Civil discourse is vital to democracy

Morgan Hanson
Senior Staff Writer

I went to listen to David Hogg, an activist and student journalist, when he visited Brookhaven College Jan. 29.

Hogg entered public view when he was interviewed after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

I was expecting to be demonized for supporting the Second Amendment. What I heard was an insightful, evocative speech, one that has reinvigorated my faith in the possibility of civil discourse. Continue reading Civil discourse is vital to democracy

CBS blocks, tackles pot commercial


Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Jacob Vaughn
Managing Editor/Music Editor

Most of the world has been ready for marijuana for decades, but the Super Bowl is not.

Today, more U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana than have not, according to Forbes. However, a 30-second marijuana advertisement proposed for Super Bowl LIII was rejected by CBS.

Rejection of the ad is a missed opportunity for the discussion of legalization. Continue reading CBS blocks, tackles pot commercial

Genitals do not define gender

By John C. McClanahan
Editorial Proofreader

Supporters of transgender rights recently hatched the #WontBeErased movement in response to the federal government’s threat to redefine millions of American identities. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering defining gender simply by the genitalia a person was born with rather than how they choose to identify, according to The New York Times. Continue reading Genitals do not define gender

Stop blacklisting poor decisions

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By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief/
Music Editor

Nowadays, it seems people are being called out left and right for offensive things they’ve said or done in the past or present.

TV shows have been canceled. Jobs have been lost. Reputations have been destroyed.

There should be some path toward redemption for these people. After all, it could happen to anyone. Continue reading Stop blacklisting poor decisions

Don’t politicize children’s costumes

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor & Editorial Proofreader

When I was 10 years old, I dressed as 6-foot black NBA superstar Allen Iverson for Halloween. I was a small white boy with shaggy brown hair and goofy blue glasses. But no one said anything about me inappropriately using the image of a person of color, at least in the realm of American sports icons. Continue reading Don’t politicize children’s costumes

Beto hopes to beat Cruz for senate seat

Incumbent candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and challanger Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke are campaigning against each other.


Cruz is getting the boot from Beto

Leah Cook

Democratic candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is campaigning to unseat Republican incumbent Rafael “Ted” Cruz in the upcoming Texas Senate election, and he just might do it. Continue reading Beto hopes to beat Cruz for senate seat