Many have heard the phrase “nothing in life is free,” yet seem to forget it when it comes to college costs. As increasing college debt cripples students, many of us are quick to support a cause that will inevitably hurt us. Free college sounds great, but the cost will likely be placed on those who should be benefitting.
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Zika virus, the scariest thing in America since Ebola.
Culture is in many ways the means by which we define ourselves. It is instrumental in binding us together, shaping our identity and facilitating our survival. John Macionis, a sociologist, defines culture as "the ways of thinking, the ways of acting, and the material objects that together form a people's way of life." The values and beliefs of a culture therefore play a large role structuring how we act, what we do and even what we eat.
Super Tuesday 2016 is behind us, and it seems as if Donald Trump is well on his way to the Republican nomination. The unconventional nature of the Trump candidacy has driven this 2016 campaign to a threshold, and it may very well signal the end of a true separation between entertainment and politics. Trump’s strategy, fusing his celebrity image with strong political rhetoric akin to George Wallace, has won him at least Super Tuesday and may win him much more.
The University of South Carolina is a school with more than 30,000 students, no two of which have exactly the same views on politics, economics, religion or any other subject of substantial value. This ideological diversity is one of the things that makes an education great. It allows students to experience new activities and discuss new ideas. Participating in intellectual dialogue challenges individuals to sharpen their wit, either by abandoning indefensible positions or by buttressing superior ones. America’s colleges and universities are meant to foster this type of scrutiny by serving as a “marketplace of ideas.”
Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has been a partisan point of contention for years. Democrats want it closed. Republicans want it open. Obama made closing it a plank in his platform when he was first elected in 2008, and Romney struck back at his position in 2012. On Feb. 23, the issue skyrocketed back into the news when Obama handed over a closure plan to Congress — in the last year of his presidency.
Many say that the ideas of manliness and womanliness are all but disappearing; these skeptics argue that there are no inherent traits either sex should have, and that the idea that there are is archaic and even sexist. What they fail to realize, however, is that these idealized traits can still serve a purpose in modern society and even on campus. In today’s world where gender roles are all but disappearing, how can a man still be a man while still adhering to modern standards of gender equality?
In the Monday paper, Ben Turner criticized Donald Trump's racist "southern strategy," and rightfully so. It's been observed ever since "The Donald" joined the race for the White House that he brings with him a shadow of racism, nationalism and xenophobia that is unbecoming of American politics. And on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had some harsh words for the Republican front-runner about his failure to denounce former KKK leader, David Duke, in interviews this weekend.
As time goes on, our understanding of psychology and the workings of the human brain expand further and further. In fact, the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States, lists more than 300 disorders which humans can have.
Not all change is good. Most people would recognize the truth of this statement. After all, going through life we experience many unwelcome and detrimental changes. We instinctively realize that in our short and precarious existence in this world, change is inherently neutral — but in effect often bad. I could argue from here the virtues of conservative policy, but I want instead to address the tremendous recent outbreak of dissatisfaction with the government and desire to shake things up by supporting a non-traditional candidate.
It’s time for the Republican Party to start freaking out.
The only people the hordes of the online comment sections seem to hate more than serial killers and terrorists are animal abusers. Invariably, whenever the police bust a family mistreating a dog or cat, someone on the Internet will call for a punishment that almost certainly classifies as “cruel and unusual.”
In 2012, then-Congressman of Missouri Todd Akin infamously voiced the opinion that when women were "legitimately" raped, our bodies had ways to "shut that whole thing down." There was wide outrage over the issue, as well there should have been. It seemed to me at the time that it must be obvious that this was untrue — human genitals aren't like ducks', we haven't evolved corkscrewed vaginas to keep out the semen of unwanted mates.
As many have experienced or are aware of, the relationship failure in today's society is astounding. Almost half of marriages end in divorce, and although divorce rates have declined some over recent years, it "still remains at a historically high rate."
The debate over immigration and refugees has been a central issue to several presidential campaigns this year, particularly on the Republican side. From refugees fleeing persecution and warfare in the Middle East, to immigrants seeking safe harbor from gangland violence and faltering economies in Latin America, the question over the United States’ role in the process continues to come to a head.
This past Saturday a vulgar and egotistic nativist with no political experience triumphed in the South Carolina polls. To the roughly 67.5 percent of Republican voters who did not or will not vote for Donald Trump, this is rather painful. It seems that negative stereotypes of Southerners are more true than we would like. But for me, an evangelical Christian, the most galling part of the outcome is that more evangelicals voted for Trump than for any other candidate. Trump received 33 percent of the evangelical vote in South Carolina compared to Cruz’s 27 percent and Rubio’s 22 percent.
I’ve closely followed the 2016 election season for over a year. It is my opinion that only one remaining candidate fulfills all of the experiential, ethical and political requirements of the Oval Office and has the best interests of the American people in mind. This candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders.
For college students, “hope and change” has been a part of the lexicon for as long as we’ve been following politics. It may be easy to take for granted just how far we’ve come under President Obama’s leadership.
Unless something catastrophic happens, Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination for president. But you may not be able to tell this if you turned on the television after any of the last few presidential primaries. Oftentimes, political pundits and partisans on the right side of the aisle have confusingly declared victory for candidates who, in fact, lost. If any other candidate in any other election cycle had come in second, first and then first again in the opening three primaries of the presidential election cycle, those in the Republican Party would be talking of him or her as though they were a lock to win the nomination.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has seen a nation divided, as an appointment of a liberal justice by President Obama or his potential Democrat successor would result in the most leftward leaning Supreme Court in almost 50 years.