Sean Grier

Sean Grier

Sean Grier is a writer for the Opinion Section for the 2013-2015 academic year. He is a History major with a Political Science & Secondary Education minor. Sean has been writing for the NinerTimes since his freshman year. He can be contacted at sgrier16@uncc.edu.

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The other race in 2016

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
The other race in 2016

The North Carolina Gubernatorial race is one of the most important races in the Southeast. The impact of this election will be felt for generations to come and yet both of our candidates seem to lacking in very important areas. I support Attorney General, Roy Cooper for Governor, but I do not do so without […]

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Op-Ed: How and why to repair a broken UNC System

| December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: How and why to repair a broken UNC System

Whenever I get a chance, I always talk to folks about systems. Whether we are speaking about college acceptance statistics, standardized tests, the housing market, literacy (financial, educational, mechanical, etc.), K-12 education, government or prison it all boils down to systems. Who is impacted, who benefits, and why? To an extent, we have behaved as […]

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All Politics is Local… Especially in 2016

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
All Politics is Local… Especially in 2016

Democrats need to understand something very important: That no matter your politics, your conservative, liberal or progressive ideals, you are your own worst enemy. Already our party is blessed with a two edged sword. Our make up as a heterogeneous party provides sound benefits to a party that could not exist with only middle class […]

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OP-ED: Time to mobilize for Democratic ‘Carolina Comeback’

| November 12, 2015 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Time to mobilize for Democratic ‘Carolina Comeback’

North Carolina Democrats are once again at decision time, and you have some choices: Cry and complain about the actions of Republicans or mobilize and do something about it. Too many folks are depending on the state party and county parties to actually do their jobs; it is laughable actually. If you want the job […]

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Phenomenal American women of our time

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Phenomenal American women of our time

Laverne Cox Cox is a pioneer for the transgender movement and has led the way as a Trans woman of color in the extremely popular show, “Orange Is The New Black.” An awardwinning diva, we predict that the future is bright for her. The transgender community has gained momentum over the last 18 months. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter […]

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OP-ED: North Carolina still lags behind on legalizing medical marijuana treatments

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: North Carolina still lags behind on legalizing medical marijuana treatments

North Carolina is going through a drought. This drought is not due to the lack of water, like California. It’s due to the lack of political and moral backbone in our politicians. For the first time in more than 100 years, the same party, albeit different factions of it, control all three branches of government, […]

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11 memes meaningful in the life of a 49er

| March 31, 2015 | 1 Comment
11 memes meaningful in the life of a 49er

    All photos by: Ben Coon, Chris Crews, Amanda Duke, Sean Grier and NT File Photos

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OP-ED: The ‘melting pot’ theory only serves to sweep minority issues under the rug

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The ‘melting pot’ theory only serves  to sweep minority issues under the rug

I went to Jamestown – Jamestown Elementary School, that is. I sat in Mrs. Orr’s class as a hyperactive student, and it was quite difficult. Third grade was interesting for me, mainly because of the racial tension I experienced, but more interesting in hindsight is how my teacher resolved the incident. She gathered the class […]

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OP-ED: Summer classes are a viable option for catching up or getting ahead on credit hours

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Summer classes are a viable option for catching up or getting ahead on credit hours

We are already in late March and summer is quickly approaching. More exciting than summer itself is the opportunities it brings. For some, that opportunity is summer school, registration for which opened March 23. Summer school is important for a number of reasons. Summer school provides an opportunity for students to increase their grade point […]

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OP-ED: U.S. Rep. Alma Adams is the politician we need

| March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: U.S. Rep. Alma Adams is the politician we need

North Carolinians are looking for a political lightning rod. Specifically in Mecklenburg County, we see and hear the same names. It gets old receiving the same results. That’s why people like N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson are so important to those who care about or study politics. Jackson’s campaign messages turned into floor speeches in the […]

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OP-ED: The blunders of the NCDP

| February 3, 2015 | 9 Comments
OP-ED: The blunders of the NCDP

I have a love-hate relationship with politicking – specifically, when establishments get in the way of candidates and people who want and can do great things for our state and party. This story is about the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) or what’s functionally left of it. Take Randy Voller, the current but embattled president, […]

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OP-ED: So many boards, so few voices

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: So many boards, so few voices

It may come as a surprise to many, but I have a love-hate relationship with politics. I appreciate the truth at all times and ensure that those who deliver it have my full backing, which usually means the backing of my friends as well. So it should also come as no surprise to my Niner […]

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OP-ED: Bottom of the ballot: electing the public official college students are most likely to meet

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Bottom of the ballot: electing the public official college students are most likely to meet

Photos by Sean Grier. Disclaimer: Sean Grier is a volunteer for the Committee to Elect Yolanda Trotman. All views not explicitly stated by Yolanda Trotman belong to Sean Grier. You can find her at a town hall Tuesday morning forum, beside you on a pew or, if all goes as planned, on the bench. Her name […]

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OP-ED: UNC Charlotte College Republicans offer their perspective as midterm elections approach

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: UNC Charlotte College Republicans offer their perspective as midterm elections approach

The midterm elections have begun, and so far a total of 22,678 people have voted in Mecklenburg County. Throughout the year our leaders made some interesting decisions that have enormous ramifications on our lives. There has been a tax on insurance plans and meal plans, increased vehicle registration fees, and mounting student loan and credit […]

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OP-ED: State same sex marriage bans are falling one by one

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: State same sex marriage bans are falling one by one

Our campus went through some trying social issues two years ago. Specifically, I am referring to our Student Government Association’s inability to pass a resolution that encouraged inclusion over exclusion, love over hate and specifically called for our chancellor to speak out against the mistermed “gay amendment,” Amendment One. Marriage between same sex couples was […]

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STIs unwrapped: students should be more cautious before taking things to the bedroom

| August 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
STIs unwrapped: students should be more cautious before taking things to the bedroom

“Dude, my penis burns when I pee. Do you think I have it? I’m freaking out!” This is just one of the statements I’ve heard from strangers when they thought I was minding my own business, and it sparked a thought. What is “it”? And hell yes, you should be freaking out! Most students my […]

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PHOTOS: Fall Student Organization Showcase has large turn out

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
PHOTOS: Fall Student Organization Showcase has large turn out

Photos by Sean Grier. Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Week of Welcome launched the annual Student Organization Showcase. Hundreds of students came out to learn about many of the university’s 350 plus organizations, while enjoying sun, fun and free goodies.

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Swamped, broke and unemployed: how student loans are crippling our generation

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Swamped, broke and unemployed: how student loans are crippling our generation

Over the course of several academic years, alarms have sounded off on student loan debt – in particular, the Federal Stafford Loan program and its economic consequences. These alarms are coming from college students, parents and even senators such as Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). They are shocked at the staggering amount of […]

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Sailing the internship: everything you should know about applying for intern positions

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sailing the internship: everything you should know about applying for intern positions

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s also time to start actively looking for summer and fall internships, if you haven’t already. For those who are challenged in resume building, go to the Career Center during walk-in hours or make an appointment. When searching for internships, it’s easier to start internally at home and […]

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A dream deferred: undocumented students and the campaign for education equality

| February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
A dream deferred: undocumented students and the campaign for education equality

Photos courtesy Omar Ramirez Storm clouds are covering the future of North Carolina and the country – clouds in the guise of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, and failed passage of the Dream Act in 2010. These storm clouds are raging […]

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