Column – Adventures with Abby: “Adulting” requires more than education

Our institutions of higher learning pack hundreds or thousands of young adults into the same space, condensing a diverse cross-section of humanity into one spot. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, different skill sets and different styles of child-rearing. As a result, college students exemplify some of the oddest combinations of traits and habits known to humankind. In few other settings […]

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Opinion: Bloomberg hopes to battle Trump in a billionaire general election

If the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign feels like America has traveled back four years in an electoral time machine, it should. Because in many ways, Bloomberg is running on the playbook written by the man he hopes to beat in November: President Donald Trump. The similarities between Bloomberg’s and Trump’s campaigns are as eerie as they are numerous. From the […]

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Opinion – viral Discrimination: Avoiding coronavirus is no excuse for xenophobia

Editor’s Note: This piece reflects the writer’s personal opinions and experiences.  This year the new strand of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has made international headlines. The death toll increases daily but so does the increasing xenophobia towards Chinese people.  As a college student, far away from both home and my parent’s protection, I quickly panicked when I first […]

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Opinion: a response to the backlash – the super bowl halftime show was a proud moment for latino culture

As I watched Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during the halftime show at the Super Bowl, my heart swelled with pride and joy at the rich display of Latin American and Afro-Latino culture represented on stage. Similarly, most of the members of the Latino community referred to the show as powerful, significant and culturally enriching. After all, it is not […]

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Column: Adventures with Abby – Valentine’s day has drifted away from celebrating love

I’ll be the first to admit – I really don’t like Valentine’s Day.  There are a number of thoroughly arbitrary reasons for my disdain for the holiday of love.  First, I despise the color red. It’s loud. It’s angry. It upsets me in large quantities. Pink, as a variation of red, is almost as offensive.  Second, Valentine’s Day’s commercialization drives […]

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Opinion: tmz breaking kobe bryant’s death showed no sensitivity

Only one hour following the devastating helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others, TMZ broke the news.  Eight little words splashed across the popular gossip magazine read “KOBE BRYANT DIES  IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS…” These words impacted the lives of millions, but more importantly, they changed the lives of those who never should have had to read […]

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Opinion: The Department of Transportation limitations on emotional support animals unintentionally discriminates

Travelers with emotional support animals (ESA) might be in for a hard time with a new rule implemented for airlines this past Wednesday. On Jan. 22, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that from now on airline passengers will only be allowed to take dogs as emotional support animals. The DOT made this decision due to passengers complaining about […]

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Opinion: Eluding empowerment, the Super Bowl halftime show sent all the wrong messages

Editor’s Note: This is the personal reflection of journalism student Bailey Duran from Super Bowl 54’s halftime show on Feb. 2.  During the halftime show of the Super Bowl, I experienced an unsettling mixture of disgust, confusion and disappointment. What could have been an epic and even historic performance turned into a glorified strip show. Many have taken to social […]

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Opinion: U.S.-China trade agreement strikes a healthy compromise

Two pieces of paper. Two signatures. Two changing powerhouse economies. The new U.S.-China trade agreement is through its first phase. Though the details began under lock and key after the initial announcement in December, the release of the full document – January 15 according to NBC – reveals that it may contain more benefits for the U.S. than expected. Although […]

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