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Consumers should take action to end cruel animal testing

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2012

Most people wouldn’t put shampoo in their cat’s eyes before they use it themselves. They wouldn’t test mascara on a rabbit before using it. They wouldn’t rub floor cleaner on their dog’s skin before putting in on their...

Well-intended Kony 2012 campaign a dangerous ignorance for the U.S.

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

March 30, 2012

Good intentions, poor execution. This is the most basic definition of the KONY 2012 movement. Like most Americans, I had no idea what KONY 2012 was until I woke up one morning and saw that Facebook was spammed with videos and...

Rising gas prices the consequence of global supply and demand

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 28, 2012

Passing gas stations nowadays is arguably one of the worst parts of driving.  The prices seem to only know one direction, and it’s not down. As of Wednesday, March 28, the lowest gas price in Wilkes-Barre could be obtained...

Nuclear Energy: Mankind’s Bane or Hope for the Future

Tony Goreczny, Staff Writer

March 27, 2012

With rising gas prices, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, more people, companies and governments than ever before are looking to convert to current forms of alternative energy, or discover new ones. Of the myriad possibilities...

The Senate should increase funding to NASA

Tony Goreczny, Staff Writer

March 26, 2012

“Space, the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. ” Thos...

Wilkes should not ignore arts and humanities

Christine Lee, Life Editor

March 20, 2012

With the groundbreaking of the new four floor science building the mission is now clear: Wilkes will become the one of the premiere educational institutes in the region for science education. However, few are aware that at...

High Concession Prices or No Movies: You Decide

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 20, 2012

The next movie I plan on seeing is The Hunger Games. I will purchase a small bag of popcorn costing around $4.50 and probably a small fountain soda at $4, give or take a few cents. The total will be a whopping $8.50. There’s...

Verdict in Tyler Clementi case sends message to bullies

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

March 20, 2012

“You do the crime, you do the time.” Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is no exception to this rule after being found guilty of bias intimidation- a hate crime, invasion of privacy, and 13 other counts in the recent webcam...

Here’s a restaurant tip: Pay your server!

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

March 20, 2012

As a server working in food service for the past 5 summers, I’m come to the realization that many people of varying ages and ethnicities do not know the first thing about restaurant etiquette. In particular I mean tipping your...

Facebook admits to using app to spy on text messages

Tony Goreczny, Staff Writer

March 20, 2012

Most people are well aware of George Orwell's 1984, and more specifically the character of Big Brother, the embodiment of tyrannical government control achieved through a complete and utter lack of privacy. Well, if the governme...

Ellen makes haters her motivators

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 20, 2012

On typical Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I usually go straight from Politics class to the SUB cafeteria and watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show as I eat a grapefruit. Since its debut in 2003, the show has become very popular, and...

Letter to the Editor: sugar regulation may be necessary

Gary Neale, Correspondent

March 13, 2012

Thank you for your article on possible sugar regulation. It certainly is a sad state of affairs that something like this is being considered. Especially when taxes from cigarette sales are not spent on health issues. Pennsylvania...

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