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OP-ED: The third wave coffee movement prioritizes overall quality of experience over speedy service

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The third wave coffee movement prioritizes overall quality of experience over speedy service

Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. I am here to be your friend and explain why you should ditch your daily skinny, no whip, extra shot vanilla latte and, instead, think before you drink. There is a whole world of coffee to explore and by settling into the Starbucks routine, you are missing out on […]

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OP-ED: Catcalling is a dangerous and upsetting practice

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Catcalling is a dangerous and upsetting practice

Ladies, we have all been hit on or flirted with – which isn’t always a bad thing – but the most disturbing, uncomfortable and disrespectful approach is catcalling. Why do guys feel like it’s appropriate to yell out, “Yeah, girl, you look good” or “Damn, you’re fine”? Sometimes, guys will even make animal noises. “Catcalling […]

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OP-ED: Slow down and listen

| February 17, 2015 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Slow down and listen

Welcome to the 21st century, where we hear buzzes and bings every other second, where people have back problems not from hard labor, but from sitting all day. Most college students would not go a day without their smartphone glued to their hands while they walk to and from class with the latest “Drizzy” song […]

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OP-ED: To the Charlotte Christian community after Chapel Hill

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: To the Charlotte Christian community after Chapel Hill

Last Tuesday night, I was up late and having difficulty falling asleep. Maybe it was curiosity that kept me up. I was thinking about a necklace I’ve been wearing since the beginning of 2015. On the necklace is a cross, carved out of a bullet, which I received at my youth group back in 2009. […]

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OP-ED: Perspectives on gun control

| February 11, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Perspectives on gun control

Louis Aiello, staff writer Guns are terrible weapons, but words are even deadlier. What motivates one to pull the trigger is far more of an issue than simply owning a firearm. A weapon isn’t just a firearm or bomb – it’s anything that promotes harm, from a pencil to bare hands. There is no way […]

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OP-ED: Hollywood’s depiction of foreigners as ‘others’ was all too prominent last year

| February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Hollywood’s depiction of foreigners as ‘others’ was all too prominent last year

This past year, I’ve watched more movies than I ever had in my previous 18 years of existence. I am not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing considering the amount of money I’ve spent on all those tickets might be more than a semester’s worth of textbooks. However, I am more concerned about a […]

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OP-ED: Peace and forgiveness are the key elements in setting the world on the right track

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Peace and forgiveness are the key elements in setting the world on the right track

Almost every Sabbath, I speak to three wise men – two rabbis and another good friend of mine. One told me, “Remember, Louis, even though we see the good in people, it still pains us when they fail to also see it.” I asked, “Is it possible for us to show it to them?” “Yes,” […]

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Letter to the Editor

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Letter to the Editor

The following is a letter to the editor in response to “Going at your own pace: The typical 4-year graduation plan is becoming more unrealistic,” published in print in the Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 issue of the Niner Times, and online on Jan. 27. The letter to the editor was submitted by Henrietta L. […]

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Feminist Friday: Body shaming for everyone

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Feminist Friday: Body shaming for everyone

I turned on my television Thursday morning with the sole intent to flip over the Netflix immediately (current obsession is Ghost Adventures. I love it). When the TV powered up, the very first thing I see is a giant picture of Kim Kardashian with three giant “W”s on her breasts and lower levels. No, I’m […]

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OP-ED: Proposed toll lanes on I-77 will do more harm than good

| February 3, 2015 | 3 Comments
OP-ED: Proposed toll lanes on I-77 will do more harm than good

When I heard toll lanes were going to be added to the I-77 highway here in Charlotte, I was passive about the issue.  How could an extra lane addition affect someone like me on a daily basis? After speaking with some key opponents of this issue from the group Widen I-77, my opinion became more […]

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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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Feminist Friday: Ryan Gosling for feminism

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Feminist Friday: Ryan Gosling for feminism

When Danielle Henderson began the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog in October 2011, I went gaga. I’ve been crushing on the Gos since, goodness, my early teens. When I found out that he was a feminist, my love blossomed and when I was introduced to the feminist ‘Hey Girl’ memes, I nearly died from joy. And […]

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OP-ED: The typical 4-year graduation plan is becoming more unrealistic

| January 27, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: The typical 4-year graduation plan is becoming more unrealistic

Wake up at six in the morning, brush your teeth in the shower and pick out clothes with one eye open as the other one catches up on sleep – a quick daily routine in order to make it on time for that long day ahead. It seems like the older we get, the shorter […]

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OP-ED: Coup in Chapel Hill

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Coup in Chapel Hill

Just over a week ago, the UNC Board of Governors – governing 17 universities across the state, including UNC Charlotte – became a cadre for right-wing conservatism. The board voted to essentially oust its current president, Tom Ross, and in doing so, open the job for someone further to the right and further from the […]

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OP-ED: Testing products on animals is cruel and unnecessary

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Testing products on animals is cruel and unnecessary

Have you ever paid attention to the symbols and small print on the back of your shampoo bottles, make up products and medicine containers? I’m sure many people have not, but that small print contains a lot of important information, often including whether the product was tested on animals. I know it might be extremely […]

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Feminist Friday: Presidential Feminism 101

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Feminist Friday: Presidential Feminism 101

This year’s State of the Union Address, delivered Tuesday night, wasn’t the first time President Barack Obama has let his feminist flag wave. It was, however, the most recent, so let’s talk about it. First of all, no matter where on the political spectrum you fall, whether you identify as liberal, conservative, somewhere in between […]

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OP-ED: When people misuse the word ‘Islamophobia,’ it impedes important discussions

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: When people misuse the word ‘Islamophobia,’ it impedes important discussions

Nothing can divide people like a misunderstood or misconstrued word. For example, what does the word “Islamophobia” refer to? It depends who you ask. For some, it’s used to quickly label and discount those critical of Islam. However, there should be a distinction between those who refer to Muslims in general and those who refer […]

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Feminist Friday: Pedophilia, assault and more

| January 16, 2015 | 1 Comment
Feminist Friday: Pedophilia, assault and more

Good news, fellow feminists! Feminism causes pedophilia and abuse to significant others. Or at least that’s what Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke said last week. Burke, the highest-ranked American Cardinal during the previous pope’s tenure, says that when women in the Church are feminists, it creates a “man crisis” and pushes men toward reclaiming their masculinity […]

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OP-ED: Watch ‘The Interview’ in support of free expression

| January 14, 2015 | 3 Comments
OP-ED: Watch ‘The Interview’ in support of free expression

I was first introduced to the controversial film “The Interview” when I went to see the movie “Interstellar” last November. When the trailer ended, everyone in the theater laughed, but I knew that such a naivety would be short lived. I turned to my friend said to her, “This is dangerous. There will be a […]

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OP-ED: Satire vs. Islamophobia

| January 13, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Satire vs. Islamophobia

Nothing excuses the tragic murders of twelve writers, including the editor, of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on Jan. 7 and my heart goes out to the victims. In turn, nothing excuses the hate crimes that will follow against Muslims and Arabs in the West or the justification for imperialism and war that […]

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