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A lethal combination

By Zewde Ingram | Sept. 9, 2014, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A kid and a powerful Uzi submachine gun is a disastrous combination.


Happy camp is just happy talk

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 6, 2014, 2:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

North Korea's Children's Camp is just a false pretense of positivity for the government, instead of a genuine attempt by the government to create a nurturing community for children over the summer.


Shutting down on learning

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 2, 2014, 8:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blackboards, books and lessons or lectures from classroom teachers are all quickly fading into the past; taking their place are shiny tablet screens, E-books and online lessons and resources. More laptops and tablets available for student use will mean more distractions and less vital human interaction in the classroom.


Clinical trials for Ebola drug could cure thousands

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Aug. 28, 2014, 5:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The WHO needs to begin a clinical trial with Ebola patients in West Africa to test the ZMapp's effectiveness and hopefully save thousands of lives. The first phase of this has already begun.


Why the #IceBucketChallenge isn't so stupid

By Brian Le | Aug. 27, 2014, 5:46 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The ice bucket challenge requires people to pour a bucket of ice water on themselves or donate $100 to the ALS Association—or both—then nominate others to do the same. Millions of people around the world and countless celebrities are posting their challenge videos online.


A purely political effort

By Nicholas Shereikis | Aug. 20, 2014, 3:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent push by conservatives like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to repeal Common Core is purely political and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the program.


Driverless cars ready to traverse cities and help save lives

By Kalin Vassilev | Aug. 6, 2014, 12:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Though it may seem unlikely now, the speed at which the technology is being developed suggests that driverless cars could be seen cruising down your street as early as 2017.


The not so minor, minor immigration problem

By Zewde Ingram | July 29, 2014, 9:10 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In recent months, the flood of child immigrants from Central America has risen to chaotic and unsustainable proportions. The influx of unaccompanied immigrant children and mothers has amounted to an overwhelming humanitarian and policy issue.


Sea level rise will be coastal states' demise

By James Sleigh | July 28, 2014, 11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Scientists recently produced evidence that sea level rise will continue into the foreseeable future. Several low-lying islands and coastal areas are already experiencing the effects of rapidly swelling oceans and seas.


"Redskins" a little too strong on offense

By Arthi Vijaykumar | July 26, 2014, 12:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Snyder has resisted change for a while, but he must understand that changing the name would not only be compassionate to Native Americans who are hurt by the team name, it would also benefit himself and his team socially, financially and ethically.


In Syrian war, strength through neutrality

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | July 24, 2014, 11:40 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The continuation of Assad's power in Syria brings the country closer to becoming ground zero of an all-out battle between the two major sects of Islam, Shia and Sunni, spanning the entire Middle East.


Violence propelled by entitlement

By Amalia Chiapperino | June 17, 2014, 11:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Rodger's viral address and the shooting that occurred soon after, reminded America of the lingering sexist tendencies and feelings of entitlement that continue to hinder gender equality and promote violence.


#RealChange from Hashtag Activism

By Sarah Trunk | June 11, 2014, 12:18 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Social media has redefined traditional social activism.


Just say hoNOrs

By Jacob Popper | June 11, 2014, 12:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Their obvious benefits have caused many people over the years to become strong supporters of the AP system, and in turn those people have strived to make them a choice nationwide. However, the AP curricula and tests need to be removed, because they are taking away necessary leisure time for students and furthering racial divides.


The Passion of the Eich

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | May 8, 2014, 7:41 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Why was Brendan Eich's resignation wrong, and what can we learn from this situation going forward?


When is a joke not a joke?

By Sarah Trunk | April 21, 2014, 12:49 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Critics fail to understand the point of satire such as Colbert's � satire, in context, is necessary to criticize essential issues.


The College Readiness Contest

By Sarah Trunk | April 8, 2014, 12:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the new SAT has good intentions, it won't fix the old SAT’s failure to fulfill the test's purpose-- to provide colleges with a fair and accurate evaluation of students' ability to succeed in college.


An alert for every occasion

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 2, 2014, 1:51 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Protecting children should and has been a top priority for citizens and law enforcement, but what about all of the other crimes that take place daily in this country? With an AMBER-style alert system in place on a statewide or regional basis, police could respond more quickly to and increase awareness of crimes taking place in communities everywhere.


A push to remove the zero tolerance policy

By Temi Ibirogba | March 30, 2014, 2:02 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Schools in Montgomery County are some of the 14,000 in the country working to exercise this idea of increased tolerance and adapting to the situation.


Whose turn to host?

By Samuel Popper | March 14, 2014, 12:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the "Fédération Internationale de Football Association" (Fifa) must be more responsible when choosing locations for their events to preserve the great traditions their respective games.


Controversy and cold weather

By Sarah Trunk | Feb. 13, 2014, 9:52 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent and ridiculously named "polar vortex," "cold snap," "winter of mass destruction," "when even Hell froze over," simply "Hoth" or whatever you want to call it, prompted much heated discussion about weather patterns from scientists and talking heads alike. What is the real cause of this cold-spell?


Ethics come before rights

By Birhan Alemayehu | Jan. 2, 2014, 1:24 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The emotional wounds are still fresh in our minds, but now the wounds have been opened again with the release of the 911 calls.


To be or not to be? That is the black dilemma

By Abel Chanyalew | Dec. 30, 2013, 9:06 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Whenever I introduce myself for the first time, the conversation quickly becomes one where I have to justify my identity. Generally, the conversation goes as follows...


Reduce the achievement gap from the beginning

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Dec. 21, 2013, 11:24 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In order to start every kid on a level playing field, the U.S. federal government must fund a public preschool system available for all two- to five-year-old children.


Making the roads safe: banning cellphones is a place to start

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Oct. 22, 2013, 12:19 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Distracted driving is a major issue in the United States and must be addressed, starting with prohibiting drivers from using cellphones in cars.

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