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Unethical company policies fail to acknowledge medical marijuana cards

Unethical company policies fail to acknowledge medical marijuana cards

Bjorn Thompson, Opinions Contributor
September 30, 2014 • 73 views
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Despite the extensive gains of pro-marijuana legislation during the last five years, broader reforms have failed to translate into the work- place. Jack Healy’s enlightening article in the Sept. 7 edition of the New... Read more »

Columbia student protest points out lack of support for victims of assault

Columbia student protest points out lack of support for victims of assault

Emma Whitford, Opinions Contributor
September 28, 2014 • 103 views
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I’ve always felt funny about my own bed. It’s mine, and that is very clear to my friends and family. It’s where I go to curl up and feel better, to sleep, to dream, to eat, study, text, cry, watch Netflix, stare... Read more »

Obama delays immigration reform vote, supports sustainable solution

Obama delays immigration reform vote, supports sustainable solution

Emma Whitford, Opinions Contributor
September 26, 2014 • 387 views
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Recently, President Barack Obama has been under fire for postponing action on immigration reform until after the November mid-terms. The criticism resounds from both sides of the immigration debate. Both pro-immigration reform activists and House Republicans are accusing the President of “playing politics”... Read more »

Controversy over pro-choice label counterproductive

Controversy over pro-choice label counterproductive

Samir Zaman, Opinions Contributor
September 26, 2014 • 154 views
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Every political movement needs a title. Something short and snappy. A headline. A label. Without one, how would we refer to that movement? Would we use superfluous, long-winded paragraphs or essays to refer to them in newspaper articles, in presidential debates or in day-to-day conversation? Although... Read more »

‘Ice bucket challenge’ proves insincere

‘Ice bucket challenge’ proves insincere

Conlan Campbell, Contributing Writer
September 25, 2014 • 207 views
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As of late, many Internet users have taken to making videos of themselves being soaked in frigid water and posting them on various forms of social media. They perform this ritual for the sake of raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” As... Read more »

Williams’ death points to comedians’ struggle

Williams’ death points to comedians’ struggle

Erica Hoops, Contributing Writer
September 23, 2014 • 186 views
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On Aug. 11 of this year, Robin Williams tragically passed away. He committed suicide after a long battle with bipolar disorder and addiction. This death not only left his family in deep grief, but also left the world flabbergasted. From 1978-2014, Williams dominated the entertainment industry through... Read more »

Militarized local police sows tension, distrust

Samuel Pattinasarane, Contributing Writer
September 21, 2014 • 150 views
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It has been 150 years since the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Congress and five decades since the march on Washington where Martin Luther King delivered his monumental “I Have A Dream” speech. Nevertheless, even now, when common sense and equality for all reign as dominant... Read more »

How to survive Stav Hall

How to survive Stav Hall

Emily Stets, Opinions Editor
September 11, 2014 • 318 views
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Without a doubt, one of the most stressful exercises of Week One involves maneuvering through Stav Hall, more affectionately known as the Caf. It’s like the most intense game of Monopoly you’ve ever played at 4 a.m., as people dive for the last brownie or piece of pie … well, not exactly, but it’s... Read more »

How to be a fantastic roommate

Becca Carcaterra, News Editor
September 9, 2014 • 267 views
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Congratulations, class of 2018. You did it. You navigated a whirlwind of admissions essays, financial aid packages and tearful family farewells, and now you’re here. Welcome to your new home. Now it’s time to meet the complete stranger you will be sharing a tiny room with for the next nine months.... Read more »

Politics disadvantage women

Politics disadvantage women

Kate Fridley, Contributing Writer
May 15, 2014 • 2,006 views
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With the United States already gearing up for the 2016 election season, arguments are inevitably surfacing about whether Hillary Clinton – or a woman in general – is suited for the presidency. An article I read recently claimed that Clinton’s new role as a grandmother would interfere with her presidential... Read more »