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Brian Williams, a news anchor for NBC, has recently been suspended as a lead anchor for six months. He had misspoken on Jan. 30 about being in a helicopter that had been hit by a rocket while he was covering the Iraqi war back in the year 2003. While it is directly disrespectful to embellish this particular type of story -- and a suspension was warranted for it -- given what psychology tells us about storytelling, I don’t believe any further disciplinary action is required.
The way we elect our president is through the Electoral College system. While we do have a popular vote, it is the Electoral College that officially selects who our next president will be. Electors typically cast their vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their respective state. The candidate who receives an absolute majority of electoral votes, currently 270, wins the presidency.
In the summer of 2013, my brother and I traveled to Europe; he went to Italy, I went to Spain. The view in Madrid, Spain was either that the Catalans were not serious in their push for independence or that they were only interested in economic and political gain. While I’m sure Catalonia too has politicians who simply blow with the prevailing wind, politics and economics are not the end-all and be-all of human interactions. The commonplace always seems to be taken for granted.
We are trudging deep in the drifts of wet February snow and a sea of red hearts. This can only mean one thing: The holiday that companies have been advertising for since the day after Christmas is upon us.
Michigan legislators want citizens to vote on whether to rob ourselves to the tune of more than $2 billion in tax hikes that we’re supposed to believe will fix our roads. This ballot proposal will be brought to you on May 5, and you should vote ‘no.’
Please don’t vote third party. At least don’t vote third party expecting to win. Third parties can determine who the victor will be in an election, but they do not win. Ask Ralph Nader.
Capitalism, being a naturally oppressive and adversarial system, will always lead to the subjugation and disenfranchisement of those at the bottom of the social ladder while those at the top become akin to divinity – with money and material gain being the gateway to this illusory and superficial paradise.
“I like to define public opinion as what people think other people think,” said EMU alumnus Joseph Sobran.
To judge or not to judge seems to be a big question we are asking nowadays. Yet it seems we have come up with an answer: do not judge. But that, however true it may seem, is wrong.
We are a little over a month into 2015 and already there are more cases of measles than we have on average in a given year. The CDC has reported that there have been 102 cases of measles in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Jan. 30. Back in 2002, measles were declared to have been eliminated from the Americas.
Have you seen the drinking fountain in the Student Center that has an automatic water-bottle filler on the wall behind it? That thing is awesome! I am one of those people who are always stopping to use the drinking fountains in buildings. It seems like I never remember to bring my own water or I drink what I brought and need a refill. I take medication that makes my mouth dry and I am constantly in need of a little more moisture to keep my tongue from sticking to the roof of my mouth and the frogs out of my throat.
It’s nearly impossible not to have heard: V Month is staking its claim in February at Eastern Michigan University with events as varied as the numerous topics covered in its main event, The Vagina Monologues.
Politicians are supposed to be our representatives to the government. They’re supposed to serve the public and, despite their personal opinions or beliefs, present the will of the people to Congress and the President. Their primary duty, aside from this, is to do what they believe is best for the people; but they do not fulfill their duty.
The idea that voters are generally uninformed is a pervasive and popular opinion. This leads many people, both political junkies and less politically knowledgeable people, to come to the conclusion that voters are incapable of making good decisions in elections. However, I don’t believe this is the case. Voters are not uninformed and are able to vote correctly a majority of the time.
In the Eastern Echo Jan. 5 issue, Opinions Editor Jennifer Kirby wrote a great column espousing the benefits of art programs in schools and why they are worth keeping. (See page 6, Art programs worth keeping in Michigan schools.)
Over the past few years Pope Francis has been in the news several times. Although this is to be expected – he is the Catholic Pope after all – I believe his messages of humility and peace are worthy of attention.
While some aspects of our lives encourage us to cultivate the creative mind, the academic sphere is generally not one of them. We inhale information just to regurgitate it on a test later. We write essay after essay in a structured format to get them over and done with until all the passive voice builds up and every paper starts to sound the same. While some projects and presentations open doors to more colorful thought, we may not realize that it is just as boring and painful for professors to read our papers as it is boring and painful for us to write them.
Othello -- the Moorish-descended lead from Shakespeare's play by the same name -- being portrayed by a white man is not quite the same thing as Othello being portrayed as a white man. To invoke examples of first -- erstwhile convulsing with moral paroxysms of indignation -- in order to criticize examples of the second is to confuse two very different phenomena.
Undeniably, America is not a Christian nation. It is, in fact, a secular nation. In order to properly understand whether or not the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation, it is necessary to first understand the ideals and backgrounds of the Founding Fathers and the times that they lived in.
What most commuters may not know the first time they purchase their parking pass is that it comes with one adrenaline rush each time they find a parking spot. This is especially true for anyone with classes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.