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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: Don’t bring your contagious illness into the classroom

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Don’t bring your contagious illness into the classroom

As winter leaves us, and the general chill of past weeks dissipates, we are reintroduced to the season of blooming flowers, warm weather and, most importantly, allergies. With allergies come illnesses, and with illnesses come great responsibilities. Nothing is noble about projecting yourself on an unwilling audience, so why is coming to school or going […]

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OP-ED: Don’t confuse a big head for an open mind

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Don’t confuse a big head for an open mind

Ah, springtime – the weather is changing, the birds are chirping and Pastor Gary is yelling at the sorority sisters walking by that they will be going to “you know where” for wearing those infamous high wasted booty shorts. Most of us that walk by the Belk Tower regularly have encountered this fire and brimstone […]

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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: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

| March 17, 2015 | 7 Comments
OP-ED: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

Australian born rapper Iggy Azalea invaded our radios last summer with her hit song “Fancy.” As Atlanta rapper T.I.’s protégé, Azalea delivers her raps in a Southern black drawl, uses hip hop slang and twerks in almost all her performances, despite being white and hailing from a rural town on the opposite side of the […]

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OP-ED: The education system puts too much focus on the past and not enough on students’ modern rights

| March 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: The education system puts too much focus on the past and not enough on students’ modern rights

As a high school student, I always enjoyed history. I enjoyed learning about the different U.S. presidents, how our nation was formed and the stock market crash. There was always one question that I seemed to ask myself, though: Haven’t I been learning the same history since the fourth grade? Who led the Confederate states […]

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

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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: Our Selma — The march is not over yet

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Our Selma — The march is not over yet

“Selma,” the 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay, serves as a visual history lesson about a painful period in American history. The film chronicles the three 1965 marches from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. A number of social activists led the marches, including John Lewis and the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This past […]

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OP-ED: The seeds of the modern crusade

| March 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The seeds of the modern crusade

The very idea of a modern crusade seems to be contradictory because modernity is considered to be a time of progressivism and social justice, whereas a crusade is a product of medieval thinking. It was around 1099, after years of plague and famine, when the church launched a holy war to reclaim the holy land […]

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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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