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I wasn’t planning to write anything this week. I hate goodbyes. I’ve always been more of a “promise to keep in contact then slowly taper things off until we forget about each other” type person, and I wasn’t going to mess with that formula just because I was graduating.

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I recently watched Our Planet on Netflix (I wrote a review on it too), and even as an avid climate change warrior, I was shocked at the scope if just how much we have destroyed our home and the animals and plants, we shared it with.

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For the first time in nearly 200 years the population of Humpback whales is on the rise again. This is primarily due to the implementation of international anti-whaling laws in 1980 and global warming causing a surplus of krill for them to eat. Unfortunately, this statistic is once again und…

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This article marks my final contribution to the Creightonian as a student (because, of course, I plan on subscribing for $8 a year after I graduate).  In preparation for this conclusion to my career in the realms of the Creightonian’s Opinion section, I looked back through all the articles I…

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Yesterday, I took part in and helped organize a student demonstration against hate speech on Creighton's campus. The demonstration comes after Creighton approved Dr. Mark Christian to speak on campus as a part of a panel on immigration. 

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There are few media personalities that garner the admiration of Fred Rogers, the legendary host of the children’s show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and I don’t think anyone would say he doesn’t deserve it. Like anyone who was ever a child, I can’t help but relate to Mister Rogers, and he h…

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Two weeks ago, Dr. Mark Christian and Anna Paulina spoke at an event at Creighton University. As our organization understands, there has been some backlash and protests against these speakers and what they believe. This is unfortunate, as both speakers brought a wealth of knowledge about imm…

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Last week, I attended the Turning Point immigration debate. I still am thinking about this. I guess with one main question in my mind: why, at a Jesuit school, did we need to lower ourselves to the point of inviting someone who encourages us to hate someone based on their religion? 

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Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that as a part of reducing the budget of the Education Department, the federal government would cut $17.6 million from the Special Olympics.  Last Thursday, President Donald Trump said that he reversed DeVos’s proposal and that Special Oly…

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The Violence Against Women Act was introduced by Bill Clinton in 1994. Since then, it has helped fight violence against women and given protection to female victims of violence. This law expired in February and voting for legislation will be this week; however, the N.R.A is attempting to blo…

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Walls are built for a single purpose: separation. While most of the controversy over President Trump’s proposed border wall stems from the cultural and social impacts it may have on the United States and Mexico, there are also some serious environmental issues concerning its construction. 

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Days after the deadly attack on a mosque in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the would be moving towards a national ban on a type of weapon used in the attack. Even the opposition party ended up supporting the ban. This was the first mass shooting in New Zealand sinc…

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I’m not a fan of “woke” advertising. Mostly because I find it wholly disingenuous. I still haven’t really come across an advertisement that didn’t feel more like a marketing ploy then a statement of values. Also, it’s just… weird?

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On Friday, Robert Mueller delivered the findings of the special council concerning the Russia investigation to the Attorney General’s office, stating that he would not suggest any charges against the President, but would leave that decision to the Department of Justice and Congress. On Sunda…

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been struggling with a question about what my place, and others like me, is to advocate for social justice causes.

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It finally happened, the internet caught up to a presidential candidate. No, not Steve King asking Google execs to explain his iPhone or Sonya Sotomayor awkwardly trying to understand net neutrality. Not another “covfefe” incident, and no member of congress tried to search “how to pass bill”…

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Seventeen minutes. That’s how long a terrorist in New Zealand was able to livestream his horrific acts on Facebook. 50 lives were lost in the attack on two New Zealand mosques and 50 more were injured. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are still struggling to halt the spread of the fo…

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Social media has opened the internet to an immense amount of communication. Like never before, people can follow events live, keep in contact between continents and find out what POTUS is thinking today. Undoubtedly this is a leap forward for communication; however, as the massacre in New Ze…

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More than $1.4 trillion; that’s how much we — fellow students and former students — across the country owe today in federal student loans, and there are no signs of student borrowing slowing down.

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Before the 2016 election, breaking news was indeed attention worthy. This is not to say breaking news today is not, but instead fewer people take the time to read or view it. News consumers now view outrageous stories as just another day, and it is mainly due to our current president.

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Actor Jussie Smollett’s recent arrest for staging a homophopic and racist attack on himself seems to be the product of a publicity and self-promoting stunt.  Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.  The actor’s creative manager allegedly encouraged…

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Shortly after the longest shutdown in the country’s history, the next chapter of the border wall fight began. President Trump declared a national emergency to receive the funding that the government refused to give him. According to the New York Times, this declaration will allow the preside…

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Last week, the NFL proved once again their lack of competency regarding personal conduct discipline. In the NFL’s own official Personal Conduct Policy, they outline the importance of acting with integrity. 

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America and its federal employees are currently recovering from the 35-day shutdown that simultaneously divided the country and brought it together. Government employees were furloughed for nearly two paychecks, and according to CNN, the US gross domestic product suffered a loss of roughly $…

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As Pence strapped in his hair helmet and Pelosi arranged her lips in the perfect purse, the camera looked out onto a sea of white — that is, both the white males dominating the Republican side and the female representatives dressed in honor of the suffragette movement — the President of the …

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Could Uber and Lyft be too good to be true?  The ride-hailing apps are generally simple, reliable and economical.  They’ve also been great at destroying the taxi industry.  Both companies are closing in on their initial public offerings and are looking at valuation of $72 billion in August f…

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Global warming has remained a primary issue in American politics for years, perhaps epitomized by Al Gore’s 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” In 2017, President Donald Trump received extreme criticism when he pulled the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.  Nevertheless, in that sam…

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In a Creightonian article last week, Paul Romero argued that abortion is not a black or white issue because even if abortion were made illegal, women would still seek one out; therefore, it is best to make sure abortion is kept safe, legal and rare. But this is wrong. There is nothing compli…

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The issue of abortion is never an easy issue to talk about. The intense passion that the issue invokes in and of itself creates an environment of pure emotion that is not conducive to articulate thought. Ad hominem attacks are issued and incessant philosophical debates begin. Despite what de…

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Over the last semester, I wrote my theology capstone over Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish religious philosopher and walking existential crisis. As I’ve had more time to reflect and more thoroughly read his writings for leisure rather than with franticly approaching deadlines, there are some idea…

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The southwest border wall proposed by President Donald Trump would cost $5.7 billion, or about 0.03% of the United States gross domestic product and 0.13% of the year’s projected federal spending, according to an article published in the Wall Street Journal.  Further, compare that to former …

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Jan. 21 passed for Creighton students with merely a few posters in the dining hall to indicate the importance of the day. Universities such as Loyola in Chicago observe Martin Luther King Jr. day by giving the students the day off.

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On Friday afternoon, the Trump administration released the mandated report on climate change that has been required of the government every four years. The report, authored by 17 government agencies with input from various independent scientists, was heavily conflictual with the rest of the …

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In 2014, ISIS beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff in a graphic video in which he most likely had to forcibly say to the camera he was “paying the price” for the actions of the United States military.  More recently, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the a Saudi consulate due to orders …

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On Nov. 25, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency released tear gas upon hundreds of migrants that were seeking asylum in the United States. Photographs soon surfaced of children and families running from the gas with tears in their eyes. These images created a knot in one’s stomach,…

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It’s time to replace the Public Broadcasting Service. Let’s be honest, nobody trusts it anymore. Their transparent business methods, independent board of directors and consistent track record in bringing informative news and educational programming just isn’t drawing in the viewers that it used to.

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In the wake of the midterms, there are still a lot of unanswered questions on people’s minds about what will happen. In this special analysis of the midterms, I will attempt to answer those questions.

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While we were at a soup kitchen during a service and justice trip, a woman confronted another participant on the trip about why we had come to eat with them. She brought up how coming to the kitchen and eating with the homeless wasn’t really helping anyone. We were taking advantage of people…

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In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting I wrote on the issue of gun control with high hopes that it would be the breaking point. I now write this in the wake of the Thousand Oaks Club shooting with nothing more than anger. 

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Angela Merkel is the best world leader alive today, and I will physically fight anyone who says differently. In her time as Chancellor of Germany, she has led the country in a way no other leader could have. Yet, her time as Chancellor is coming to an end.

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Every Thursday, I listen to an endearing podcast produced by the New York Public Library titled, “The Librarian Is In.” The hosts, Gwen and Frank, discuss book recommendations and culture throughout each episode and politics often play into the discussions. A few weeks ago, the pair acknowle…

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Following World War II, the United States developed a plan to provide foreign aid for Europe to rebuild its economy. The Marshall plan, focusing on transfers of aid and loans to the governments of Europe, was created. The plan was exceptionally successful. The European economies quickly grew…

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The meeting of Kanye West and President Donald Trump on Oct. 11 was infuriating and surreal for an array of reasons. While several factors play into what was said and how it was said, including Kanye’s mental illness, some statements held far too much weight not to be discussed.