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on April 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in National

White Chocolate Mocha or White Savior? Starbucks and #racetogether

By Bailey Palmer Coffee shops have always been a place of political discussions, intellectual debates, and social inquiry. The pensive act of sipping coffee surrounded by comfy seating and individuals deep in thought or conversation make the coffee shop the perfect institution for sparking social change. The Arab Spring took off in Egypt and Tunisia partly thanks to Internet cafes, […]

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on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM / in National

You’ve Heard it Before: The Voter’s Dilemma

By Jack Keller “Go Vote,” is the imperative your U.S. Government teacher would reiterate to your class constantly. Unfortunately, eligible citizens are turning out to vote at staggering low rates. According to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, only 57.5 percent of the eligible citizens voted in the 2012 presidential election, which is a five percent drop from 2008 […]

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on March 24, 2015 at 10:56 PM / in National

American Marriage Equality: An Inevitable Outcome

By Anthony Farajallah The question is no longer whether the Supreme Court will rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality, but where each individual justice will fall. The US public is quickly evolving on the issue, and checkered equality among states continues to push for a more conclusive nationwide ruling. Much like the battle over interracial marriage, this fight is […]

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on March 20, 2015 at 9:38 PM / in National

The Veto Threat in the 114th Congress

By Baylee Culverhouse Congress—you’ve been warned. In January’s State of the Union address, President Obama laid the groundwork for what will perhaps be a difficult term for the newly elected Republican Congress. From the November elections, Republican elects promised constituents a clear, resonating message: we’re going to get things done. Perhaps in an effort to diffuse this surge of energy […]

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on March 18, 2015 at 11:00 PM / in National

Preppy or Prejudged? Why We Just Can’t Get Rid of Religious Discrimination

By Dillon Thompson What are your religious beliefs? Most job interviews do not include questions like this. That’s because it’s typically considered rude and forward to question someone on his or her faith, especially during a formal setting like a professional interview. But what if that question is the difference between discrimination and parity? Inequality still exists in many forms […]

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on March 17, 2015 at 2:29 PM / in National

Looking at the Forest, Not Just the Trees: The Upsides of a Diverse Education

By Nathan Li As Steve Jobs was introducing the iPad 2 in March 2011, he summarized the success behind Apple this way: “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” He insisted that humanity’s greatest achievements […]

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on March 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in National

The Entrenchment of the US Electorate

By Zachary Bernknopf This summer was another busy one for Fox News, and MSNBC. Fox News attracted an average of nearly 1.8 million viewers during primetime, and MSNBC nearly 600,000 on average. The continuing appeal of partisan cable news networks has been a key factor in the growing polarization and partisanship of America’s electorate and elected officials. Americans from both sides […]

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on March 4, 2015 at 4:28 PM / in National, Uncategorized

An Ode to the Filibuster

By Eli Watkins If the Senate is where bills go to die, then the filibuster has long been the pillow used to smother them. This is not a statement for or against the filibuster. Some ideas—bad ideas—should obviously not make it out of the Senate, even if they have majority support. The Vietnam War had majority support, as did the […]

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on March 3, 2015 at 11:51 AM / in National

The Rise of Kate Brown: America’s First Bisexual Governor

By Laura Pontari On February 18, 2015 Kate Brown was sworn in as Governor of Oregon, making her the United States’ first openly bisexual governor. Brown has served as Oregon Secretary of State since 2008. She was sworn in after the resignation of four-term Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, because by Oregon law the Secretary of State is second in line […]

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on March 2, 2015 at 4:12 PM / in National, Uncategorized

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…About Muslim Deaths

  By Faiz Saulat Three young Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were shot in the head on February 10, 2015 by Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male. While some claim the dispute was over a parking space, the local Muslim community as well as the Council of American Islamic Relations is pushing investigators […]

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