No place for cheaters in Hall of Fame

Ben Criswell, staff writer The year was 1998. For 37 years, the single season home run mark had remained in the possession of Roger Maris. A seemingly unbreakable record had stood fast for almost four decades, resistant to attempts made by some of the game’s greatest. Many believed this record would live on forever. Enter, Mark McGwire. McGwire had been one […]

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OPINION: The hypocrisy of the U.S.’s support of Saudi Arabia

This opinion piece was originally published in the April 27 version of Fourth Estate. On February 18, the White House held a three day summit on “countering violent extremism,” and although they never explicitly specified they would only talk about violence committed in the name of Islam (or by Muslims), the summit focused only on […]

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OPINION: BDS is the Only Peace Process for Israel and Palestine

If there is one thing Israel has learned through its colonization of Palestine, it is the indestructibility of Palestine and the soul of its people. Today, millions of Palestinians within Occupied Palestine, and many millions more in solidarity internationally, are engaged in an international movement for Palestinian justice, the BDS Movement. BDS, or Boycotts, Divestments, […]

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OPINION: Individualism, collective dissent, and Ferguson

This opinion piece was originally publish in the Nov. 17 issue of Fourth Estate.  Over the past two months, more than 1,000 law enforcement officials have undergone 5,000 hours of “specialized training” in anticipation for the announcement of Darren Wilson’s verdict in the murder of Mike Brown. The law enforcement will include Missouri State Highway […]

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When the internet goes too far

In my humble opinion (which means my opinion is probably anything but) the internet has officially become a dumping ground for naked photos. We officially live in a world where we want to know what naked celebrities look like, and since they take those sort of pictures it is now possible. Is there a reason […]

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OPINION: Free speech or incitement?

In response to one of Bill Maher’s recent anti-Islam tirades, a student group at the University of California at Berkeley petitioned the university to disinvite the talk-show host as their commencement speaker, citing Maher’s “offensive and dangerous rhetoric.” This petition, and Berkeley’s subsequent decision to not rescind Maher’s invitation in spite of the protest, has […]

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New era of journalists

“The growing professionalism of the press and newspapermen in news coverage and the quality of writing (featuring talented writers). Writers were professionals and worked and live by their pens fulltime.” Journalists living by their pens is certainly an image that has faded with time. Now, it is more like journalists live by their smartphones, waiting […]

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OPINION: Why should I vote?

In my Government 101 this semester, several students have written about friends who say: “Why should I vote? It doesn’t make any difference?” In a democratic society every adult, with some exceptions, has the right to vote:  But it is not just a right: it is a duty and a responsibility. True, Presidential and some […]

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Winter haters

Every time the weather gets the slightest bit chilly in the fall, people freak out about the weather being cold. Personally, I love cold weather and I cannot wait for the snow. I just don’t get why people are such winter haters. If you hate winter weather, don’t live where it is cold. Of course, […]

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Who chooses the news?

Every day there are hundreds, even thousands of stories published on the Internet. Who decides what to write or post? Is there a rhyme or reason to the types of articles written daily? Perhaps, in my opinion, there is a reason as to why certain topics become the top stories on the left side of the Google News page. […]

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