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The Media and The Democrats

By: Tommy Desoutter, Guest Writer The mainstream media is right about one thing: the midterm elections were a big defeat for the Democratic Party. That said, it has misinterpreted essentially everything else about them. For starters, the election was certainly not a public rejection of progressive policies; the results of state referenda make this very…


(Un)reality Television

By: Chenee Tracey “You’re going to Hollywood!” Cut to the excited “American Idol” contestant who has just discovered she has advanced to the next round. She hasn’t even performed in front of the judges. Instead, the show’s producers decided she could advance to the next level. Reality shows are designed to be entertaining. Cameramen follow…

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Venezuela’s Bedlam

By: Michael Ingram In an Instagram video uploaded on Jan. 6 by Miss Venezuela 2004 Monica Speer, amber sunbeams cast shadows over the halcyon plains of Carabobo state, Venezuela. The video presents the Venezuelan countryside as a serene paradise, belying the violence that has gradually suffocated the nation over the past 10 years. Hours after…


Another Year of Protests: Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand

By: Andrew Peoples In the wake of the Occupy movement and Arab Spring, Time magazine named “The Protester” its 2011 person of the year. It’s been three years, and the Arab Spring has given way to a disheartening winter and the Occupy movement has died off. However, three disparate countries, Venezuela, Thailand, and Ukraine, have…

Facebook, a long-time vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, recently made custom gender options available for its users, a move it hopes will help create "a more understanding and tolerant world."
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Explaining the Q in LGBTQ

By: Shuchi Goyal For several years, a movement calling for the rejection of the gender binary fueled the growth of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communitiy in the undergrounds of Tumblr and Reddit. Society used to dismiss the LGBTQ campaign’s request for society to distinguish between different gender identities, collectively referred to as…


An Intimate Look into the President’s Views on Marijuana

By: John Vaughn Over the past few months, President Barack Obama sat for a series of extensive interviews with New Yorker editor David Remnick.  The 17,000 word profile titled “Going the Distance: On and off the road with Barack Obama,” which was published last week, included Obama’s thoughts on the NFL, his children, Iran, and…

When Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted the award for best Music Video at the 2009 VMAs. (Photo credit: Yahoo! News)

Sexism and Rap: Art’s Delicate Dance

By: Carson Aft Warning: This article cites music that may offend certain audiences. From man’s first scrawling of fertility goddesses to Jackson Pollock’s emotions splashed upon the canvas, art has been inseparably linked to controversy. Beyond simple aesthetics or pleasure, art has the purpose of exploring and expressing the world and the human experience. The…

“Never Say Anything,” Unless It’s Scripted On CBS

By: Bert Thompson CBS’s program “60 Minutes” has a storied history of momentous interviews: Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; President Barack Obama on the bin Laden assassination; and even University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. On December 15, 2013, 60 Minutes went behind the scenes and “through the veil” at the National Security Agency…

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