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Trump’s budget proposal kills off Elmo, and it’s unacceptable

Driftwood Editorial Staff
March 29, 2017
Filed under Editorial

There’s a video going around on Facebook and other social media platforms of a curious parody featuring Elmo. In the video, Elmo is called into a meeting and is laid off from Sesame Street. What starts off as an almost-lighthearted encounter turns dark as Elmo is subsequently let go because “his ser...

Being coachable is not for black women

Anjanae Crump, Managing Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Recently, outrage broke out on social media over the answer that one man (Ricardo Agnant) gave to the question of why black athletes marry white women. He said, “The answer is simple, brother: Most of the sisters were raised in broken homes and they don’t have the proper guidance [as] to how the...

Safe spaces protect, not stifle, diversity in opinions

Anna Gowin, Features and Entertainment Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under Column

It is easy to say that the idea of a “safe space” violates principles of free speech, or that they shelter people from opposing opinions. But, often, the people who feel that way are the population who would never need a safe space.   As a queer woman in the state of Louisiana, I am constantly awar...

Feminists must unite and conquer, not divide and be defeated

Driftwood Editorial Staff
March 22, 2017
Filed under Editorial

One of the great divides between feminists is whether or not they are for abortion or anti-abortion. The solution shouldn’t be to say which decision is right or which is wrong, but rather to defend the basis of what feminism stands for.   Feminism is defined as the policy, practice or advocacy of polit...

To fight speech you don’t agree with, use more speech, not less

Brandon Melerine, Contributor
March 15, 2017
Filed under Column

  Freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution under the First Amendment. It’s a fundamental right, inherent in our republic, and it’s needed to function as intended.   Safe spaces on campus violate the principle of free speech in its entirety. Safe spaces do not provide s...

Safe Spaces

Driftwood Editorial Staff
March 15, 2017
Filed under Editorial

The average person pees almost 3,000 times a year. Now, imagine for a large portion of that time, you’re afraid to use the bathroom, that in public place, you feel there is nothing standing between you and verbal or physical harassment when you enter a restroom.   After the Trump administration removed an ex...

Technology: Friend or Foe

John Hiltons, Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Column

  I remember growing up listening to my pastor preach about how the world has come to a place of consistently desiring instant gratification.   He grew up in a time before we had instant mashed potatoes and remembers when the microwave oven became more affordable and more popular. &...

Black History Month

Driftwood Editorial Staff
March 8, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Every February since 1976, Black History Month has been nationally celebrated. But in what some people now consider a "post-racial" world, many question why we still need Black History Month. The election of Barack Obama nine years ago created a false sense of unity and acceptance that the recent election of Dona...

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Driftwood Editorial Staff
March 8, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Immigration and immigration policy have always been hot-button issues of the American political climate, but rarely are they front and center of the national debate. However, this past year, immigration was perhaps the defining topic of the election cycle. Not only was the ever-present debate regardi...

Which film is better: “Moonlight” or “La La Land?”

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
February 21, 2017
Filed under Column

The Academy Awards do not matter. History has proven, time and time again, the academy neither understands what is culturally relevant at the moment, nor what will go down in history as significant or worthy of remembrance. For this year’s Academy Awards, there are only two films with any chance...

Amendment 2 supported by University, rejected by public

Mindy Jarrett, Copy Editor
February 12, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Last year, Americans witnessed a political battle for the ages, and the media firestorm that ensued has yet to be put out. But with local headlines dominated by national news, what becomes of local politics? For Louisianians, November’s ballot featured more than a list of names, and of the six constitutional...

This Valentine’s day, make the choice to love someone

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
February 12, 2017
Filed under Column

From birth, Americans are instilled with the belief that love is the strongest emotion we can possibly feel, an instinctive desire so great it is bound to conquer all. We are told when we meet the right person, we will fall head-over-heels and never stop feeling that way. This overtly simple view of love is misleadi...

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