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OPINION: Abolish standardized college-admissions testing

OPINION: Abolish standardized college-admissions testing

Sophia Lyons, Chief Copy Editor April 23, 2021

Standardized testing is one of the most well-known instances of institutional power in the United States. Every year, millions of students take college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. In 2019,...

OPINION: Healthy Eating Shouldn’t be a Privilege

OPINION: Healthy Eating Shouldn’t be a Privilege

Ella Adams April 23, 2021

The pressure of diet culture and “clean eating” play a significant part in American culture. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate is 42.4% nationally and 34%...

Caleb’s Concepts: In defense of the SAT

Caleb’s Concepts: In defense of the SAT

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor April 23, 2021

The SAT is not biased. It is an objective measurement of intelligence that is highly correlated with student success at a four-year university. Don’t believe me? No problem, just follow the science....

Opinion: Young People Aren’t Lazy

Opinion: Young People Aren’t Lazy

Ella Adams April 16, 2021

Millennials and Gen Z are very familiar with economic instability. Many millennials and “zoomers” grew up amid the Great Recession and both generations are familiar with the economic hardship COVID-19...

Opinion: Please treat servers with respect

Opinion: Please treat servers with respect

Jenna Hatcher April 16, 2021

Working in a restaurant means service with a smile and the customers are always right. But, there is a tipping point when people refuse to wear their masks. Being a server or a hostess during the pandemic...

Opinion: Minimum Wage harms the people it should help

Opinion: Minimum Wage harms the people it should help

Tucker Pinson April 14, 2021

 The U.S. The Senate has finalized President Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill, aiming to place  1.9 trillion dollars in the pockets of Americans who remain in dire straits. Progressives are fuming over...

Opinion: Man, Machine and Math- Can we automate reason?

Opinion: Man, Machine and Math- Can we automate reason?

Jakobe Bussey April 12, 2021

In the modern world, terms like machine learning, artificial intelligence and intelligent systems have become ubiquitous, and rightly so. There has never been a time in human history that we’ve had the...

Caleb's Concepts: The world of tradeoffs

Caleb’s Concepts: The world of tradeoffs

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor April 9, 2021

Winning elections requires political candidates to convince a majority of constituents to vote for them. Many make promises and constituents expect their champion to uphold campaign promises. After all,...

Opinion: You can’t separate the art and the artist

Opinion: You can’t separate the art and the artist

Ella Adams April 4, 2021

The conversation on whether you can separate the art and the artist is hotly debated in social media comment sections whenever a new scandal involving a popular artist pops up. In the age of cancel culture,...

Caleb's Concept: The world as a mythical representation

Caleb’s Concept: The world as a mythical representation

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor April 4, 2021

Individuality doesn’t exist because of the external world, the one we do not control. Our sense of self is a product of our genes, culture, stressors and ecology. When we come into this world kicking...

Opinion: Preventing Hate, A Cherokee County native speaks out

Opinion: Preventing Hate, A Cherokee County native speaks out

Ella Adams March 26, 2021

It seems that every mass shooting in the U.S. follows the same chain of events: shooting, media blitz, candlelit vigils, politicians on cable news promising change they will never deliver and those unaffected...

Caleb's Concepts: Overcoming writers block

Caleb’s Concepts: Overcoming writers block

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor March 26, 2021

Writer's block. That dreaded moment when you are finally ready to work on your term paper, but cannot find words to describe your thoughts. Yet, this problem that every college student will at some point...

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