Author Archives: The Prairie

Media consumers should check multiple sources

In a world that is technologically driven, media consumers have a considerably large amount of news sources available to them, essentially at their fingertips. Consumers have the power to read/watch/listen to news that comes from major cable companies such as CNN and Fox, major newspapers like the New York Times and major radio news outlets…

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Talking about and understanding sexual consent

It is no doubt that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a controversial book and soon-to-be movie. Conservatives voice their negative opinions on the book for obvious reasons—the sex. However, beyond the sexual acts depicted in the book, there are many who say, experts included, the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey featured in “Fifty…

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Religious freedom restrained at Duke University

Duke University has recently been under scrutiny for religious decisions made on their campus. Duke first announced that they would allow a Muslim weekly call to prayer on Fridays to come from the chapel tower. The call to prayer would last only about three minutes each Friday. This plan was meant to promote religious unity…

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Food pantries on campuses help alleviate hunger

College is expensive. Each year the cost of living plus tuition plus school supplies is steadily increasing. This means that the number of college students going hungry is steadily increasing too. Though the exact number of hungry students is hard to gauge, according to Hunger in America 2014, 31% of students report having to choose…

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Speaking in class should not be for participation

Public speaking is one of the top known fears, contributing to anxiety among students at the university level. Some students have had no prior experience speaking publicly which can cause students to become distressed. This leads to thoughts that are not well organized and leaves a student wishing they had said what they were really…

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Understanding the First Amendment is essential

Over the past ten years, there have been numerous world events that have made headlines across multiple media outlets. There have been new presidents elected, votes concerning gay marriage and Ebola outbreaks, just to name a few. But there is something happening that has seized to catch the attention of the world: murderers are walking…

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American media influence perceptions of issues

Americans paying attention to the political environment in the country would find it very hard not to notice the continually deepening chasm of partisan rhetoric that has grown between the left and the right over the past decades. With neither party willing to compromise, back down or work together, very little gets done without first…

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Twitter sues United States government and FBI

On Oct. 7, Twitter filed a lawsuit against the United States Government and the FBI. The issue at hand was one wrapped up in free speech, constitutionality and government surveillance. The main subject of the complaint is this; Twitter would like to be able to report exactly how many surveillance requests they receive from government…

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