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Costumes uphold misogynistic values

Costumes uphold misogynistic values

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 30
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The way the leaves crunch under your feet and the fall breeze nips at your skin; the pumpkins lining streets nationwide; the sound of laughter filling the neighborhood. Halloween presents many Americans with, albeit for only one night, the chance to be a kid again and let all their adult worries drift...

WHAT’S THE DEAL?!

WHAT’S THE DEAL?!

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 27
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

What’s the deal with handless scooters on campus? You know, the self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized crafts that are rapidly changing our commute through campus. It is not an effective form of transportation and equally as ridiculous as Segway PT’s. Yep, that’s right; you aren’t cooler...

Sanders sick of Clinton’s emails

Sanders sick of Clinton’s emails

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
October 26
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Finally, somebody said it: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” During the first of the democratic debates, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders let everyone know how he felt about the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal emails. With more...

Potential tax on carbon emissions

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 26
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350 into law Oct. 7. It is now time for Washington state to follow suit. Also known as The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, the bill aims to greatly reduce the state’s environmental impact. The bill originally included cutting petroleum...

SeaWorld ‘rewarded’ in spite of cruelty

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
October 19
Filed under Opinion

In 2013 a documentary called “Blackfish” premiered on CNN. Telling of the unknown horrors taking place behind the scenes at SeaWorld, “Blackfish” exposed the theme park for what they were doing: Making money on captured and mentally tortured orcas. Separating them from their families, keeping...

What’s the Deal – Group Projects

What’s the Deal – Group Projects

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 19
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This year at The Easterner we are introducing a new weekly column where I will describe ways that students on campus can have a more enjoyable experience. If you think I’m talking about you, I am. What’s the deal with group projects? How is it that no matter your department, there is alway...

What’s the Deal?! – Parking

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 13
Filed under Opinion

This year at The Easterner we are introducing a new weekly column where I will describe ways that students on campus can have a more enjoyable experience. If you think I’m talking about you, I am. What’s the deal with parking around campus? In my two years at Eastern, I have regularly found ...

Guest speakers need to bring more zest to lectures

By Joe Matthews, Staff Writer
October 13
Filed under Opinion

Second only to movie day, the day in which the guest speaker presents is probably the day the least progress is made toward class objectives. Some of the things offered definitely could be useful, but for the most part the information isn’t obtained — it gets lost behind cell phones, computers and...

Society should drive Media, not the other way around…

Society should drive Media, not the other way around…

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 12
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We must demand more. For every victim in Roseburg, Oregon, we must demand more. For the 11-month-old infant who was shot along with his mother and grandmother on Chicago’s south side, we must demand more. For the 23-year-old father gunned down in a Target parking lot on Sept. 30 in Kent, Washington,...

First day of school anxiety hits hard

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 6
Filed under Opinion

Regrettably choking down a cigarette, hoping my heart doesn’t beat right out of my chest, I try to figure out exactly how I am in this situation. The first day of class used to be an exciting time to see old friends and meet new people. Now the thought of seeing all those eager faces makes me an...

WHAT’S THE DEAL?!

WHAT’S THE DEAL?!

By Sam Deal, Opinion Editor
October 6
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Campus etiquette is a thing, please respect it or I will push you while I’m trying to get to class. Navigating campus is an art form and just because you haven’t quite figured that out doesn’t mean you should look like a first year at Hogwarts, ruining the rush for the rest of us. If you have...

BSU matters, no matter your ethnicity

By Jaclyn Archer, News Editor
October 5
Filed under Opinion

Handing out fliers for the Black Student Union (BSU) on Monday was a more complex experience than I expected. It seemed like a simple enough mission: get students to come to the information meetings on Tuesday at 5 p.m. or Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Patterson 248. But which students? While it seemed most...

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