Oh, how the Times have changed
Dec07

Oh, how the Times have changed

On Dec. 6, Time Magazine announced that the Silence Breakers, the group of women who have spoken out against sexual misconduct and harassment, as the 2017 Person of the Year The magazine also recognized the #MeToo movement, which sparked a worldwide reckoning against accused sexual predators. Naming the Silence Breakers as the Person of the Year is an amazing recognition for women all over the world who are victims of sexual...

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Whatever will be, will be
Dec07

Whatever will be, will be

I am a planner through and through. Since birth I have been creating detailed life plans to help me reach my lofty goals. Some examples: When I was 3 years old, I heard my family say that I could be anything I wanted to be. I took it literally, so I wanted to be a butterfly – a hard goal to plan for. Around Years 4 and 5, I decided to settle on the much more realistic goal of becoming a country music singer. I can’t tell you how...

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The media is not your enemy
Nov30

The media is not your enemy

Recently, journalists have faced an increasing number of attacks on their credibility and have endured unfair criticism from the American public. While journalists have always had critics, the threat to the profession has been rising. During and after the presidential election, people have been labeling certain media outlets as fake news whenever they disagree with the content. Fake news does exist, but real journalists do not write...

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NBC should have acted quicker in the firing of Lauer
Nov30

NBC should have acted quicker in the firing of Lauer

She’s faking it. I don’t believe her. She’s just accusing him to get her 15 minutes of fame. Why did she wait so long to come forward with these claims? These comments and questions are common responses when a sexual misconduct claim is made against a high-profile man. We’ve seen these comments made in reference to men like film producer Harvey Weinstein, Republican politician Roy Moore and comedian Louis C.K. However, those comments...

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Roy Moore’s career should be over
Nov16

Roy Moore’s career should be over

The entertainment industry has been rocked in recent weeks by sexual misconduct allegations against multiple powerful men in Hollywood. Once the accusers of Harvey Weinstein came forward, more and more women shared their stories or alleged misconduct by many other bold names, including actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis C.K. It would be naïve to believe this culture of powerful, abusive men is exclusive to the entertainment...

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The calm before the storm: Finals
Nov16

The calm before the storm: Finals

With Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, students around campus are counting down the days until they have some time off. However, the excitement students have about the break is quickly forgotten the moment they remember what follows those few days of relaxation: final exams. For many students, final exams are the most stressful time of the semester. Hours of studying, writing and preparing for tests and papers can become a...

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A new governor may give N.J. what it needs – prioritization
Nov09

A new governor may give N.J. what it needs – prioritization

On Jan. 16, 2018, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will leave office, making way for Democrat Phil Murphy, who was elected on Tuesday. It has been an interesting eight years with Christie as governor, to say the least. Though his approval ratings are currently at a record low, he still did some good for the state. He had a tough stance on and fought a hard battle with New Jersey’s opioid epidemic. He also supported N.J....

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It is not weak to grieve
Nov09

It is not weak to grieve

On June 29 my father passed away due to health complications. Though it’s been months, I am still not sure I will ever fully recover. Some days, I feel perfectly normal. However, for each of those days, there comes one where I will see a shirt of his on the stairs or I will stare at the tomato plants he planted in the spring as they begin to wither away. These times have been some of my most difficult, but I’m learning to control the...

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Just put your phones down and enjoy the show
Nov02

Just put your phones down and enjoy the show

Before most concerts start, there is an exciting buzz in the air. The recorded music played before the show starts lowers and the lights turn off. Then, the phones come out. People raise their arms, usually holding their phones horizontally to get the whole stage in their shot, and start recording. The talent comes on the stage, only to see hundreds of phones staring back at them. I sometimes have to watch the concert through the...

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With terror on the rise, hypocrisy is our worst enemy
Nov02

With terror on the rise, hypocrisy is our worst enemy

Whenever there’s an attack on United States soil, whether it was carried out by a terrorist or not, the American people turn on each other instead of the enemy. Everyone wants to point fingers at the other side, seemingly scrambling to find someone to place quick blame on. When we do this, we distract ourselves from the real problem and the potential solutions that could fix it. We’re seeing this now in the days following the...

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Calming our president’s storm
Oct26

Calming our president’s storm

Trump is certainly good at one thing: social irresponsibility. As a conservative-libertarian, I observe the endless barrage of cacophony on various media outlets and recognize the never-ending bitterness dividing not only the country, but also the Republican Party. Trump, in part, a consequence of the Republican Party’s internal bloodbath, continually exacerbates the current divisions within the party and the nation. Rather than...

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We’re getting too distracted
Oct26

We’re getting too distracted

For some reason, our country tends to gravitate toward ridiculous drama, pulling our attention away from topics we should be focusing on. We focus on articles that highlight the spectacle currently on display in our administration; we read about President Donald Trump and other politicians denouncing NFL players for kneeling in protest instead of reading about the growing nuclear threat in North Korea. We read articles that focus...

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