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OP-ED: Innovation and liberation trump feminism when dealing with college rape culture

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Innovation and liberation trump feminism when dealing with college rape culture

On her journey to becoming the Miss USA 2014 title holder, Nia Sanchez made a remark that outraged leftist feminists and ignited an already fiery debate that continues to divide students in universities across the country. When asked about how to approach the “horrific epidemic” of sexual assaults on college campuses that had been “swept […]

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OP-ED: We should be fighting against misogyny, not shaming women

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: We should be fighting against misogyny, not shaming women

The time to stop putting women in the gallows for expressing themselves in a way that makes people uncomfortable is now. Last month, a number of A-list celebrity women had their nude photos leaked onto websites such as Reddit, TMZ and 4chan. The photos were deleted from the websites, but the pictures went viral. They […]

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OP-ED: Climate change and everyone you’ve ever loved

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Climate change and everyone you’ve ever loved

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, half a million people flooded the streets of Manhattan, N.Y. with a clear message to the United Nations Climate Summit scheduled to meet later that week: climate action now. I was one of those estimated five hundred thousand demonstrators – or one in every 785 United States citizens – in […]

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OP-ED: Successful education is the key to successful revolution

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Successful education is the key to successful revolution

My understanding of humans when dealing with sociology and psychology as a whole makes me conclude two important things. First, we are far more similar than we are different. And second, we are generally good people. Instead, it’s the environment that one grows up in that determines what they do with their lives. Therefore, I […]

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OP-ED: The desire for independence doesn’t end with Scotland

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The desire for independence doesn’t end with Scotland

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Scotland will not become the newest state in the world. I didn’t get to see any pictures of Tony Blair or David Cameron, the two most recent prime ministers of the United Kingdom, crying over the decline of an empire, and the Union Jack is […]

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OP-ED: State same sex marriage bans are falling one by one

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: State same sex marriage bans are falling one by one

Our campus went through some trying social issues two years ago. Specifically, I am referring to our Student Government Association’s inability to pass a resolution that encouraged inclusion over exclusion, love over hate and specifically called for our chancellor to speak out against the mistermed “gay amendment,” Amendment One. Marriage between same sex couples was […]

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OP-ED: Restricting free speech to a specific zone enables hate speech but undermines constructive student activism

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Restricting free speech to a specific zone enables hate speech but undermines constructive student activism

Every time I hear that the evangelical, fire and brimstone preachers are at the “free speech zone” at Belk Tower, I make it my top priority to avoid them. But I didn’t always. I used to feel the need to counter the preachers with speech of my own, initiating a war of words. When others […]

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OP-ED: Apple Watch offers pointless convenience

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Apple Watch offers pointless convenience

Recently Apple announced details about the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch that they plan to release sometime in early 2015. The Apple Watch is the company’s first wearable gadget. It has a square screen that displays the time, updates from Facebook and Siri and more. The Apple Watch seems convenient, but the main purpose […]

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OP-ED: Future of youth in Chicago stifled by brutal violence

| September 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Future of youth in Chicago stifled by brutal violence

For the past couple months, there has been great unrest in our country due to racial violence. It has been a growing issue for a number of years, but it recently made major headlines in Florida when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and earlier this year when Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Missouri. […]

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OP-ED: Millennials tell the federal government to keep its hands off free market Internet

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Millennials tell the federal government to keep its hands off free market Internet

“I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to make my own schedule. I wanted to have more control over my life and my work. I wanted to become an entrepreneur.”  Kylah Allen, a UNC Charlotte alum and founder of a successful North Carolina company, is far from alone in her pursuit to pave her […]

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OP-ED: Apple’s iPhone reveal event brings the hype, and users follow like sheep

| September 16, 2014 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Apple’s iPhone reveal event brings the hype, and users follow like sheep

Apple fans have been anxiously waiting for the newest electronic gadget, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally be available on Sept. 19. Those who have already planned to upgrade phones are especially ready to get their hands on the new product.  The iPhone 6 runs for $199, $299 and $399 on […]

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OP-ED: What counts as an emergency?

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: What counts as an emergency?

We’ve learned to call 911 in an emergency since kindergarten. It seems simple enough; plenty of people have called the number before and saved lives. Often, though, it can be difficult to distinguish between what is an actual emergency and what is not. When is it appropriate to use this emergency number? The obvious answers […]

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OP-ED: The threat of ISIS should not be overlooked

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The threat of ISIS should not be overlooked

From a historian’s perspective, June 28, 1914 – the day of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – can be argued as one of the most significant and important days of the 20th century. The event led to the eruption of World War I. On Dec. 18, 2010, one such event occurred when an individual […]

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OP-ED: Victim blaming creates a cold, fearful society that shuns those who need help the most

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Victim blaming creates a cold, fearful society that shuns those who need help the most

Written with guest contributor Joneka Percentie Just over a week ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) began an investigation of an alleged rape in Uptown. The suspect in the incident was quoted as telling the victim, “This is what you get for walking alone.” While the claim was later recanted, it wasn’t before the CMPD […]

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OP-ED Debate: With a socialist approach, you have nothing to lose but your student debt

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED Debate: With a socialist approach, you have nothing to lose but your student debt

This summer, by suggestion of my sisters, I started watching “Doctor Who.” In no time at all, I was hooked, and every minute that I spent not working for a socialist electoral campaign job in Seattle, I spent watching and consuming more episodes on Netflix. I’m an opinion writer and, therefore, absolutely have my opinions […]

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OP-ED Debate: Lower the cost of education with the free market

| September 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
OP-ED Debate: Lower the cost of education with the free market

The price of higher education is rising at an alarming rate, while its real-world usefulness, return on investment and overall quality is rapidly deteriorating. The result is a product that’s leaving the next group of college graduates broke, jobless, and searching for answers. Student debt is currently at a staggering total of $1 trillion dollars […]

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OP-ED: Racial inequality and the militarization of police in a post-DNC Charlotte

| September 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Racial inequality and the militarization of police in a post-DNC Charlotte

When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) came to Charlotte in September 2012, over 35,000 delegates, members of the media, attendees, celebrities and protesters came with it. The convention brought $163.6 million into local economies and was the largest event the Queen City had ever seen. Jobs were created, hotels and restaurants overflowed and Charlotte was […]

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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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