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Government, colleges must prioritize careful cost-reduction

September 4, 2013

When Barack Obama enrolled for his first year at Occidental College in 1979, the average cost of a university education stood at roughly $8,700 per year. When he sends his daughter, Malia Obama, off to...

Editorial: PA’s rights for same sex couples must follow federal change

September 4, 2013

Under new rules that were announced Aug. 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, along with the Treasury Department, have altered the benefits same-sex couples...

Editorial: Book prices put strain on students

September 2, 2013

Tuition and room and board are often cited as factors behind the enormous total nationwide student-loan debt, which recently surpassed $1 trillion. One cost that is often overlooked, however, is the ballooning...

Casual Fridays 8/30/2013

August 29, 2013

Sharp shooterA New Hampshire man called police after he apparently shot himself in the knee while sleeping. The man, whose name has not been released, suffers from a condition called parasomnia, which...

Keep ‘high-order thinking’ without the high-stakes testing

August 28, 2013

“The test was way too hard. Everyone I talked to totally failed it.” Unless you went to a very experimental school, you probably picked up this defense mechanism sometime in middle school to justify...

Editorial: Achieve the ‘Dream’: End racism

August 28, 2013

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, sadly, we still live in a society far removed from the goals King profoundly echoed to millions on...

PRISM oversteps boundaries, posing dark future for Americans

August 27, 2013

This summer the world found out about the Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization and Management, or PRISM. This contrived acronym is the once-secret codename for an ominous and pervasive...

Welcome Back: To Privatize or not to Privatize: Pennsylvania’s Dilemma

August 18, 2013

Nothing is more reminiscent of summer than the smell of barbeque while opening a cold beer with your friends. But Pennsylvania’s alcohol laws can make the price for beer painful, and locating it a difficult...

Organized activities are needed to end “summer slide” for younger students

Organized activities are needed to end
July 17, 2013

If you were to ask any 12-year-old whether or not he’s excited for the onset of summer, his response wouldn’t be difficult to predict — that is, if he has the attention span to even provide one. Ask...

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict
July 17, 2013

Justice for some is not justice for all. Unfortunately, those looking for immediate racial justice in the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case will have to look elsewhere.Saturday night’s court decision,...

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