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Eating healthy at the dining centers

Eating healthy at the dining centers

CRISTIAN ORTIZ, Opinion Columnist

September 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Freshmen, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Freshmen 15.” Upperclassmen, you may have actually experienced it, or may even still be experiencing it. Let me tell you: I’m definitely still experiencing the effects of the “Freshmen 15.” With the dining centers basically being buffets at every hou...

Military spending overshadows education

Military spending overshadows education

ABBI COBB, Opinion Columnist

September 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I have spent countless hours gawking at the phenomenal intricacies found in the rotundas and chambers of the Iowa State Capitol Building. And despite the infinite number of details to choose from, my absolute favorite experience in that building is looking up to see a gold-leafed quote by Edward Everett, readi...

Mental health initiatives misguided

Mental health initiatives misguided

IRIS FRASHER, Art Director/Opinion Columnist

September 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I will preface this by saying that I have been at the Northern Iowan (NI) for four years — this is my ninth semester being a staff member here (super seniors unite!). In all of this time, I have not once written an opinion column, but yet here I am. If I have one chance to tell the university how I f...

Columnist responds to DACA opinion piece

Columnist responds to DACA opinion piece

BRENNA WOLFE, Opinion Columnist

September 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This column is partly my commentary on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and partly a response to Leziga Barikor’s opinion column, “DACA: Failure from the start.” I appreciate that Barikor used “unauthorized migrants” or “unauthorized immigrants;” that is so much better tha...

DACA: failure from the start

DACA: failure from the start

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Opinion Columnist

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After much internal deliberation, I’ve decided to write this column with hopes of giving people a fresh perspective on the controversy surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Donald Trump made the move Tuesday, Sept. 5, to end DACA, making the announcement wit...

Intl. student discusses PC language

Intl. student discusses PC language

KAUSHIK MAHIDA, Opinion Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I moved to the United States roughly a year and a half ago from India. Cedar Falls welcomed me with bitter cold weather, but with a warm heart. My initial days here were some of the toughest, owing to the cold weather and exhaustion from the trip. Most of my time here was typically spent on adjusting to the...

Much work remains for racial equality

Much work remains for racial equality

ABBI COBB, Opinion Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the context of racial inequality, I recently listened to a white, male professor suggest that people should focus less on how we continue to fail underserved populations and more on the progress that has been made among them. Classic. There are few things worse than a white guy making suggestio...

“Twin Peaks” transforms TV again

“Twin Peaks” transforms TV again

CLINTON OLSASKY, Executive Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This past Sunday, the world watched as one of the most influential and important shows in the history of television came to a confounding and mystifying conclusion, approximately 25 years after the show’s original two-season run ended. That show, my friends, is “Twin Peaks,” and for the past...

NISG releases statement concerning DACA

NISG releases statement concerning DACA

September 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Students, As you may be aware, this week Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program instituted under the Obama Administration in 2012 would be coming to an end. This program served as a means by which many immigrants were able to live in the Unit...

Understanding “late-term” abortions

Understanding “late-term” abortions

BRENNA WOLFE, Opinion Columnist

August 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

First, let me tell you about my views on abortion and how they have evolved throughout my college career. When I walked onto campus as a freshman, I was 100 percent pro-life with no exceptions. My thought process was that “there is always adoption” and “pregnancy was a consequence of stupid de...

LTE: Marketing prof calls for tuition solutions

LTE: Marketing prof calls for tuition solutions

August 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor was written in response to a story that appeared in the Aug. 24, 2017 edition of the Northern Iowan, entitled “Reynolds criticizes tuition hikes.” It is both frustrating and disappointing to see how both administrators and politicians consistently r...

Empathy, not blame needed

Empathy, not blame needed

ABBI COBB, Opinion Columnist

August 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Last week in Mason, Ohio, a 15-month-old was found dead in a vehicle after the mother mistakenly left the child inside while she went to work. According to Kids and Cars, an organization devoted to research and increasing awareness of this issue, this was the 30th child to die in a hot car this year. At...

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