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Journalists must report, not persuade


Bobby Joe Magers Jr., Opinion Writer
April 15, 2014

How do the media influence public opinion? They have the ability to change public opinion by loosely reporting a story and slanting statements to make the reader think what’s written is fact. Recently, the Los Angeles Times published a story titled, “Student’s death in Colorado raises questions... Read more »

Body farm offers morbid, but needed lessons

Jonathan Lesniak, Opinion Writer
April 15, 2014

Wisconsin, the nation’s leader in dairy farming, is now pursuing a very different agricultural hobby — body farming. At first mention, the concept of a body farm can sound morbid and inhumane, but there are great benefits to this gloomy service. In hopes of helping forensic researchers study cold-weather... Read more »

Child rapist deserves harsher punishment

Bobby Joe Magers Jr.
April 8, 2014

Harming a child is the worst crime an adult can commit. Our society does not tolerate the inhumane treatment of children, nor should it. Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the DuPont fortune was charged with “raping his 3-year-old daughter,” according to Ashley Alman of the Huffington Post. He also... Read more »

Administrative censorship restricts students’ voices

Jonathan Lesniak , Opinion Writer
April 8, 2014

Student journalist Tanvi Kumar of Fond du Lac High School recently published an article titled “The Rape Joke” for her school’s publication Cardinal Columns. This in turn touched off the age-old debate of censorship and students’ freedom of speech. The Cardinal Columns is a student magazine formed... Read more »

Implant surgery offers beards to the beardless

Jonathan Lesniak, Opinion Writer
April 8, 2014

Balding can be a troublesome thought for aging men, but in an age where popular culture has taken a glorified interest in facial hair, many men are now concerned about their hairless faces. According to Chris Boyette of CNN, men with the inability to grow a thick beard are turning to hair transplant... Read more »

Unionizing will hinder college athletes


Bobby Joe Magers, Opinion Writer
April 1, 2014

In a groundbreaking court decision, the State of Illinois has determined the poor college athletes of Northwestern University have the right to unionize. The repercussions of this landmark outcome might change the status quo of the student athlete forever. The organization behind the  unionization’s... Read more »

Recording police officers is fair practice

Tyler Smith, Opinion Editor
April 1, 2014

Police departments nationwide are ushering in a new era of accountability. Departments are experimenting with mounted, portable cameras for their officers during citizen interactions to ensure honesty on both sides of a conflict. “Most law enforcement leaders and civil liberties advocates believe the... Read more »

Phoenix Club skanks with ska


Shelby Larson, Entertainment Writer, Commentary
March 25, 2014

From jumping on tables to harmonizing with the crowd and skanking around, the band Something To Do got the audience on their feet at the Phoenix Club on March 13. The band came dressed in their best. Each member wore dress pants, dress shirts and suit jackets. With the horns and the outfits they had... Read more »

Tiny houses fight big homeless problem


Bobby Joe Magers Jr. , Opinion Writer
March 25, 2014

Miniature models of houses are emerging — a new trend where volunteer groups are building these tiny homes for the homeless. In Madison, the group directly involved with this fresh idea has a direct relation to the Occupy Movement. Occupy Madison Inc. hopes to buy land for eight to 10 of the houses... Read more »

Don’t ban the orcas

Jonathan Lesniak, Opinion Writer
March 25, 2014

The documentary “Blackfish” has inspired the banning of the use of orca whales at the SeaWorld Parks after the film pointed out that the confinement of these creatures is leading to trainer deaths and endangerment. These large animals are primarily used as the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s acrobatic... Read more »