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Cosby allegations no revelation

Sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby have suddenly come to the forefront of public discussion. However, the allegations against him are nothing new. In the past several years, five women have come forward publicly to share their stories of how Bill Cosby raped or molested them, while another six victims have accused the beloved comic anonymously. According to The Atlantic, all the way back... 

Media still obsess over looks

Actress Renee Zellweger has received a barrage of criticism for her change in appearance recently after media sources have claimed that she is now “unrecognizable.” Because of the “new look” Zellweger debuted at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Oct. 21 many took to Twitter to play the guessing game as to what cosmetic surgery the actress may have had done. It is repugnant that our superficial... 

Media still mock mentally ill

If your reaction to Amanda Bynes’ mental breakdown was to laugh, but your reaction to Robin Williams’ suicide was to cry — you’re a hypocrite. The stigmas associated with mental illness are still strong and the misunderstanding of mental illness is even worse — something that is very easy to see in the pop culture saturated media. A quick Google search brings up page after page of sensationalist... 

Support women, not hackers

More than 100 female celebrities had their privacy invaded over the Labor Day weekend when a few hackers exposed nude photographs of said celebrities without their consent. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were targets of the massive cyber attack among others of your favorite silver screen starlets and singers. What few have speculated to have started as a quick way to get... 

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... 

Troubled stars need compassion

With such high profile deaths, people are often left wondering why talented people with glowing careers fall victim to drug addiction. Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death on Feb. 2. reminded the public about the realities of drug addiction, even for the most successful and acclaimed public figures. River Phoenix, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and, most recently, Cory Monteith,... 

Alumnus uncovers cost of Internet fame

Karla Rendon Assistant Editor Rachel Sandoval Staff Writer In the world of social media popularity, every like and follower on a website is now translating to dollar signs for some social media moguls. Overnight fame has been available to the public with just a click and a credit card. Icons from Barack Obama to Paris Hilton have been accused of buying views and likes on sites such as YouTube and Twitter. “Celebrities... 

Homophobia quickly dissipating

Years ago an individual’s announcement of being gay came with a tidal wave of shock and campaigns questioning the morals of society. Like Ellen DeGeneres’s announcement in 1997 that sparked front-page coverage with Time Magazine. Today an individual is able to get by with less exposure – Anderson Cooper’s announcement in July was merely a trending topic on Twitter for a few hours. This is... 

Musical integrity dies with artists

Even from beyond the grave, musicians are being sound-checked and compiled into posthumous albums. Amy Winehouse has been dead for a little over three months, and her record company is already looking to garner in money with a new record. Set to release on Dec. 5 the new album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” contains a collection of unreleased tracks that span Winehouse’s career. Winehouse is one... 

Commentary: Where has the real news gone?

<i>Commentary</i>: Where has the real news gone?
Kristen Campbell, Editor in Chief Two weeks ago one of my communications professors commented that his news quizzes, which cover the top 10 names in the past week’s news, usually have one recurring name throughout the semester and was hoping Charlie Sheen would be removed very soon. That comment got me thinking about the media’s story priorities. Why does the media have low standards? They are... 
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