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Land of the Free, Home of the Not So Brave

Land of the Free, Home of the Not So Brave

Ethan Sullivan
April 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Since its conception, America has been a nation based on the ideals of free speech. The ability for people to express themselves is absolutely vital to development of a strong society, a fact realized acutely by our founding fathers. As the colonial Americas withdrew from their English counterparts,...

Is Apple at it again?

Nikki Singh
March 22, 2015
Filed under Opinion

You would ask how Apple could possibly expand their reach? They have already dominated the communication industry with the iTouch, iPhone, iPad. They even reached television with Apple TV. What could they do now other than improve what they already have? Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, announced the existence...

Get Informed and Interested: Current Events are Happening Now

jacquegroskaufmanis
March 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

There’s a gap in the curriculum. In elementary school,  I learned about cumulonimbus clouds, what type of homes Native American tribes built and about the power house of the cell. I was barely able to read chapter books, but I knew the Sioux lived in teepees. Yet as a high school senior, almost old...

#OscarsSoWhite

#OscarsSoWhite

Veda Bhatia
March 12, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Opinion, Web exclusive

The 2015 Oscar nominees were presented to the public, and as a result, many people were angered by the fact that most of the nominees were white and male. Immediately after the announcement, Twitter blew up with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. However, they have every right to be mad about the nominations....

From the inside out

aneenguyen
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I recently visited the College of William and Mary as a high school student shadowing a college English professor as a part of my Capstone project. I was there to study the differences between high school teachers and teaching versus higher level education, and so I spent a day following Professor Sharon...

American Sniper: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

American Sniper: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Aidan Kuester
March 10, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Opinion, Web exclusive

This past month an extremely controversial movie came out, and while before that "the Interview" held the crown of controversy, it was quickly stolen by "American Sniper." People have many different opinions on this film, and the man that it’s focused around. Some praise him as a hero while others...

Freedom for All*

Freedom for All*

lauramurphy96
January 28, 2015
Filed under Opinion

 Religious freedom is guaranteed in the united states, but how does this first amendment right actually apply? The first amendment to the Constitution has guaranteed Americans complete religious freedom, or at least the hope that the federal government won’t actively interfere with the practice of whate...

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are clearly constitutional

Andrew Lokay
January 27, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Announced on Nov. 20, President Barack Obama’s executive actions give temporary legal protection to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens, and they will have far-reaching consequences for about four million undocumented immigrants. While the scale of Obama’s efforts is sweeping, the president undoubtedly...

What the U.S. needs to do about Ebola

What the U.S. needs to do about Ebola

Andrew Lokay
January 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The Ebola outbreak began in December 2013 in the small village of Meliandou in Guinea, when a two-year old boy became ill. After his death on Dec. 6, the virus quickly spread to others in the community and region. Almost a year later, Ebola has become a major global health crisis. What once could have...

Why pledge allegiance?

Aidan Kuester
January 9, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

We all know about the pledge of allegiance. By now, if you went to school fairly consistently in the past, you have said it over 1,600 times. It’s strange, because I feel like most people don’t think about it that much, despite the fact that we say it almost every day. A lot of people say it without...

Called out

jacquegroskaufmanis
November 25, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Sexual harassment is basically defined as any sort of advance that is unwanted. The key word here, of course, is unwanted, and it is a constant theme in the discussion of “catcalling.” In early November, a street harassment video surfaced and went viral after being picked up by Time Magazine. In the video, an a...

Not so Private Twitter

Not so Private Twitter

courtneydo
November 6, 2014
Filed under Opinion

To quote Mean Girls, evil takes a form in Private Twitter. That’s why it’s so big today, it’s full of secrets. Granted, this may be paraphrased a bit, but it remains true. Except instead of Regina George terrorizing the high school masses, the real villain here is everyone. Private Twitters, more...

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