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RFRA designed to promote discrimination

Recently, Joe Puchner wrote an editorial in this space entitled “Treatment of RFRA Supporters Unfair.” The piece refers to a recent and controversial piece of Indiana legislation which provides additional legal protection for religious action.

Students must care to defeat Machine

One of the most pleasant surprises of this school year was Elliot Spillers’ election as SGA President, marking the first time in almost 40 years that an African American student has filled that role. Another surprise came shortly after, when Spillers made surprisingly conciliatory statements about ...

Islamic faith not to blame for tragedies in Paris

It’s hard to know how to respond to Joe Puchner’s recent column on political correctness. On the one hand, I understand the need for reservation when speaking about such sensitive topics as religion. On the other hand, Puchner’s comments are so logically inconsistent and veer so close to outright ...

Body cameras hold police officers accountable

In the aftermath of Ferguson, our country faces many questions with no clear answers. These questions touch on race relations, the changing nature of our police force, the formative role media plays in some conflicts and other topics of equal gravity. 

Football Saturdays overrun campus

I don’t care much about football. I know that’s a strange thing to say around here, but it’s true, and I can’t explain why. So on gamedays, I use my time to do other things. I go to the rec center, study at the library or visit with similarly-inclined friends.Or at least, I’d like to. But ...

Seminar classes promote ideas

Next week when registering for classes, you may see one of your required courses is a seminar. You may be excited for the easy A, or nervous about being asked to speak in front of your peers. Or, conversely, you may not even know what a seminar is. But whatever you do, don’t let that class go to waste. ...

The so-called dangers of abortion lack any real, substantial standing

There’s a tactic in the pro-life movement that works like this: abortion opponents argue that abortion is medically unsafe and under-regulated, and they push for the adoption of extreme new safety standards. In some states this tactic has led to the closure of a majority of all abortion clinics, and ...