The Pioneer

The Cycle Must End

The Editors

October 13, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

The advent of a new school year brings new opportunities for students in both their personal and academic lives. These opportunities especially include those students who serve as the representatives of our student body, namely in Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI). There is an often tenuous...

Don’t Overdose on Caffeine

Gabriela Bertero

September 22, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

With finals fast approaching, students begin to buckle down and dedicate more time to studying the course materials in preparation for that last test. With all the information to cover and usually more than one final to take, where is all this extra brainpower going to come from? Through speak...

Inconvenient Walkways on Campus

Amandria Banks

September 22, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

So, recently I sprained my ankle and luckily I was able to walk around without any assistance, but it dawned on me, “What if I couldn’t take the stairs?” After observing the campus, I realized that the handicapped walkways are inconvenient. Just to get from the Dining Commons to Meiklejohn Hall,...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying (and Love the Movies)

Rishi Khalsa

August 25, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

As it comes time to get back into gear for another full-fledged year of school, the movies are one bit of tame entertainment that can break any monotonous routine, except for one fact: they are damn expensive. I like my movies with a side of cash, but generally all I get is a side of empty wal...

Racial Hate Still Exists in America

Radhika Jit

August 25, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

The June 26 murder of 49 year-old African American James Craig Anderson by 19-year-old Caucasian male Deryl Dedmon stunned Jackson, Mississippi and many parts of America. Dedmon viciously ran over Anderson with his truck in a parking lot and reportedly called friends to brag about the incident. This horrible hate crime illustrates how racial violence and tension may stil...

Alcohol May Be as Bad as Marijuana

Will LaBad

August 18, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

As America continues to reject ideas about the legalization of marijuana, many citizens continue to legally consume a “drug” that has been shown to have far worse side effects. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, alcohol is one of the most widely abused drug substances in the world, resulting in approximately 75,000...

Republican Plans Fall Short

Jonathan Riley

August 18, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

While some of President Obama’s policies can be reasonably criticized, based on their legislative actions and stated goals, I do not feel congressional Republicans currently present a practical alternative. It is true that Obama has not followed through on all of his campaign promises. For example, he has not closed Guantanamo Bay or ended the wars in Iraq and Af...

College Athletes Will Accept Bribes Until Paid

Charlie Kenneweg

August 11, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

Well, it’s happened again. After Ohio State’s debacle this off-season in trading Buckeye memorabilia for tattoos, the University of Alabama is now dealing with a similar situation. For the past two weeks current Alabama football player Trent Richardson has been seen in now deleted Facebook...

Government Should Require Nutrition Education in Schools

Allison Armour

August 11, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

Nutrition and a healthy diet has been stressed by many medical professionals as the key to avoiding many diseases, but its teachings are left out of many grade school curriculums. “We know that eating healthy can reduce risk of the most common, deadly medical problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and several types of canc...

Changing the Way We View Terrorism

Rishi Khalsa

August 4, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

Despite the atrociousness of the crime, the attack in Norway committed by Anders Behring Brevik will help highlight misconceptions of terrorism in the United States that are alienating Americans from Americans, bringing new fodder to the debate on terrorism. Since 9/11, many Americans have been subjected...

Tragedy in Norway Shows Best and Worst in Humanity

Gilbert C. Anton

August 4, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

The events that transpired in Norway just a few weeks ago sent reverberating shocks throughout the world as people learned of the tragedy in Oslo. The stark reminder that terrorism and violent extremists exist the world over have signaled the renewal of political and societal discussions over ...

A2E2 iPad Fee Will Not Be Implemented

Susan Opp

July 28, 2011


Filed under Op-ed

Dear Editor, In an Op-Ed piece published July 21, staff writer Amandria Banks indicated how unfair it would be to have all students pay a fee to purchase iPads for freshmen. The Administration couldn’t agree more, and that is why this is not the plan. Rather, starting in Winter 2012, there will ...

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