Walking vs. biking on campus: Walking

Walking, driving, biking, skateboarding, taking the bus and cruising on an electric scooter are all great ways to get around campus. However, it is also common to know someone who has gone to the hospital or been injured from attempting to skateboard, scooter or bike around the bumpy brick sidewalks. The paths are subpar for anything besides walking. Driving is […]

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Healing an over-medicated society: Alternative approaches to overcoming common illnesses

Graphic by Olivia Hess The United States consumes the most over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the world. According to a study by Express Medical Supply, 58% of Americans take pills regularly each week. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, fexofenadine, loratadine — the list goes on, and the worst part is that many of them are not needed.  Granted, there are legitimate health problems that […]

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Debating xenotransplantation: Xenotransplantation is unethical

The lines between a medical breakthrough and playing God are becoming increasingly blurred. Xenotransplantation is one of those lines. Xenotransplantation is the process of transplanting tissues or cells from one species to another. According to a recent WSET news story, a company here in Virginia is leading the way by developing technology that is trying to make it possible to […]

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Debating xenotransplantation: Xenotransplantation is ethical

Every day, people on the waiting list for organs die. There are more people in need of transplantations than there are donors, and xenotransplantation helps to fill that gap. Xenotransplantation is defined as transplantations, implantations or infusions from nonhuman animal sources into human recipients, according to the FDA.    However, is xenotransplantation an ethical way to fill the gap in […]

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The Bear Cave

A rhetoric I often hear from mainstream conservatives is that in order to implement conservative policies, we must “win the culture war.” But their idea of fighting a culture war looks like “Facts” by Ben Shapiro. At this time, little is being done to actually define a conservative culture — and that needs to change. Culture is a way of […]

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Science-fiction come to life

As I scrolled down the page, “Cyborgs” was the only word that came to mind when I explored CEO Elon Musk’s website for “Neuralink,” a brain implant meant to bridge the gap between intention and ability (i.e., for patients who have paralysis, are deaf, blind, etc.). I reflected on films like “iRobot,” “Ender’s Game,” and “Creator,” all movies in which […]

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