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Straight Talk: Trust is a must

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Straight Talk  /  Comments Off

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“My boyfriend wants to be with me 24/7. I work full-time and go to school part-time, so it’s really difficult to juggle everything lately. I’ve been very focused on my grades so there have been a lot of nights where I stay home to study instead of hanging out with him. I just want him […]

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Watch: Muppets Most Wanted

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Opinion, Pop culture  /  Comments Off

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By James Driscoll // Arts columnist The Muppets sing about how sequels are hard to pull off and the story just isn’t usually as good as the first in a funny opening tune aptly named, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” Sadly, however, the song ultimately foreshadows what is right and wrong with the film. The story […]

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Spring break in the burbs

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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The car’s all packed, the cooler’s full and  your friend made what he promises to be “the best road trip playlist ever, seriously dude.” It’s spring break, and you’re road tripping down to PCB or PBR or whatever acronym the kids are flocking to these days. That is, unless, you don’t live in a low […]

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The unusual suspects; weird instruments that rock

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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2013 was the year of the banjo. Led by bands like Mumford and Sons, the modern folk-rock scene has fully matured, and with it, a slew of instruments new to mainstream ears. Gone are the simple days of guitar, drums, bass, and microphone – sometimes a keyboard, but even that was a bonus. Now, every band […]

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How should the U.S. respond to Russia in Crimea?

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  2014 Spring, News, Opinion, Point / Counter Point  /  Comments Off

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Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist With the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin has called our bluff. Our tough talk has in the end, not amounted to much. Crimea isn’t worth the fight to America, and Western Europe can’t live without Russia’s investments. That being said, the sovereignty of borders must be respected and we shouldn’t […]

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Jail’s revolving door, why it won’t stop turning

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  2014 Spring, Columns, News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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By Bob McCaffrey // News contributor Lock the door and throw away the key. Out of sight, out of mind. As a correctional officer who works inside the Cook County jail, I see firsthand how that pretty much sums up how society deals with crime and punishment. My opinions about incarceration piggyback on political columnist […]

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Big trouble in little Kiev: a summary of the Ukraine protests

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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By now, most have heard mention of the protests in Ukraine. Months of protests culminating in an incredibly bloody conflict last week, have finally resulted in a temporary lull after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. But what actually happened? With the speed at which news has been coming out, if you haven’t been watching […]

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American Hustle: A Potpourri of Personality

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Opinion, Pop culture  /  Comments Off

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When discussing a film a common question that comes up is “What is it about?” Conventionally films have a very rigid three act structure that will culminate in a climax. There is always some event that leads the characters along in the story that is being told; but what if the characters themselves dictated every […]

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Editorial: State of the Union… “meh.”

By   /  February 7, 2014  /  News, Opinion, Staff  /  Comments Off

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The population of the U.S. Is about 315 million; 33.3 million tuned into watch Obama last week. That’s roughly 11 percent of these star-spangled-awesome, united states. Happy to report, our staff of 10 did a bit better with 50 percent viewership. The least watched State of the Union address since Bill Clinton’s in 2000, is […]

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Justin isn’t news, ‘belieb’ it or not

By   /  January 31, 2014  /  News, Opinion, Pop culture  /  Comments Off

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Thursday, Jan. 23 was a big day in news. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the South Sudanese government signed a cease-fire agreement with rebel factions, bringing a respite to five weeks of violent conflict. On the other side of the globe, President Viktor Yanukovych met with three opposition leaders to discuss a strategy to end ongoing […]

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