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Sunday October 2nd


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OPINION: Why aren’t book bans illegal yet?

A Tennessee school board banned the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” on January 10. This graphic novel details the horrific treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust, with mice representing the Jewish people and the Nazis drawn out as cats. It is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time for its haunting storytelling, artwork and the use of cats and mice as instantly recognizable allegories.

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From A Basement is a satirical column written by Miss Misery. This piece touches on the topic of inevitable icebreakers and the trauma dumping that they may sustain (Navya Sinha).

From a Basement: Student unsure where the line between ‘icebreaker’ and ‘trauma dumping’ is

The start of a new semester opens the door for an abundance of possibilities — joining a new club, taking new classes, starting a new job — all of which come with the unfortunate caveat of having to meet new people. Perhaps you would consider yourself to be a “people person,” yet even those fond of meeting new people can concede that the typical small talk in “getting to know you” type conversations can be tedious.

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President Biden has found it hard to unite with people who demonstrated that they would overthrow the government before letting him succeed. (White House / Adam Schultz).

OPINION: The good, the bad and Joe Biden

In 1920, a little known senator from Ohio named Warren G. Harding made a run for President with a promise of a return to normalcy. Reeling from the upheaval of World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic and the First Red Scare, America elected him overwhelmingly, hoping to go back to the way things were before, hoping to return to normalcy. Joe Biden campaigned on a similar promise in 2020, vowing to beat Trump and get America back to work. Normalcy for Harding and Biden means two very different things, but as first years go, Harding’s was much better than the one Biden had.

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POLITICAL ANALYSIS: Why represent the People when you can just represent yourself?

Congressional Democrats have a lot of big plans but limited chances of getting them out the door. Top on the agenda is President Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill, and next are bills on voting rights and immigration reform. These proposals have proven popular with the public, despite attempts by Republicans to gin up opposition. So, why aren’t they going through? 

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OPINION: Destabilization in Haiti is a US made problem

 On June 7, Vice President Kamala Harris held a press conference in Guatemala City with Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammattei, on immigration. In the press conference, Harris made it a point to deter immigrants looking to make the near 1,500-mile journey from Guatemala to the U.S.-Mexico border at Del Rio, Texas. 

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OPINION: The ‘Heartbeat Bill’ is fervently anti-women

Texas recently passed a law that bans women from getting an abortion after a heartbeat has been detected in a fetus, which normally occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy — before most women even know they are pregnant. This new law does not provide exceptions to pregnancies from rape or incest. A man could rape a minor and that minor would have no legal way to abort the resulting fetus. 

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OPINION: The end of Covid-19 relief structures leaves only chaos in its wake

Unemployment benefits have (in all their inaccessibility) ended with no extension in sight, along with other pandemic relief to millions of Americans in need of support while the pandemic rages on. In light of this reality, I make the argument that America’s individualism will create increasing detrimental divides in the national and global economy, while exacerbating a poor quality of life for working people in a disillusioned return to normalcy.  

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OP-ED: Social Media is Killing Us

 Two intertwined things rule modern society: instant gratification and social media. They work well together. One feeds the other and it creates this endless cycle of harm, largely in the way these two things have reshaped how our — sadly digitalized — society functions.  

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