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Pop culture vs progress

Pop culture vs progress

Ayman Farid, Staff Writer

April 14, 2015

Out of 2.2 billion children worldwide, 1 billion live in poverty. There are 640 million children worldwide without adequate shelter and 400 million with no access to safe water. The richest 60 percent of the world account for 95 percent of the world’s wealth. However, instead of attempting to solve...

Constant campaigning

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015

American politics carries an interesting peculiarity regarding campaigns, one that exists nowhere else in the democratic world. Well over a year away from the upcoming election, we constantly hear about where our preferred candidate is and what he or she is doing, as if it’s breaking news. How did...

GOP legslation will stab EPA in the back

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

December 18, 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline debate dominated environmental conversation in November. In the end, the initiative for the construction of an oil pipeline going from Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, Texas failed by one vote in the Senate. However, a different bill, sponsored by Utah U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart...

MOOCs: A growing alternative education

MOOCs: A growing alternative education

Paul Barnhill, Comment Editor

November 25, 2014

In the age of sky-high college tuition rates, needing a college degree to get far in a career seems to ring true more than ever. Virginia in-state tuition is around $25,000 a year with room and board for most public universities, and out-of-state tuitions cost almost double that on average. The hour...

Phone encryption by default: The new norm

Paul Barnhill, Comment Editor

November 7, 2014

Since revelations about broad government surveillance programs were released in June of last year by Edward Snowden, privacy has become a huge issue in the technology world. Up until the Supreme Court case Riley v. California in June of this year, law enforcement agencies could search the phone of somebody...

Net neutrality: The foundation of modern liberty

Zelgai Saleh, Staff Writer

October 7, 2014

Losing the battle for net neutrality, free and open data access, could very well mean the end of the internet as we know it. In the next couple of months, easy access to information and entertainment for the everyday consumer of the internet could be a thing of the past. Huge companies like Times Warner...