capitalism

Christmas Capitalism unfair to workers, buries true meaning

Christmas Capitalism unfair to workers, buries true meaning

11/15/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor  The halls are decked, the stockings are hung, the mochas are minty and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. ‘Tis the season, I suppose, but every year, the season comes sooner. Malls were adorned with ornate bulbs and towering trees as early as Nov. 1. Stores sent out their […]

Black Friday is a cultural tradition, albeit a problematic one

Black Friday is a cultural tradition, albeit a problematic one

11/15/2018 By Zoe Stratos | Staff Columnist In 2017, more than 70 million people participated in the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. However, with all of the discounts, clearances, price tags slashed and doorbusters up for grabs, is the tradition really worth all the trouble braving sale-crazy crowds? After factoring all of […]

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 […]

Access codes raise textbook prices; limit accessibility

Access codes raise textbook prices; limit accessibility

09/06/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Yes, I’ve ranted about the obscene and ever-rising price of textbooks in the past. Yes, I’m going to do it again, because surprisingly (not), it’s still a really big problem. I’d be willing to wager that this issue specifically unites college students all around the country, no matter […]

“Heartwarming” stories reveal societal agonies

“Heartwarming” stories reveal societal agonies

08/30/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor “Teachers donate 100 sick days to colleague with cancer.” “Best baby shower gift: Paid time off for new parents.” “Watch a mother and her child reunite after 55 days.” “HEARTWARMING: A teacher breaks down in tears after the mother of a student buys her a car so she […]

Civil Service undervalued

Civil Service undervalued

04/12/2018 By Alex Wolfe | Staff Writer When Attorney General Jeff Sessions opted to fire Andrew McCabe two days before his planned retirement, depriving him of a full pension, nearly 10 million federal employees hung their heads in despair. For the first time in decades, a career public servant had been dealt an incredibly severe […]

Facebook comes under fire for selling identities

Facebook comes under fire for selling identities

03/22/2018 By Duke Staff Online privacy may be a new oxymoron. News broke this week about Facebook’s involvement with the far-right Cambridge Analytica data firm that showed the world that social media sites don’t much care about your privacy. A user, to Zuckerberg or any other data analyst, is just some point that can be […]