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There is no ‘civilized’ torture

Amy Mihelich, Opinions Editor
April 23, 2014 • 112 views
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Many of us take for granted that the importance of mental health has become common knowledge. However, a new mental health concern has attracted the attention of critics in the past several weeks. A method of discipline in prisons, called “civilized torture,” is facing media scrutiny for being ethically... Read more »

NYC sick leave legislation provides admirable model

NYC sick leave legislation provides admirable model

Seth Ellingson, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2014 • 59 views
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As college students, when we get sick we have the ability to stay home from classes with little penalty.  Yet, for most of the American workforce, that is not the case. However, New York City is making headway with a new law that requires paid sick leave.  To be honest, it’s about time. The new... Read more »

Room draw process requires technological makeover

Room draw process requires technological makeover

Maggie Weiss, Contributing Writer
April 22, 2014 • 79 views
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With the post-spring break letdown, midterms, class selection and finalizing summer plans, it is no wonder that Oles dread this season of stress and craziness. When you factor in the room draw process, the entire first half of April becomes unbearable. No matter how a school conducts room draw, it... Read more »

Let George W. Bush unleash his inner artist

Let George W. Bush unleash his inner artist

Jocelyn Sarvady, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2014 • 289 views
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What are the first words you think of when you hear the name George W. Bush? Some might go for the categorical terms and say “president” or “Republican.” Others would head straight to political diction and say “tax cuts,” “war on terror” or “controversial election.” But did you ever... Read more »

Media’s missing flight fixation skews the news

Media’s missing flight fixation skews the news

Michael Enich, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2014 • 117 views
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I’m going to be honest: For a newspaper writer, I don’t keep up with news that much. But over the past month, Americans have been enthralled by the search for Malaysian flight MH370, which went missing en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. However, was all this attention merited? First, an update:... Read more »

Duke U porn star glosses over industry’s darker side

Abby Grosse, Opinions Editor
March 19, 2014 • 1,380 views
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Belle Knox’s life looked very different just a few weeks ago. She was a Duke University freshman trying to succeed in school, get enough sleep and adapt to her new home. Like a lot of other college kids, she was earning some money on the side to ease the burden of inflated tuition. Sure, the fact that... Read more »

Athletes and artists can find common ground

Athletes and artists can find common ground

Julia Pilkington, Contributing Writer
March 17, 2014 • 511 views
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The idyllic “college experience” often involves attending athletic events, whether a homecoming football game, a swim meet or a Quidditch match. However, for some colleges, it is more the norm to head to a choir or orchestra performance instead.  In this reversal of interests, where do athletes... Read more »

Facebook monopoly squeezes out online competition

Facebook monopoly squeezes out online competition

Amy Mihelich, Contributing Writer
March 16, 2014 • 738 views
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Mark Zuckerberg recently purchased WhatsApp – a mobile download program that provides users with unlimited texting – for 19 billion dollars. WhatsApp users download the app without charge for one year, and every additional year costs a meager 99 cents. Despite the minimal revenue, Zuckerberg claims... Read more »

Ukraine conflict stems from cultural divisions

Ukraine conflict stems from cultural divisions

Seth Ellingson, Contributing Writer
March 15, 2014 • 368 views
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We’ve seen the images of Molotov cocktails, makeshift defenses and brutal struggles between protesters and riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square.  At the same time, we hear American and European officials calling for Russia to leave Crimea and give democracy a chance in Ukraine. However, Ukraine... Read more »

‘Lammily’ doll aims to correct unrealistic beauty expectations

‘Lammily’ doll aims to correct unrealistic beauty expectations

Sonja Nelson, Contributing Writer
March 14, 2014 • 783 views
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To the feminist mothers of America: Nickolay Lamm is coming to your rescue. Come November, a new doll will join Barbie in the toy aisles and maybe knock her off the shelves altogether. After Barbie’s fifty-five year reign as Doll Queen, this will be no easy feat, but Lamm’s design – the “Normal... Read more »