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Politics aren’t black and white

Politics aren’t black and white

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

April 18, 2019


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Living in a world where political activism has been at its peak has caused a lot of young minds to start thinking about what political party they may identify with and vote for when they are of age. A lot of controversial political topics have surfaced over the past couple of years, such as gun control, ...

Engaging in open-minded political discussion

Engaging in open-minded political discussion

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

April 18, 2019


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How come talking about politics is so controversial? The answer to this question is quite simple actually, because there are, of course, two sides to every story. But nowadays, it seems that we as a society tend to shy away from open political discussion and instead revert to either insulting each other or...

Ottessa Moshfegh is brilliant

Ottessa Moshfegh is brilliant

BRODY HALL, Copy Editor

April 15, 2019


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What makes characters interesting these days? When I’m reading something, usually fictional, am I looking for a character with a fully developed backstory, filled with childhood trauma and steamy college romances that explain their adult psyche? Or am I looking for the heroine who is angry not only ...

Inconsistent leadership on campus

Inconsistent leadership on campus

Letter to the Editor

April 11, 2019


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Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was submitted by Jacob Harberts, senior political science and global studies major. Some institutions within UNI seem to have forgotten that leadership is an action, not a title. Over the past few years, we as students have seen various examples of poor leadership...

What is it that makes the classics great?

What is it that makes the classics great?

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

April 11, 2019


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What makes a book great? Is it the number of pages? The audience it is was written for? How it is organized? The art adorning the cover? Does it need to have that the new book smell? All of these factors weigh into our decision, but what does a book tell us about the person who penned its pages? I believ...

STD Awareness: get yourself tested

STD Awareness: get yourself tested

Letter to the Editor

April 8, 2019


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Editor's Note: This guest column was submitted by Student Wellness Services and written by Graduate Assistant Beth Chaney. The spring semester is winding down and that means it’s time for exams and tests. One of the more important tests you can take is getting yourself tested for sexually transmitt...

Consider the risks when using e-cigarettes

Consider the risks when using e-cigarettes

SAMANTHA GOODMAN, Opinion Columnist

April 8, 2019


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Cigarettes are disgusting.” “I would never smoke a cigarette in my life.” “Cigarettes are straight lung cancer.” These words, and more, have come directly from the mouths of many of my friends. Ironically, these friends also commonly use e-cigarettes, marketed as Vapes, Juuls, Vuses, Drops o...

A case for funding public history

A case for funding public history

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

April 4, 2019


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The case for the funding of public history institutions is one that is often bogged down and mired by the usual hubbub of our political life. Some hear the word “public” in the name and instantly examine it as a utility with material limitations, such as gas lines or infrastructure. Others imme...

What can presidents be investigated for?

CALEB STEKL, Opinion Columnist

April 4, 2019


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Robert Mueller’s 22-month long investigation into potential criminal activity by President Trump yielded what few political commentator’s expected: Pretty much nothing. The hysteria surrounding Russian influence into the election was peddled mainly by those identifying with the Democratic Party. CNN...

On Christchurch & stochastic terrorism

On Christchurch & stochastic terrorism

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

April 1, 2019


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On March 15, 2019, a white supremacist terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty and injuring another fifty. From reading his manifesto that was released online, we might view this as an exercise in white fragility. While the right often decries the left for being wea...

LGBTQIA+ people always welcome at Threehouse

LGBTQIA+ people always welcome at Threehouse

Letter to the Editor

April 1, 2019


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Editor's Note: This Letter to the Editor was submitted by Rev. David Glenn-Burns of Threehouse: A Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry. Recently, the Christian church denomination in which I was formed and have served as an ordained pastor for 35 years (23 years at Threehouse: a Wesley Foundation here...

Policies should include compassion

Policies should include compassion

SAMANTHA GOODMAN, Opinion Columnist

March 28, 2019


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Many students across campus wake up every morning and contemplate whether or not to attend class. If the class has an attendance policy that impacts their grade, skipping would not be a good choice. However, a class with no attendance policy can tempt students to skip. So why would UNI have such a v...

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