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Tuesday May 30th


(Photo courtesy of Flickr/ “Taylor Swift” by Eva Rinaldi)

OPINION: Audiences upset with Taylor Swift, deeming her newly released music ‘fatphobic’

Taylor Swift released her 10th studio album “Midnights” on Oct. 21, along with a music video to accompany the third track “Anti-Hero.” The video received over 42 million views, reaching the no. 2 spot on Youtube’s “Trending” under the music category. Some viewers have expressed their discontent with one particular scene in which Swift steps onto a scale and it reads “FAT.”

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(Photo courtesy of Flickr/ “Atlanta – Downtown: Georgia State Capitol” by Wally Gobetz)

OPINION: The audacity of Herschel Walker

Looking back to the public’s opinions of Donald Trump as he vied for the Republican candidacy in 2015 can often feel like a cruel joke. His outlandishness as a political figure made statisticians and pundits write off growing support as a passing phase. But his brazen personality ended up being a boon to his polling numbers. How could we not predict the groundswell of support his meretricious delusions of grandeur would drum up? 

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OPINION: Viewers outraged over ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer

Disney released the trailer for the new highly anticipated live-action movie “The Little Mermaid” on Sept. 9. Scheduled to be released in May of 2023, the film will star Halle Bailey as Ariel. The trailer created waves of controversy immediately following its release, with many people upset over the fact that Halle Bailey is a Black woman, despite Ariel originally being drawn as white in the original movie. 

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OPINION: How Sweden’s election could affect Europe’s climate policy

If I were to ask you to name a nation where a change in government could have international implications, you may--perhaps rightly--name the United States, Russia, China or any other country that has a prominent standing on the world stage. But what if I told you the same can be said for Sweden? Yes, Sweden. Here is how the Scandinavian nation of 10.4 million people could have widespread effects on European climate policy. 

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OPINION: How masking regulations reflect America’s distrust of experts

Florida judge Kathryn Mizelle struck down the Center for Disease Control’s enforcement of masks while on public transit. This decision came in mid-April. While being celebrated as an individualist hero by her conservative party, liberal masking advocates are harshly criticizing her choice and its consequences for the spread of disease in this country. 

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OPINION: What will it mean for Elon Musk to own Twitter?

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has recently expressed an interest in buying all available shares of Twitter in a massive takeover bid that has the media buzzing with the back and forth of this negotiation.  Twitter has shown its antagonism to this offer, filing a “poison pill plan” with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. This tactic, a common maneuver in shareholder negotiations, would make it almost impossible for Musk to expand his control of the company to over 15 percent. 

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(Navya Sinha / The Signal). 

OPINION: Climate scientists are fed up — you should be too

Civil disobedience regarding climate change has been on the rise. Last week, NASA scientist Peter Kalmus and his associates chained themselves to the entrance of the JP Morgan Chase building in Los Angeles in a quest to end climate change.  The group of researchers, known as Scientist Rebellion, was specifically protesting the investment bank’s massive funding of fossil fuels, the use of which threatens to destroy Earth.

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(Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash). 

OPINION: Amazon’s revolutionary union sets precedent in employee-centric economy

The Amazon Labor Union became the e-commerce company’s first-ever union last week when former Staten Island warehouse employee Chris Smalls succeeded in his long-developing plan of organizing against the goliath corporation. In a classic underdog scenario never before seen in the company’s history, an individual grassroots campaign, totally unaided by more established labor unions, was voted into existence. 

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OPINION: The slap heard ‘round the world — Will Smith really slapped Chris Rock on national television

It’s not every day that the question “did you see the Oscars last night?” has little or nothing to do with the highly deserved and monumental awards. No, the 94th Academy Awards will unfortunately not be remembered for the first openly queer woman of color winning Best Supporting Actress, or the first deaf man winning Best Supporting Actor, or that Samuel L. Jackson had an Oscar presented to him by Denzel Washington. It will be remembered for Will Smith slapping Chris Rock in front of an international audience, sitting back down in his seat and less than an hour later, going right back up to receive a standing ovation for his Best Actor speech.

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Hundreds of protestors marched around the perimeter of Disney headquarters to demand the corporation condemn the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill (Pexels).

OPINION: Disney’s reaction to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ marks a turning point

The Walt Disney corporation has often been accused of overcommercializing gay pride. While perfectly happy to rake in the earnings from selling rainbow Mickey T-shirts, the company refuses to engage in activism in any real way, merely tiptoeing around issues of substance to collect cash from conservative Christians and LGBTQ+ fans alike.  Employees in Burbank, Calif. forced the company to confront their tepid stance on issues of gay rights last week. Hundreds of protestors left the animation studio, marching around the perimeter of Disney headquarters to demand that the corporation condemn the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. 

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Even though Travers and Wolfe are set to close by 2024, they still hold lots of memories for the College community (Alessia Contuzzi / The Signal). 

OPINION: The renovation of Travers and Wolfe is necessary yet bittersweet

In late February, the College community was told that both Travers and Wolfe Residence Halls were going to be closing permanently by 2024 with new village-style housing as possible replacements, via an email by President Foster. The two first-year student dorms have become symbolic across campus, as they have been a place of residence for incoming freshmen at the College for 51 years. Unfortunately, occupancy levels for both Towers will decrease beginning next year as the College implements improvements to the residential experience. The Towers closing may bring disappointment, but the College can justly replace them to improve our campus, hopefully without losing the sentimental value they hold. 

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The election of Yoon Suk-yeol in South Korea threatens women’s rights (Photo from Pixabay). 

OPINION: How far will a ‘K-Trump’ set back feminism?

Yoon Suk-yeol, a former chief prosecutor, is set to replace Moon Jae-in as President of South Korea on May 10. Suk-yeol has become increasingly known in the West as a “K-Trump,” similar to Brazil’s “Trump of the Tropics,” Jair Bolsonaro. Suk-yeol is a staunch conservative, running on a platform combatting the rising feminism movement in Korea to some consternation and some heady approval.  The election campaign pitted Suk-yeol against the former governor Lee Jae-myung, a liberal candidate seen as the “lesser of two evils” by leftists. For the first time in South Korean politics, the gender conflict played a large role in debates and campaigns. The feminism movement, and the vehement backlash it received, needed to be addressed. 

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Americans must be willing to face the real consequences of supporting Ukrainians through this attack (Pexels).

OPINION: Paying more for gas will help Ukraine

The tragedy in Ukraine has been dominating the U.S. news cycle for the past few weeks. As the terror rages on against innocent civilians, Americans have come together to express their solidarity through vigils, marches and other performative means of showing support. However, on a larger, governmental level, many have wondered exactly what actions the Biden administration will take to combat this humanitarian crisis.  The answer came on March 8 when Biden officially banned the importation of Russian crude oil and natural gas. This sanction, among the multiple other Russian sanctions imposed by sympathetic countries, will hopefully be a huge financial blow to Putin’s war chest: a limitation on exports will force the country to focus on a domestic crisis rather than on the terror pressed against Ukrainians. 

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(Navya Sinha / The Signal).

From a Basement: Students realizing classmate crushes aren’t as cute without their masks

Refreshed from a relaxing spring break, Harper James was eager to return to the business building. However, her excitement had little to do with the next lesson in her BUS200 class; she had instead been anticipating seeing her long-time class crush, Jerry Seinfeld, without the mask covering half of his gorgeous face. Much to her dismay, though, when Harper re-entered the classroom she could not find her dear Jerry amongst the crowd of newly exposed faces. She recalled his usual seat and narrowed her focus there where her gaze was met by that of a man she did not recognize, yet one who greeted her as though they had long been acquainted. 

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