Patrick Seick


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Can genes be patented? High court’s latest question

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An NPR article from April 15 explains that in April, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments surrounding one central question: Can human genes be patented?

The value of introversion

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Every weekday I have the pleasure of sitting in my various classes, simply listening to discussions. These conversations range from philosophy to political science to trivial gossip.

EMU keeps students informed with New York Times

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There is always something happening around the world. Cyprus is wrestling with the prospect of a eurozone bailout. Florida Gulf Coast University has upset both Georgetown and San Diego State universities in the NCAA Tournament. Syria’s bloody civil war continues to rage on. Colorado signed stricter gun control into law.

Bloomberg fails to address health illiteracy

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Every now and then on a long trip, my friends will stop at the nearest 7-Eleven for a drink. I always feel a sense of amusement when one of them comes back with a Double Gulp, a full 50 ounces of Coke. Not so amusingly, in a Jun. 6, 2012 article, The New York Times reported that a Double Gulp of Coke contains 600 calories, or roughly a quarter of the daily recommended calories for an average man.

Eastern forensics team dominant but under-publicized

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This past weekend, Eastern Michigan University’s most successful program added to an already storied legacy by winning yet another team championship.

Challenge Styrofoam use for its damaging effects

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There are many perks to living on Eastern Michigan University’s campus: The people are life-changing, everything is within a 15-minute walk and the squirrels are friendly. Yet one of the biggest and, in my very humble opinion, underappreciated perks is Golden Wall, the Chinese restaurant just off campus at 421 W. Cross St.

Stop oversimplifying people

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During the 2012 presidential election, there was much debate about immigration policy and the rapidly shifting American population. Specifically, the quickly growing Latino population. According to the Pew Hispanic Research Center, Latinos made up 17 percent of the American population in 2011. By 2030, Latinos are expected to make up a quarter of the American population.

US group fuels anti-gay bill

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For months, many Americans have paid close attention to whether the Supreme Court will take up the issue of gay marriage and put the U.S. on the fast track to legal acceptance. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community advocates in the U.S. are vying for legal equality, while elsewhere in the world they have to fear for their lives.

Gun talk stupid

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Gun control is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, to make a play on Ben Parker’s wise words: “With great controversy comes great stupidity.” And nothing could characterize the debate over gun control more aptly.

Catholic church scandal-ridden

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On Jan. 21, a series of memos and letters filed in a civil case found Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony and a host of other church officials conspired to shield known pedophile priests from police.

Obama should shut down Guantanamo Bay

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As President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term, his inaugural speech was thick with messages of social justice. Drawing on the day we remember him, Obama echoed and invoked the legacy of the great Martin Luther King Jr., as he declared, “We cannot walk alone … our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

People should question value of sports

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Ray Lewis is an extraordinary football player who will undoubtedly end up in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Steubenville rape prompts reflection

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While Eastern Michigan University was on break, national attention turned to a horrifying story unfolding in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio.

Greetings during holidays in need of common ground

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It’s that time of year again: Christmas time! Er, Kwanzaa time! No, Hanukkah time! No, no, all of those are offensive. So, Happy Holidays!

Conservative lobbyist shares idiocy like plague

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Who is John Galt? The opening line of the Grand Old Party’s quasi-manifesto from Ayn Rand can be bastardized to apply to modern politics. Who is Grover Norquist? The answer is needed now more than ever as his agenda directly conflicts with what the American public has openly voiced.

Politics needs more women

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Now that the presidential election has finally ended, we can begin our next conversation: the 2016 presidential election. Our creativity of topics aside, the search for presidential candidates has already begun. Most interesting to me is the reemergence of an old name: Hillary Clinton.

Elections indicate progress

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With the closing of election season, we can revel in two immediately obvious conclusions: First, the incessant, oft uninformed political chatter on social media will end and second, the re-election of President Barack Obama wasn’t the only thing social liberals had to cheer about.

Getting tired of just a two party system

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By the time these words are printed and read, the oh-so important presidential election will already be over. We will know whether our country will ascend to unprecedented heights of glory or plummet to the status of a developing nation. Of course, the closing of the electric campaign season means, perhaps most importantly, the end of irritating, often-misinformed tweets and Facebook statuses pertaining to elections.

Coulter tweet brings attention to offensive ‘R-Word’

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“Obama: ‘Stage 3 Romneysia’ – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room,” was the Oct. 23 tweet offered by Conservative loudmouth Ann Coulter.

America is not ‘best’ country

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Harvey Milk, a politician from San Francisco and subject of the biopic “Milk,” once remarked, “Politics is theatre.” This sentiment is exemplified in the debates featuring President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. If one were to attempt to find a theme in these charades, it might be this: America is the greatest country in the world, no matter what anyone says.


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