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How we learned to love TikTok

How we learned to love TikTok

Makayla Fedler, Assistant Biz & Tech Editor

March 9, 2020

“Renegade,” Charli D’Amelio, The Hype House. All these things have one thing in common: TikTok. TikTok is the latest trending social media app that has trudged its way into everyone’s lives. Vine was the original TikTok that consisted of six second videos that we all know and love to this da...

Control your media usage, don’t let it control you

Ben Yang, Web Editor

November 4, 2019

Imagine that you just got out of class and head to your favorite spot to tackle some homework. You sit down, pull out your homework from your backpack and ready yourself for some hardcore thinking. Before you start your homework, you decide to pull out your phone and scroll through the various news ...

Poetry as an outlet

Poet Kyla Lacey performs her work on Feb. 22 at the Down Under in the University Center.

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

February 26, 2018

Some topics are hard to talk about, but as poet Kyla Lacey says, “the conversation may stop, but the racism continues.” This was one of the ideas behind her poem titled “White Privilege,” which she performed for a small, intimate crowd of listeners Feb. 22 in the UC Down Under. Lacey wa...

Letter to the Editor: Technology ruins youth and education

April 26, 2016

April 27, 2016 What is the purpose of school? We, as a society have lost track of the purpose of school. Technology has gotten in the way of what’s really important. School is about learning, listening to the teacher, showing respect, participating in class and working together, not against each...

Observe Earth Day with practical initiatives

April 19, 2016

April 20, 2016 Royal Purple Staff Opinion Earth Day is about more than planting trees, Woody Guthrie songs and picking up trash off the highway. It’s about coming together as cohabitants of our natural world and consciously working to make it a better place to live – for everyone and everything....

Letter to the Editor: Students shoud be leery of posting online

April 19, 2016

April 20, 2016 Nearly 65 percent of American citizens utilize some form of social networking. However, amidst the countless cat videos, family photos, news, and other common postings, are comments and images fueled by negligence, anger, frustration, and insobriety. Although many people view social media...

Publication note from editor in chief

Column by 
Vesna Brajkovic
Editor in Chief

March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016 I woke up to a Facebook message from a former Royal Purple editor in chief, three emails threads and one really anxious news editor, the morning of Feb. 17. Through the night, the social media post with 1,115 shares sparked conversation on race and the campus climate, and the world seemed t...

Social media and candidates, needs change

November 3, 2015

Nov. 3, 2015 Over and over, candidates vying for a nomination from their respective parties have attempted to appeal to the youth voter. The candidates flock to social media encouraging young adults to use hashtags as a form of pseudo political engagement blinding us with references to pop culture. ...

Letter to the Editor: Planned Parenthood essential for cancer screenings

October 20, 2015

Oct. 20, 2015 Oct. is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In Oct., we see this awareness everywhere, including the color pink on clothing, social media and even in the National Football League (through their campaign partnered with American Cancer Society “A Crucial Catch”).  This awareness month promo...

Letter to the Editor: Senior’s advice to graduates: no more selfies

October 13, 2015

Oct. 13, 2015 Students have become extremely dependent on social media, both academically and in their everyday lives.  Social media selfies have become an addiction that is reliant specifically on the moment you are living in. This has high relevance to all graduating college students because the...

Social media creates added pressure

Social media creates added pressure

September 11, 2014

Column by Vesna Brajkovic Sept. 10, 2014 In a world where nothing is official until it’s Facebook official, and all the most important family news only reaches us through a post, it’s easy for social media to get overwhelming. Oftentimes students find themselves feeling the pressure to constantly...

Students should be concerned with online privacy

Graphic by Alyssa Miles

February 26, 2014

Feb. 26, 2014 Editorial Staff Opinion In the age of the Internet, it has become the standard for people to communicate online. According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of people ages 18 or older in America use some type of social network, and 71 percent of social media users have Facebook. Social...

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