Opinions

News media: the 2020 battleground

10/17/2019 Staff Editorial Since 2016, Trump and his administration have dealt out repeated attacks on media outlets and personnel, from dubbing Buzzfeed “a pile of garbage” to dismissing CNN, the New York Times and other organizations as “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people.” But last week, the effects of the current adminstration’s […]

Automation is on the horizon, bringing fear and excitement

Automation is on the horizon, bringing fear and excitement

Zoe Stratos | Staff Columnist U.S. unemployment has been an ongoing problem for years as manufacturers decide whether to outsource or automate their factories or to keep their workers in the ever growing and competitive world of business. In recent interviews with President Trump, he has voiced the dangers of outsourcing jobs but has largely […]

America’s lead problem doesn’t stop with Flint

10/17/2019 Colleen Hammond | Opinions Editor As a resident of Michigan, it was a devastating and terrifying shock to learn that a city just 45 minutes north of me had been poisoned by their own drinking water. After the Flint Water Crisis made headlines in 2015, the nation felt an overwhelming sense of outrage. It […]

Midterms exacerbate mental health issues and elevate stress

Midterms exacerbate mental health issues and elevate stress

Nicoletta Veneziano | Staff Columnist Dismissing stress and anxiety as something that is typical for every student is a pretty common. As midterm week is upon us, the mental health of university students deserves a shining spotlight and utmost attention. The amount of stress and anxiety that midterms and exams in general cause is outrageous. […]

Columbus Day celebrations need to finally sail away

Columbus Day celebrations need to finally sail away

Hallie Lauer | News Editor There are a few things in this world that make me irrationally angry. Red Velvet Cake and paying for parking are just a few of these. However, I feel like my anger toward Columbus Day is rather justified. This is a long-held anger. I remember coming home from school very […]

Pittsburgh homelessness

Pittsburgh  homelessness

Staff Editorial No matter what direction you head off of Duquesne’s campus, you are bound to run into some of Pittsburgh’s many homeless residents. Pittsburgh homeless community is a large part of our own, even though they are treated like outsiders. Homelessness in Pittsburgh is a serious issue, just as it is in cities across […]

Myths about the efficacy of the flu shot must be dispelled

Myths about the efficacy of the flu shot must be dispelled

Nicoletta Veneziano | Staff Columnist Its that time of year again. The time when one college student starts the never-ending cycle of sickness among all other students at the university; the constant sniffles, the heavy coughs and the evident look of exhaustion in everyone you make eye contact with. That’s right, you guessed it. It’s […]

Criminal justice reform starts at home

Criminal justice reform starts at home

Colleen Hammond | Opinions Editor Amid the frenzy of this year’s democratic debates, a slew of candidates released their master plans for criminal justice reform. Most involved reversals of mandatory minimums, overturning drug charges and releasing thousands of prisoners at once. It’s clear that candidates and voters see the inherent problems in the criminal justice […]

Age cannot be equated with beauty

Colleen Hammond | Opinions Editor As advertising continues to become a highly visual medium, beauty companies are doing away with stick thin models with perfectly symmetrical faces. While companies like Ulta, Dove, Venus, Fenty and Revlon are incorporating racial and physical diversity, they continue to leave out one essential population: middle aged and older women. […]

Aerie outshines Victoria’s Secret in inclusion and diversity

Aerie outshines Victoria’s Secret in inclusion and diversity

Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist I remember around the time I was in seventh grade all I wanted was a pair of yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret’s brand, PINK. All the “cool” girls at school had them and I wanted to look like them, so I begged my mom to take me to the mall […]

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