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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... 

Do not take their word for it

Believing in a cause is a great thing, and as citizens we should all do our part to help out some sort of non-profit organization. But when our beliefs begin to stem from the endorsements of celebrities, there is something very wrong with that picture. Lady Gaga decided to take to the web to plead with United States Senators to get them to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The video ended up all over... 

Commentary: Unexpected overreaction to celebrities

<i>Commentary</i>: Unexpected overreaction to celebrities
Carly Hill, Arts Editor I am not one to get star struck. One of the first things you learn as a reporter is that everyone is equal, some people have different expertise. I have learned to treat everyone as a normal, average person on the street. Some people just have more bodyguards that you have to cross to get to them. Which has helped in a lot of situations, whether it was interviewing ULV President... 

TMZSports.com should never be

TMZSports.com should never be
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas TMZ has gained considerable leverage ever since it broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death last June. Now with all the recent media coverage of the Tiger Woods sex scandal, it appears that TMZ’s next calling is to focus more on sports news: the good, the bad and of course, the private. Yes, TMZ will be expanding its coverage of celebrity gossip with... 
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