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Social media has downsides, negative impact on users

Social media has downsides, negative impact on users

10/25/2018 By Lauren Humphreys | Staff Columnist  Social media is the ultimate marker of 21st century social (or perhaps, anti-social) interaction. The ever increasing digital dominance of platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook make face-to-face human interaction a rare daily occurrence. We do not need studies to show us this — anyone who […]

Migrant caravan needs our support

Migrant caravan needs our support

10/25/2018 By Duke Staff Imagine leaving behind all you knew to trek over 1,000 mile to a place you’ve only ever heard of, where the leader actively despises you. This is the situation that several thousand Central American asylum seekers have found themselves in over the past three weeks. The U.S. government’s response has been […]

Transgender community targeted by proposed redefinition

Transgender community targeted by proposed redefinition

10/25/2018 By Ollie Gratziger | Opinions Editor LGBT rights organizations around the country are speaking out following a controversial memo unearthed by the New York Times, which could adversely impact the lives of transgender Americans. On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services “is spearheading an effort to […]

Wuerl and Francis guilty of inaction; should be held accountable

Wuerl and Francis guilty of inaction; should be held accountable

10/18/2018 By Timothy Rush | Staff Writer On Oct. 12, as part of the tremors left in the wake of the revelations of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania over the course of several decades, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl. Cardinal Wuerl, now former archbishop of Washington, D.C., served […]

Kanye West’s political antics distract from real problems

Kanye West’s political antics distract from real problems

10/18/2018 By Zoe Stratos | Staff Columnist  On Thursday Oct. 11, President Trump invited popular rap artist Kanye West to the Oval Office to discuss important topics like sentencing reform. However, they talked about anything but the supposedly planned subjects. Surrounded by the press’ flashing cameras and microphones capturing every word, people from all over […]

Inclusion of O’Keefe is a mistake

Inclusion of O’Keefe is a mistake

10/18/2018 By Duke Staff This upcoming weekend is the first National Conference on the First Amendment, an event that Duquesne is co hosting with The Pittsburgh Foundation. While the list of luminaries participating is extensive and impressive, there’s one name on the list that troubles us as students and journalists – James O’Keefe. O’Keefe is […]

Possible Toys R Us comeback sparks controversy, outrage

Possible Toys R Us comeback sparks controversy, outrage

10/18/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Over the summer, childrens’ retail giant Toys R Us announced that it would be permanently closing the doors of about 735 U.S. locations as a result of bankruptcy claims dating back to the previous September. We packed up our childhood memories, watched as storefronts became vacant lots and […]

Healthcare epidemic brings up complex, layered issues

Healthcare epidemic brings up complex, layered issues

10/11/2018 By Charles Megginson | Contributor  There’s no such thing as a free lunch – and if there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there’s definitely no such thing as free healthcare. America is facing a crippling healthcare epidemic, fueling intense political debate over the direction we, as a nation, should go in guaranteeing […]

News outlets should respect grief of students in mourning

News outlets should respect grief of students in mourning

10/11/2018 By Duke Staff Incidents on college campuses that, for whatever reason, reach a wider audience, must be handled with extreme care. At a small university like Duquesne, many students may have a personal connection to the deceased, and will be extremely sensitive to how the occurrence is portrayed in the media. Even more vital, […]

New report warns of climate change, fast-coming dangers

New report warns of climate change, fast-coming dangers

10/11/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor The world has a fever, and we’re making it worse. After three years of research, South Korea’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report detailing the pressing dangers we can and will face if we don’t take action now. In the past, the study […]