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Technology should play a role in classes

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

February 22, 2017

Technology has been evolving  rapidly over the past few years. From waiting until your parents get off the landline to use the internet to having lightning fast smart phones in our pockets, it has now become a nightmare for teachers and professors in the classroom. Some say technology is distracting and ...

Student media is not a form of fake news

Student media is not a form of fake news

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

February 15, 2017

For the past few months, the idea that fake news relates to anything that one doesn’t agree with has become a common insult among viewers and readers of news networks. Some have turned to directly attacking student news sources. Student news can take on a variety of forms. These are often subject t...

Gov. Walker’s reform lacks transparency

Gov. Walker’s reform lacks transparency

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

February 1, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) announced a major welfare reform program last week. This program is a combination of what he says will be the best way to combat the abuse of welfare programs and older welfare reform programs from Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-Wisconsin) and other states. The plan called ‘W...

Low turnout hurts local elections

Low turnout hurts local elections

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

November 2, 2016

It is that time of year again. The time when millions of people head out to the polls to cast a vote, more often than not, for the president of the United States. What is unapparent to many is that the ballot contains far more candidates for office than just the presidential candidates. Many people might b...

Labels should be left for soup cans, not people

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

October 19, 2016

It seems that in today’s society we push for labels all the time. When it comes to our economic status, gender, sexuality, or more relatably, our majors, we just really love putting people into boxes. I really don’t care that you are gay, straight, genderqueer, rich, poor, black, white or anything ...

Ken Bone: Leader of the undecided

Ken Bone: Leader of the undecided

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

October 19, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off on the debate stage once again on Oct. 9. This time, however, audience members were allowed to ask the tough questions instead of leaving the job solely up to the moderators. The questions ranged across a variety of topics and the individuals were just a...

Pepe the Frog, hate symbol exposed

Pepe the Frog, hate symbol exposed

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

October 12, 2016

The current generation of millennials is obsessed over Internet memes. Recently, however, one joined the list of international hate symbols: that meme is Pepe the Frog. Pepe the Frog was created in 2005 and has since then become a viral Internet meme. Though, the Anti-Defamation League’s, ADL, chief executiv...

Staff Debate: Who won the presidential debate?

Dusty Hartl and Kimberly Wethal

October 5, 2016

Clinton Yes, there was a Presidential Debate last Monday night where our two major party candidates bickered for an hour and a half – but there’s no room to argue as to who won. As I waltzed around the University Center ballroom with my camera, photographing the viewing party, my eyes were focused on stu...

Classroom Mandatory Participation Policy

Classroom Mandatory Participation Policy

Dusty Hartl, Opinions Editor

October 5, 2016

Everyone has been there. There is always one professor each semester that has a mandatory participation policy. When participation factors into a student’s final grade, there is a feeling of pressure to contribute something useful to the conversation. What if the student has nothing to contribute? T...

Bruises, in shades of black and blue

Bruises, in shades of black and blue

July 13, 2016

In a country divided between citizens and law enforcement, whose life matters? By Dusty Hartl July 13, 2016   There is a perpetual notion that because you believe all lives in this world matter, you are against the idea that the black American community is in peril. It is rela...

To Say, or Not To Say

June 21, 2016

Term “Radical Islam” will not remedy domestic, foreign terrorism Dusty Hartl June 22, 2016   Since the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week, there’s been an overwhelming number of calls for President Barack Obama to call shooter Omar Mateen a “radical Islamic...

Life after Bernie

Life after Bernie

June 15, 2016

Third-party alternatives worth considerating   Dusty Hartl June 15, 2016 If you are like me, a “Bernie Bro,” then you must be having a hard time in this primary. With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) down almost three million votes and all primaries finished, it’s not l...

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