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The Oscars celebraes celebrities and their accomplishments in the music industry and on the screen.
OPINION: That moment at the Oscars shows us why we should stop idolizing celebrities
Boyce Rucker, Staff Writer • April 18, 2022
Celebrities are successful people due to their talents, but that shouldn’t exempt them from legal penalties or a lack of healthy coping methods. Not many of us can account for what the entertainment industry is like on the inside, but we can see how much it factors into a person’s image. This year’s Oscars only remind us of why putting celebrities on a pedestal does no more good than bad. In acting this way, we are disregarding the fact that celebrities are normal people, just like us. We can still admire and appreciate their talent, but we should never forget that they’re humans, with personal struggles, who have the capacity to act in both good and bad manners. Smith’s assault on Rock is as much a cautionary event as it is a controversial one.
A Decorated Dorm Room in Pelican Hall
OPINION: The ethicality of making students live in dorms
Emma Geiszler, Staff Writer • April 3, 2022
UNCW has the ability to consistently improve, and the main place to start should be creating the best possible environment for students by getting to the root of their everyday lives. At it’s heart, this environment relies on finances, a good home environment and healthy living. This should be the area of focus for improving students' well-being.
The Dont Say Gay Bill was passed through Florida legislature which limits teachers abilities to talk about sexual orientation and identity in their classrooms.
OPINION: The harmful and hypocritical aspects of Florida’s 'Don’t Say Gay' bill
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • March 31, 2022
At one point or another in our lives, we have all felt discarded or misunderstood. This might be due to the part of the country that we were raised in, our parents’ backgrounds, the viewpoints that we were raised by or the public school system. Such is the case with the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida. This article will discuss why the bill is both harmful to the closeted gay kids in Florida and why it hypocritical to even have such a bill in the first place.
OPINION: CP Awareness Day and the need for social consistency
OPINION: CP Awareness Day and the need for social consistency
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • March 25, 2022
Imagine not seeing your friends who live in the same city for weeks, months, or sometimes even longer. You would feel like they didn’t care about you, as if you had done something that offended them or outgrown the friendship with the person. Now imagine these friends were the only ones who connect with you on a deeper than surface level. If this was your reality, you would feel really apprehensive and uncertain about your friendships. In honor of today being National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I am going to try to show how this is my reality in a constructive manner, so as not to offend any of my friends who might be reading this, but to also make the case as to why I need consistency in my social life.
Questions from “199 Questions to Ask Strangers”—or yourself.
OP-ED: I was an Evangelical Christian. Here’s why I’m no longer religious.
Katharine Chapin, Student Body Member • February 11, 2022
I was a shy freshman eager to build a sense of community. During high school, I attended church on both Wednesdays and Sundays, occasionally leading lessons for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club in my high school gymnasium. I talked about how I coped with anxiety and learned to become more comfortable in my own body—practical sentiments that helped me trudge through the living hell that is high school itself. But the type of Christianity that I would soon encounter in Wilmington was a bit more intense. In the fall of 2019, I joined an organization that would change the course of my life entirely—one that furthered the doubts about my Christian faith that I had been suppressing for quite some time, far longer than I ever wanted to admit.
Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in The Batman (2022).
OPINION: Reboots are fine, but they need to advance the story in a new way and have a bit of originality
Boyce Rucker, Staff Writer • January 27, 2022
Reboots can be tiresome, especially as we approach the second Batman recasting over the past decade, but they can also lead to the most invigorating visions. It is true that movie studios and screenwriters should focus on more original ideas, but movie reboots are not something that should be dismissed immediately. Reboots such as “Batman Begins,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” show us that reboots can be the best thing for a franchise when done correctly. Instead of viewing each reboot with dismay once they come to our attention, we can view it with curiosity. If we ever find ourselves disappointed or unimpressed by a reboot, then we can always go back to the original.
2016 comic created by trans activist @bum_lung as part of the popular spread of the Be Gay. Do Crime phrase.
OP-ED: “Be Gay, Do Crime,” and other shit you can say without the university censoring you
Robby Fensom, SGA President • January 27, 2022
Over the past several weeks, Davis, the vice chancellor for student affairs and censor in the making, has called for the repainting of the rocks whenever students voice beliefs that run afoul to his definition of the First Amendment. In a meeting with me and three other students, Davis shared that he has overseen the removal of such statements as “Be Gay, Do Crime” and “No More Masks” from the university spirit rocks because he does not think they deserve the protection of the First Amendment. 
The Central Parking Deck on campus.
OPINION: The residential parking situation is inconvenient and unfair to on-campus students
Abigail Celoria, Contributing Writer • October 14, 2021
With the start of a new semester, both new and returning on-campus students moved into their new housing assignments excited for an in-person experience, the first for some since the pandemic’s initial outbreak. The delta variant continues to threaten that hope, but campus life has persisted in spite of it, allowing a sense of normalcy to return to the college environment. However, an unexpected beast arose in this perfect storm of returners—namely, the wildly oversaturated parking situation on campus.
OPINION: Society should implement social programs that encourage interactions between individuals with and without disabilities
OPINION: Society should implement social programs that encourage interactions between individuals with and without disabilities
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • October 6, 2021
If we were to normalize social interactions between neurotypical children and children with disabilities, these types of interactions would be few and far between rather than the norm. This is because the neurotypical kids will have had experience in interacting with someone with disabilities. This prior experience will undoubtedly play a positive role in the individual’s interactions with the person with the disability.
Letter from the Editor: The mistakes we make as student journalists
Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief • September 25, 2021
The Seahawk is committed to doing better. We are reviewing the editing process above and will reduce the instances of single-person publishing. Sensitive stories will be reviewed by a committee made up of editorial staff and general body members to review language, construction and content that could injure underrepresented groups on campus. We will also strengthen our efforts to connect with diverse campus voices and organizations, including through a specific contact on our editorial board.
UNCW staff member recieves the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Burney Center clinic.
OPINION: It is not too late for UNCW to require COVID-19 vaccinations
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • August 21, 2021
UNCW already mandates certain immunizations against certain diseases such as mumps and measles. This is done to protect the greater student body from a massive outbreak. So, mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all students would provide a layer of protection to the student body against a massive delta variant outbreak, and a subsequent reversal to an online class setting.
RA Benjamin Zumpe wearing a mask in Graham-Hewlett.
OPINION: New mask mandate returns us to an unnecessarily restricted existence
Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer • August 3, 2021
Even as data show the pandemic to be largely over for the fully vaccinated, the fear-mongering ultimately won the war. On July 27, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated Americans in roughly two-thirds of U.S. counties should return to covering their faces indoors. At this time, only public places are included, and private gatherings remain unaffected. This does not sound too bad, but the move is based on circumstantial evidence that ignores the overall big picture.
Rainbow flags at a pride parade.
OPINION: In honor of Pride Month, schools should create mandatory classes on LGBTQ issues
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • June 28, 2021
This synopsis of my story is not the exception for many queer students, who are often leaving home for the very first time. With this being the case, UNCW should incorporate mandatory training for incoming and current students to both try to educate them on how to interact with and around LGBTQ people and alert them to be conscious of their fellow peers whom they do not necessarily know all that well.
Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House Select Subcommittee hearing on Thursday, April 15, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
OPINION: The government and mainstream media prevented us from addressing the lab-leak theory. There should be consequences.
Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer • June 25, 2021
The leakage of COVID-19 from Wuhan’ institute has not yet been officially confirmed. It might never be, especially as the lab’s top officials, as well as their ultimate superiors in the Chinese Communist Party, continue to suppress the truth. But numerous signs, relating to both the virus itself and the suspicious politics surrounding it, have emerged in favor of the lab-leak hypothesis.
New Hanover for All’s Ashley Daniels speaks at a press conference Monday, calling on the district attorney to drop charges against three prominent protesters in Wilmington who are accused of vandalizing property.
OPINION: DA must explain and reduce charges on Wilmington protesters
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • June 18, 2021
Although the DA’s office mysteriously dropped the charges, psychologically they won their case. This is because they made him an example of what they could do to future protesters. Any protesters familiar with his case will have second thoughts about whether to protest due to the simple fact that they might end up having to deal with legal consequences. Unfortunately, in many cases, these protesters will probably not protest in the future, which means David effectively silenced future demonstrations.

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