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Op-Ed: Free Speech Culture in the Classroom

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Free Speech Culture in the Classroom

A state of cognitive dissonance. College campuses have long been the birthplace of revolutionary social and political change. From the civil rights movement to the antiwar movement, students have led the way, engaging with ideas that were largely controversial, giving a platform for rational discourse, and creating immense societal value as a result. It is […]

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Identity At the End of a Gun

| June 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Identity At the End of a Gun

I am gay. I’ve said it a million times before, and I will say it a million times again. I am gay. I came out at the end of eighth grade before high school, as I wanted to start that next stage of my life with a clean slate, being my truest self. In reality, […]

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Op-Ed: Flush House Bill 2

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Flush House Bill 2

I’ve come across quite a bit on social media over the past few weeks, since House Bill 2 was passed by the State Legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it, where (frequently white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle class) people have called the bathroom statute of the law “a distraction” from the real issues of the bill. […]

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Op-Ed: Where have all the characters gone?

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Where have all the characters gone?

“He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs, throughout the south,” an act perpetrated by none other than that of Mr. Bojangles himself, rang through my head while listening to Jerry Jeff Walker’s greatest hits (Walker is Texas’ answer to Jimmy Buffett, for the unaware). It then occurred to me that we – […]

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Op-Ed: More than your sex game

| April 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: More than your sex game

Sex sparks a lot of conversation: who you have sex with, what do you do during sex, how long sex should last, etc. But the biggest subtopic of sex is whether or not you should have sex or wait until you are married. Abstinence is a big topic in sex. We first learned about it […]

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Op-Ed: Race, media and pop culture

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Race, media and pop culture

  The idea of reading one more article about racial slurs or using up 10 precious minutes of your time to read this so called “writer” who believes his or her opinion matters or will even make a dent on social issues is on the bottom of your to-do list. I understand, news is getting […]

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Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

John, my co-worker and friend, wrote last week that he’s not a fan of avoidable confrontation and neither am I, really. Confrontation is almost never fun, almost always painful and without exception uncomfortable. But confrontation is necessary for the reconciliation of right and wrong and for the abolition of unjust power imbalances. Sometimes my political positions might make […]

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Op-Ed: What’s it matter?

| March 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: What’s it matter?

I must admit something that may come as a surprise to the impassioned American: I am not a fan of confrontation, much less when it’s avoidable. I pride myself on being apathetically stoic most of the time and a passive extrovert when absolutely pushed. I find something relaxing, calm in not making a fuss about […]

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Op-Ed: All the King’s men

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: All the King’s men

I have a terrible habit that I cannot for the life of me seem to drop. It’s an addiction really, a vice that runs deep. The silver lining is that this form of degeneracy is 100% legal and very much a victimless offense. You see, I like to play with toys. Much of my free […]

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Op-Ed: Cam Newton and Double Standard

| February 23, 2016 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: Cam Newton and Double Standard

On the field this year, Cam Newton took his play to new heights. He’d always been an immensely talented football player, as Heisman Trophy winner and national champion at Auburn University, as number one overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first year in the […]

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Op-Ed: Beyonce Backlash

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Beyonce Backlash

“Okay ladies now lets get in formation.” If you watched the Super Bowl and half time show, then you know the controversy that has swarmed the nation. For those of you that did not watch the half time show, allow me to fill you in. The show featured performances from the headliner – Coldplay – […]

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Op-Ed: Will it bland?

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Will it bland?

Maybe this fusion of controversy should make headlines under the lifestyle section, because if there is one fad that has not yet done its diligence in concocting my liking, its smoothies. Just saying the word ‘smoothie’ boils my blood, coursing my entire body with an impulsive urge for anger. Unfortunately though, the point of the […]

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Op-Ed: Stacey Dash and the Oscars

| February 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: Stacey Dash and the Oscars

Recently there has been a huge debacle in the media about African American actors and actresses boycotting the Oscars, because they feel they do not get recognition that is rightfully deserved to them as their counter parts do. However, an even bigger debacle that outraged the black community derived from the comments of former Clueless […]

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

| December 15, 2015 | 28 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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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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