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Holiday commercials can warm the heart

Holiday commercials can warm the heart

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s strange the love/hate relationship that occurs between us and commercials. Generally, we hate them. But as the seasons change, so do our feelings – and the way companies produce them. They become more like mini stories, that happen to have subtle promotion, than anything else. Everything goes back to bringing in that warm and familiar feeling of the holiday spirit.

Meet The Clarion’s sports editor Joe Craker

Meet The Clarion’s sports editor Joe Craker

Joe Craker, Sports Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I opened my email last summer for the first time about a month before classes started. At the top of my inbox sat a call for writers at the student newspaper. I can’t say no to things and, finding it hard to pass up an opportunity, I quickly replied. Unbeknownst to me, I got an even quicker response. I ...

A year of extreme contrasts

A year of extreme contrasts

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

As we make it to the last month of 2018, all the defining moments begin to stand out. If we can all come to one conclusion, it’s this: 2018 dragged us through such unbelievable situations that jokes about “living in a simulation” feel a little too real. The year began fresh with the absurd and...

OUR VIEW: A big thank you is much deserved

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The burden of textbook costs will finally be alleviated, but not all on its own. A number of people have been, and will be, hard at work to ensure that the textbook rental plan is fully implemented for the fall 2019 semester. The process behind this achievement has been years in the making. Student Se...

Meet The Clarion’s new opinion editor

Meet The Clarion’s new opinion editor

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Writing has always been an important part of my life and, ultimately, what I’d like to be doing for the rest of it. It’s what led me to take Journalism classes last year and become a practicum student at The Clarion.

Self-deprecating humor can still hurt

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s become increasingly more popular to deflect one’s own mental health through self-deprecating humor. Sprouting in memes and day-to-day conversation, making a joke at your own expense, when overused, has the potential to make you view yourself in a more negative light. Ethan Kross, a psychologist of the Un...

OUR VIEW: Armed guards are not the answer

Mel Acosta  & Andrew Kicmol, Opinion Editor & Editor in Chief

November 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It seems like every week now there is another shooting of varying degree. In the past couple of months, it’s been a religious place, a school, a yoga studio, and, most recently, a bar and grill. The amount of news coverage dedicated to shootings is far too much. The argument for how to fix this is...

Commercialism, controversy shouldn’t ruin this holiday

Commercialism,  controversy shouldn’t ruin  this holiday

Katie Paape, Staff Writer

November 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

As the fall leaves begin to be replaced with snow and the pumpkins become overshadowed by evergreens, Thanksgiving gives us all one more opportunity to enjoy the harvest season before entering the crazy, most wonderful time of the year. But, considering Thanksgiving’s complicated history, we might a...

Taking a divisive approach to politics

Taking a divisive approach to politics

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Election season always brings chaos out of people; it’s just so concerning how that happens to include the person who’s supposed to be running the country.

Informercial offers satirical look at society’s implicit bias

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There have been 39 indicated instances just this year where people, particularly white people, have called the authorities when they noticed black people doing normal, everyday things. These situations are in no form threatening, but these people still claim this is the reason. The more likely answer...

A short ‘vacation’ in Brazil – at midterm

Tomaz Farina Escoteguy, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The midterms were practically knocking on my door when my cellphone popped with a notification from my dad: “You are coming back to Brazil this Friday” (of course it was not exactly like that, since it was in Portuguese, but my old man allowed me to translate it freely). Well, that was definitel...

Are we plugged in, but stressed out?

Are we plugged in, but stressed out?

Tara Olivia Martens, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

National Stress Awareness Day is Nov. 7 and this year’s theme is, “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?” There have been many studies on what causes stress. One of the most famous studies being the 1967 Homes and Rahe study which listed the 43 most stressful situations of life and, according to this ...

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