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Yik Yak controversy sparks concerning user anonymity

Yik Yak controversy sparks concerning user anonymity

Sam Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
March 25, 2015 • 357 views
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It is not an unusual thing to hear people talk about the United States, or the West as a whole as the breeding ground for individualism, self-satisfaction and contempt. And yet, that assumption begins to crumble away when one sits in front of the constant curiousness and the ever-talkative character... Read more »

Fixation on Clinton e-mail is ‘ridiculous’

Christine Barkley, Opinions Contributor
March 24, 2015 • 213 views
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Most of us will never end up as the Secretary of State or potentially have an extremely high-profile presidential run. Though we all sometimes take some shortcuts to get what we want, not all of our mistakes will be publicly exposed. A probable Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has recently... Read more »

Standardized testing underscores problems in educational system

Standardized testing underscores problems in educational system

Maggie Shaver, Opinions Contributor
March 22, 2015 • 259 views
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Standardized testing has recently received more headline space with the emergence of a widespread “opt-out movement,” in which parents are opting to keep their children from taking standardized tests. The debate on standardized testing is not a new one, however. Standardized testing has been a part... Read more »

‘Social smokers’ muddle addiction definition

‘Social smokers’ muddle addiction definition

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
March 21, 2015 • 239 views
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Recently, salon.com published an article about a new trend among Millennials dubbed “social smoking.” Now, more than ever, college students are beginning to smoke without defining themselves as smokers, but instead justifying it as something they only do when they drink or engage in social... Read more »

‘DMCP’ critiques technology obsession

‘DMCP’ critiques technology obsession

Emily Stets, Opinions Contributor
March 20, 2015 • 214 views
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The Northfield News previewed the St. Olaf Theater Department’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone in early March, describing the play’s take on “modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the modern age.” The play opens in a cafe with an awkward, cellphone-less... Read more »

“Defensive architecture” victimizes the homeless

“Defensive architecture” victimizes the homeless

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
March 18, 2015 • 286 views
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There has been a recent trend in city design labeled “defensive” or “disciplinary” architecture, where a city will install various structural impediments, primarily to make it more difficult for those who are homeless to live on the streets. Some are blatant, such... Read more »

Ban on bullets incites NRA anger

Ban on bullets incites NRA anger

Katie Jeddeloh, Opinions Contributor
March 16, 2015 • 1,918 views
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Beginning in February, the Obama administration once again began to traverse the seemingly endless Second Amendment debate with new regulations for a specific kind of bullet. Proponents of this bullet argue it will enhance public safety, but the discussion has sparked irate responses from... Read more »

American education system geared toward female ability, deters male

Scott Johnson, Opinions Contributor
March 15, 2015 • 535 views
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The New York Times published an editorial last week written by Sean Krull, who claimed that the American educational system is preferential for women and often steers boys away from the humanities and toward natural sciences and math. I think this is absolutely the... Read more »

Can faith healing and Western medicine coexist?

Jocelyn Sarvady, Opinions Contributor
March 14, 2015 • 613 views
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Most people greet the concept of “faith healing” with one of two responses. They either need a reminder of what faith healing is, or they say those who believe in faith healing are nut jobs. For those that don’t know, faith... Read more »

Scott Walker continues to stir the pot with ISIS comment, UW budget cuts

Scott Walker continues to stir the pot with ISIS comment, UW budget cuts

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
March 13, 2015 • 393 views
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Wisconsin governor Scott Walker seldom fails to stimulate discussion, whether he is being lauded by the GOP for his propensity to take decisive action (such as his efforts to quell unions) or derided and mocked by liberals for those same actions. He is also infamous for... Read more »