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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 Rouzers 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 nations capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Bidens 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...

Making cheese is easy and you can use store-bought milk. Like any fermented-type food cheese is not necessarily difficult but it takes time

OPINION: Fermented foods may improve America’s mental health problem

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor December 20, 2020
Studies have shown that the microbes and probiotics in fermented foods promote optimal gut health, therefore resulting in healthy levels of serotonin. Fermented foods must be added to diets nationwide to encourage strong mental health. This is especially necessary during these stress-ridden and unprecedented times.
Civil servants are being swab tested by laboratory officers.

OPINION: Trust in healthcare is rapidly decaying amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor December 18, 2020

On Dec. 14, the U.S. began administering COVID-19 virus vaccines to high-risk healthcare workers. This monumental day was filled with anxiety as shipments of the vaccine were quickly distributed throughout...

Students gather in a hallway at Kealing Middle School in 2018. Some shorts are prohibited on Austin school district campuses under the current dress code.

OPINION: School dress code policies perpetuate sexism in American culture

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor December 12, 2020

In 2018, the Alameda Unified School District in San Francisco eliminated their traditional dress code policy. Now allowing students to wear what they want, including midriff shirts, ripped jeans...

The nurse depicted in this 2006 photograph, was in the process of administering an intramuscular vaccination in the left shoulder of a young girl. The nurse was pinching the overlying shoulder skin, in order to immobilize the injection site.

OPINION: Should minors have access to COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent?

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor December 5, 2020

Various COVID-19 vaccines have been in development since the virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Pharmaceutical companies and scientists worldwide have been scrambling for the...

A display inside the Upperman African American Cultural Center in Fisher Student Union.

OPINION: UNCW is not doing enough to improve inclusivity of minority groups

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 30, 2020
The simple fact is that we are in the year 2020. Universities should no longer be getting praise for having minority student organizations or holding minority student panels. The existence of the Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano, and the LGBTQIA+ Resource Office should be givens, not talking points.
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