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It’s racist no matter the context

Shavez Rosenthal

April 26, 2017

Filed under Opinions

“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

Filed under Opinions

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

Filed under Opinions

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

Filed under Opinions

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

Filed under Opinions

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...

Focus on Americans again

Courtney Dalton

April 10, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

The U.S. is no stranger to regime changes. In fact, we have been a part of many, many attempted, and also successful, regime changes throughout the years. We simply cannot resist at least trying to westernize the entire world ...

Trump cancels vacation promises

Jason Adams

April 10, 2017

Filed under Opinions

One promise President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail in 2016 was that he would not take as many vacations as his predecessor, arguing that there was just too much work to be done in the White House to be taking vacati...

Socialism has repercussions

Patrick Quinlan

April 10, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Before Hugo Chavez rose to the Presidency of Venezuela in 1999, the country already had problems. Inflation had been over 100 percent in 1996, and while it was still one of the strongest economies in Latin America, it wasn’t d...

Embrace minimalism over consumerism

Joshua Defibaugh, Opinions Editor

March 28, 2017

Filed under Opinions

In 1784, Jean-Jacques Rousseau warned readers, in his “Discourses on Inequality,” the dangers of overconsumption and the detriments of accepting material goods as necessities. Humankind’s natural inclinations were those...

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