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The successes of the ALS ice bucket challenge

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
The successes of the ALS ice bucket challenge

Before July 2014, no one expressed much concern about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), even though many had seen the effects of the disorder on famous physicist Stephen Hawking, who can no longer move or speak on his own. But when Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, […]

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STIs unwrapped: students should be more cautious before taking things to the bedroom

| August 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
STIs unwrapped: students should be more cautious before taking things to the bedroom

“Dude, my penis burns when I pee. Do you think I have it? I’m freaking out!” This is just one of the statements I’ve heard from strangers when they thought I was minding my own business, and it sparked a thought. What is “it”? And hell yes, you should be freaking out! Most students my […]

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A nonbeliever in the Bible Belt

| August 14, 2014 | 2 Comments
A nonbeliever in the Bible Belt

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center had Americans rate different religious groups on a “feeling thermometer,” ranging from zero (cold, negative feelings) to 100 (warm, positive feelings). While a “feeling thermometer” sounds like a fun activity that could have been pulled from a kindergarten lesson plan to show the merits of togetherness and […]

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Millennials are tired of toeing the party line

| July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Millennials are tired of toeing the party line

George Washington warned about the dangers of the party system in his presidential farewell speech. With the stubbornness of today’s partisan politics, is it any wonder why the congressional approval rating is at an embarrassingly low 15 percent? But when it comes time to vote, voters overwhelmingly continue to choose the candidates that most rigidly […]

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For parents and pet owners, the dangers of hot, parked cars are real

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
For parents and pet owners, the dangers of hot, parked cars are real

In this sweltering North Carolina heat, I can think of plenty of ways to escape or coexist with the merciless summer sun: cooling off by the pool, taking a shady walk down the greenway or relaxing in my air-conditioned apartment. You’ll notice I didn’t list “trapping myself in a hot, parked car” because, well, isn’t […]

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Robin Thicke aims for romantic but comes off ridiculous

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Robin Thicke aims for romantic but comes off ridiculous

It was about a year ago when Robin Thicke’s jaunty hit “Blurred Lines” took over the airwaves and stirred up controversy. Catchy though the song was, its repeated use of lines like “I know you want it” disturbed many listeners who thought the lyrics encouraged rape culture. It didn’t help that in a GQ interview […]

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Red, white and goal

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Red, white and goal

The seeds of a soccer revolution were planted at the 1994 World Cup. Six years prior, FIFA agreed to set the world’s largest soccer tournament stateside for one month in the heat of the summer in exchange for an American soccer league. While soccer giants like Brazil and Germany played across the country at venues […]

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Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Caught between Iraq and a caliphate

Maybe you’ve heard about this little conflict in the Middle East. A group of extremist Sunni militants called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken control of several Iraqi cities as well as the country’s biggest oil refinery, and, surely, they’ll be attempting to take Baghdad in the near future. The Iraqi […]

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Former mayor Patrick Cannon pleads guilty, publicly apologizes for not watching ‘American Hustle’ sooner

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Former mayor Patrick Cannon pleads guilty, publicly apologizes for not watching ‘American Hustle’ sooner

Disclaimer: In this work of satire, all quoted sources are completely fictitious and any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, is coincidental. On June 3, former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge for taking bribes from undercover federal agents. Only days earlier, Cannon’s personal assistant Terry Andrews was seen […]

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Apathy is no excuse for ignoring course evaluations

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Apathy is no excuse for ignoring course evaluations

In the last couple weeks of class, you were most likely inundated with requests from your professors – both in person and via email – to fill out your course evaluations. “It will only take 10 minutes!” they urged. Now, many members of the student body thought that 10 minutes would be better spent in […]

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The issue with implementing “trigger warnings”

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
The issue with implementing “trigger warnings”

In recent months, the idea of implementing “trigger warnings” – prior notices that inform readers or viewers of upcoming subject material that might be upsetting or cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related attacks – in college courses has sparked intense debate. It’s a delicate issue, and both sides raise important points. The key to the […]

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Exploring the extremes of the Internet

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Exploring the extremes of the Internet

The Internet is the epitome of the concept of the free marketplace of ideas. There is a website for just about everything, and the open forum Reddit has subsections (called “subreddits”) for almost every conceivable subject. This allows for groups of similar minds to converse with each other even across vast distances. Such networks, like […]

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Finding an explanation for this severe allergy season

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Finding an explanation for this severe allergy season

Disclaimer: In this work of satire, all quoted sources are completely fictitious and any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, is coincidental. Allergy season is in full effect as many UNC Charlotte students suffer from the effects of pollen. “This is the worst pollen has ever been,” said sophomore Ashley Oaks. “I’m not like […]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

The following is a letter to the editor in response to “The climate change debate: There’s no need to panic,” published in print in the April 15 through 21 issue of the Niner Times, and online on April 15. The letter to the editor was submitted by Brian Magi, assistant professor of Atmospheric Sciences in […]

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Swamped, broke and unemployed: how student loans are crippling our generation

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Swamped, broke and unemployed: how student loans are crippling our generation

Over the course of several academic years, alarms have sounded off on student loan debt – in particular, the Federal Stafford Loan program and its economic consequences. These alarms are coming from college students, parents and even senators such as Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). They are shocked at the staggering amount of […]

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Take religious studies courses to feed your curiosity

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Take religious studies courses to feed your curiosity

Although the number of Americans who don’t identify as religious is consistently rising, the majority of citizens still do. I was raised into that majority, and remained a part of it for most of my life, but, ultimately, I moved away from it. That journey away from the majority was filled with research, reading and […]

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The climate change debate: there’s no need to panic

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
The climate change debate: there’s no need to panic

The location of our campus has an interesting geological past. Before it was a forest thriving with tall trees and American Indians, it was a jungle with dinosaurs and exotic flowers. Even before that, it was an ocean bottom with a wide variety of unknown tropical life. The fears and panic of climate change have […]

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The climate change debate: human impact is undeniable

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
The climate change debate: human impact is undeniable

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 10 of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last 16 years. “The Earth is warming. If the Earth is warming … there’s excellent evidence of the causes of climate change,” said UNC Charlotte Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Brian Magi. “There are natural […]

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Photo filters distort the way we view ourselves

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Photo filters distort the way we view ourselves

We all do it. We feel good about ourselves one day and decide to snap nearly 100 selfies, probably deleting all but one. Then, if we have an Instagram account, we post our lovely pictures and wait for the likes. We want our friends to praise our good looks or someone to post that complimentary […]

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Campus preacher’s hateful methods enrage students

| April 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
Campus preacher’s hateful methods enrage students

It seems that at every university there is a preacher who stands in one of the main courtyards, telling passing students that they will go to hell, that a girl is an evil seductress or some other line. UNC Charlotte is no exception in this regard, but some students have taken a stand against what […]

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