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Know your target audience

Anitria Wilson

May 1, 2017

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SheaMoisture is a natural haircare brand built to target ethnic hair textures. But after the release of their new online commercial, their message missed their target audience by a mile. The controversial online commercial shows a black...

ANTIFA is a hypocrtical group

Patrick Quinlan

May 1, 2017

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In a repeat of February’s protests of conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, University of California Berkeley students and residents were back at it again a few weeks ago after pro-President Donald Trump activists held a “Pat...

Performance defense falls flat

Joshua Defibaugh

May 1, 2017

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At first it was funny. The local conservative communities in Austin, Texas were the only ones able to enjoy the ever-ranting and raving Alex Jones on the radio. Later, however, Jones expanded his conspiratorial empire, dominating th...

Consider a summer internship

Jason Adams

May 1, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

As we come closer to those warm and beautiful summer months, many college students head back home to focus less on their education and more on making some hard-earned cash. So while everyone else is outside enjoying the weather, ...

It’s racist no matter the context

Shavez Rosenthal

April 26, 2017

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“Why can black people say the n-word and I can’t?” As a senior at Western Illinois University, primarily white folks who find themselves eager to use the word present me with this question at least once a semester. Having to hea...

Sessions is on the wrong side

Lindsey Hecox

April 26, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

It’s pretty obvious that the U.S. is lacking when it comes to its progression of laws regarding marijuana legalization. Whether it’s for medical or recreational use, it’s safe to say we have all taken notice of the push a...

Give citizens a louder voice

Joshua Defibaugh

April 24, 2017

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The number of quotes attributed to America’s preeminent founding father Benjamin Franklin is astounding: “A penny saved is a penny earned,” “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” “Tell me and I forget....

The choice is clear

Brady Smith

April 24, 2017

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In a world filled with constant conflict and disagreement, it is not uncommon to have one’s opinion be unpopular among a large portion of the population. To some of you, this piece I hope will be uplifting and reassure you ...

Retail decline spells trouble

Jason Adams

April 24, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

No one doubts that we live in an electronic age; computers and smartphones are everywhere, and everyone seems to have one. Pew Research has shown that over 75 percent of Americans own a smartphone. On these devices, we have a num...

Sacred Cirlces builds bonds

Shavez Rosenthal

April 12, 2017

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People often attribute the following quote to Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Although it is questionable whether or not Frederick Douglass actually articulated that phrase, ...

US should follow New York’s lead

Jessie Matias

April 12, 2017

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With New York set to become the first state to offer free tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year thanks to the efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this is a good tim...

I’m choosing to go childless

Joshua Defibaugh

April 12, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Sabine Heinlein, in an April 2015 Longreads essay, explained with sharp articulation and sublime eloquence why she chose not to have children. She told the stories similar women have probably heard: wanting to not be a mother i...

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