Opinion

Defending freedom of speech
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Feb. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Copenhagen on Valentine’s Day, a man was shot and killed at a free speech event.

This came just over a month after “Charlie Hebdo,” the French satirical magazine, was attacked, leaving a dozen people dead, including renowned editor Stéphane Charbonnier.

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was beheaded in January by members of the Islamic State, a jihadist rebel group that controls territory in the Middle East. American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff met similar fates at the hands of the Islamic State in 2014.

On a less deadly, but still very serious scale, there was a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures in November 2014 that was related to “The Interview,” a satirical film about a fi ctional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

These highly publicized attacks have brought up larger questions about freedom of speech and censorship from both internal and external sources.

There has been a steady decline in worldwide freedom of the press. According to the Freedom of the Press Report, 40.4 percent of nations fi t into the “free” category in 2003. By 2014, that global percentage fell to 32 percent.

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Dec. 18, 2014

At the beginning of every semester students stand in the back of a classroom or sit on the fl oor waiting. After attempting to register for a class that they really wanted — or worse, that class they really needed to fulfi ll a requirement — many students find their course wait listed or closed. If they are lucky, they receive a permission number, and if not, they might try again next semester.

Despite an increase in the number of course off erings, the first week or two of classes is still distracting for professors and disappointing for students. While most professors over-accommodate by trying to take as many students as possible, at some point there are some students who will be turned away. And halfway through the semester many of the desks that were full at the beginning of the term will sit empty.

Often we enroll in a class with the best of intentions; other times we enroll “just in case” a class doses not work out. But what we forget is that when we drop a class after the fi rst two weeks, we have likely taken an opportunity away from someone else.

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Healthcare is a right not a privilege
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Dec. 1, 2014

Before each holiday season begins, the flu season arrives. Depending on how active the season is and how virulent the strain is, in influenza or the flu virus claims between 3,000 and 49,000 lives each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For people who have health insurance, a flu vaccine or access to early treatment often leads to a quick recovery.

However, despite the new health care law, there are still many who do not have access to medical care.

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Giving back the Season  of Giving
By | News Editor
Nov. 25, 2014

As the season progresses from fall and moves into winter, skeletons and witches hung to spook trick-or-treaters have been replaced with decorative ceramic turkeys and festive table settings. Not long after in some households Thanksgiving cornucopias will immediately give way to Santa Claus. As we labor over the perfect gifts for our friends and family while staying within a budget, we should remember to find time to relax for a minute to take in the spirit of giving.

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Nov. 14, 2014

Sometimes the worst things in fantasy football are also the best. That’s a fairly vague statement, I know. Stick with me though. I’m getting to the point.

In week 7 of this column, I wrote about a fantasy football league that I have been in for six years. The league is a very competitive 12-team PPR league that has been going on since 2008. It’s so competitive that nobody in the league has won back-to-back championships.

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Nov. 7, 2014

Week 10 is upon us. Only four (or five depending on your league set up) more weeks until playoffs, and there are some pretty good players on bye weeks this week, including the No. 1 quarterback and tight end.

If you’ve made it this far and are still in the hunt for the playoffs then congratulations. However, this is not the week to get cute and try to do something that can ultimately cost

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Nov. 1, 2014

Week 9 is the beginning of the weeks everyone in fantasy football dreads: bye weeks. This week, four top 10 fantasy quarterbacks, nine top 30 wide receivers and five top 25 running backs are on bye weeks.

Here is a list of players that can be useful this week to help with your bye week blues.

As always, start your studs, and good luck this week.

Byes: Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit

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The state of fear in 2014
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Oct. 29, 2014

Halloween gives City College students the opportunity to choose their fears in a celebratory, escapist fashion.

Playing with makeup and fog machines is a refreshing respite from actual fears about post-college employment and student debt.

As a mixture of  fledgling adults and seasoned learners, City College students have replaced the plastic, factory-pressed, rubber-band strapped superhero masks of their youth with a veneer rooted in over-confidence and ambition.

City College students today love to be scared of a bleak reality because it mirrors their own outlook of their projected futures. This dilutes the impact of Halloween and reduces it to the equivalent of an autumn version of non-religious Easter: a reason to have a party and

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Oct. 24, 2014

We’re halfway through the season, which means only six more weeks until Fantasy football playoffs start. If you’re at the bottom of your league, it’s never too late to trade your way out.

I could go into a story about how I started the season 1-6 last year and traded my way to a 7-6 record and a playoff spot, but I’m not. I could also talk about how countless others are currently trying to do the same thing, but I won’t.

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