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America needs public libraries

America needs public libraries

Caroline Monaghan

April 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the current world of eBooks and the Internet, the thought of a public library seems dated and like a waste of tax dollars. If you’re paying taxes to have a building hold antiquated books and even more obsolete software, this is definitely true. But this is simply not the case. Libraries across America hav...

Hollywood can use films to spread politic ideas

Hollywood can use films to spread politic ideas

Vaughn Battista

April 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With such a controversial president, it seems that Hollywood has become increasingly political, especially through award shows. From Jimmy Fallon’s Trump one-liners to Meryl Streep’s six minute speech criticizing the president at the Golden Globes, it seems that actors and filmmakers all across Holly...

Promposals force a “yes”

Promposals force a “yes”

Sarah Lynch

April 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Let me preface this by saying I am not the Grinch of prom. I’m a big fan of prom: the dresses, the decor, the music, the food, the overall atmosphere. But the one aspect of prom that is absurdly over-hyped is asking someone to prom. “Promposals,” as they are now called, have turned a simple q...

Safe spaces have created ignorance to the real world

Safe spaces have created ignorance to the real world

Will Dean

March 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Designated safe spaces are now popular on college campuses across the nation, at universities including DePaul, Rutgers and UCLA. A safe space, as defined by the Oxford English Living Dictionary, is a “place or environment in which a person...can feel confident they will not be exposed to...emotional...

Social justice warriors affect social movements

Social justice warriors affect social movements

Lauren Spiezia

March 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Some avid social media users know that one person who constantly posts “Check your privilege!” and stirs online fights over social and political issues. The term for people like this is social justice warriors (SJWs) and is classified by the Oxford Dictionary as “an informal or derogatory term for a pe...

Circus Drive-In may close, making way for PETA

Circus Drive-In may close, making way for PETA

Kail Ying

March 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

For many Monmouth County residents and visitors, the idea of the Circus garners memories of a childish, fun environment and loving atmosphere full of food. After all, The Circus Drive-In Restaurant was “established in 1954, and family owned, The Circus Drive-In Restaurant provides classic car-hop servic...

Social media cleanses are beyond beneficial

Social media cleanses are beyond beneficial

Izzy Cavazzoni

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Six hundred million Instagram accounts. Over a billion daily active users on Facebook. Around 350,000 average tweets per minute. No matter the platform, social media’s ubiquitous presence in the daily lives of people across the globe is unmistakable. In pursuit of less distractions and more fre...

Obama’s legacy is filled with failures and lies

Obama’s legacy is filled with failures and lies

Will Dean

March 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The day is Jan. 20, 2009. Barack Obama has just been sworn in as president, making history as the first African American to do so. Americans and people across the world are filled with hope and excitement for change. This feeling was short-lived, as nearly every promise Obama made was broken soon af...

Russian hacking affected the US election

Russian hacking affected the US election

Colin Martin

March 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The United States Director of National Intelligence released a report concluding that Russia had interfered with the 2016 presidential election in the United States on Jan. 6, 2017. The report states that Russian hackers, who were likely affiliated with their government, deliberately hacked and leake...

Trump’s wall will never be built

Trump’s wall will never be built

Sally Ehlers

February 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Ever since Donald Trump was elected as our president, citizens have been wondering about his plan to build a wall on the border separating the United States and Mexico. While some contemplate whether or not a wall would prevent illegal immigrants from entering our country, others simply question whether ...

Marijuana should be legalized nationally

Marijuana should be legalized nationally

Courtney Kushnir

February 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Ever since I was in middle school, I was told that marijuana was bad. That it was a gateway drug. That using it would inevitably lead someone, even myself, to a life of crime and bath-salts-induced rage sprees. And for a long time, I believed just that. But it isn’t as simple as I once thought. ...

Sex ed deserves national standard

Sex ed deserves national standard

February 15, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Showcase

The Netherlands introduces sexual education for kids as young as age 4. Denmark has a “Spring Fever” week for kindergarteners to be introduced to sex ed policies. The United States  mandates sex and HIV education in only 21 of the 50 states, most of it introduced in middle and high school e...

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