In, Out and Idols: Backlash and Support for Frank Ocean

Columns, Opinion

By Jeremy Quintin Staff Columnist There’s been some big hubbub recently over R&B and hip-hop artist Frank Ocean coming out to the public about having had a romantic interest in another male at an earlier–but not unrealistically young–age in his life. By “unrealistic” I mean that age when most people look on you as a […]

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Following a Vibrant CPAC, Conservatives Appear Optimistic

Columns, Opinion

By Kevin Lair Staff Columnist I recently had the privilege of attending the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. While many students partied or visited the beach over spring break, I garnered business cards, attended workshops, and watched countless conservative speakers including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), and 2012 Republican […]

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Better, Faster, Stronger: Re-engineering Humanity

Columns, Opinion

By Ian Barry Staff Columnist In the past two decades, technology has allowed for the creation of new pathways alongside the road of human reproduction. Of these, the most well-known and popular is in-vitro fertilization. In vitro fertilization is the process of uniting egg and sperm to create a viable zygote in a laboratory setting, […]

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Abortion Limits: Whose Heartbeat Matters More?

Columns, Opinion

By Dana Panczenko Staff Columnist It’s pretty rare these days that I see a news story that shocks me, but this week it has happened twice. Both Arkansas and North Dakota have passed radical anti-abortion bills that ban abortion at 12 and six weeks respectively. The logic behind these bans is that once a fetal […]

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Collecting vs. Celebrating: Criticism about ‘Freakshow’

Columns, Opinion

By Amanda Eldreth Staff Columnist As children, it’s easier to maintain the belief that wonder is still alive in the world. When we found strange and fascinating objects in nature or our homes, we wanted to collect them, keep them hidden away in a special place and show them off to our friends and family. […]

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History of the Filibuster: A Principled Stand

Columns, Opinion

By Chris Cronin Staff Columnist I draw your attention to the climactic scene from the 1939 political drama “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” In the film, James Stewart’s titular Mr. Smith is the quintessential political outsider, a simple, honest man appointed for the purpose of easy manipulation. Mr. Smith’s hidden backers attempt to coerce him […]

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Keystone Pipeline Problems

Columns, Opinion

By Emily Harris Staff Columnist Three years ago, the BP oil spill drew the attention of Americans and people all over the world. No one knew when the leak would be contained or what the long term effects of this environmental disaster would be. Even in the present, the implications of the BP oil spill […]

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Realist’s Perspective on Legalization of Marijuana

Columns, Opinion

By Kevin Lair Staff Columnist One of America’s most blazing issues concerns the legalization of marijuana. Unfortunately, two vocal sides prevent constructive debate—prohibitionists who fear the decriminalization of any drug yet take prescription pills like candy verses the free-spirited stoners who simply want to get high. However, most Americans lie in between these two extreme […]

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Voluntarily Ceding Power: The Pope’s Strong Example

Columns, Opinion

By Chris Chronin Staff Columnist On the last day of February, Pope Benedict XVI traded in his title as spiritual head of the Catholic Church for a life of seclusion and contemplation in a small villa on the edge of Vatican City. The Pope claimed that old age prevented him from effectively continuing in the […]

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Labeling Electronic Music: Addressing Concerns of Electric Genre

Columns, Opinion

By Jeremy Quintin Staff Columnist It’s no secret that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is under a lot of fire these days, from average listeners to professional musicians alike. Though the genre has received a generally positive response, there remains a number of slanderous remarks which all attempt to depict dance music as nothing more than […]

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