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Banning double shots and happy hour does not make drinking at bars safer

Banning double shots and happy hour does not make drinking at bars safer

Nick Viveiros

November 13, 2019

If you’re looking for a half-priced Titos soda, double shots of Jäger or a pitcher of Blue Moon for yourself at the local watering hole, your best bet is to head north to New Hampshire. In 1984, the Commonwealth banned so-called “happy hours” outright as part of an effort to crack down on alcohol-related...

Daylight saving time has lost its purpose in modern society

Daylight saving time has lost its purpose in modern society

Chris Sadrnoori

November 13, 2019

As the first days of Standard Time come to an end, many wonder why we subject ourselves to less sunlight during the cold and otherwise dark days of winter. A growing debate regarding the continued use of daylight saving time (DST) trends this time of year due to the abrupt reduction in sunlight.  ...

Veterans deserve more from us when their service ends

Veterans deserve more from us when their service ends

Julia Ahaesy

November 13, 2019

Veteran’s Day should not be the only day that we give our attention and appreciation to our U.S. military. We are a nation at war, and this Veteran’s Day, and every day, our country’s military members risk their lives both here at home and around the globe to ensure the security and freedom of...

Let’s help veterans fight their personal wars, too

November 13, 2019

On Feb. 2, 2013, the late-Chris Kyle — former Navy SEAL sniper made famous by his book, later turned into a movie “American Sniper” — and his friend Chad Littlefield went to a firing range in Texas with the veteran Eddie Ray Routh. Kyle’s hope was that spending time with veterans like himself...

Being unsure is more normal than you think it is

November 6, 2019

The quarter-life crisis. What is it and have we felt it? For many of us, yes. According to a LinkedIn Blog post, 75% of 25-33 year olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis of some kind. As we go through life, you might find that there’s a crisis where we hit 25% of our life expectancy, 50%...

“The customer is always right” says more about us than we think

Ryan Arel

November 6, 2019

A man walked into a bar one day for a drink. Not long after, he became very, very upset. It was an absolutely catastrophic reaction, like the kind you’d see from a toddler after being denied any assortment of things he may have wanted. Let’s call the customer John. He was being cut off at the...

Calling Trump mentally ill is an insult to those who actually suffer from mental illness

Calling Trump mentally ill is an insult to those who actually suffer from mental illness

Nick Viveiros

November 6, 2019

It’s time we stop calling President Donald Trump mentally ill. “The president’s performance on Fox & Friends struck me and many viewers as one of a frighteningly unhinged individual,” said Dr. Justin Frank in a September 2018 piece for Stat News titled “I used applied psychoanalysis...

In the name of the common good, stand up against abuse

October 30, 2019

This Editor’s Word makes frequent reference to suicide and abuse. Please read at your discretion. Within the last few days, disturbing details have been reported about an investigation into the death of Alexander Urtula. Urtula, who was slated to graduate merely hours after his death on May 20 o...

Designated hitters belong in all of baseball

Designated hitters belong in all of baseball

JD Conte

October 30, 2019

With the World Series in full swing, American League (AL) pitchers will once again take the plate at their opponents’ stadiums. On Saturday night, Houston Astros pitcher Zach Grienke stepped into the batter's box as the first pitcher to hit in the 115th fall classic. While Grienke only had one earned...

Centrists are not weak-minded, they are misunderstood

Centrists are not weak-minded, they are misunderstood

Nick Milano

October 30, 2019

Many Americans pride themselves on being able to choose a side and stick with it when it comes to political matters. For this same reason, many Americans shame centrists who can and will not do so. These ideals, however, have proven to be archaic. Centrists, or those who do not lean to a particular...

The U.S. must move to lower cost of insulin

The U.S. must move to lower cost of insulin

Matthew O'Brien

October 30, 2019

For many in America today, a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a death sentence. Not because there aren’t any treatments available, But rather, because insulin, the “lifewater” for people with T1D, has become prohibitively expensive for so many. Alec Raeshawn Smith was your average 26-year-old....

Mastering artificial intelligence should be the next human pursuit

Kallen Bowers

October 23, 2019

In recent months, the basis of McDonald’s customer service experience has shifted. Instead of being greeted at the order counter by a McDonald's team member who asks you what you would like to order, you are shepherded by a nametag wearing manager to one of their ordering kiosks. The tall kiosks feature...

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