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Students assumed the risks of the pandemic, not the guilt

It isn’t easy to determine whether students follow social distancing protocol by the overwhelming amount of maskless Instagram posts and Snapchat stories. Socially-starved college students returned to campuses nationwide after living at home for almost half of the year. Even though colleges have implemented safety measures to limit in-person interaction on-campus, administrations have little control […]

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Misreporting on Russian bounty story indicative of growing Russia hysteria

If you follow the news, you probably heard a story a few months ago claiming that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban soldiers for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The story was broken by the New York Times, who used such definitive language as to say “The United States concluded” these bounties existed. It went […]

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Gender reveal parties dangerous, not just to the environment

Gender reveal parties have been in the hot seat for a while now, even before one in California started a wildfire. This wildfire has grown to what the New York Times reported as “20,000 acres as of Sept. 18” and that “a firefighter died on Sept. 17 battling the blaze.” This is not the first […]

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China’s disastrous actions warrant US separation

The United States ought to continue to decouple its economy from that of the People’s Republic of China. Our dependence on power-hungry and despotic authoritarian regimes is dangerous and unnecessary. In an interview with Chinese state-run news outlet Global Times, former Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political […]

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Trump Administration’s handling of mail-in voting raises concerns

Mail-in voting seems to be all the rage these days. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mail-in voting had been on the rise. In the 2018 election, 26 percent of votes were cast by mail and according to the U.S. News, “just over half of voters went to the polls in person on Election Day in […]

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The apocalypse may be coming, but life isn’t over

2020 has undoubtedly been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in weeks of quarantine, economic shutdown and the fastest stock market crash and recovery in history. But as much as COVID-19 has dominated the news, so much more has happened. We’ve seen graphic videos of police brutality resulting in social unrest and bringing deeper […]

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Millions of Americans face pandemic-induced eviction

An estimated 30-40 million Americans are at risk of losing their homes by the end of the year according to a study conducted by the Aspen Institute. Federal financial support from the CARES Act expired at the end of July, which put more Americans back at risk of eviction due to COVID-19 related complications. Even […]

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Kennedy’s challenge to Markey shows true goals of Democrats

Last week, Massachusetts held its primaries for various national positions. One of these races pitted Ed Markey, an incumbent senator, against Joseph Kennedy III. Kennedy, of course, belongs to the prolific political dynasty dating back decades. Markey held his seat with 55.6 percent of the vote. Unlike many recent high-profile primary challenges, Markey’s challenger is […]

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TU navigates first week during the pandemic

If you are a returning student, campus may look a little different than you remember last semester. Students are not attending the same institution they were forced to leave earlier this year — we are now re-entering TU in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the university has implemented new policies affecting the […]