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Letter to the Editor

October 21, 2019

The following Letter to the Editor was written by Adalberto Castrejon. Castrejon is a fourth-year marketing major and president of the UNI chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity. My parents immigrated to the U.S in 1997, one year before I was born. Growing up my parents instilled in me the val...

Top 10 tips for successful midterms

Opinion Columnist Abigail Bennethum gives her top 10 tips for a successful midterms season.

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

October 17, 2019

The dreaded season of midterms is upon us. In this season of the school year, multiple things come with it, including stress, lack of sleep and a period of time that seems like it goes on forever. Besides finals week, this period of about three-ish weeks or whenever the professors decide to test us a...

Language leaves room for ambiguity

Opinion Columnist Kevin Wiggins discusses the ambiguity of modern language and how words can take on varying meanings. He poses the question

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

October 17, 2019

Language is one of those aspects of the human experience which constantly haunts us. What the exactly correct way to conjugate a verb, or the correct form of there/their/they’re, and even finding “the right words” for how to communicate how we feel can be incredibly daunting. Navigating the water...

Are TV shows effective teachers?

Opinion Columnist Emerson Slomka explains the pros and cons of educational television and the role it plays in developing minds. He says that this programming is a good supplement, rather than a primary source of education.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2019

It seems like the perfect innovation: a device that provides entertaining, interactive education to your child 24/7 free of cost (with the exception of the monthly cable bill, of course), allowing you to safely plant them in front of the screen while you work or savor your free time. While early TV...

Companies need to distinguish between platform and publisher

Opinion Columnist Colin Horning explains the importance of Silicon Valley companies deciding if they are a platform or publisher of content.

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2019

In the year 2019, it’s easier than ever to share your opinions and express oneself for the entire world to hear, thanks in large part to the Internet and social media companies who have provided the masses with services that allow a virtual free-speech platform. A little over a decade ago, it was basi...

New political ideology is needed

Opinion Columnist Mohammed Rawwas argues that new political ideology is needed to enact change.

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

October 10, 2019

The standard liberal dogma suggests that the barrier to combating climate change is the fact that conservatives in the U.S., and especially Republican politicians, do not acknowledge the scientific fact that climate change is occurring and is caused by human activity. We are constantly being told that...

Observing Jesus as a political figure

Opinion Columnist Caleb Stekl poses the question of why people should view Jesus as a political figure.

CALEB STEKL, Opinion Columnist

October 10, 2019

Christianity gets a bad rep these days, especially among left liberals who think that any religiosity whatsoever is inherently oppressive, anti-feminist and most definitely patriarchal. Having a god is the ultimate recipe for disaster, both politically and socially. Does not the history of Christianit...

Mental health deserves more

Opinion Columnist Abigail Bennethum expresses why Iowa needs to do better in regards to mental health. The UNI Counseling Center recently cut counseling sessions down to five per year due to budget cuts.

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

October 7, 2019

As a society, we have done some amazing things to destigmatize the topic of mental health. In 2019, it is more accepted and more people are being educated on how to either help a loved one or help themselves. People are realizing that it is not a light switch that you can simply switch off, and how we ...

Be mindful of the effects of climate change

Opinion Columnist Kevin Wiggins explains why people should be cognizant of the effects of climate change.

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

October 7, 2019

Sexing up history is something that historians have struggled with for generations. Of all the dogmas of history, the fall of Rome has been a focal point of Western fascination since time immemorial. One of the most recent and brilliant products of this fascination is Kyle Harper’s “Fate of Rom...

Impeachment not to be taken lightly

Opinion Columnist Colin Horning says that the recent impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump should not be taken lightly.

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

October 3, 2019

The topic of impeachment has been circling the news cycle over the last few weeks due to a phone call in which President Donald Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky regarding relations between the two nations and the investigation of 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice Pres...

How the anti-vax movement harms autistic people

Opinion Columnist Emerson Slomka addresses how the anti-vaccination movement harms those who have autism.

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

October 3, 2019

Throughout my life, it has always been apparent that I was a bit abnormal. Since I was a child, I’ve been faced with an inability to make eye contact with others and have always struggled in social situations. Classmates considered me a freak, while teachers were simply puzzled. Then, at the age of 1...

Failure is necessary in politics

CALEB STEKL, Opinion Columnist

September 30, 2019

Samuel Beckett, one of the most prolific writers of the late 20th century, wrote a paradoxical yet absolutely true statement: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” This mantra has been taken up by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs as a business practice, a slogan to remind them of the resilience require...

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