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The problem with the campus closure: The intentions for the campus closure and evacuation may have been to protect us, but it put students and faculty in danger

The problem with the campus closure: The intentions for the campus closure and evacuation may have been to protect us, but it put students and faculty in danger

Jacqueline Brennen, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2018


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On Friday, Oct. 5, DePaul Public Safety sent out an email, text message and phone call to alert students and faculty that the Loop campus would close immediately. This was approximately 20 minutes before the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial was expected to be announced, but not a single form of communication...

Modern romance is literally written in the stars

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Online Editor

October 8, 2018


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It’s difficult to get around as a 20-something without learning a little bit of astrology. As astrology takes hold of conventional spiritual outlets, conversations turn from earthly to ethereal, specifically with talks of birth charts, a map of the solar system’s placement on someone’s birth date. T...

Meeting in the middle

Meeting in the middle

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

October 8, 2018


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As Brett Kavanaugh makes his way into his new seat in the Supreme Court, women are confused, fearful and jaded. The immense media coverage, infamous beer talk and intensity of Christine Blasey Ford, PhD and her testimony fooled us into thinking a denial from the Senate was possible. The road for impr...

Getting to the root: When it comes to kratom, the legal opioid substitute, the benefits outweigh the costs

Getting to the root: When it comes to kratom, the legal opioid substitute, the benefits outweigh the costs

Molly O'Mera, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2018


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In 2018, America finds itself in the unique position of a state-by-state cannabis prohibition while also fighting one of the largest drug crises in the country's history - the opioid epidemic. A new, breakout drug in the market could become a key player in both sides of the conversation for drug reform. Kratom,...

Recent downturns in the news industry have perpetuated the use of grim language

Daniel Schirmer, Copy Editor

October 1, 2018


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If you know a bit about journalism, perhaps you’re familiar with the old saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.” For those who are out of the loop, this saying refers to the idea that, basically, bad news—death, catastrophe, misfortune— commands the attention of readers more than good news. If t...

Here lies dating culture: Tinder killed it

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2018


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With Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign and subsequent loss in New York over the course of this year, the most educational and efficient use of my time was to binge-watch “Sex and the City.” The Emmy-winning and politically incorrect romantic comedy series stars Nixon as one of the four single...

Defunding public libraries doesn’t check out

Defunding public libraries doesn’t check out

Noor Hasan, Contributing Writer

September 17, 2018


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Public libraries have long existed as community spaces where individuals can study, check out books, use internet and research services, participate in group activities and so much more, all at an incredibly small cost to taxpayers. Public libraries have protected the sanctity of community knowledge,...

Elon Musk’s marijuana use doesn’t matter; but how we talk about it does

Elon Musk’s marijuana use doesn’t matter; but how we talk about it does

Daniel Schirmer, Contributing Writer

September 17, 2018


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On September 6, comedian Joe Rogan conducted a live interview with business magnate and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. The conversation lasted approximately two and a half hours, and the two discussed a wide variety of topics—the dangers of artificial intelligence, the...

Once bitten, twice shy?

Once bitten, twice shy?

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

September 10, 2018


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In this post-#MeToo moment, when a formerly empowering pioneer such as Asia Argento is an alleged abuser as deplorable as Kevin Spacey, the line between allies and charlatans can be blurred almost to the point of erasure. Impostors, those specifically setting out to further a social movement in order to p...

An institution of complacency and short memories

An institution of complacency and short memories

Doug Klain, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2018


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DePaul University, like many institutions, has had its fair share of scandals. Generally when something goes wrong at an institution, interested parties voice their opinion and the institution makes corrections accordingly. A perfect example of this exchange occurred with the Trump administration’s fa...

Campus conservatives say they are oppressed, others beg to differ

Campus conservatives say they are oppressed, others beg to differ

Evan Sully, Staff Writer

September 10, 2018


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President Donald Trump often speaks about the “Forgotten American:” the average wage earner in middle America who feels as if their voice hasn’t been heard by elites in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the “Forgotten American” is also at DePaul in the form of conservative students whose voi...

Music scene shaken by sexual abuse, some criticize friends of abusers for staying silent

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

September 10, 2018


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In this post-#MeToo moment, when a formerly empowering pioneer such as Asia Argento is an alleged abuser as deplorable as Kevin Spacey, the line between allies and charlatans can be blurred almost to the point of erasure. Impostors, those specifically setting out to further a social movement in order to p...

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