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OP-ED: Violence only leads to more loss

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Violence only leads to more loss

With the failure to indict Officer Wilson, violence has become the result. Even after the Brown family, who has indeed had the greatest tragedy in losing a son, asked for calm, their pleas they haven’t been heard. The violence that has occurred within our country this week should be a lesson to all: When flames […]

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OP-ED: So many boards, so few voices

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: So many boards, so few voices

It may come as a surprise to many, but I have a love-hate relationship with politics. I appreciate the truth at all times and ensure that those who deliver it have my full backing, which usually means the backing of my friends as well. So it should also come as no surprise to my Niner […]

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OP-ED: Legislating morality is ineffective in upholding society’s moral standards

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Legislating morality is ineffective in upholding society’s moral standards

Many people, especially college students, laugh at the notion of modern day alcohol prohibition. The idea of legal abstention from a substance that, when used responsibly, is virtually harmless to society is irrational. The legal prohibition of the 1920s ultimately didn’t stop people from enjoying their forbidden beverages. Statistics show that numbers stayed the same, […]

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OP-ED: Black Friday on Thanksgiving shifts focus from the true meaning of the holiday

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Black Friday on Thanksgiving shifts focus from the true meaning of the holiday

People look forward to Black Friday every year. It’s a day where people chase enticing deals and get their holiday shopping done. The appeal of Black Friday makes sense, but the day has continuously moved closer and closer to Thanksgiving Day. This year, many stores are opening around 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving […]

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OP-ED: Turning 20 while white

| November 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Turning 20 while white

On Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, I will turn 20 years old. That’s an achievement; twenty years is a long time. I’ve been trying to contextualize that number a lot in the past few weeks, and here are a few of the ways I’ve come to think of it: Two decades, which really feels like eternity… […]

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OP-ED: Online tests cause disadvantages for students

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Online tests cause disadvantages for students

Online tests are a developing practice at UNC Charlotte that erupted due to recent technological advancements and policies. Many classes utilize online tests instead of using class time to take paper tests. Most students do not know the policies when taking an online test when it comes to using notes, taking the test with multiple […]

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OP-ED: Midterm elections brought small gains for millennials, but our fight is far from over

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Midterm elections brought small gains for millennials, but our fight is far from over

Whether you have spent the past few weeks hot on the campaign trail or generally disengaged from the political process, election season is inescapably exhausting for everyone. As a grassroots campaigner, much of my fall semester was spent having conversations with the electorate while canvasing neighborhoods, making phone calls and registering individuals to vote. In […]

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OP-ED: Men will be boys

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Men will be boys

Why is it that men are so hesitant to speak out in support of feminism? That’s easy: they don’t know what it means. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality. If you agree with that, you’re a feminist. However, when many men hear the word “feminism,” […]

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OP-ED: Embracing violence, shaming sex

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Embracing violence, shaming sex

When I took a trip to Calabria, the southern province of Italy, for my father’s bar mitzvah in 2013, it was a momentous occasion. Not only was it the first adult bar mitzvah in all of Calabria in 500 years, but also it was my first experience in Europe. The environment was fair and the […]

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OP-ED: Technological advancements in the classroom cause distractions for students

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Technological advancements in the classroom cause distractions for students

It is normal for students at UNC Charlotte to bring laptops, smartphones and other devices to their classes, but recently, various lecture halls and rooms at UNCC have become more technologically advanced. Computers are provided for every student at their desk, televisions/projectors circle the entire room and students are encouraged to use the technology they […]

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OP-ED: Can’t survive on $7.25

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Can’t survive on $7.25

Nearly everywhere I go, I take my backpack with me. My backpack is covered in an array of political buttons I’ve collected over the past few years, but squarely in the middle and side-by-side, two of the buttons read: “What Would Dr. King Do?” and “I Support A $15/hr Minimum Wage.” I got the first […]

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OP-ED: Live tweet reactions to Election Day results

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Live tweet reactions to Election Day results

My opinion, via Twitter, of why the Democrats were dealt such large blows, despite the general decline of the Republican Party: Hey @TheDemocrats, just saying, you're losing to the party many pundits are saying is BECOMING IRRELEVANT. That's how uninspiring you are. — Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) November 5, 2014 People on the issues are passing […]

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OP-ED: The trouble with seeking support and friendship in a self-centered society

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The trouble with seeking support and friendship in a self-centered society

During my second semester at UNC Charlotte, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Immediately following the bad news, those who I lived with asked, “What can I do for you?” It was reassuring to hear such kind words, and I felt it as an opportunity to get to know my roommates better. The next week, […]

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OP-ED: Raising the minimum wage adversely affects college students and low-skilled workers

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Raising the minimum wage adversely affects college students and low-skilled workers

In the 76 years since the introduction of a federally mandated minimum wage to U.S. economic policy, the general electorate have debated its necessity, usefulness and real-world impact to the point of exhaustion. With the arrival midterm elections, controversy inevitably ensues. This year, President Barack Obama and the Democrats have pushed a national minimum wage […]

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OP-ED: Bottom of the ballot: electing the public official college students are most likely to meet

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Bottom of the ballot: electing the public official college students are most likely to meet

Photos by Sean Grier. Disclaimer: Sean Grier is a volunteer for the Committee to Elect Yolanda Trotman. All views not explicitly stated by Yolanda Trotman belong to Sean Grier. You can find her at a town hall Tuesday morning forum, beside you on a pew or, if all goes as planned, on the bench. Her name […]

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OP-ED: Hope should overcome fear in the Ebola crisis

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Hope should overcome fear in the Ebola crisis

There is good news in the Ebola crisis. Regardless of the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) handled this viral invasion, there is no concern. Even though the CDC reacted poorly, they quickly began the arduous task of enacting quarantine. The levels of bureaucracy made it difficult for information within the government […]

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OP-ED: UNC Charlotte College Republicans offer their perspective as midterm elections approach

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: UNC Charlotte College Republicans offer their perspective as midterm elections approach

The midterm elections have begun, and so far a total of 22,678 people have voted in Mecklenburg County. Throughout the year our leaders made some interesting decisions that have enormous ramifications on our lives. There has been a tax on insurance plans and meal plans, increased vehicle registration fees, and mounting student loan and credit […]

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OP-ED: Nursing home care regularly appears inadequate

| October 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Nursing home care regularly appears inadequate

As of 2014, there are over 1.5 million elderly people in nursing home care in around 16,000 nursing homes in the United States. It is common in the United States for people to be sent to nursing homes as they become older and in need of more medically inclined attention. How good is the care […]

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OP-ED: Third party candidates’ arguments hold value, even within the two-party system

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Third party candidates’ arguments hold value, even within the two-party system

On Oct. 17, an official U.S. Senate debate, hosted by Free the Vote and cosponsored by UNC Charlotte’s very own Young Americans for Liberty, took place on campus, drawing a sizable crowd, attracting considerable media attention and generating meaningful conversation and honest debate about the issues facing our region, our state and our country. As […]

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OP-ED: Students of all races need to tackle racism together

| October 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Students of all races need to tackle racism together

On Oct. 8, something enlightening took place on our humble college campus. Nearly 100 students gathered in McKnight Hall for a program entitled “It Could Have Been Me” to discuss the topic that has been fresh in our conversations for a while now: police brutality. The Black Student Union (BSU) along with other multicultural and […]

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