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Obligatory tipping fails to support waitstaff

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
March 4, 2015 • 30 views
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Tipping the service staff at restaurants is an American reality as deeply ingrained into our culture as apple pie or exorbitant incarceration rates. The fact is, if you want to be viewed as a decent human being in America, there is an obligation to pay an uncertain amount... Read more »

Three-parent IVF: scientific progress or “designer babies?”

Three-parent IVF: scientific progress or “designer babies?”

Cole Hatzky, Opinions Contributor
March 3, 2015 • 238 views
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My twin and I were born via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a process of fertilization that manually combines an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish and then transfers the embryo to the uterus. That was the only way for my parents to have children, and it was a process that... Read more »

Ukraine conflict dismal at best

Ukraine conflict dismal at best

Seth Ellingson, Opinions Contributor
March 2, 2015 • 343 views
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Ukraine is losing the war. Read it on BBC or CNN and you will see Ukrainian troops withdrawing from Debaltseve. While accurate, those stories mask the real situation on the ground. To combat this surge of separatist forces, the U.S. is weighing whether to arm Ukraine or... Read more »

Chapel Hill shooting: three “fellow Americans” killed

Sam Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
March 1, 2015 • 616 views
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In the U.S., it is no longer strange for people to hear news of Americans being gunned down, individually or in groups, on account of hundreds of different motives. The debates and disagreements ravage the value of the Constitution’s Second Amendment, a “Holy Bible”... Read more »

Canceling CowTalks gives Fetzer more ammo

Canceling CowTalks gives Fetzer more ammo

Chaz Mayo, Opinions Contributor
February 27, 2015 • 401 views
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In January, Northfield’s Contented Cow was slated to host “CowTalks,” a series of passionate, civil debates on various political topics. The town has seen quite the hubbub since CowTalks was canceled on account of the views of their would-be host, Jim Fetzer. Fetzer, a retired philosophy... Read more »

Dartmouth enacts futile liquor ban

Dartmouth enacts futile liquor ban

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
February 25, 2015 • 351 views
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Near the end of January, Dartmouth College enacted a new policy banning hard liquor on its campus. This policy was implemented in response to several alcohol-related problems at the school, primarily those regarding fraternity hazing, sexual assault and hospitalization... Read more »

Child marriage constitutes “life of servitude” in developing countries

Child marriage constitutes “life of servitude” in developing countries

Kafayat Akindele, Opinions Contributor
February 24, 2015 • 352 views
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Did you know that there are about 67 million child brides around the world in developing countries? Child marriage, a marriage union that takes place before an individual turns eighteen, is the nightmare turned reality of many young adolescents whose fates are determined... Read more »

Anti-vaccinators endanger children

Jenny Dao, Opinions Contributor
February 23, 2015 • 301 views
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A recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland caused the re-emergence of the anti-vaccination debate, but this time, with more skepticism. Vaccination opponents have not previously come under such an enormous amount of criticism, since measles were thought to have been effectively... Read more »

Lack of Oscars diversity disappoints viewers

Lack of Oscars diversity disappoints viewers

Anna Chotlos, Opinions Contributor
February 22, 2015 • 397 views
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For the second time since 1998, all twenty actors nominated for Oscars this year are white. All the nominated directors are white men. No female screenwriters or cinematographers were nominated either. This lack of diversity at the Academy Awards seems especially blatant... Read more »

Williams’ lies derail news career

Samuel Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
February 21, 2015 • 303 views
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In a time where people can simply say whatever they want to say and rant about their “freedom of speech” when they are barred from doing so, it becomes more and more difficult for the masses to know what is the truth and what is a lie. In the case of Brian Williams,... Read more »