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The moral dilemma of The Great Barrier Reef

The moral dilemma of The Great Barrier Reef

By Abby Weber, Columnist

March 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Would you rather dump one million tons of sludge onto the Great Barrier Reef or allow ships to run aground the reefs, potentially killing those on board? The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority just approved of a permit for about one million tons of sludge to be dumped on the reef. In a BBC ar...

Believe in the social contract

Believe in the social contract

By Matt Hutchison, Columnist

March 9, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Something odd has been happening to me over the past few months…I’ve been meeting more and more people with anti-democratic views. I’m not ignorant; I’m aware that our country (and many countries) have become increasingly polarized over the past few decades. Many views exist on what the idea...

There’s trouble in ‘the Resistance’ to Trump

There’s trouble in ‘the Resistance’ to Trump

By Joseph Dillier, Columnist

March 9, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories, Top Stories

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a proverb that sounds wise if you don’t think too hard about it. Since the election of President Donald Trump, a loose network of people self-titled “the Resistance”  has arisen. The Resistance has no binding ideology other than standing in oppositi...

Trump’s Wall: A necessary evil?

Trump’s Wall: A necessary evil?

By Daniel Jin, Columnist

March 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the 14th century, Ming Dynasty decided to build a wall over a thousand miles in length on the northern border of China to defend the country from being invaded by Russia. Today, it’s regarded as the Great Wall of China. In 2019, President Donald Trump made up his mind to build another Great Wall o...

Trump out-smarts Kim Jong-Un during summit

Trump out-smarts Kim Jong-Un during summit

By Guzi He, Columnist

March 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When President Donald Trump emerged empty-handed from his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, pundits spared no effort mocking the negotiations as a huge flop. The narrative was that Pyongyang will never surrender their nuclear weapons, as they are the ultimate deterrence against U.S.-led “regime...

Democrats play ‘Where’s Hillary’

Democrats play ‘Where’s Hillary’

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

March 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Everyone knows the lovable yet challenging book series, “Where’s Waldo?” in which readers of all ages try to find the red-and-white striped shirt-wearing main protagonist Waldo on a double page spread in various scenes like the beach and the city. In reality, it doesn’t seem like people are p...

Appreciate your resident adviser

Appreciate your resident adviser

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

March 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A resident adviser wears many hats — from coordinating events that cater to social, emotional or educational needs, to mediating conflict of varying degrees to even being a shoulder to cry on. Some students complete dorm life without communicating even an hour with their RA, while others use their...

Practice self-improvement through Lent

Practice self-improvement through Lent

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

March 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

This Wednesday marks the beginning of the Catholic holiday Lent. It’s a 40-day period of time in which members give something up to commemorate Jesus’ time in the desert. You may be participating in Lent or you could have a similar holiday that you participate in later in the year, but regardless of ...

Trump fails to match Speaker Pelosi

Trump fails to match Speaker Pelosi

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

March 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories, Top Stories

Back in 2016, one large criticism of then presidential candidate Donald Trump was , unlike every single one of his predecessors, he had no political or military experience and was, on all accounts, an outsider. The Democratic Party used this to contend that he lacked the expertise and the profes...

Understanding Trump: separating man from president

Understanding Trump: separating man from president

By Ajay Dugar, Columnist

March 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories, Top Stories

Trump’s election was a slap in the face to the Democratic establishment. With many different news and polling outlets giving Hillary Clinton upwards of a 90 percent chance of winning the election, Democrats should have cruised to an easy victory. Yet, two years later, we have President Trump facing unpreced...

Don’t confuse fact with opinion

Don’t confuse fact with opinion

By Lucas Oswald, Columnist

March 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. The University has over 40,000 enrolled students. J.K. Rowling is the author of the “Harry Potter” book series. All of these statements are facts. No one can disagree with these statements because they are proven and uncontested. Preside...

Place a ban on trophy hunting

Place a ban on trophy hunting

By Chantelle Hicks, Columnist

March 3, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Over 100 million animals are killed each year by trophy hunters. In case you don’t know what trophy hunting is, it is the killing of large animals for human recreation which then is displayed as an achievement. This barbaric sport has been around for hundreds of years and is slowly killing off ...

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