Entertainment violence doesn’t cause shootings

Staff Editorial

Over the years, violent entertainment has turned into the ultimate scapegoat for society’s problems. Most recently, politicians and policymakers have blamed the gaming, TV and film industries for the mass shootings that are so prevalent today.

In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which exacted a combined death toll of 32 and left 51 people injured. President Donald Trump jumped on the bandwagon. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did too. They singled out violent video games and movies as factors contributing to mass shootings like those. 

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Cancel culture unjustly destroys careers

Photo illustration by Sam Mott | Public figures such as comedian Kevin Hart and director James Gunn have fallen victim to cancel culture.

By Mykel Hilliard

Arts & Culture Editor

A wave of cultural and political correctness has swept throughout world. In the age of social media, information is abundantly available, and we expect everyone to be socially aware. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat allow users to share opinions, thoughts and ideologies – whether they are good or bad. These ideas come with little to no accountability because at the first sign of backlash, anyone can delete their comments or posts.

However, the same cannot be said for public figures whose every move is being watched by the world. From this, a culture of calling out, and essentially, boycotting public figures was created. It is part of a new societal norm called cancel culture. Any of these figures who step out of line can be “canceled” with nothing else but a wave of public outcry. And, often times, there is no means of redemption when this happens.

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Stopping violence requires specificity

Illustration by Susan Edgley | By some federal documents’ definitions, the term could encompass the Founding Fathers, modern active duty military or law enforcement officials.

By Morgan Hanson
Senior Staff  Writer

According to the Department of Justice, violent extremists are individuals who support or commit ideologically motivated violence to further political goals.
But this definition is far too broad. To fight violent extremism, effectively, we must define it much more precisely.
Police officers sometimes use force, too, to stop a crime or maintain the peace. They are empowered to do this by the legal framework built on the U.S. Continue reading Stopping violence requires specificity

Green New Deal was careless

Illustration by Susan Edgley | Democrat lawmakers’ radical Green New Deal fails to pass through the House of Representatives.

Morgan Hanson
Senior Staff Writer 

Climate change is a threat that needs to be addressed with a sense of urgency, but the Green New Deal is not the solution. Filed as H. Res. 109, the Green New Deal was an awful piece of legislation – a legal Trojan horse. It was radical, highly partisan and unrealistic. It’s not what the American people need.

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Pedophile priests belong behind bars

Illustration by Susan Edgley | As child sex abuse cases from the Roman Catholic Church continue to break news, some wonder if churches are safe for their children.

By Thao Nguyen
Web Editor

In 2015, the movie “Spotlight” redirected media attention to the decades-long controversy of sexual abuse taking place in the Roman Catholic Church. Many abuse cases have surfaced over the past few decades, but did not get enough attention from the public to make news. Continue reading Pedophile priests belong behind bars

Admissions bribery is reprehensible

Illustration by Susan Edgley | Parents allegedly involved in the recent college admissions scandal paid their children’s way into top-level universities that others had to work to attend.

By Susan Edgley
Art Director/ Layout Editor

The college admissions scandal, in which parents allegedly paid millions of dollars to get their children into college through an illegal back door, is appalling. On March 12, William “Rick” Singer, a former Brookhaven College student and the mastermind of the scheme in which bribes were funneled to college coaches and test administrators, pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction of justice. Federal authorities indicted 50 people, including 33 parents, who allegedly participated in the scam. Continue reading Admissions bribery is reprehensible

Kaepernick outscores NFL years after kneeling

Illustration by Susan Edgley | The National Football League settled in court against Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, as a result of a collusion grievance in which the player was targeted.

Thao Nguyen
Web Editor

After a controversial, years-long battle, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reached a settlement with the National Football League Feb. 15. Continue reading Kaepernick outscores NFL years after kneeling

Unauthorized workers given pass at Trump golf clubs, resorts

Illustration by Susan Edgley | President Donald Trump’s organization fires illegal immigrants who have been working there for years.

Thao Nguyen
Web Editor

Since announcing his candidacy for president ahead of the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has been outspoken on his stance against illegal immigration and as he goes on about the issue, his own, Trump National Golf Club, have been employing immigrants, many of whom are not legally allowed to work in the U.S. Continue reading Unauthorized workers given pass at Trump golf clubs, resorts