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The Paradox: Fat and Healthy

Tina Phillips
February 17, 2011
Filed under Opinion

If America truly wants to promote health, it should stop focusing on weight management. How many of us hear the message “lose weight” everywhere we go, whether it is on TV, in a magazine, or even at the doctor’s office? We are told to “go on a diet,” “restrict your calorie intake,” and ...

Budget Cuts: Reconsidering The American Military’s Role

Will Thompson
February 10, 2011
Filed under Opinion

With the extension of the Bush tax cuts effectively preventing any meaningful reduction of the federal deficit in the near term (at least until their 2012 expiration), new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated that “everything is on the table” when it comes to congressional proposals to cut spending. While al...

In The Spirit of Just Discourse: Gun Guntrol

Mark Laluan
February 10, 2011
Filed under Opinion

The U.S. Constitution has served as a political football, tossed and kicked around ever since the dawn of the American Republic. How much of a political football the Constitution has become can be seen in interpolations of the Second Amendment. In response to Will Thompson’s editorial “Reasonable Gu...

STEM To CLASS: Get LOST

Richard Duboc
February 10, 2011
Filed under Opinion

After attending one of the University’s town hall discussions on becoming a STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) centered institution, I feel that the only thing cleared up was the writing on the wall. The question-no-answer format was slightly less than illuminating—however, th...

The U.S. “Kill Switch” Violates Freedoms

Lauren Lola
February 10, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Talk about dumb luck! A day prior to the nationwide Internet shutdown in Egypt, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced how they want to give President Barack Obama control over the Internet, in the case of a “national cyber emergency.” The legislati...

Think Before You Speak: There’s No Such Thing as a “Gay Lifestyle”

Tina Phillips
February 10, 2011
Filed under Opinion

I have heard the word “lifestyle” used with increased frequency lately. I have heard it used to describe a “healthy” lifestyle, a “bohemian” lifestyle, or a “hip hop” lifestyle. It is difficult for me to understand exactly what that is supposed to mean. I suppose “lifestyle” means a ...

Gentlemen, Step Your Game Up for Valentine’s Day

Cheyann Elmore
February 10, 2011
Filed under Features, Opinion

Valentine’s Day can provide men the perfect opportunity to sweep their woman (or man) off their feet. For those men who don’t have their act together, this could be a day that easily lands them a permanent spot in the doghouse. That being said, let us take this time to go over some things men may want ...

The U.S. Tarries in Responding to Egypt’s Protests

Will Thompson
February 3, 2011
Filed under Opinion

After eight days of demonstrations against three decades of repression and outright humiliation at the hands of President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians—and the world—witnessed the beginning of the end of the regime unfold in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as Mubarak pledged Tuesday not to seek another term in September’s elections. “Tahrir” translates as “liberation” in Arabic—a fitting...

Latinos: A Republican’s New Best Friend

Mark Laluan
February 3, 2011
Filed under Opinion

The Republican wave that washed over the nation in the last midterm elections never quite reached California’s shores. Where Democrats were thrown out of office by the bushel in the rest of the nation, Californians rejected Republican candidates in droves. Demographic shifts have given the Latino...

Reasonable Gun Control Held Up By Gun Lobby

Will Thompson
January 27, 2011
Filed under Opinion

A single empty brown leather chair, notably vacant amidst a sea of members of Congress serving as the audience to President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address, signified the absence of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the target of the shooting in Tucson that took six lives an...

Could Better Mental Health Care Prevent More Tragedies?

Will Thompson
January 20, 2011
Filed under Layout, Opinion

It’s hard to say, but it’s worth improving regardless In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, the adequacy of mental health services in the United States has come into question, especially as knowledge about alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state continues to come to light. Loughner’s friends recounted his strange obsession ...

The Tuscon Shooting Has Its Roots in a Violent Society

Will Thompson
January 13, 2011
Filed under Layout, Opinion

The tragic shooting rampage and attempted assassination of a congresswoman in Tucson that claimed the lives of six innocent people has sparked a series of debates regarding mental health issues, the need for gun control legislation, and the hateful, sometimes violent language that has become the patois of contemporary American politic...

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