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The new round of stimulus payments means a new round of questions, confusion — and so far this time, some quick answers. (Dreamstime/TNS)

OPINION: Should college students claimed as dependents receive stimulus checks?

Nicolas Ziccardi, Staff Writer February 6, 2021

With the furious debate and discourse over stimulus checks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one demographic, who’s likely less invested in the arguments, is college aged students. Why? Because...

Computer, working from home.

Advice from Sally: Navigating the online spring semester

Serah Culler, Contributing Writer February 3, 2021

This past fall semester, one of my professors started off the first class with this advice: “Look at this semester as an opportunity. I know that it looks very different from what you were probably planning,...

Kindergarten boy looking at laptop computer during first day of virtual learning online school.

OPINION: Continuing ‘Zoom University’ is the worst idea ever for post-COVID-19 pandemic education reform

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most devastating tragedies in modern human history. Millions worldwide are dead, and tens of millions of others have become severely ill. Thousands of new infections...

Trump and Coronavirus (Newspaper).

OPINION: Can the Republican party bounce back after a Trump era?

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer February 1, 2021

The current state of the Republican party certainly does not align with the conservative values that many of its members identify with. Former President Donald J. Trump still has a tight hold on much of...

Julian Assange on May 19, 2017, in London. 

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OPINION: Trump failed to pardon Julian Assange is a dark moment for press freedom, limited government advocates

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

The human rights community has a lot to celebrate now that Donald Trump is no longer President of the U.S. There are no more bans on travelers from several Muslim countries. Migrant families are no longer...

I heard recently that the average person scrolls the height of Big Ben in a day. Whilst waiting for a delayed train in Bath I spotted this line of hands on phones – all endlessly scrolling.

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OPINION: Cancel culture is toxic and does more harm than good

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer January 24, 2021

The phenomenon of “cancel culture” only creates an environment of hostility across various social media platforms. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it involves publicly calling out, shaming ...

David Rouzer's official headshot.

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OPINION: In defense of David Rouzer

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer January 24, 2021

U.S. Representative David Rouzer (R-NC07) has become a very controversial figure within his district. Since the November election of Joe Biden to the presidency, he has taken the results with a grain of...

OPINION: Is it ethical for scientists to manipulate viruses?

OPINION: Is it ethical for scientists to manipulate viruses?

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor January 13, 2021

Scientists worldwide perform experiments by manipulating viruses in labs. While some of these viruses are common, others are extremely dangerous. Labs artificially create, alter and strengthen viruses...

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.

OPINION: Capitol Hill protests depict racial disparities in policing

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer January 9, 2021

The complete lack of control during the Capitol Hill riots that occurred this past Wednesday only reinforced the already clear disparities in policing. Following the riots, the DC Metropolitan Police Department...

Students in a class at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

OPINION: Should colleges enforce attendance policies?

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor January 8, 2021
Strict attendance policies are a reality for college students nationwide. These policies threaten academic consequences if students miss a certain number of classes. While the policies are well-intentioned, they do much more harm than good.
OPINION: Should vaping be banned?

OPINION: Should vaping be banned?

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor January 6, 2021
Vaping bans have been popping up around the nation in response to growing health concerns regarding the popular smoking alternative. Currently, 13 states and two U.S. territories enforce vaping bans to some degree.
Covid-19 vaccine stock photo.

OPINION: UNCW must require students and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine to attend in-person classes

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor January 3, 2021

Scientists from several different pharmaceutical companies have been scrambling to develop a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19. Now that vaccines are ready for distribution, many people are hesitant...

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