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December Staff Editorial: Reflecting on the past year, looking on to the next

December Staff Editorial: Reflecting on the past year, looking on to the next

December 9, 2016


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This past year has been a mix of both good and bad. We saw highs when it came to sports franchises breaking historic droughts and a massive discovery relating to ALS. Some of our favorite musicians released new and innovative projects. We also saw lows, with the deaths of legendary figures like Muhammad Ali, Pr...

November Staff Editorial: Everyone has a story

November Staff Editorial: Everyone has a story

November 28, 2016


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As we grow older, perspective is something that we all gain. Perspective is important to life. Once you have it, you become more aware of the people around you and what they think and believe. Your focus then shifts to become more encompassing of everyone’s beliefs, instead of just your own. We...

Cincinnati ‘Tensing’ after mistrial

Cincinnati ‘Tensing’ after mistrial

Jenna Bao, Creative Projects Director

November 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Cincinnati has recently joined the ranks of cities across the country that have failed to indict police officers recklessly using force with the recent non-conclusion of the Ray Tensing trial. On July 19, 2015, Sam DuBose, a black man, was pulled over by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray ...

Not failing league

Not failing league

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director

November 14, 2016


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Yes, the National Football League’s (NFL) ratings are dropping. No, it is not because some players are not standing for the National Anthem or the league’s lack of consistent discipline. No, the league is not in trouble; America still loves its football. The NFL is still the most viewed sport i...

Year of Female Voter:

Year of Female Voter:

Adhiti Chundur, Co-print editor in chief

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

As a country, we stand on the brink of electing our first female president. This symbolic glass ceiling has been shattered by none other than one of the most qualified and accomplished politicians to run for office. Women’s issues, like sexism, equal pay, and abortion have come to the limelight of...

October Columns: Beware of clowns, Trump

October Columns: Beware of clowns, Trump

Max Torem and Joshua Patterson

November 5, 2016


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OPINION: Surely by now you have heard about the clown craze in Cincinnati and in other surrounding areas. Surely by now you are thinking, “Oh, that will never happen to me.” I am here to tell you that thinking you are somehow immune to an attack is simply false. It is the unfortunate and scary truth,...

What it means to inspire

What it means to inspire

Adhiti Chundur, Print Editor-in-chief

November 4, 2016


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To be inspiring does not necessarily mean parading around onstage, waving pom poms, and cracking jokes with the crowd (although there is nothing wrong with that). Inspiration can be in the form of quiet, profound diligence. One of the main criticisms of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton...

Tying up tied games

Tying up tied games

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director

November 3, 2016


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Ties are an idiotic way to settle a brutal game of football; the rules governing it are just as moronic. The 32 National Football League (NFL) teams prepare each week with the sole goal of winning, then they leave the game not knowing to celebrate or try to figure out what went wrong. I am not...

Breed ban boils over

Breed ban boils over

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor

November 2, 2016


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Due to recent attacks, Montreal has enacted breed-specific laws to ban pit bulls. This means that pit bulls in shelters face euthanization (the intentional ending of a life via a drug) and all current pit bull owners must purchase a $115 permit and walk their muzzled dogs on leashes no longer than...

Louisiana losing league

Louisiana losing league

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director

November 1, 2016


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I hate the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Big Ten and the Midwest are where my allegiances lie. I am a born and breed Midwestern girl. Where I come from, you work hard for what you get. Recently, Louisiana State University (LSU) made me hate the SEC, the most arrogant conference in the NCAA (National...

October Staff Editorial: Voicing opinions in election

October Staff Editorial: Voicing opinions in election

October 31, 2016


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As this election cycle comes to a close, the historical ramifications cannot be understated. This is a political shift that is rarely seen in a democracy, much less one as vetted as ours. We have an election that is polarized between two extremes, and whichever choice we make will affect the following...

Clowns creep up Cincinnati

Clowns creep up Cincinnati

Elizabeth Arveladze, Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

You have probably heard about the clown craze going around all of the United States. In fact three of the schools in Cincinnati were closed and five students were taken by the police because they sent out tweets asking the clowns to come to Cincinnati schools. At first, most kids thought it was a...

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