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We are the 79 percent

As I'm sure everyone is aware, 2012 is an election year. In just a few short months, we'll be positively mired in political lawn signs, attack ads and all other kinds of propaganda-all of which (and here's the rub) costs money.


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Pinching pennies, but does it come at a price?

While the recent study conducted of faculty salaries at Seton Hall demonstrates that female professors earn on average 11 percent less than their male counterparts, the fact that the study took place at all is encouraging. Taken at face value, the numbers appear shocking, but it is important not to jump to conclusions, and to appreciate the enormous complexity involved in the hiring and salary assignment process at our university.


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The sixth man on the court can help the Pirates

The men's basketball team recently became acquainted with a new kind of fan - the Speedo-clad sixth man. In the front page story this week, head coach Kevin Willard and many of the players reacted after a strong Pirates win against Auburn, where men from the swim team showed plenty of skin with painted pirate blue on their chests.


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Looking forward to another Christmas at the Hall

Every year, the tree on the Green is lit, the wreaths are hanged and the Nativity rests outside the Chapel. Every year, the University celebrates another Christmas at the Hall, one of best perks of attending a Catholic institution. Christmas, here at Seton Hall, is truly the most wonderful time of the year.


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Students must see that bullying is real

Following recent events, society has taken particular interest in the topic of bullying. Over the years, we've seen it in the movies and on television, from the "Plastics" roaming the halls in Mean Girls to the misunderstood kids in The Breakfast Club. It's dubbed a serious problem and yet it's one that no one can really define. However, time and time again, pop culture has tried to define it for us.


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Letter to the Editor

Our generation has a wide array of reasons for taking to the streets against the injustices we have witnessed over the past 20 years. For more than half of our lives, our government has been involved in armed conflict in countries across the globe in the name of liberal democracy. Our politicians regularly engage in dubious behavior as they put their financial interests before that of their constituencies. In 2008, politicians, regulators, and bankers alike were implicated for the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression yet no one has been held accountable. Meanwhile, the cost of our education and the level of student debt compiles while the value of a college degree diminishes.


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You can't do well if homework comes at the very last minute

In college it's a given that you're going to procrastinate. Since my freshman year, I have procrastinated assignments until the last minute on reasoning that "I study/write better under pressure." With just a semester and a half left before I graduate, senioritis has hit me at full speed.


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Letter to the Editor: Why I won't Occupy

For more than five weeks, angry New Yorkers and others from around the country have been descending upon Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to voice their dismay at the nexus between legislators in Washington and the nation's biggest banks. While the links between our federal government and the finance industry are indeed troubling, the protesters' grievances are at best misguided, and at worst deplorable. The movement, coined Occupy Wall Street, has whipped cities across America into a repulsive frenzy of populism.


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College programs too often lack morals

Right now there is a sickening feeling in my stomach not just as a Penn State football fan but as a person. The acts described in the 23 page Grand Jury Report on Jerry Sandusky, are among the worst that can be done. But what makes it the most sickening is how the entire situation was handled.


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Second fabricated crime in a year is inexcusable

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Seton Hall community awoke to a series of PirateAlert messages that revealed yet another event in what has been a crime ridden few weeks. A female student had reported that she was robbed on Tichenor Avenue and Irvington Avenue as she walked alone. While many students spent the hours after the alleged robbery pointing fingers at the University, citing that safety remains unachievable in South Orange, they were eventually made aware that for the second time in a year, a Seton Hall student had lied about a crime.


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Student I.D. inflation is unreasonable

On the front page story this week, The Setonian reported that the University has severely inflated the price of both replacement student I.D.'s and temporary I.D.'s. Both have seen a price increase of $15 since the beginning of the semester, in an effort to discourage students from losing their cards, as well as an attempt to remain consistent with other Universities' fees.


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Why come to college if you aren't ready to work?

I started my senior year expecting it to be difficult. Of course, I want to have as much fun as possible, because this is pretty much the last year I can be a "young adult," instead of just plain "adult" (unless, of course, I cannot get a job and end up having to apply to grad school or something,) but I figured school would be difficult.


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