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

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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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Wasting away: students need to focus on becoming more eco-friendly

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wasting away: students need to focus on becoming more eco-friendly

Humans are the most wasteful species on this planet. It’s true. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), every day we create 4.38 pounds of trash per person, use 80 to 100 gallons of water and throw away 1,249 calories (roughly half of our daily caloric intake). While […]

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Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus should worry gamers

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus should worry gamers

Worrying news spread fast in the gaming community when Oculus VR, makers and developers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, was purchased by social media giant Facebook. Much of the outrage is due to Oculus selling out to a big company. Some also fear that this platform for virtual reality gaming will be turned, […]

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Despite their entertainment value, reality TV often promotes dangerous stereotypes

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Despite their entertainment value, reality TV often promotes dangerous stereotypes

Our generation has watched reality TV transform into one of the greatest phenomena of our time. From “Jersey Shore” to “Teen Mom,” reality TV has worked itself into the daily framework of many people’s lives. These days, it seems as though producers are willing to turn almost anything into an hour-long, weekly series. I couldn’t […]

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Sailing the internship: everything you should know about applying for intern positions

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sailing the internship: everything you should know about applying for intern positions

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s also time to start actively looking for summer and fall internships, if you haven’t already. For those who are challenged in resume building, go to the Career Center during walk-in hours or make an appointment. When searching for internships, it’s easier to start internally at home and […]

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‘Cosmos’ is the inspiration that our students need

| March 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
‘Cosmos’ is the inspiration that our students need

It has been over 30 years since Carl Sagan’s original series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” inspired a generation of scientists. His brought the desire to learn and discover to the forefront of many people’s minds. It instilled in all its viewers a sense of wonder and an appreciation of the majesty of the cosmos, and […]

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An environmentalist conundrum: clean energy windmills are responsible for killing numerous bald eagles

| March 18, 2014 | 3 Comments
An environmentalist conundrum: clean energy windmills are responsible for killing numerous bald eagles

Imagine you are an eagle, the symbol of democracy and the American dream. As you majestically soar through the clouds, surrounded by mountains, the world below you opens up and the clouds break, ready to receive you. Your eyes spot something delicious for dessert. The clouds dissipate as you dive towards your target, taking the […]

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Watch what you tweet

| March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
Watch what you tweet

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was pronounced dead on June 11, 2011. Within minutes, thousands of alarmed fans shared the news of the sudden passing of an international icon. Comments and condolences filled our Twitter timelines as we eagerly passed along news of this unexpected development to our friends and followers. “RIPHughHefner” even became a […]

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Microsoft is out of touch with its consumers

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Microsoft is out of touch with its consumers

Last year, Microsoft unveiled its latest console: the Xbox One. Shortly after it was revealed, Microsoft’s new strategies for the system raised many concerns with consumers. The system initially included a system feature to check for an Internet connection every 24 hours. The issue of used games came up when Microsoft announced that publishers would […]

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Honoring the fallen and the forgotten in American history

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Honoring the fallen and the forgotten in American history

The land of the free and the home of the brave: praised for its fair democracy, admired for its global power and influence. Founded by men who believed in the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Despite the centuries separating the age of Christopher Columbus from the present, not much has […]

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Redefining masculinity and coming out LGBT

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Redefining masculinity and coming out LGBT

America and the locker rooms of its gridiron gladiators are at a crossroads.  Former University of Missouri defensive end and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam recently came out as gay during an interview, garnering mixed responses from around the nation. Sam received an outpouring of support from celebrities, teammates and NFL commissioner Roger Goddell. However, […]

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You are what you share: social media information may be a hazard for professional students

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
You are what you share: social media information may be a hazard for professional students

Millennials were raised with computers like some grow up with childhood pets. I remember my first computer: a round, chunky, purple Macintosh. As we grew, so did computer technology. By adulthood, operating these modern devices has become second nature, with some members of previous generations trying to keep up. Critics of the Millennial generation portray […]

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American readership has declined to an embarrassing low

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
American readership has declined to an embarrassing low

Let’s face it, no one enjoyed the tedious reading assignments forced upon us in high school. There is no pleasure to be found in tediously dissecting a novel for rhetorical devices and hunting for passages that reveal theme. Unfortunately, though, this creates a bad habit for potential readers throughout the rest of their lives. According […]

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Holy smokes: an allegory for the combative nature of religious discussions

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Holy smokes: an allegory for the combative nature of religious discussions

Disclaimer: In this work of satire, all quoted sources are completely fictitious and any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, is coincidental. To everyone’s surprise, UFC 172 was a pure bloodbath at the Malha Arena in Jerusalem, one of the world’s oldest and most sacred cities. Crowds rushed outside, looking to escape the horrifying […]

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Analyzing intellectual (dis)honesty in the Bill Nye, Ken Ham debate

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Analyzing intellectual (dis)honesty in the Bill Nye, Ken Ham debate

Earlier this month, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” debated Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, over the viability of creationism as a scientific theory in today’s scientific era. Bill Nye, of course, is known for his science shows and books to educate children about science. He has won 18 Emmy awards for his […]

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A dream deferred: undocumented students and the campaign for education equality

| February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
A dream deferred: undocumented students and the campaign for education equality

Photos courtesy Omar Ramirez Storm clouds are covering the future of North Carolina and the country – clouds in the guise of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, and failed passage of the Dream Act in 2010. These storm clouds are raging […]

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Snow days bring students together despite the harsh conditions

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Snow days bring students together despite the harsh conditions

This past week, we saw a sight that’s rare for the south. The snowstorm on Jan. 28 forced many people around the area to hunker down and batten down the hatches to avoid the cold. But while businesses and schools were closed, UNC Charlotte students took to the streets and the quads, happy to have […]

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