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Columnist Bennethum gives Cedar Valley recommendations

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

February 6, 2020

In light of entering the fourth week into the new semester, I feel we all tend to get busy and forget some of the awesome events that go on around campus and the Cedar Valley area. As important as studying and preparing for our future is, I also believe in having fun with friends and making some memori...

An ode to NBC’s ‘The Good Place’

Opinion Columnist Taylor Lien pays homage to “The Good Place,” which aired it series finale on Jan. 30, 2020.

TAYLOR LIEN, Opinion Columnist

February 3, 2020

NBC’s “The Good Place” aired its series finale on Thursday night. I’ve been following this show since midway through the first season. This show has grown to be one of the most personally important shows I’ve ever watched for a list of reasons too long to recount. “Whenever You’re Ready” ...

Is gamification the future of productivity?

Opinion Columnist Emerson Slomka explains the role gamification plays in blurring the lines between the work and play dichotomy.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

February 3, 2020

In our society, there’s an interesting dichotomy that exists in our daily lives: work and play. Work is the necessary evil that pays the bills, while play is keeps us motivated and amused in-between shifts. We see these two activities as being polar opposites — work drains our motivation while pl...

Values might prove obstacle for Dems in 2020

Sports Editor Colin Horning discusses the decisions Democrats must make regarding the upcoming 2020 elections. He says the biggest obstacle is deciding between political ideologies within the Democratic party. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (above) and former Vice President Joe Biden are described as left-of-center, whereas Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are described as falling towards the far-left.

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor

January 30, 2020

Living in Iowa during a presidential election year means that escaping the relentless barrage of political content is virtually impossible. We’re constantly bombarded with advertisements from a seemingly countless number of politicians running for office, all giving us their time, attention and mone...

Don’t take life for granted

Former NBA Player Kobe Bryant

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

January 30, 2020

On Sunday, Jan. 28, we all got the devastating news of the deaths of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and several others. It was a shock to the nation, and the effects are still rippling throughout this week. There has been a lot of content circulating around Twitter, Instagram and different news sources acc...

Dems respond to Soleimani killing

Opinion Columnist Mohammed Rawwas discusses the recent assassination of Qasem Soleimani and the reactions from various Democratic presidential candidates. He says through his response, Bernie Sanders has demonstrated that he is the best choice for president.

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

January 27, 2020

The assassination of Qasem Soleimani on January 3 by the Trump administration had quite the revelatory effect on the Democratic primary; for once, it centered a discussion on foreign policy that is oft-ignored by the mainstream media towards presidential races and allowed us to focus on and compare the...

Meghan Markle and unethical journalism practices

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

January 27, 2020

In October of 2019, I wrote a piece on Meghan Markle’s interview with Tom Bradby. It was an interview that changed a lot of people’s perspectives on what it means to be in the spotlight. This heartbreaking interview showed the harsh reality of her newfound role as the Duchess of Sussex and bala...

Guest column: Invest in yourself

Guest Column

January 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following column was submitted by Megan Bradford, a senior public relations major with a minor in marketing. “Investing in yourself is the best investment you can ever make.” —Mohsin Jameel Growing up, my parents constantly reminded me to invest in myself and who I am as a person. ...

Wellness Services: Join the “Joyful Mover” movement

Wellness Services: Join the

Guest Column

January 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following guest column was submitted by Student Wellness Services. January is a season of New Year resolutions, revamps and new aspirations. One of the most common topics that surfaces during this time is weight change and body modification. This may look like wanting to “eat he...

NBC already had Peacock, it was called Seeso

Opinion columnist Taylor Lien discusses NBC's Peacock streaming service, as well as its predecessor, Seeso.

TAYLOR LIEN, Opinion Columnist

January 16, 2020

Early last year, NBC announced it would be launching Peacock, a streaming service with a nod to their iconic logo. This was seen by many as NBC’s foray into streaming coming after the launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ in 2019. Except, what most people probably don’t remember is that Comcast and, ...

Should video games be allowed in the classroom?

Opinion columnist Emerson Slomka argues that electronics and video games in the classroom can be beneficial to children's learning.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

January 16, 2020

When you first step into an elementary school classroom, one of the first things to catch your eye is usually a list of rules. Most of what you see is expected; after all, very few classrooms allow disruptive behavior, late homework and missing materials — you just don’t question those things. However...

U.S. needs a pro-Latin America president

Opinion Columnist Mohammed Rawwas discusses the current military coup in Latin America. He argues that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate because he has received endorsements from a handful of Latin American leaders.

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

December 12, 2019

Evo Morales was the first indigenous president to be elected in Bolivia and his social democratic policies greatly reduced poverty and illiteracy rates in the country. He also worked to combat racism and sexism in the country, especially in relation to the indigenous population, and was quite popular...

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