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Prisons made for public service, not for profit

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Connor Huff, Opinion Writer
October 20, 2014

The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is turning heads with its new business model, which involves re-entry programs as an important aspect. This is a shock because the CCA is the biggest for-profit prison organization in America. Now the CCA wants to get in on halfway houses. A for-profit prison... Read more »

Voter apathy stems from negative political ads

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Andrew Campnell, Opinion Editor
October 20, 2014

A recent report released by the Center for Public Integrity shows campaign ad spending for Wisconsin’s governor race is down 52 percent from 2010. While this may seem like welcome news, there are some criteria for these statistics. They only reflect television ads and don’t take into account any... Read more »

Name change needed for Washington Redskins

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Kari Risley, Opinion Writer
October 20, 2014

The Washington Redskins are not having a good year so far.  They’ve started their season 1-4 and their star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, has been out since week two with an ankle injury. And then there’s the issue that has followed them for years and could be solved from within their organization... Read more »

Nail polish isn’t key to date rape prevention

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Sierra Spaulding, Opinion Writer
October 15, 2014

Recently, four male college students developed their solution to date rape—which is simply that women should paint their nails with a special polish that changes color once it detects common date rape drugs. Though this is not the first attempt to chemically signal that one’s drink has been tainted,... Read more »

Urban legends aren’t fully responsible for violent crimes

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Connor Huff, Opinion Writer
October 12, 2014

Adults all over know that the fictional character Slender Man is not real and could not be appeased by anything. However, last May two 12-year-old girls stabbed another 12-year-old girl 19 times claiming they were attempting to please the fictional character they had heard stories about. The victim,... Read more »

Wisconsin moving ‘backward’ in terms of racial equality

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Kari Risley, Opinion Writer
October 12, 2014

If you were to do a Google image search for “Madison’s ranking best places to live,” you would get a slew of results from reputable sources like Forbes and Business Insider. A website called livabitilty.com even ranked Madison No. 1 on their 2015 “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list. This sounds... Read more »

Celebrities and their offensive remarks should be ignored

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Andrew Campnell, Opinion Editor
October 12, 2014

If anyone’s ever watched A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” they’d know the stars of the show—the Robertsons—are down-home, god-fearing people. At the center of the Robertson family is the patriarch, Phil Robertson. Known for being quite opinionated, Robertson’s views on topics such as homosexuality... Read more »

Climate change requires every citizen’s help and attention

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Sierra Spaulding, Opinion Writer
October 12, 2014

People all over the globe are outraged at the climate crisis and the lack of effort to change. This was evident when 310,000 people turned out for a protest in Manhattan. Their efforts were and still are remarkable, and we need more people to turn out for protests in order to create a greater sense of... Read more »

Feminism has never been and shouldn’t be a derogatory term

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Amber Beardsley, Web Editor
October 7, 2014

If there is any word that scares the general public, it would probably be “feminism.” As Emma Watson, United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, said in her speech Sept. 20 at the U.N. Headquarters to launch the U.N. Women’s new “HeForShe” campaign, “…fighting for women’s rights has... Read more »

The time for equal pay across the United States is now

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Kari Risley, Opinion Writer
October 7, 2014

Congress voted for the fourth time on the Paycheck Fairness Act Sept. 15, and for the fourth time Republicans blocked the bill from passing. According to the U.S. Senate’s official record, there was a divide of 52 yes-votes and 40 no-votes (60 yes were required for the bill to pass, and eight members... Read more »