Opinion Column: Social media proved reliable this election cycle
Nov10

Opinion Column: Social media proved reliable this election cycle

For a while now, millennials have turned to social media for discussion and information. This was no exception during the 2016 presidential election. A millennial myself, I too turned to the likes of Twitter and Facebook for information. I don’t have the funds for a newspaper subscription and my apartment lacks cable television, so I followed and caught the highlights from major news outlets on social media. While many may view social...

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The Garden State could get a little greener
Nov02

The Garden State could get a little greener

For many recreational marijuana advocates, a legal puff-puff-pass session may seem to be in the distant future – especially in a state like New Jersey, with a governor who has remained adamant against legalization. But with more and more states moving towards accepting recreational marijuana use, will New Jersey be far behind? Gov. Chris Christie’s second term ends next year and the citizens of the Garden State have the opportunity to...

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Americans should feel obligated to vote
Oct27

Americans should feel obligated to vote

A few weeks ago I was with a couple of my friends when the unavoidable hot topic of discussion came up: the election. Surprisingly, instead of discussing who they were planning to vote for, all three of my peers agreed they were not voting at all come Election Day. This left a sour taste in my mouth. Here were bright, young women eligible to vote for the first time in their lives, and they were making the conscious decision to...

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Liberal arts majors not taken seriously enough
Oct19

Liberal arts majors not taken seriously enough

The stigma surrounding liberal arts majors became clear to me as early as I started applying to colleges. It was almost as if the world was screaming at me: Liberal arts are fruitless and a waste of your intellect. I was advised by high school teachers and college representatives to pick a major that was more reliable and financially rewarding. The top 10 of my graduating class was defaulting to the mathematics and science tracks....

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University SHU-ing commuters away
Oct05

University SHU-ing commuters away

As I began to take my fourth spin around campus and through the parking deck in early September of this semester, I searched for someone leaving campus at noon who would be gracious enough to donate his parking spot to the cause of my education. I needed to find someone who wouldn’t dawdle in vacating the space, as I was already 15 minutes late to a meeting for which I had arrived 20 minutes early. It was in that moment that I began...

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Political engagement goes beyond banter
Sep28

Political engagement goes beyond banter

I walked into the Boland Cellar on Monday night, Sept. 26, hoping to find a few people watching the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Much to my surprise, there was a group of at least 30 people gathered. After all, young people supposedly don’t care about politics. “Make her have a seizure!” someone called from the back of the cellar. Flickers of laughter filled the room, followed by more jokes and a...

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DUI’s in the NFL: Is enough being done?
Sep28

DUI’s in the NFL: Is enough being done?

The National Football League has seen its fair share of controversy over the last several years. There has been cases of domestic violence, Deflategate, drug-related suspensions and investigations and a laundry list of other issues. Through all of this, one major conduct violation has flown under the radar: Driving under the influence. Some of those accused of a DUI are released from their teams within days of the incident. This...

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Kaepernick as American as it gets
Sep22

Kaepernick as American as it gets

One of the focal stories of the young NFL season has nothing to do with football, but rather what it means to be patriotic. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, along with a handful of other players, has sparked controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem. He is protesting police brutality towards minorities. Like many other protests, backlash was swift. Some critics have labeled Kaepernick a “disgrace to the nation,” and a few fans...

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Pressures of academic success can be stressful
Sep14

Pressures of academic success can be stressful

Between managing a course load of six classes, finding an internship, working at The Setonian and joining clubs, there is not enough time in the day to complete my daily to-do list. This usually leads to anxiety and worrying, for the work that is left undone hangs over my head, no matter how much I plan ahead. It’s no secret that stress affects college students in many ways. Beginning my sophomore year at SHU, I have found that I am...

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Spend wisely and donate your time
Sep08

Spend wisely and donate your time

I never saw my parents donate money, which is why I would always turn up my nose at the collection basket as I sat in church every Sunday as a kid. I was taught that throwing money at a problem doesn’t always solve it if not spent wisely. If my parents saw a homeless person on the street, they would take them out to lunch and learn their story instead of dropping change into a hat. I came to realize that my peers thought I was being...

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Kaepernick: Please stand for the National Anthem
Sep07

Kaepernick: Please stand for the National Anthem

Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” as he looked over the Battle of Fort McHenry from a British attack ship. There he saw the American flag waving over the land that was close to destruction. The battle took place in Baltimore, Md., the same city where deadly riots broke out after young African-American Freddie Gray died of severe spinal cord injuries while in police custody for suspected possession of an illegal...

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SHU cross country runner talks impact of veganism
Sep07

SHU cross country runner talks impact of veganism

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Oh no, you must not be getting enough protein.” I am what most people today call vegan. This means I do not consume any animal products or animal by-products; no meat, fish, eggs or dairy. But, I am not just a vegan. I am a vegan athlete – a collegiate distance runner at Seton Hall. Being vegan for just over 13 months, I can confidently say it has been one of the best decisions...

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