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Wilson: Policy and documentation must pave the campaign trail

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

It is impossible to deny that there is a large field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020. Even now, over a year before the election, there are at least 19 major candidates who have announced their candidacy or are expected to announce their candidacy soon. These candidates come fro...

Wilson: The results are in: polling is good

The 2016 election dampened people's opinions of polling data. But can we really discount their importance to the public sphere?

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

In the later months of 2016, one thing seemed certain. Almost every poll released after August gave Hillary Clinton a big lead over her opponent, President Donald Trump. People were so sure of the polls that many news outlets gave the election to Clinton before election day was over. Well, the ele...

Wilson: Keep the killer nameless

A photo of one of the Christchurch Mosques that were attacked this past weekend. The incident has again sparked conversations regarding how we react to mass shootings and acts of violent nationalism.

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

Last week, the world was rocked by the news that two mosques had been attacked by a white nationalist. Mass shootings are, unfortunately, a common problem in America, but this past Friday’s attack occurred in New Zealand. Leaving at least 50 dead, the shooter used an semi-automatic rifle to perpetr...

Wilson: Finding inspiration on a field-focused campus

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

There are many wonderful aspects of this campus. The academics are strong, the professors are acclaimed and there is a history of discovery and excellence. These all contribute to strong student development, both for those students studying STEM and those studying the humanities and arts. Students t...

Wilson: Keep the census constitutional

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019

Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution outlines who can serve in the United States House of Representatives and how many representatives each state should be allotted. In this article, the Constitution states that the “Enumeration shall be made…every...Term of Ten Years, in such Manner as...

Wilson: NASA funding can reignite national pride

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019

In 1969, NASA landed the first humans on the Moon. This feat was the culmination of the so-called “Space Race” during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Starting in the late 1940s, the Space Race was a major scientific endeavor, and the United States’ success was ...

Wilson: Mario Kart is Nintendo’s masterpiece

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018

Many people have tried. Many more have failed. But the ultimate test of skills between friends is the infamous Mario Kart for the Wii. No other game allows players of all backgrounds to come together with little prior knowledge and compete on equal footing with only a few test runs. The multitude ...

Wilson: It’s time for Zuckerberg to step down

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018

It would not be surprising if you are one of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users. It would be surprising if you have no experience with the social media giant. As many know, and as was depicted in the movie “The Social Network,” Mark Zuckerberg came up with the idea for Facebook with his college ro...

Wilson: Uptown’s food funk

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

November 2, 2018

There are many exceptionally wonderful things about this university. The academics are renowned and challenging, the campus is beautiful and located in a cultural hub and the professors are esteemed and well respected. However, there are flaws. Most prominent of which is the choices of food on cam...

Wilson: Misinformation cannot be a partisan issue

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

October 26, 2018

Social media is one of the most important aspects of today’s society. It brings people from all around the world together and keeps people connected in ways that would never have been thought of 100 years ago. However, it has also become one of the biggest detriments to national sovereignty, especi...

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