Category Archives: Opinions

Our writers give their opinions on various topics.

Buying Local: Healthier and Economically Friendly

The average distance that most American food travels to get to the dinner table is 1,500 miles. That is 1,500 miles of truck and plane emissions, of extra packaging to protect produce on its long journey, and of days in … Continue reading

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Sleep What Is That?

College students often complain about how little sleep they get. To a degree it has become a point of pride to win the “I’ve gotten less sleep than you competition”. College students are representative of today’s society: fixated on electronic … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong: Cycling Star Stripped of Tour de France Titles

Forgivable Infraction vs. Inexcusable Act Forgivable Infraction By Carly Banner Directors of the Tour de France will strip Lance Armstrong of the victories he earned during the years 1999 to 2005. Instead of acknowledging the fact that people who achieve … Continue reading

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Facebook Should Address Privacy Concerns: Online Communities Need Better Protection and Online Education

By Carly Banner Facebook users often face privacy concerns due to the amount of personal data the website is entrusted with. Facebook users’ ability to keep their data protected is often complicated by the company’s constant reformatting. Due to the … Continue reading

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Where Should I Live? : On-Campus vs. Off Campus

On-Campus By Kavita Singh The monetary commitment to live on-campus can be daunting, even considering most financial aid packages. However, the troubles from living off-campus far outweigh that financial gain. Especially in the long-run, the isolation from a close-knit campus … Continue reading

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Declining Military Health: Americans Unfit to Serve

By Carly Banner A recent study from Mission: Readiness found that 25% of Americans are too overweight to join the military. The United States is one of the few countries that face this problem. When a quarter of a nation’s … Continue reading

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Guest Column: Embracing the Classics.Exploring the Future.

There is a discouraging trend afoot – that of declining interest in classical music. Many professional orchestras are facing musicians’ union disputes, financial troubles, declining audiences, and some have even folded entirely. It is not within the scope of my … Continue reading

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Voter ID: Reasonable Request vs. Discriminatory Law

Reasonable By Jeffrey McKenzie Pennsylvania and many other states have implemented or are attempting to implement voter ID laws. However, opponents are now complaining that such requests for identification are discriminatory, racist, or on par with a poll tax. The … Continue reading

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Reducing Employment: Degrees Add Advantage

By Jeffrey McKenzie In August, the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent. Unemployment among the 20-24 age group stands at 14.6 percent. Furthermore, there are an increasing number of graduates that are unable to find full-time jobs in … Continue reading

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Kony 2012 Campaign: Effective Advocacy or Misguided Militarism

Advocacy By Brooke Chatterton Invisible Children, the makers of the Kony 2012 video, have a long history of using social media in order to bring an underexposed issue of their choice into light.  With such a viral video, many have … Continue reading

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Iran

By Brooke Chatterton Recently, tensions in the Middle East have skyrocketed when Israel blamed Iran for two separate attacks on February the 13th and 14th. The first was a join attack perpetrated against the capitals of India and Georgia against … Continue reading

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Protected Time Proposal: Benefits Students or Limits Choices

Benefits By: Brooke Chatterton Faculty and staff at Southwestern have attempted to respond to student needs by proposing a new policy that would help ease the amount of class and extracurricular conflicts in the evenings by providing a Protected Time … Continue reading

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