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August 15, 2015

Target Island Needs $1 Billion from US Military

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By: Megan Kono

The Island of Kaho’olawe is just off the coast of Maui and was used by the US Navy for military target practice. The Navy bombed the 45 square mile island from World War II. After decades of protests by the Native Hawaiians, President George H W. Bush ordered the military to stop their target practice in December of 1990. It was agreed that the military would remove 100% of the ordinance from Kahoolawe.

Forty-two years later, “Despite an expensive cleanup of unexploded ordnance [by the US Military], the island and its surrounding waters are still littered with bullets, shells and bombs.” Scientists from over fifty countries urge the “U.S. military to spend $1 billion to remove the unexploded ordnance on Kahoolawe and restore its environment.” The Navy’s failure to clean up Kaho’olawe has caused damage to the Island and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners; they should be held responsible for the damage they have caused.

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August 15, 2015

Re-Victimized for Speaking Out: The Repercussions of Rape

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In a world where Americans try to preach the equality of men and women and the rights that each of us have as citizens, comedian Bill Cosby manipulated his way and lied to the public against accusations from women who claim that he drugged them, and either sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or raped them. When the first several women came out, the public, including celebrities, appallingly ridiculed them and accused them of being money hungry, fame hungry, or both. Some even had the audacity to ask why these women could not speak up earlier and report it to the police if it was in fact true. Why have they been judged, ridiculed, and victimized for speaking out about their horrendous experiences with the vile comedian, who tried to paint a completely different, wholesome picture of himself to the world? This type of reaction is far too common, especially when the sexual predator is famous or a very prominent person in the community.

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August 15, 2015

The Naked Truth behind the Backpackers in their Birthday Suits

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It took several hours. I had believed them when they told me that oxygen thinned as you went higher in altitude, but I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of first-hand experience. It took nearly twenty breaks in between scaling the smooth slab of rocks to eventually reach the base of the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu—Low’s Peak, or so it was named. On my left was South Peak, the second highest peak whose image is emblazoned on Malaysia’s hundred ringgit note. My breathing was difficult and shallow, and I thought, for probably the hundredth time that day, that any hopes of scaling Mount Everest were an immediate shutdown.

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August 15, 2015

Hawaii Need’s to Burn its Recycling Program

Going green? Our society has seen some drastic changes when it comes to protecting the environment.  For some, when they hear the words “Global Warming,” Al Gore comes to mind. The Inconvenient Truth presentation given by Al Gore illustrates the harsh realities of our environmental impact on Earth. To this day, right before I throw my plastic bottle into the waste can or “grey barrel”, I can’t help but to stop and think of the melting iceberg with the adorable polar bear on it.

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August 15, 2015

Children Having Children

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Ages 9-11 are, according to the CDC, considered “Middle Childhood.” Children might be developing complex friendships, dealing with peer pressue, participating in sports and facing more academic challenges. As middle childhood is approaches, children become more independent and begin to find their footing as they find goals and develop their identities. When I was eleven I was worried about who I would invite to my birthday party, remembering the steps for my ballet recitals, feeding my Neopet, going to a new school, and not much else. Eleven year olds do have a few things to worry about, but having a baby shouldn’t be one of them. Contrary to the notion that young girls should not carry children (as it poses serious health risks and social consequences) it is a sad fact that 2 million births are to girls who are 14 or younger.

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August 15, 2015

We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service*

wedding cakeYou’re sitting outside a restaurant, waiting for your date to arrive. After a few minutes, he arrives and you offer him a hug. Holding hands, you walk into the restaurant and tell the maître d’ that you have a reservation for two at 6 o’clock. With a stern look on his face, he says “This is a Christian establishment. We don’t serve gays here.”

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August 15, 2015

Japan War Crimes: Not Simply A Matter of Apologizing

shinzo abeThis upcoming weekend will be a day of remembrance, with August 15, 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, also known as V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. The war ended with Japan’s surrender, ending the destructive war that began on 1939. Without a doubt, this weekend will conjure up emotions for many as it still does today, especially for the war’s survivors.

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August 15, 2015

Save Some for the Fish!

tapwater-1With lakes and rivers drying up and snow pack in the mountains at astonishing lows, California is deep in the midst of a 4 year drought and it’s time as citizens of this beautiful state, we do something about it!

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August 15, 2015

Out With the Mississippi Ban

On June 26th, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the ban of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This monumental decision went to a 5-4 vote, becoming one of the most historic rulings in American history.

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August 15, 2015

Straight Outta Compton: A Movie Every American Should Watch

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By Chase Parongao

“Straight outta ______” you fill in the blank.  As of late, this phrase has been circulating social media as promotion for the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the ”gangsta” rap group N.W.A  (N****z Wit Attitude). The film follows the revolutionary group’s rise from an unlikely upbringing in Compton, California.  In this movie you will be able to get a closer look of the struggles and triumphs of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Lorenzo ‘”MC Ren” Patterson, and Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby.  The film will highlight the struggle these “scrappy” young men went through and showcase the hard work they put forth during a time of heavy racism that eventually changed the game of music.  The cast mainly consists of African-American actors and is also directed by an African-American, Gary Gray, who is most renowned for his work with music videos.

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August 15, 2015

Cecil the Lion: a Distraction From Substantial Issues

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By Chase Parongao

Think back to a time when you went to the zoo. Wasn’t it amazing to see such beautiful creatures right before your eyes?  I remember being so intrigued by the wide array of animals that roamed the grass, swung from trees, swam in ponds, and relaxed under the shade.  The best part was reading about the animals’ lives – where they were born, what they eat, where their natural habitat is, and finding out their name.  It was like no other experience. 

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August 15, 2015

TechNOlogy

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By: Maria Goodwin

Compare a personal public bus ride experience with an bus experience your grandparents have had. It’s likely they will tell of fresh conversation and meeting new people. These days, we put plugs in and tune out. Screens surround us – iPods, TVs, cellphones, computers – our lives are enveloped in technology and if often seems there is no escaping it. Millennials  are very attached to technology, but the most in ‘danger’ of a full real-world detachment are the future generations who will grow up completely surrounded by technology. I have watched my little cousins all sit together and not say one word to each while they stare blankly into their bring screens. A moment meant to be spent in community is squandered while emojis are jammed into a text box. As a nanny of six years, what I found most terrifying was the youngest boy being able to work his way around Youtube and iPhone apps, but he could barely form full sentences. Though we’ve made countless important discoveries and have accomplished a great deal thanks to the ever-evolving technological world, the lasting effect it has on our upcoming generations is one I feel could be devastating, especially in a social context.

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August 14, 2015

That Ever Growing Fear

downloadIt is getting late. The sky is turning that beautiful pink as the sun sets. And I’m nowhere near where I need to be. So what do I do? I call Uber—a taxi company.

The Uber driver arrives, and I get into the large, black SUV. The driver takes little notice of me, except to ask the question as to where I’m going. There’s a slight smell of Taco Bell—his dinner I’m assuming. I’m thinking should I strike up a conversation or just sit here awkwardly? If I start a conversation, then I can find out more about this guy, incase anything bad happens and I can tell the police. Hmm…

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August 14, 2015

Next Up on the Blame Game: Coca-Cola

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But there was no saving her now. Her body was swelling up and changing shape at such a rate that within a minute it had turned into nothing less than an enormous round blue ball — a gigantic blueberry, in fact — and all that remained of Violet Beauregarde herself was a tiny pair of legs and a tiny pair of arms sticking out of the great round fruit and little head on top.

Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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August 13, 2015

Mauna Kea’s Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) benefits Hawaii

FILE - This undated file artist rendering made available by the TMT Observatory Corporation shows the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, planned to be built atop Mauna Kea, a large dormand volcano in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in Hawaii. Gov.  About 20 people opposed to building what would be one of the world's largest telescopes on a Hawaii mountain are camped out near the construction site, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, vowing to stop work from resuming.  (AP Photo/TMT Observatory Corporation, File) NO SALES

The summit of Mauna Kea is the Earth’s clearest window to the rest of the Universe. Mauna Kea when measured from sea level is the highest point in the Pacific Ocean. From the base at the bottom of the sea, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on Planet Earth.

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August 13, 2015

End Nuclear Research and Development

Nuclear weapons pose the highest threat to the existence of mankind than any other because of their radioactive nature. It is a fact that a single nuclear warhead can kill millions of people and its effects lasting for many years. Nuclear power plants also run the risk of directly impacting our environment.

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August 12, 2015

May Cecil the Lion’s Wrongful Death Not Be in Vain

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When you think of Africa, what animal stands out to you as the king of the jungle? The lion, of course, and that is why it is named so. The lion is at the top of the food chain, and has forever been a symbol of “strength, power, and ferocity.” Its roar can be heard from 5 miles away, and it can run as fast as 50 mph for short distances, and leap as far as 36 feet. Lions are also the most social of all big cats, and live together in prides, which consists mostly of females and a few males. Cecil was such a beautiful and majestic 13 year old lion and the king of his pride, which consisted of 3 lionesses and 8 cubs, and he had a rare black mane to show it. He was very friendly and tame, and thousands of tourists came yearly to Hwange National Park, a wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe, just to see him.

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August 12, 2015

Diplomacy Should Win

Alex Shea

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Diplomacy Should Win

Recently a major geopolitical agreement was reached regarding nuclear weapons and economics sanctions in Iran. The deal is a multinational agreement with global implications that are widely debated by supporting and opposing sides. In short, the agreement would offer Iran economic relief if they agree to limit and shut down their nuclear programs. This agreement is hotly debated because it poses major implications for the present and future of global security and international relations. Yet by looking at the history of the deal and the opposition it faces, it becomes clear that the Vienna deal is the only chance we have for a future peace in the Middle East.

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August 12, 2015

To Teach or to Eat, That is the Question

18583132“Why don’t you pursue a Master’s in Education?”

Sitting in the office of my advisor, she hands me a file containing all the information I would need. “You’re an English major; you can finish your BA and then apply for it, if Education is a path you think you would like to take. I would highly recommend it.”

“Would you?” I ask. It is a tempting proposal. But it would be incredibly daunting. I go through the requirements as my advisor points them and elaborates on its details. It would mean two full years for a Masters, with compulsory in-class training, intensive seminar lessons and examinations to ensure your qualifications. I sigh. But nothing good ever came easy, right?

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August 12, 2015

Challenging the Rules

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It’s 2015, and the phrase “girls can do anything boys can,” has never been truer. With a female presidential candidate, women behind negation with Iran, and the unprecedented attention on the USA Women’s team winning the world cup, 2015 seems like the year where girls can do anything boys can—except, of course, play in an under 11 basketball tournament. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Charlottesville Cavaliers were disqualified from the National Travel Basketball Association’s National Championship Tournament. The reason for the disqualification is that one of the members of the team, Kymora Johnson, is female. Head coach Joe Mallory was informed of this on Saturday August 1st, just moments after a win that would advance the team to semifinals. The Cavaliers’ disqualification is the result of poorly communicated rules that were enforced inadequately. Not only is it unjust to disqualify the team through arbitrarily enforced rules, disqualification on the basis of gender is a step back in progress for women’s rights and equality.

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