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Iowa Law Legal Battle Sheds Light on Academic Diversity

July 31, 2014 |

After nearly six years of legal battles, Teresa Wagner was just granted a new trial against the University of Iowa College of Law. Wagner alleges she was looked over for a promotion because of her political beliefs. Read More

Standing on Four Legs: Animals and the Judicial System

July 31, 2014 |

There is a real movement among animal rights groups to make animals people in the eyes of the court. Okay, okay. They don’t actually want them to be people, but they do want them to have legal standing to sue. And since people have taken animals to court before, I think it is only fair to finally give animals the right to retaliate.Read More

Parents Need to Step into the Hot Seat and Take Responsibility for Hot Car Deaths

July 31, 2014 |

It seems like every summer a parent leaves their child in a smoldering car to die. Obviously none of these parents left their child strapped into the car seat on purpose, but it makes you wonder what is going through their minds. Now I am not a parent, and I do forget things pretty often, but one would think that if the little person that you gave life to is just inches away, you would remember that you have a responsibility to take them out of the car. Sadly, hot car deaths are something that we’ve become accustomed to.Read More

Memes and Selfies: Internet Trends Bring New Copyright Issues

July 30, 2014 | 1

Memes are fun–they’re customizable, shareable, and all over the internet. But they do bring up some important questions about copyright laws and photo ownerships.Read More

Africa Gets Screwed Over Once Again by the White Man

July 30, 2014 |

A 19-year-old Oklahoma teen admitted to raping and molesting young girls and boys on a missionary trip to Kenya.
Why does this kind of story not surprise me? Maybe because White people have been going to the African continent for decades claiming to help, while actually causing serious harm. Whether they’re enslaving us, stealing our natural resources, or claiming our land; White people have a knack for hurting the people of Africa.Read More

Mental Illness in Young Americans

July 30, 2014 | 1

The transition from teenage years to adulthood can be a stressful shift for many people. Making decisions that shape their future and becoming more self-sufficient can be made even more challenging if they have mental illness. Young adults between 18 and 25 have higher rates of mental illness and substance use disorder than adults 26 years of age and older. Some argue that rates of mental illness in contemporary young adults can be attributed in part to advancements in technology. By actively participating in social media, many of today’s youth compare themselves to their perceptions of their peers as modeled online.Read More

You Actually Have to Work for Food Stamps in Maine

July 30, 2014 | 3

I like to keep an open mind about our government and how different states run differently, but there are some things that I feel like would make more sense if every state did them the same way. Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage (R), has reinstated a policy that would make people have to work for food stamps. No more sitting around on your ass waiting for that welfare check to come in, nope, you have to actually work for the money.Read More

D.C. Gun Laws Ruled Unconstitutional, Again

July 29, 2014 | 5

Just weeks after Congress tried to overturn a few of D.C.’s laws, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public is unconstitutional.Read More

Graffiti Describes the Struggle of Immigrants and Undocumented Minors

July 29, 2014 | 1

The political graffiti of Oaxaca, Mexico demonstrates that there is much more to the immigration debate than just the quips of politicians. In order to understand the root cause of the recent wave of unaccompanied child immigrants, and in order to address this crisis adequately, discussions must include the perspectives of the immigrants themselves.Read More

How to Fix the House of Representatives

July 28, 2014 | 1

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) published an op-ed in the New York Times last week that points out a major problem with our nation’s government–the House of Representatives doesn’t actually represent the American people. Schumer is right, and our electoral system deserves much of the blame.Read More

A National Park That’s a National Disgrace

July 28, 2014 | 5

Deep within the heart of the notoriously dangerous and underdeveloped city of Paterson, New Jersey, lie the Paterson Great Falls — a scenic waterfall of historical and environmental significance. One might not visualize this place alongside Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, or Old Faithful; however, this is not a consequence of its inferiority or failure to provide for its visitors a transcendental experience in nature. Rather, the National Park Service, and We, the People, have forgotten about it and let it languish.Read More

Brazil Lost the World Cup and the Battle Against Crime

July 25, 2014 | 2

While the World Cup brought some of the mot talented soccer players to the forefront, it also brought out some of the savviest criminals along with it. Much like the South African World Cup in 2010, spectators venturing to Brazil this summer were told to be wary and vigilant as crime was expected to make a meteoric rise as the games went on. Sadly, they were correct. From the cloning of debit cards to rudimentary muggings, fans from all over the world were victims of crimes during the World CupRead More

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