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Who are you calling 'politically challenged?'

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A few weeks ago a student organization called Politech, based out of Texas Tech Universtiy, went out on their home campus to see how politically and culturally savvy their students were in a video called “Politically Challenged: Texas Tech Edition.”  The video quickly went viral, with upwards of one million views on Youtube.


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Good cop, bad cop

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I’ve spoken to an on-duty police officer maybe three times in my life. Each time was a traffic stop. Outside those 15 minutes, my primary understanding of the police comes from television.


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The growth of chick lit

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I’ve been known to be a bit of a book snob. My literary roots (i.e. my major is English and all I do is read) have given me some sort of complex where I think certain books are beneath my interest. Much of my scorn has been directed toward popular series like The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Fifty Shades Trilogy, and the like. I find myself instinctively rolling my eyes whenever these books come up in conversation. I’m not exactly sure what it is about these books that I find so off-putting, but I think it has something to do with the commercialization and the appeal to the mainstream. But my real enemy in the world of books has always been chick lit.


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Not so fast, Obama

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Earlier this month, about four to five million undocumented immigrants were temporarily granted the opportunity to work and reside legally in the U.S.



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Wal-Mart on strike

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This past Thanksgiving, many families did not get to sit around the dinner table together. Many employees of Walmart, the largest private employers in the United States (1), we forced to work on Thanksgiving Day in preparation for Black Friday. Black Friday, which is advertised as being the biggest sale of the year, was actually the biggest shopping day in history (2). This year, however, many Walmart employees went on strike.


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What have birthdays become?

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I may be in the minority, but I’ve never been a fan of Birthdays. I don’t want to come off as some prude who doesn’t enjoy having fun. I think Birthdays can serve a good purpose.


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In defense of rioting in Ferguson

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There’s been significant backlash to how citizens of Ferguson have reacted to the court ruling on Mr. Darren Wilson’s punishment, or lack thereof. Most of the commentary has been condemning the people of Ferguson for destroying their hometown. Not surprisingly, most everyone who takes this attitude is a white person, with little to no understanding of what it means to be prejudiced against because of his or her skin color. These are also the same people who seem to believe that whatever’s happening in Ferguson right now is not related to race. If you’re reading this, and you’re a white person, you will likely have no idea what black people in Ferguson are going through.




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True to size

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Ever since Lindsay Lohan brought her doll to life in Disney’s “Life-Size,” I’ve always wondered how a single doll’s shape could represent the entire population of pre-pubescent girls.



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An Uber big mistake

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On Friday, November 14, Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael commented that the company, a car service, should collect data on critics of the company to expose their personal lives to the public.


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Birdman is refreshing

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“Birdman,” the comedy-drama starring Michael Keaton as washed-up ex-superhero actor Riggin Thomas, signals a new criterion of filmmaking.Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has thrown out everything you learn in film school with his latest film.


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Anything Purdue can do we can do better

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Indiana University is a world-class institution that must keep reinventing itself in order to break the barriers that many believe exist.With this constant reinvention, the university must keep in mind that the world is an ever-changing landscape.


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Helping the nation next door

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Trouble lies just beyond the southern border.Mexico faces internal strife as the populace riots against government corruption in response to the kidnapping and alleged killing of 43 students in the state of Guerrero.


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Grades for dating

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Just when you think that there comes a time when grades stop mattering, you’re wrong: behold, The Grade, a phone dating app that algorithmically assigns letter grades to users.



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The human element

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Sometimes it’s hard, not matter how much we talk about it, to understand how immigration reform could and does affect American citizens. We don’t often get to hear someone other than a politician talk about illegal border crossings and deportation.