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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 | 1 Comment
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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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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