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Consider the politics of celebrity

February 20, 2017

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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, 2017

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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...

Trump continues to fumble

Riley Addington

February 17, 2017

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Yesterday afternoon, President Donald Trump ran his first official solo press conference as president and, well, it was rough. What makes it even worse for the Republican Party’s president is that it really wasn’t a good week f...

Trump and DeVos show their inexperience

Jason Adams

February 15, 2017

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I have tried to stay away from politics as long as I could but with a new administration, it’s pretty hard to do. One of the most irritating things is to watch someone who thinks they know how to do something when, in fact, they...

Become an ethical shopper

Lindsey Hocox

February 15, 2017

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Practicing informed shopping is a lesson we should all take the time to learn and understand. Being an ethical consumer can be anything from looking to buy products like appliances that are made in America or avoiding cosmetic prod...

Consider right-to-work laws

Wil Gradle

February 15, 2017

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Illinois is now a sinking ship in the middle of a sea of right-to-work jobs just over state lines. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state that borders Illinois has right-to-work legislations enacted. It...

Don’t ask for extra credit

Benjamin Paul Meyers

February 15, 2017

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In nearly every class I have taken there has always been at least one person who asks the question, “Is there extra credit in this class?” Whether it is during the first week of classes, in the middle of the semester, or ...

Dakota Access will persist

Riley Addington

February 15, 2017

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A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about the connections that President Donald Trump has to the development and proposed use of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Specifically, Trump had money invested into Energy Transfer Partners, but...

Trump shows a populist streak

Courtney Dalton

February 15, 2017

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Since this year’s election, we have all been trying to find the right word to describe President Donald Trump. Is he an oligarch? An authoritarian? A demagogue? An entitled white man seeking more power and money for his own p...

DeVos doesn’t represent students

Lindsey Hecox

February 8, 2017

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Monday afternoon, a smiling Vice President Mike Pence broke a Senate tie, confirming Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education in a 51-50 vote. Given that two Republicans broke part lines, and the contentious nature of DeV...

Hypocrisy is never justifiable

Joshua Defibaugh

February 8, 2017

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In August of 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a statement to White House reporters about the growing threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East. The event was nothing spectacular. Obama, poised and professional as ever, deli...

Stress can only hurt students

Jason Adams

February 6, 2017

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While the beginning of a semester usually brings excitement and the joy of seeing old friends and learning in new classes, stress is always right around the corner. Midterms and papers always come faster than we expect, and a...

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