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Circumcision: Foreskin or against it?

Cathryn Frear, Staff Writer

February 9, 2012

These days, body modification is relatively commonplace.  By its most basic definition, it’s likely that more than half of the people you know have modified their bodies in some way.  Even every day ear piercings are a popular...

Sugar should not be regulated like alcohol

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

February 8, 2012

I recently stumbled across an opinion article on CNN written by a medical sociologist claiming to know what works and doesn’t work when protecting people from harm. After listing her credentials she then proceeded to tell me...

SOPA was only the beginning

Anthony Goreczny, Staff Writer

February 7, 2012

Imagine a world without Facebook, Google or Wikipedia. It’s not hard to after the Internet blackout that was organized as a protest in response to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property...

Love affair with technology interfering with human relationships

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2012

As I sat down for my first class of the semester, I looked around the room at my fellow classmates. I glanced from person to person and quickly noticed that I was one of the only people that weren’t transfixed by a screen. Now...

Kodak Moments lesson, technology wins again

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 6, 2012

“You press the button - we do the rest” promised George Eastman in 1888 with the introduction of the first roll-film camera. The Kodak camera was priced at $25 and came pre-loaded with enough film exposure to produce 100...

New education law grants too much power to parents

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2012

The New Hampshire legislature recently passed a bill to enact a new law allowing parents to decide which lessons their children are taught in public school.  If the parent objects to any course material or method of teaching...

The other red meat: lift on ban allows human consumption of horses

Lyndsie Yamrus, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 30, 2012

In 2006, Congress said “neigh” and put a ban on the slaughtering of horses for human consumption by discontinuing the use of federal funds towards meat inspection services. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requires...

Rick Santorum wants you! …. to give up your rights

Cathryn Frear, Staff writer

January 29, 2012

Rick Santorum wants to control your life.  And not just those of you who aren’t straight—all of you. Many of you probably remember Santorum as the former senator born in Virginia who came to Pennsylvania to make us all...

Cellphone disruptions disrespectful, inconsiderate

Anthony Goreczny, Staff Writer

January 26, 2012

Smart phones like the iPhone and Android devices are both continuing to increase the power and capabilities of their handsets.  The competing platforms are looking for new areas of life to expand and adapt their technology to. ...

Media outlets need to remember to check the facts

Cathryn Frear, Staff Writer

January 26, 2012

Most everyone has heard of the cliché “he jumped the gun.”  What the receiver is meant to infer in a literal sense is someone pulling the trigger of a gun before they know what’s going on.  What it implies in a figurative...

GPS tracking violates fourth amendment

Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2011

George Orwell’s fictional novel “1984” follows a character living in a society in which their government continuously monitors their every move. Screens are used to watch people as they carry on with their daily activities...

Republican presidential candidates are a joke

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

November 22, 2011

Audiences across America are enjoying a hilarious comedy television series. This program has it all: outrageous comments, humorous conflict and eccentric characters. This is no traditional sitcom, but viewers have relished the...

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