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Second Amendment is outdated, needs updating to limit gun violence

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2012

Fear is a common reference in gun control debates. Many gun supporters say those would want increased gun control are motivated by fear. I agree. I’m afraid of guns. I’m afraid of walking down the streets of Wilkes-Barre...

Modern medicine: Prolonging life or prolonging death?

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

September 6, 2012

Nobody talks about death. We close out eyes to it; change the subject. Ignore and deny. Don’t talk about it, don’t write about it.  Maybe if we don’t think about it wont happen to us. Because we don’t acknowledge death,...

Online Courses Cheating Education

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 6, 2012

The things we’ve accomplished and the advancements we’ve made as a human population is astonishing. The world is a much different place now than it was a decade ago, which in the grand scheme of things, is not a very long...

Working Together To Be Colonel

President Patrick Leahy, Guest Writer/Wilkes University President

September 6, 2012

I want to thank the Beacon editorial staff for providing me with an opportunity to address their readers in the semester’s first edition.  Wilkes University is very fortunate to have such an informative and well read student-run...

Cash in your pennies for some change that makes cents

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2012

See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll be carrying around a worthless piece of copper–plated zinc. According to the U.S. Mint’s annual report, it costs 2.4 cents to make a penny that is worth 1.0 cent. Each year, ...

Middle Class on Mitt Romney: “If he wins, we lose.”

Brittany Battista, Advertising Manager

April 24, 2012

When you think of the word "politician," what first comes to your mind? A tall man with slicked-back hair? Does he wear a suit with a price tag no middle class person could afford? Is he one of those people who only tells you wh...

President Gilmour says farewell to the Wilkes University community

Tim Gilmour, Wilkes University President

April 22, 2012

The title of my inaugural speech was "The Courage to Be Great."  Throughout my presidency, I’ve challenged our University community to have the courage to work together to build a truly great institution.  And as a community – our s...

Divorcing civil unions for merry marriages

Cathryn Frear, Staff Writer

April 19, 2012

In the United States of America, people have certain "unalienable" rights.  According to the Declaration of Independence, anyway.  In fact, the exact wording as written in the preamble is, "We hold these truths to be self-evid...

Pink slime causes unnecessary outrage

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 17, 2012

When I think of a hamburger, I think of a patty made of ground beef- not pink slime. Pink slime, otherwise known as “Lean, Finely Textured Beef”, has been making headlines for a few months now, and meat eaters aren’t happy. The...

Media bias in Trayvon Martin case

Carly Yamrus

April 17, 2012

Even those who are unfamiliar with the Trayvon Martin case could look at the media pictures and decide who was innocent and who was guilty. The 17-year-old African American man was shot on February 28 by self-appointed Neighborhood...

Farley Library should extend its hours

Tony Goreczny, Staff Writer

April 17, 2012

I get distracted very easily, and while there is no place more comfortable to do my homework than my own room, there are quite a lot of distractions there. Consequently, if I really wish to get any work done, I must first find...

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