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Duke U porn star glosses over industry’s darker side

Abby Grosse, Opinions Editor
March 19, 2014 • 1,295 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 • 478 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 • 679 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 • 338 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 • 767 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 »

Celeb pseudo-lesbianism perpetuates binary

Celeb pseudo-lesbianism perpetuates binary

Bergen Nelson, Contributing Writer
March 10, 2014 • 800 views
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This past week at a stop on the “Bangerz Tour,” two women, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, shared a kiss. It may seem minimal in the scheme of current events, but the kiss became a scandal across the Internet as various sources wondered if the celebrities could possibly be, gasp, lesbians! Yet others... Read more »

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ breaks the ice with progressive themes and characters

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ breaks the ice with progressive themes and characters

Conor Devlin, Contributing Writer
March 9, 2014 • 3,372 views
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Walt Disney Pictures has been known to produce films that revolve around a very standard plotline. In the past, Disney’s movies mainly featured the stereotypical, white prince and princess who join together in the face of adversity and fall in love afterwards. Most of these movies are modeled after... Read more »

Athletes burn out too young in elite sports

Seth Ellingson, Contributing Writer
March 8, 2014 • 556 views
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With the winter Olympics finally over, our minds are fresh with images of disappointed figure skaters, subpar opening and closing ceremonies and those privileged few with medals around their necks. We usually think of those athletes as hard workers who are living the dream. They become concrete examples... Read more »

Which BuzzFeed personality quiz are you?

Which BuzzFeed personality quiz are you?

Kate Fridley, News Editor
March 7, 2014 • 2,225 views
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My personality manifests itself in the image of grilled cheese, I could realistically take on 18 five-year-olds in a fight and I’m definitely going to Hell. At least, that’s what a recent sampling of personality quizzes on BuzzFeed tells me. Some are irked and others amused by the flood of online... Read more »

The party is over: Greek life proves costly and dangerous

The party is over: Greek life proves costly and dangerous

Cathrine Meeder, Contributing Writer
March 6, 2014 • 536 views
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There are accounts of men being tied up, blindfolded and forced to take shots of vodka until they puke. Others tell of people having to eat omelets made of vomit or being forced to swim in a kiddy pool filled with fecal matter, rotten food and urine. Do these sound like the doings of some sick cult?... Read more »