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A whale of a problem

A whale of a problem
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief It was terribly sad to hear the news about Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld whale trainer who was drowned by one of the show’s orcas last week. It’s hard to imagine what her family is going through at this moment. But how surprising did the news come for people? The irregularity of such events might be astonishing given that these whales are habitually wild who don’t... 

Commentary: Scientology survivors retell stories of hell

Commentary: Scientology survivors retell stories of hell
Natalie Veissalov, LV Life Editor A couple of weeks ago, I was assigned to attend a news conference and create a story out of it for my Advanced News Reporting class. But in no way did I think my first news conference would be so dramatic. The news conference I covered was a talk given by six ex-Scientologists telling their horrifying stories full of claims that the Church of Scientology physically... 

CPAC auditions as a comedy show

CPAC auditions as a comedy show
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief No “30 Rock”? No “Office”? The Winter Olympics might have prevented your usual NBC laughs last week (and this week) but there was something on C-SPAN that could have just as easily filled your comedic void. C-SPAN isn’t usually synonymous with laugh out loud comedy, despite what Jon Stewart is able to do with it, but the annual Conservative Political Action... 

Let 'em filibuster

Let 'em filibuster
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief In President Obama’s first State of the Union address he resembled the candidate who was swept into office last November. Unfortunately we have only seen glimpses of this president however through no fault of his own he has acquired one messy situation after another that understandably juxtaposes what was necessary and what his loyal base wanted. But in an effort to... 

Media still imposes double standard

Media still imposes double standard
Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief If you watched the American Music Awards about three weeks ago, you may have seen Adam Lambert’s racy and provocative performance. The day after his performance, television, radio and online media sources were swarmed with criticism and commentary regarding some of his actions on stage. It seemed like that was all they were talking about that day, like there... 

Have yourself a very green Christmas

Have yourself a very green Christmas
Samantha Sincock, Editorial Director/Arts Editor Christmas time is here and so are the electricity bills from our treasured holiday delights. Walking or driving down the streets one becomes awed by the display of brightly colored Santa’s, decorative candy cans lining the walkway, or the hundreds of bright strands adorning every inch of the houses outer complexion. You enjoy the grandeur of the sparkling... 

Living in a fictional world

Living in a fictional world
Angie Marcos, LV Life Editor When I was 9 years old, I was introduced into the world of Harry Potter by a friend in my fourth grade class. Wizards, witches, spells, potions and wands were of great interest to me from the ages of 9 to 14. I dreamt of attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and having a giant like Hagrid as a friend to advise me through all of life’s difficulties. I yearned... 

Lies and Tiger and branding, oh my!

Lies and Tiger and branding, oh my!
Dan Sayles, Sports Editor If there is one thing to be gleaned from the whole Tiger Woods mistress fiasco, it’s that the American public eats it up like leftover mashed potatoes. There will be few people who think otherwise, and just blame the networks of just being greedy shills, and that they do not reflect the average American. However, let us examine this hypothesis. Is it not simply undone for... 

'Kingdom Hearts' makes a mystical comeback

'Kingdom Hearts' makes a mystical comeback
Michael Escañuelas, Editorial Cartoonist Sometimes it feels so good to be a kid. Whenever I’m reading, watching, or listening to something that conjures up memoires of my childhood makes me feel so good inside. To be honest a long time ago, when “Kingdom Hearts” for Playstation 2 was announced, I was more ecstatic then anyone I knew. I love Disney cartoons and I love Square Enix; so the combination... 

Obama puts his name on Afghanistan

Obama puts his name on Afghanistan
Kevin Garrity, Managing Editor Tuesday’s speech given by President Obama to the United States Military Academy marked a politically risky move. His month long deliberation about granting General Stanley McChrystal’s request for 40 thousand more troops in Afghanistan was finalized with the announcement of sending 30,000 men and women into the region as early as December. While it should not be a... 
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