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Wilson: Plastic straw ban is a textbook straw man

Wilson: Plastic straw ban is a textbook straw man

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

It has happened every day this summer. You order a cold drink to escape the scorching heat, and it’s handed to you in a plastic cup, complete with a lid and straw. Not thinking twice, you guzzle it down and then throw the whole plastic cup out. Inadvertently, you’ve become part of the plastic tras...

Smith: Remembering Sen. John McCain, a testament to the American way

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Unfortunately, there are not many people in this world who have a clean bill of ethics. It is a challenging feat to achieve. We are flawed the majority of the time, and it sets us up for greatness. There are those who are exceptionally kind, irrevocably compassionate and painstakingly selfless. Recently, ...

Letter to the Editor: Why impeachment is meaningless

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Last week, we saw two different articles in The Observer discussing recent developments in the President Donald Trump-Russia collusion investigations and their implications for President Trump’s potential impeachment. It is a conversation I have seen in many political circles. For that very reason, ...

Zhu: Self-care has spiraled out of control

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While our definition of health continues to change and expand to fit the current generation, we also must ensure that this definition stays accurate, and most importantly, achievable. This is especially important in the face of the self-care trend, which seems to promote maintaining one’s health and ...

Kim: In support of the prison strike

Kim: In support of the prison strike

Won Hee Kim, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Since Aug. 21, prisoners across the country have led a peaceful strike to advocate for their rights and protest prison slavery. Though slavery in the modern age seems anachronistic and unreal, the Thirteenth Amendment did not ban slavery for all people. The Amendment explicitly states that “punishment for c...

Kerby: Why history? It’s no mystery

Stephen Kerby, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Thanks to packing my first-year schedule, my final-year schedule has few constraints outside of predictable upper-level physics courses. Counting General Relativity, Electricity and Magnetism and my senior capstones, I was two credits below the 12 credit minimum for a full-time student.  I decided ...

Editorial: Understanding our media

Editorial Board

September 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In the modern political landscape, it is easy to view most things with a little underlying skepticism. When the 2016 election made the term “fake news” a part of everyday jargon, it entirely transformed how all of us approach information, especially when it comes to news media. While recent po...

Letter: Impeaching Trump: how Republicans stand to gain

Leo R. Thuman

August 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Recently, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight of the 18 charges levied against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Among the charges brought against Manafort were multiple forms of tax evasion and fraud on the federal level. The prosecution exposed Manafort’s decadent l...

Martz: Things to do after the first week of classes

Paulina Martz

August 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The first week of classes is done and you may be feeling a bit (or incredibly) overwhelmed. There are a few things you can do to reign in the anxiety and restrain the craziness. The first thing you should do is pull out those syllabi, and if you’ve misplaced them, get them from Canvas. Then, s...

Pietrow: The consequences of Paul Manafort’s trial

David Pietrow

August 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Ever since the people elected Donald Trump as president, the United States’ political atmosphere has been one of constant controversy, and Paul Manafort is no exception. For those of you who don’t know, Manafort is an businessman who served on President Trump’s campaign team as the campaign chairman f...

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