two women or men who are completely devoted to each other should also have that same right.

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Inclement weather policy encourages safety, not slacking
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 2:39 am

Too often we Arkansans think normal life is put on pause any time cold, white, fluffy stuff falls from the sky. If there is any chance of our feet flying out from under us on a damp sidewalk, we are likely to call it a day and stay indoors indefinitely.

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Monday 02/23/2015
Res Life inspection standards stifle students
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 3:35 pm

We have reached the point where Residence Life has become an overbearing maternal figure to A-State residents. The main purpose of living on campus is for the convenience of being closer to classes. But to live on campus, why do we have to subject ourselves to the rule of tyranny?

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