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Migraines are a literal and figurative pain

Opinion Columnist Emerson Slomka argues that pain related to frequent headaches should be recognized as a problem that students face.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

November 11, 2019

There are few ailments that one can claim are more painful and debilitating as a headache; that dull throbbing coupled with sensory sensitivity, moodiness and brain fog is enough to elicit sympathy from anyone—we’ve all been there. However, some of us, specifically those of us with headache diso...

Streaming wars make for tough decisions

Opinion Columnist Taylor Lien discusses HBO Max and Disney+ as their respective launch dates approach.

TAYLOR LIEN, Opinion Columnist

November 7, 2019

The streaming wars are ramping up every day with more and more announcements from new streaming services. As of last week, HBO unveiled their plans to launch HBO Max in May of 2020. Disney has been discussing launch of their streaming service for over a year, and it will be debuting next week. Much of...

Wellness Services: express gratitude every day

Wellness Services: express gratitude every day

Guest Column

November 7, 2019

Editor’s Note: This guest column was submitted by Student Wellness Services. November is a time of busy schedules, heavy academic commitments and stretching ourselves to meet the needs of others. The colors of the trees changing and leaves falling reminds us that autumn is a season of transition. W...

‘Dickinson’ brings poet to life

Opinion Columnist Taylor Lien reviews “Dickinson” on AppleTV+. The series revolves around poet Emily Dickinson, played by Hailee Steinfeld. According to Lien, this portrayal gives life to the poet, who is historically seen as an “unmarried recluse.” “Dickinson received an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes at launch.

TAYLOR LIEN, Opinion Columnist

November 4, 2019

This past weekend, Apple debuted their streaming service AppleTV+. The black comedy “Dickinson,” based on the life of American poet Emily Dickinson, was one of the debut original series on the service. The press and marketing around this series definitely meant I was very excited to see it. As a d...

Streaming services need to revisit content renewal processes

Executive Editor Gabrielle Leitner explains how the renewal process for television shows on streaming services needs to be reexamined. One example, NBC’s “The Good Place,” is pictured above.


November 4, 2019

Earlier this year, fans of the Netflix show “Santa Clarita Diet” were rudely awoken by the news of its cancellation after the release of its third season. The Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant-produced dark comedy revolves around Sheila (Barrymore) and Joel (Olyphant) Hammond, suburban realtors in ...

The rise of the anti-austerity Left

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

October 31, 2019

In Chile, an increase in public transportation fares sparked nationwide protests against the Piñera Administration due to growing unrest about poverty and income inequality in the country. There has already been limited progress, with the president dismissing his entire Cabinet, although abuses again...

‘JESUS IS KING’ falls short of collective potential

Copy Editor Cecilia Mitchell reviews Kanye West's latest project


October 31, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Kanye West released his ninth studio album, “JESUS IS KING.” While the release features memorable musical moments throughout, the album falls short in its unfocused message and delivery. West is no stranger to controversy. His infamous outbursts have switched gears in recent yea...

The impact of the printing press

Opinion Columnist Kevin Wiggins explains the evolution of information communication started by the Gutenberg Printing Press.

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

October 28, 2019

We often don’t even think of the technology that we use in our day-to-day lives, even of the human heroes whose genius created it. I ride my bike to class without even thinking of the human ingenuity that created a system of gears, inflatable tubing and the metallurgy went into creating a vehicle t...

The positive and negative effects of social media

Opinion Columnist Abigail Bennethum discusses the pros and cons of social media in relation to a recent interview with the Duchess of Sussex.

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

October 28, 2019

When people talk about social media, it can be perceived as either positive or negative. Social media can be used for a variety of reasons including growing businesses, self-promotion, self-improvement and even fame and fortune. However, it can also be a very negative and toxic thing as well. The t...

The value of sports and teamwork

Opinion Columnist Colin Horning explains the role that sports play in teaching teamwork and unifying people.

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

October 24, 2019

One of the greatest aspects of American society is our love for sports. Since around the start of the 20th century, the camaraderie and sense of family that comes with following a favorite collegiate or professional sports team has been an integral part of living in the United States. Some people, of...

Berenstæin Bears: an analysis of the Mandela Effect

Opinion Columnist Emerson Slomka discusses the idea of the Mandela Effect, the phenomenon used to describe false memories.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

October 24, 2019

Anyone who grew up between the 1980s and today will likely remember a series of books (and later a TV show) about a wholesome family of bears, consisting of Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother as their adventures lead them to learn important lessons about life. What was that show called again? Chances are...

A feminism for the 99 percent

Opinion Columnist Mohammad Rawwas explains why he thinks Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represent the true face of modern feminism.

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

October 21, 2019

In the era of neoliberalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ilhan Omar represent the true face of feminism today. While white-bourgeois feminism, exemplified by Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, seeks to replace a white male ruling class with a mostly-white female ruling class, AOC and Ilhan un...

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