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Letter from the president

February 2, 2017

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Dear university Community, Serious concerns have been raised on both Western Illinois University campuses and in this nation regarding the recent executive order from the White House, which impacts immigration and entry into the...

All lives apparently don’t matter

Lindsey Hecox

February 2, 2017

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Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees for the time being, as well as a provisional ban denying entrance into the United States to residents from seven countries in and near t...

History gives lessons in violence

Jessie Matias

February 2, 2017

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Last week, white supremacist and leader of the “Alt-right” movement Richard Spencer was punched in the face while on camera during an interview at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Naturally, the video quickly becam...

Trump’s ban is misguided

Joshua Defibaugh

January 30, 2017

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At 4:42 in the afternoon last Friday, Jan. 27, Donald Trump signed an executive order indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering U.S. The order also suspended, for 120 days, refugee admissions from seven Muslim-majori...

Trump’s order isn’t a Muslim ban

Patrick Quinlan

January 30, 2017

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The outrage has been palpable over the president’s newly signed immigration executive order. But before we start collectively throwing temper tantrums about this “Muslim ban,” as it's been called by media outlets like Vox, let...

Consider donating plasma

Jason Adams

January 30, 2017

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If you click on any of those links that say “How to make $500 in a week” or “How to pay your next month’s rent fast,” they’ll give you a couple methods on how to make some quick, relatively easy money. Some of these...

State schools still need help

Brady Smith

January 30, 2017

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The bleeding continues among Illinois universities and community colleges. With the stopgap budget expiring at the end of 2016, Illinois is back to square one on the issue of a budget. A new bill is currently being discussed in ...

Sugar tax equals sweet results

Joshua Defibaugh

January 30, 2017

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Imagine walking into a convenience store and seeing an adult buying a pack of cigarettes and a bottle of soda. That scenario isn’t too out of the ordinary. Now imagine, however, a child in a grocery store, standing by their pare...

Trump flexes executive power

Riley Addington

January 30, 2017

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It’s been a week since Donald Trump took upon himself the oath of office of the President of the United States, and in the time since then the world over has been presented with the opportunity to reflect upon his actions a...

Gag rules gag health benefits

Courtney Dalton

January 30, 2017

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Jan. 22 marked the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, one that declared denying women the right to an abortion unconstitutional. Laws made with the purpose of restricting abortion were put unde...

We will march

Lindsey Hecox

January 25, 2017

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Last Saturday, after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, the Women’s March on Washington stormed the streets to promote the importance of women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, racial equality and transgender inclusion, am...

Fake news promotes fake discourse

Wil Gradle

January 25, 2017

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There’s an old adage saying there are three lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Now we can add fake news and alternative facts to that list. This past weekend, Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s press secretary, wa...

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