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Racist law cannot be covered up

Unarmed, black teen wearing a hoodie gets shot down for walking through a neighborhood. Unarmed, black man gets shot down for playing his music too loud in his car. Only in Florida could paranoid white men get away with these cowardly crimes and all they have to do is stand behind Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. After a 200 case review done by the Tampa Bay Times, they found an “uneven application.... 

Social media vital for protests

Social media plays a huge role in society today, connecting people with common interests, ideals and the simple desire to share a laugh. However social media has also proven to be a powerful tool that can be used for more important purposes than posting pictures of your daily Starbucks ­– however fun that might be. From 2010 to 2011, the world was able to observe the Arab Spring up close and personal... 

Change dumbs down SAT standards

Change dumbs down SAT standards
The College Board announced that starting in 2016, SAT test-takers will no longer be required to write an essay. With that, the now three section, 2400 point maximum test will be condensed to two sections with a 1600 as the possible maximum score. The optional essay will be graded on a separate scale that is still under consideration. Also, the reading and the math portions of the SAT will be revised.... 

FCC regulations threaten liberty

The Federal Communications Commission closed a study on how newsrooms operate after journalists and lawmakers protested saying the FCC was violating First Amendment rights. This was a failed trial run for the Multi Market Study of Critical Information Needs, or CIN, which the FCC planned to conduct every three years for Congress. The study included a survey that asked newsrooms how stories are selected... 

Sallie Mae deserves scrutiny

Defaulting on student loan payments and falling into debt after graduating college is a fear that many students have in common. With the practices of Sallie Mae, a large federal student loan company, working against them, this fear may become more of a reality for some. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is boldly taking a stand against the student loan giant after stating that she fears that Sallie... 

Parking should trump park

Parking should trump park
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff The University’s student government has elected to turn the currently vacant area south of the Vista La Verne residence hall into a recreational space. The area, called Leo Park, will include a basketball court, exercise equipment and free space for other “impromptu recreational activities.” While the idea of a nice little park is nice, the site on the corner... 

Another racist case in Florida

In a trial that echoed George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin two years ago, another white man has killed a black teenager in Florida without being convicted of a murder charge. Thanks to the state’s “stand your ground” law, 47-year-old Michael Dunn, responsible for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was only convicted of three charges of attempted second-degree murder... 

Perry’s video only for shock value

Pop stars have some of the biggest egos in the world. Some even think that they are equivalent to a God, as we found out last year with Kanye West’s album “Yeezus.” But the one thing that is worse than when fame inflates an artist’s ego to the size of a God, is when they think they can make a mockery of one. In this case, Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse” does just that. More... 

Rape definition update is progress

Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape. The current definition of rape under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is “Penetration, no matter... 

Sam should be judged on talent

When NBA center Jason Collins openly came out as gay in April 2013, it was only a matter of time until more professional athletes would follow his example. Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, came out in a recent interview with the New York Times. If he is picked during the draft, he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL. With the NFL combines and draft slowly approaching,... 
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