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Overcoming fighting words: Political discourse needs to become more constructive and less combative

Overcoming fighting words: Political discourse needs to become more constructive and less combative

Isaiah Dwyer, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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These days it seems pretty easy to look at our political climate, and current state of affairs, in an increasingly dismal way. There’s this ongoing war between the leftists and those on the right end of the spectrum; it seems like the past 18 months in particular have just been drowned in politics...

Peacefully protesting is a protected right

Ethan Maurice, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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The playing of the national anthem is one of the most sacred traditions in American sports. So much so that most people don’t think twice about standing up, removing their caps and sometimes even singing along before the start of a game. But that changed last year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick...

Heroin addiction, deaths are at epidemic levels

Julia Simenz, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week was held in mid September. What this means to you may vary depending on whether you lost a family member or a friend, or if you are simply struggling yourself. Regardless of your connection, becoming educated on the crisis is important. Heroin is a highly-addictive...

Mailbag: Leters to the editor – Downtown Campus transition update

October 11, 2017


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Dear Editor, In 2016, the college’s District Board made several strategic decisions to continue to live out and serve the college’s mission to provide access to quality education for its residents. One of those decisions was to ground lease the Downtown Education Center (DTEC) to allow for a recurring...

Accusation does not always mean guilt: Why DeVos is right about changing campus sexual misconduct procedures

Accusation does not always mean guilt: Why DeVos is right about changing campus sexual misconduct procedures

Brandon Amato, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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In a speech addressing policy regarding sexual assault on college campuses on Sept. 14, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the current administration plans to drastically change its approach to pursuing campus sexual misconduct complaints. According to an article by NPR, DeVos said...

Technology: The good, the bad, and the educational

Technology: The good, the bad, and the educational

Diana Calderon, Outreach Associate

September 27, 2017


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Imagine what students are doing around school while they walk through the hallways, or learn in their classrooms. Many are connected to the internet through their cellphones or laptop. Others are listening to music with their headphones, and some even hide their phones between notebooks to secretly send...

Fandom should not overlook violent behavior

Matt Withers, Arts Editor

September 27, 2017


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Separating the art from an artist can be practically impossible. Where do consumers draw the line? Does talent excuse erratic and sometimes violent behavior? No, but as a society we tend to be more lenient to people who bring us joy. Headlines are constantly filled with reports of celebrities being...

An all-too silent struggle

An all-too silent struggle

Megan Binkley, Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


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As a woman who has spent the last 16 years combatting clinical depression and chronic anxiety, Sept. 10 through Sept. 16 — National Suicide Prevention Week — is an opportunity for reflection and evaluation. As anyone who has suffered from mental health issues, diagnosed or otherwise, can tell...

Climate change denial is a dangerous path: Why Washington needs to restart the discussion now

Climate change denial is a dangerous path: Why Washington needs to restart the discussion now

Brandon Amato, Opinion Editor

September 27, 2017


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Last week my dad told me he was heading out to play a round of golf on a sunny afternoon. My father happens to be very bald. As a good son, I naturally urged him to wear sunscreen. He dismissed my advice as “overprotective” and “dramatic.” When he texted...

Affirmative Action needed to overcome disadvantages

Lucy Smith, Managing Editor

September 13, 2017


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When students apply to college the factors colleges look at are not inherently equal. Many of these factors like SAT and ACT test scores can be figuratively bought. This leaves students from low-income households at a disadvantage. Differences between low-income and high-income students stem from...

Arr, Matey! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Stephen Fabal, Multi Media Editor

September 13, 2017


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Avast, me hearties! Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming! It sometimes seems like we are surrounded by stress and negativity. That’s why sometimes it’s important to do something fun and, yes, silly. Mark Summers and John Baur, whose pirate names are Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket, created Talk...

Nightmare for DREAMers: Trump administration ends Obama program that offered protection for young undocumented immigrants

Nightmare for DREAMers: Trump administration ends Obama program that offered protection for young undocumented immigrants

Brandon Amato, Opinion Editor

September 13, 2017


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The fear and betrayal are the things that my mind kept running back to throughout the week as I tried to wrap my head around the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) news. You may have seen something to this effect on your television, phone or computer. Maybe you heard about it on the radio driving...

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