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Mass layoff of journalists will hurt quality of news in future

Mass layoff of journalists will hurt quality of news in future

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In January, BuzzFeed News announced it would lay off 15 percent of its journalists, essentially killing off the national news desk and removing all but one from the LGBT desk. The layoffs included the editor of the bombshell R. Kelly stories, Marisa Carroll. The center of many consequential stories...

Q’s Corner: Pre-existing conditions

Q’s Corner: Pre-existing conditions

Q Russell, Opinion Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In President Donald Trump’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address, Trump said his plan for healthcare in the U.S. was to lower drug prices and protect people with pre-existing conditions. However, in accordance with his track record, Trump was lying about wanting to protect people with pre-existing...

App State’s relationship with Google raises concerns over data privacy

App State’s relationship with Google raises concerns over data privacy

Mack Foley, A&C Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

In late January, Google briefly saw its license to internally distribute apps on iOS revoked after Apple discovered it was sharing them with non-employee personnel. The app, called Screenwise Meter, was an opt-in program that monitored how people were using their iPhones and compiled that data in exchange...

OPINION: Record labels should drop abusive performers

OPINION: Record labels should  drop abusive performers

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It is not hard to see what triggered Spotify to release a new feature that allows users to mute certain artists they deem undesirable: Robert “R.” Kelly. In July 2017, Buzzfeed News released a bombshell report that Kelly was running an underage sex cult where girls as young as 15 were forced to s...

Q’s Corner: Pabst Blue Ribbon sales

Q’s Corner: Pabst Blue Ribbon sales

Q Russell, Opinion Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Pabst Brewing Company reported that Boone Saloon had the fifth-highest sales for Pabst Blue Ribbon in the world, which some social media users considered a cause for celebration. For the most part, this ranking is more an oddity or a quirk of Boone, but most don’t seem to recognize the danger it...

OPINION: Food inspection in the US is not as effective as previously thought

OPINION: Food inspection in the US is not as effective as previously thought

Q Russell, Opinion Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under Boone Appetit, Opinion

In the wake of the government shutdown’s temporary abatement, and with reports coming out that negotiations for long-term funding aren’t going smoothly, the operative ability of the Food and Drug Administration should be called into question. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting ...

Q’s Corner: Reopening the government

Q’s Corner: Reopening the government

Q Russell, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

President Donald Trump agreed to end his tantrum and sign a bill reopening the government Friday. This came after he and the Republicans in Congress played chicken with the lives of 800,000 federal workers by shutting the government down for 35 days. The bill provides temporary funding for the government...

OPINION: Covington Catholic High School’s history proves racism in capitol standoff

OPINION: Covington Catholic High School’s history proves racism in capitol standoff

Q Russell, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

If a large group of students from Covington Catholic High School surrounding an elderly Native American man and taunting and jeering at him seems racist, it’s probably racist. A video taken on Jan. 18 in Washington D.C. shows Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, wearing a bright red “Make...

Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

Q’s Corner: Separation of Church and State

Q, Opinion Editor

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 2018, the North Carolina legislature got away with violating the Constitution. Senate Bill 99, or SL 2018-5, was a budget proposed in May and passed by the legislature in June after Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill. The bill was vetoed for a number of reasons, but a big one is that it violates the...

OPINION: Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

OPINION: Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Writer

January 24, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

In today’s pop culture, there is no shortage of shows and movies about drug cartels in foreign countries, addicting the U.S. to their drugs and becoming filthy rich in the process. However, the 1990s are over, and today’s opioid epidemic is made in the U.S. Its chief architect is the Sackler family...

OPINION: Electronics companies shouldn’t infringe on people’s right to repair their devices

OPINION: Electronics companies shouldn’t infringe on people’s right to repair their devices

Q, Opinion Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I’m never buying another Apple product again and you shouldn’t either. In December, I went to an Apple Store to replace my battery because my iPhone 6s’ charge wasn’t lasting as long. This was going to be the second time I replaced my battery, with the first replacement coming from a third-part...

Q’S Corner: Mitch McConnell

Q’S Corner: Mitch McConnell

Q, Opinion Editor

January 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Everyone blames President Donald Trump for the government shutdown, but someone who should own it as much as he does is Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell assumed office in 1985, becoming the Senate majority leader in 2015. This was not a high point for the U.S. government. As majority lea...

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