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Halloween used to be fun: Adulthood makes me miss the costumes, treats

Halloween used to be fun: Adulthood makes me miss the costumes, treats

Andrew Kicmol, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Halloween is the chance to dress as your favorite superhero, TV character or monster. When you’re young, it’s all about candy. It’s your chance to stock up on all your favorite treats. When you get older, Halloween loses its sheen. I liked Halloween more as a kid. Halloween as a kid is exciting,...

Time to live out our racial justice values

Brandon Amato, Opinion Editor

October 24, 2017


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On Oct. 3, the 16th Annual Racial Justice Summit, organized by the Madison YWCA, began with a moment of silence for the victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. The moment of silence was followed by a condemnation of acts of violence that have become all too common in today’s society, a society...

NHL holding players back from the 2018 Olympics

Andrew Kicmol, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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In September, Commissioner of the National Hockey League Gary Bettman officially made the decision that the league will not be sending its players to PeyongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It’s the first time since 1998 that NHL players will not be going to the Olympic games to represent...

Our stories: Clarion staff members discuss their experiences coming out

Our stories: Clarion staff members discuss their experiences coming out

October 24, 2017


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To celebrate National Coming Out Day, which was on Oct. 11, three of the staff members at The Clarion have decided to share our own experiences coming out. Whether these experiences were good, bad or non-existent, we wanted to show solidarity from the LGBTQIA+ community at The Clarion with the LGBTQIA+...

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...

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