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Drug test politicians

Jason Adams

February 27

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In the era of modern employment, one of the first steps of landing a new job for some is a drug test. Whether you’re trying to work in the public or private sector, drug testing has become a norm for entering the workforce. It he...

Press blocking story is overblown

Patrick Quinlan

February 27

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Mainstream news outlets were quite upset following the blocking of CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, The BBC and The Guardian from attending an off-camera press briefing last Friday. The actions b...

Don’t discount the rural voters

Courtney Dalton

February 27

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The differences between rural and city students have always interested me. Here at Western Illinois University, we see both types of students largely represented. There are many students from cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and...

Remember the Constitution

Benjamin Paul Meyers

February 27

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As citizens of the U.S., we have been afforded rights that allow us things such as freedom of speech, the right to privacy and the right to a “speedy and public trial.” Although most Americans know they are afforded rights such a...

Milo deserves the downfall

Joshua Defibaugh

February 22

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There isn’t much that can be said about Milo Yiannopoulous. In 2014, he criticized and harshly condemned the politicization of video game culture. He stated, on the Breitbart website in September 2014, “Because an army of so...

Food waste exacerbates hunger

Lindsey Hecox

February 22

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Today, Americans live in what is known as a “throw away” culture. That is, rather than using what we have or “making it work” when something isn’t exactly how we want it, we will often just get rid of it. This tendency...

Remember Malcom X’s legacy

Shavez Rosenthal

February 22

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Tuesday marked the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X. On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was gunned down before giving a speech to his followers in the Audubon Ballroom in New York C...

Greece still needs balance

February 20

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An interesting development concerning the European Union (EU) went largely ignored last week, but was no less telling about the future of the political and economic union. As reported by The Independent, President Donald Trump...

Letter from the President

February 20

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Dear University Community: On Feb. 15, Gov. Rauner delivered his 2017 Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Capitol. We are pleased that the Gov. proposed an increase in Monetary Award Program (MAP)...

Bills and budgets move forward

February 20

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Illinois is now going on 20 months without a budget. With the minimal progress that has been made on this disaster, it becomes easy to just assume that our legislators and the governor of Illinois are doing absolutely nothing in Sp...

Consider the politics of celebrity

February 20

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Everyone knows about politics and discusses it at some level with other people. Some are really engaged and do all their research so you know they probably know what they’re talking about. Others try to avoid politics at all costs,...

Net neutrality is the way forward

Joshua Defibaugh

February 17

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Imagine walking into an ice cream parlor to buy a milkshake. You approach the counter where an employee shows up and explains the dozens of different ice creams. Of course, there are the standard chocolate, vanilla and strawberr...

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