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Opinion & Editorial

The Phone “Home Alone” Challenge by Peggy Sutton

This feature’s contributor is posted on our Faculty and Staff column.(Courtesy/Peggy Sutton) Unless you are a movie buff, you may not remember the 1990 film Home Alone, now with sequels released through 2002. In the earliest version, the family of eight-year-old Kevin accidentally abandons him at home while they head off on vacation. The youngster

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Iowa Caucuses Need to Go

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaign trail. (Courtesy/ Phil Roeder, Flickr) Last Monday’s election night failure in Iowa was a colossal embarrassment for the Democratic National Committee.  Two candidates, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders, declared victory amid uncertainty. While they both are taking a victory lap in New Hampshire, neither can make

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Lamar Jackson’s MVP Means More Than Just Numbers

Lamar Jackson won the 2019-2020 MVP award on Saturday, February 1 by Unanimous Decision (Wikimedia Commons) Lamar Jackson is simply spectacular on the gridiron. This 2019-2020 NFL season, the 23-year-old quarterback from the Baltimore Ravens broke tackle after tackle, record after record, and added a tally to his club’s win column more times than the

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Thank You, Kobe

(Wikimedia Commons) Five NBA Championships, 17 All-Star appearances, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 1 Oscar, and countless other awards. Kobe Bryant’s legacy stretches far beyond those numbers and far beyond the sphere of the sports world.  On January 26, 2020, tragedy struck when Bryant’s helicopter went down in Calabasas, California. Bryant has been confirmed dead, and

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Coronavirus Outbreak Spoils China’s Lunar New Year

A Chinese New Year celebration from prior years, untouched by disease. (Unsplash, CC0) The Lunar New Year, celebrated on January 25th this year, traditionally calls for outdoor festivals, lanterns, and parades throughout the city, as people gather with their families to celebrate the annual holiday with a “reunion dinner.” Everyone enjoys noodles, dumplings, spring rolls,

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EU’s Ban on Facial Recognition

The accelerated speed of facial recognition AI is cause for worry. (Wikimedia Commons) Around January 17, a leaked white paper draft from the European Commission contained a three-to-five year ban on the use of live facial recognition (LFR) technology in public areas. Multiple reasons for the ban are obvious, one being for privacy and security

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It’s No Longer Summer in Australia

Australia is suffering wildfires, thunder, drought, flooding, and dust storms (Martin Snicer/Flickr)  The United States is one of Australia’s oldest allies. Two years ago, the two countries celebrated 100 years of mateship. Yet our media is giving more air time toward the heating tensions of a Warren-Sanders feud rather than the lethal blazes terrorizing our

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Opinion: What’s the Big Deal about Imminent?

Vaughn Armour, Carolyn Vaziri, and Ethan Weiser in discussion with Mr. Wagshul. (Courtesy/Andy Morris)   Since the death of Iranian Kuds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani on January 3 of this year, the term “imminent” has entered the daily lexicon of Americans following the news.  What’s the big deal about this word? It all starts with the

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Indecision is the Democrats’ Achilles Heel 

Front runners Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg vy for the Democratic nomination. (Graphic by Carolyn Vaziri’22) Democrats are torn. Thirteen primary candidates remain, locking horns for the nomination. The crowded field represents a broad ideological spectrum, from moderates like Amy Klobuchar to far-leftists like Bernie Sanders. Is the safest option to select a moderate to

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Soleimani’s Assasination Leaves A Less Safe World

Thousand of Iranians Mourn General Qassim Soleimani on January 6th. (Majid Asgaripour via Wikimedia Commons) Thanks to last Friday’s drone-strike assassination of Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani, we ring in a new decade amidst millions’ calls for “Death to America” and memes about WWIII and the selective service populating our instagram feeds These concerns are only