Benefits of hemp outweigh marijuana

By Ivy Nall, Contributing Writer

March 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I recently got into a debate with someone about the positive use of hemp. I was dumbfounded when he thought hemp was the same thing as marijuana. Although they both come from a cannabis plant, they are very different. It has been an entire year since President Obama signed Section 7606 of the Farm Bill into law, which legalized the production of hemp. The U.S. House passed... Read more »

New Tinder update ruins purpose of the app

By Eric Long, Chief Copy Editor

March 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Tinder’s update on March 2 has made the widely-used app fairly unpopular — since the update, Tinder only has a one-and-a-half-star rating on Apple’s app store — due to its new Tinder Plus subscription that has some, myself included, accusing the hookup app of ageism. Users under 30 who want to pay for the three new features the update included will have to shell... Read more »

Eastern’s admissions process might surprise you

By Virginia Thomas, Contributing Writer

March 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I am led to a small round table behind a partition and offered a seat. An orange folder sits in front of me. Some 35 days ago I requested my admissions file, just to see what it would look like. Now that it’s at my fingertips, my curiosity is stronger than ever. I’ve wondered if I might find comments from Eastern Washington University’s admissions officers scrawled on... Read more »

Wild spring breaks are not the bee’s knees

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

March 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

In an era gone by, wild spring break parties in Cabo were seemingly the holy grail of spring break, or at least that’s what MTV wanted us to think. Nowadays, students are just as content sitting at home in sweatpants watching “Friends” for six straight days as they would be getting wasted on a beach in Mexico. Most students don’t feel any real pressure to go wild... Read more »

Seattle needs to shift focus from NBA to NHL

By Brandon Cline, Sports Writer

March 13, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Sports

While the NBA continues to scorn Seattle and use it as leverage against cities resistant to publicly funding basketball arenas, the NHL continues to wait on Seattle. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced on Feb. 25 that the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Seattle Arena proposal, which would be suited for both a basketball and hockey arena, will be completed by... Read more »

Arquette’s Oscars misstep part of the bigger picture

Arquette’s Oscars misstep part of the bigger picture

March 9, 2015

Celebrities picking up pet causes is hardly a new phenomenon — just this fall Emma Watson gave a speech to the U.N. advocating for feminism and Angelina... Read more »

ALEKS lowers pressure on struggling students

By Aaron Bocook, Contributing Writer

March 9, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I am bad at math. At least, I spent most of my life thinking I was, until I found something that works for me. Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces, or ALEKS, is a web-based assessment and learning program that EWU has been using since 2012 for students, like me, who have had bad luck in lecture-style math classes. At age 32, I still add and subtract on my fingers.... Read more »

JFK Library needs more funding for hours

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2015

Filed under Opinion

When I first arrived at Eastern, I was a transfer student from Boise State University — an admittedly bigger, more established and consequentially richer school — and as a result there were a few privileges I had at Boise State I had taken for granted. Namely, how their library is open until midnight, 5 out of 7 days in the week. The fact the JFK Library closed at 9... Read more »

Pasco police grossy underestimates the gun’s power

By Jasmine Ari Kemp, News Editor

March 1, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The west side, the east side and now the south side. Washington is really no stranger to use of force issues within police departments. The Pasco Police Department is the newest member on the list. On Feb. 10 Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an orchard worker, was shot and killed by Pasco police officers. Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at cars, and eventually the police,... Read more »

Anti-vaccination movement detrimental to our public health

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

February 23, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Somehow in recent years a movement that had more or less gone by the wayside has come back full-force. For whatever reason, it’s once again become at least borderline-popular not to vaccinate your children. Anti-vaccination crowds cite everything from the mercury content in vaccines to the age-old claim that vaccinations cause autism as reasons to avoid them. However,... Read more »

‘Fifty Shades’ evokes violence

By Ariel Kimbleton, Staff Writer

February 22, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Control freak. Stalker. Intimidating. Demeaned. Debased. Abused. These are actually how the protagonist in “Fifty Shade of Grey,” Anastasia Steele, described the romantic interest Christian Grey and how he his actions make her feel. To me, this reads like a pamphlet about abusive relationships. A young woman about to graduate from college, Ana is targeted by the rich... Read more »

Colleges should pick up the slack in sex education

By Jaclyn Archer, Eagle Life Editor

February 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Given the varied values and taboos surrounding sexuality in the U.S., it can be extremely difficult for educators to teach sex education to a diverse group of other people’s minor-aged children. The result of the sex-ed controversy in the U.S. is that adults are starting college with an inadequate understanding of sexuality, gender and relationships. Ironically, controversy... Read more »