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OPINION: Facebook (still) sucks

Alex Weidner | April 19, 2018

Facebook has been in the news a lot recently, due to a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, an analytics firm that shared user data despite Facebook rules meant to prevent data breaches.In response to the scandal coming to light, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before members of the United States Senate and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 9 and April 10. I watched a...

OPINION: SAC’s Drag Show matches Catholic Values

Bethany Wade | April 19, 2018

Catholicism and drag don't exactly go hand in hand. Yet the Student Activities Crew is hosting a drag show on Marywood's campus. The event is open to Marywood students on April 19 in the Latour Room. Any Marywood student could sign up to win the $300 first-place prize. The event is hosted by two drag queens from Philadelphia, Bev and Zsa Zsa St. James.Drag started as a common practice in Japanese t...

OPINION: We need to talk about Sinclair Broadcast Group

Alex Weidner | April 8, 2018

Before you go any further, watch this video: That is an edit of local news outlets that are owned by media company Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair sent the same script about "fake news" to every single one of their stations with instructions that it must be read on air. "This is extremely dangerous to our democracy," all of the reporters say about "fake news." While it's not uncommon for news outlets to purchase ...

OPINION: Katy Perry kissed a boy and I didn’t like it

Vanessa Rodriguez, Asst. Opinion Editor | April 5, 2018

After all the countless #Metoo painful stories and resilient testimonies, we now have the unforgettable and confusing TV moment of Katy Perry kissing an "American Idol" contestant without his consent. On behalf of all women everywhere, I’d like to extend a big, sarcastic thank you to Katy Perry for not only emphasizing a double standard but also sending all the #MeToo advances back 5,000 steps. Here...

OPINION: The NRA is a foreign-funded propaganda machine

Alex Weidner | April 4, 2018

In January, D.C.-based newspaper McClatchy reported that the FBI is investigating whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) accepted Russian donations during the 2016 election in order to boost the Trump campaign. The investigation is focused on Russian politician Alexander Torshin, who is a strong supporter and dues-paying member of the NRA. McClatchy and NPR reported that the FBI wants to ...

OPINION: Our boys are broken

Tatiana Tell | March 28, 2018

In light of recent events pertaining to gun violence, mass murders and suicide, it’s time to talk about something that’s rarely ever discussed: Why are the offenders often male?No, I’m not bashing men. In fact, I’m doing the exact opposite.In the FBI’s most recent release of murder statistics in the United States, 10,310 offenders were male while 1,295 were female. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Major Depressiv...

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