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Over-incarceration a new form of slavery

October 29, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Story

Louisiana leads the world in incarceration, with more than 40,000 inmates in state prisons as of 2012, which was double the national average and more than any other state. What may have previously been only speculation about the negative reasons behind Louisiana’s disproportionate incarceration rates were confir...

Dear Men, #MeToo Isn’t About You

Abraham Thacker, Contributer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion, Showcase

  Over the past few days, our Facebook newsfeeds have been inundated with women from all walks of life letting their friends and acquaintances know that they, too, have been the victims of sexual harassment and assault. Some of the more verbose individuals came forward with specific events an...

#MeToo

#MeToo

October 23, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

“If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” This tweet by Alyssa Milano triggered a whole barrage of women (and men) to start posting statuses and tweets about their personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. It all started with a po...

Sex education is necessary knowledge

Kevinesha Glenn, Reporter

October 23, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

For many generations, sex education has been a topic that people avoid or sugar coat to the fullest extent. Sex education is incredibly important because there are so many new diseases and old ones that are getting worse. Sex education begins as soon as parents start teaching their children the ...

Pitchforks and torches: we’ve seen this before

Pitchforks and torches: we’ve seen this before

Titus L. Firmin, Contributer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

You’ve heard this before. The economy may be growing, but most of the gains are going to the top 10 percent in America. Since at least the 1970s, wages for Americans have steadily declined, if not stagnated. This is not a unique problem for millennials; this is an intergenerational struggle. Why are baby boomers,...

Las Vegas shooting reminds us to keep perspective

Hope Brusstar, Copy Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Perhaps it's a bit late to be reading about the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting. Nothing new can have developed by now. People have died, others have been injured, and still more have suffered — why bother to remind us all of it again? It seems that the media just doesn't want to let us forget about it....

A checkers player in a game of chess

Christopher Walker, Contributor

September 29, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

  For us liberals who have gotten somewhat used to the day-to-day lunacy of president Donald Trump, this past week reminded us why we were genuinely scared for our country after election night.   We saw his immature stream-of-consciousness rants on Twitter, and thought it was very likely he would continue thi...

Humankind’s eighth deadly sin: littering

September 29, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

  The other day, I was sitting in the eating area next to the Chick-fil-A at UNO, minding my own business and reading Dante’s Inferno.  Suddenly, a wrapper fell to the floor. I glanced up from my book just in time to see a guy standing over his piece of trash. Instead of throwing it away like he shou...

It’s Time to Stop Mental Health Self-Diagnosis

Abraham Thacker, Contributor

September 29, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

It’s that time of year again: when the first round of academic exams arrives and stress levels mount. Students struggle to find enough hours in the day to go to work, complete homework, study for exams and quizzes, and attempt something with a semblance to a social life. These factors create an environment where me...

The liberal media needs to ease up on Trump (for selfish reasons)

Christopher Walker, Contributer

September 22, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

Let’s play a hypothetical parenting game. You’re a middle-aged parent with a teenage daughter you love deeply, but unfortunately your once-sweet-and-kind daughter is in her angst-ridden rebellious phase. One day, she brings home her new boyfriend who rides a motorbike and has a reputation around the town a...

Economic Success, Social Regress

September 22, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The U.S. took a long time to recover from the Great Recession in 2008. The ordeal lasted almost 18 months. The U.S. economy shrank across multiple quarters, increasing unemployment rates and causing the rest of the world to enter an economic slowdown as well. Most “1990s babies” grew up during this ...

Smoking banned but not stopped

Smoking banned but not stopped

Kellie Vedros, Reporter

September 15, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion

It’s been more than a year since the University of New Orleans instated its tobacco-free policy. This issue hit the smokers on campus pretty hard. Telling students that they cannot do something that is legal everywhere else limits their personal freedoms. As adults, we all have the right to decide h...

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