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Sperm bank mix-up illustrates lingering institutional racism

Sperm bank mix-up illustrates lingering institutional racism

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 25, 2014 • 6 views
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Three years ago in Uniontown, Ohio, same-sex partners Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon were informed five months into Cramblett’s pregnancy that sperm from an unintended donor of African heritage was mistakenly provided for the artificial insemination. As a result,... Read more »

Occupy Central is not a repeat of Tiananmen

Occupy Central is not a repeat of Tiananmen

Emma Whitford, Opinions Contributor
October 24, 2014 • 94 views
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Earlier this month, the people of Hong Kong began an occupation of the city’s central business hub called “Occupy Central with Peace and Love.” As its title suggests, the movement has been peaceful, though many are worried that it could abruptly turn violent. Tensions are already... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: October 17, 2014

Anna Priore
October 22, 2014 • 147 views
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I was saddened by the article “Pope’s leadership suggests modernized church” (Sept. 26), written by Scott Johnson ’18. Johnson claims that the Church is still “living in the 10th century” by upholding its stance on artificial contraception and premarital sex, and that it had... Read more »

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Sage Fulco, Opinions Contributor
October 21, 2014 • 145 views
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It may a tad confusing to see Hermione Granger formally addressing the United Nations. But Emma Watson is no longer just a movie star and no longer a child: six months ago, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and now she is ready to begin making real... Read more »

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Abby Grosse, Opinions Contributor
October 20, 2014 • 176 views
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In late September, a Change.org petition began to circulate on Oles’ Facebook walls. Between “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” posts and cat videos was a letter pleading on behalf of a Carleton student faced with expulsion. ... Read more »

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 19, 2014 • 168 views
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Few commodities can attest to holding the sort of cultural cachet that cigarettes do. Once heralded as among the most definitively “cool” status symbols in Western media and print, smoking’s ultimate descent is interesting in terms of being a public health issue in... Read more »

Denver students protest erasing civil disobedience in U.S. history

Cole Hatzky, Opinions Contributor
October 18, 2014 • 235 views
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The Washington Post reports that on Sept. 24, hundreds of students walked out of their Denver Advanced Placement (A.P.) history classrooms in response to a school board decision to review how the class should be taught. According to the Post, the school board plans to change... Read more »

Can biking really teach us about white privilege?

Samuel Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
October 17, 2014 • 194 views
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In the middle of a state such as Minnesota, where diversity is a “fancy” word that isn’t used very often, the term “white privilege” might not be offensive to use in this neighborhood. Nevertheless, the question still lingers: is “white privilege” a term that... Read more »

Ebola impacts economies through productivity loss

Scott Johnson, Opinions Contributor
October 8, 2014 • 301 views
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The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 is the largest in history. The only Ebola epidemic ever to occur in multiple countries has now killed over 3,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. All of the countries seriously afflicted with Ebola lie in West Africa, specifically Liberia, Sierra Leone... Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential run spurs commentary

Sage Fulco, Opinions Contributor
October 7, 2014 • 287 views
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Hillary Clinton has often inspired global conversation with her actions, whether through her speeches as First Lady, her many pantsuits or the photos in celebrity magazines of suggested “texts” she might be sending. Americans have been especially interested in her activity after she stepped down... Read more »