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Celebrating culture is not racist

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary

This year, as with the past twelve years, Pierce College has invited students to participate in the Students of Color Conference, or SOC. All students are welcome regardless of their identity, cultural or otherwise. This event has fostered acceptance and encouraged students to enjoy every type of identity. Some say the SOC,...

Colorado possibly lowering their education bar

Joseph Kelley, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Starting in 2021, the Board of Education came to an agreement that all Colorado students must meet a set of expectations in order to earn their high school diploma. However, state officials have been contemplating the idea of allowing more breathing room for students, even going as far as to eliminate science and social studies. If...

Senate Bill 5656: Bans all electronics while driving

Nasiphi Debe, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Washington state officials have proposed amendments to the distracted driving laws. If the new bill is passed, the handling of all electronic devices whether to text, surf the internet or email while driving will all be considered illegal. Section one of Senate Bill 5656 states that, “The legislature recognizes that cell...

Liam Neeson Supports Gun Control

Joseph Kelley, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Academy Award nominee actor Liam Neeson, famous for films such as “Schindler’s List,” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and the “Taken” franchise has voiced his opinion about gun control. While promoting his newest film, “Taken 3,” in Dubai during an interview with “Gulf News,” Neeson spoke out about the...

Trans teen’s suicide a necessary reminder

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

February 17, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Leelah Alcorn committed suicide. On December 28th, she stepped in front of a truck that was speeding down the highway. After two years of alienation from her parents, she couldn’t take anymore. She was 16. At the age of 14, she learned the word “transgender”. In her suicide note, she said she “cried of happiness”...

‘ The Interview’ costing Sony millions

Joseph Kelley, Staff Writer

February 11, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Just when some thought it was over, “The Interview” snatches headlines again by reporting that the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy passed the $40 million mark through digital streaming and rental services. While Sony credited the film as being their top selling online film in history, the movie is being labeled as...

The truth behind the idea of virginity

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

February 11, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Masturbation for Women

Aaryn Kornbau, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Health & Wellness

Victorians in the 13th Century developed the first Female sex toy commonly known as the “Dildo”. At the time doctors gave women hand jobs to treat them for complaints of anxiety, sleeplessness, believing that women did not have clitoral stimulation (or sexual desire). In the 19th century doctors discovered that women were...

Transexual vs. Transgendered

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Editorials

With “Orange is the New Black”  TV series rising in popularity, the transgender community has become more visible. This year, LaVerne Cox (Sophia Burset in “Orange”) became the first openly transgender person to be on the cover of Time magazine for her accomplishments in the visibility of transgender equal rights. Transgender...

Banning books is banning development

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Editorials

Every year in October banned book week is “celebrated”. They are book readings, library sit ins, and petitions signed. But the root of the problem is rarely investigated. Books can be banned for a variety of reasons. Books are most often banned for sexual content and  offensive language, as cited by the Office of Intellectual...

No shave November: no shame for feminists

Aaryn Kornbau, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Filed under Commentary

November presents men with a hairy situation not only regarding health, but also with feminist politics. For years it has been socially acceptable for men to participate in breast cancer awareness month by wearing bracelets, the color pink, and putting somewhat crude bumper stickers on their car. But the minute a woman wants...

Right to choose death (Death with Dignity act)

Aaryn Kornbau, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Filed under Commentary

On November 1, 29 year-old Brittany Maynard utilized the death with dignity act (DWDA) from her home in Oregon. Maynard was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer. With the severity of her condition, is she had made the decision to die a natural death, she would’ve ultimately suffered paralyzing seizures, leaving her a burden...

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