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Op-Ed: You are being Mary Jane

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: You are being Mary Jane

“Being Mary Jane,” hit BET series, is renewed for yet another season. Its previous season, season three, ended on a controversial issue of race and left viewers pondering, “What does Mara Brock Akil [creator] have in store for us next?” While Akil allows viewers to observe the life of successful, beautiful and complicated news anchor, […]

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Who has your vote?

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Who has your vote?

On March 23, 2015, Ted Cruz formally announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, and in doing so officially kicked off one of the most astonishing (and entertaining) presidential nomination seasons in memory. In the 324 days that have followed, the candidate pool has ballooned to as many as 23 major candidates […]

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Op-Ed: Why Jimmy Buffett and why now?

| February 2, 2016 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: Why Jimmy Buffett and why now?

Why don’t we get drunk and screw? Oh, sorry, just another days work at quoting Jimmy Buffett songs. It is right and a good thing to do so (quote Buffett, I mean) as the rough temperament and frigid climate of winter is fast upon us. So instead of conceding to the winter blues I prefer […]

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Op-Ed: Safe Ride?

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Safe Ride?

If you go to UNCC and have been or are currently, permanently or temporarily disabled you know about SafeRide. For those of you that don’t know, SafeRide is a service here at UNCC where a small cart that holds about 8-10 persons takes people who have temporary or permanent disabilities around campus.  I am currently […]

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Op-Ed: Rats in the basement

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Rats in the basement

The above definition was held in high regard, begging for space in my head as I waited for my first Niner Times meeting to commence. The concept of the rodent family Muridae, of the genus rattus, was not something that often frequented my mind. I promise I do not spend time aimlessly conjuring up notions […]

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Op-Ed: Online dating

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Online dating

Lately people have been running around frantically, searching through their little black books and contact lists to find that one thing: love. I don’t know if it’s age, the fear of getting old, or the fact that Christmas just passed and Valentines’ Day it is just around the corner. Whatever the reason, people have been […]

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#SpellCheck

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
#SpellCheck

To my fellow customers, Sorry about that. Poor choice of words. To my fellow students, The concept of the student and the concept of the customer ought to be understood quite clearly as two distinct categories. Sometimes, in my life, I’m a customer. When I go to the bookstore, or go shopping for groceries, I’m […]

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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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The Resolutions We Break

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Resolutions We Break

Every year at New Year’s, people make resolutions. It’s a tradition that makes sense, if you think about it. If you want to turn a leaf and start anew, when better to begin than Jan. 1, the start of a new calendar year? There’s something about the new year that carries hope, if only because […]

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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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Op-Ed: On Wednesdays You Should Wear Green…or Whatever Color You Want

| December 15, 2015 | 27 Comments
Op-Ed: On Wednesdays You Should Wear Green…or Whatever Color You Want

Is it a travesty that I hardly know the words to UNC Charlotte’s alma mater, despite being a student here for nearly three years? The answer to this question may draw mixed reactions from fellow Niners who can empathize with my situation to hardcore stans who may want to banish me from the campus grounds […]

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Op-Ed: Living in a culture of fear

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Living in a culture of fear

Umpqua Community College. The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Most recently, Savannah and San Bernardino. The list gets longer all the time, and by certain metrics, there have been more mass shootings in the United States so far in 2015 than there have been days. Last week there were reports even […]

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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: Transfers and transcripts

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Transfers and transcripts

Are you a senior high school student with mediocre grades? A student who doesn’t have much money to pay for four years at a university? Or a college freshmen on a two plus two program with different school? If you are listen up. Like you, I didn’t make straight A’s in schools and my parents […]

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SATIRE: Study shows Niner football blowouts are great for socializing

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
SATIRE: Study shows Niner football blowouts are great for socializing

New research from UNC Charlotte sociologists Winston Brady, Phillip McAdams and Yolanda Warner show that Niner football home losses are great opportunities for students and fans alike to socialize. The research, which was conducted over the first two and half seasons of football at the university, has found a common trend in social relations once […]

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OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

Several attacks shook Paris on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Explosions were set off outside a national soccer match between France and Germany, where French President Francois Hollande was attending. Gunmen attacked a restaurant, and invaded an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, killing dozens and taking hostages. Paris fell into […]

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OP-ED: Black Students Matter

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Black Students Matter

When I came to UNC Charlotte my junior year of college, I noticed the obvious thing: diversity. Transferring from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University), I knew I was going to encounter more white people than I probably ever have in my young life. This wasn’t a big deal for me because non-black students […]

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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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OP-ED: Not the socialist you’re looking for

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Not the socialist you’re looking for

In 2008, Hillary Clinton ran for president as the establishment favorite of the Democratic Party. Pundits said she was a lock for the nomination – and she certainly appeared as if she was – until a charismatic young senator from Illinois challenged her from the left. Then Senator Barack Obama campaigned on ending George Bush’s […]

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Op-Ed: Patricia’s path and the danger of warmer seas

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Patricia’s path and the danger of warmer seas

Imagine having to evacuate from a behemoth hurricane packing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the day before it destroys everything you’ve worked for throughout your life. Your home, your community, the things you take for granted such as old family photos and heirlooms may be washed away by the inevitable storm surge, […]

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