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Recent Vaccine Mandates Raise Questions and Controversy Over Constitutional Rights

By Anna Harman COVID-19 has impacted our lives for almost a year and a half. In recent months, vaccines for COVID-19 have been produced and have been recommended to citizens by many healthcare officials. Now, the vaccines are beginning to be required for many schools, businesses, federal occupations, events, and the medical field. There are varying opinions on the many questions of whether the act of requiring the COVID-19 vaccines is threatening our constitutional rights. Do schools, ...

An Overview of President Joe Biden’s Term to Date

By Esther Fultz According to Gallup poll results released Aug. 20, American opinions regarding President Joe Biden are very mixed.  Following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, 49% of Americans were in favor of Biden while 51% did not support him or were unsure on their stance. Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor of History, pointed to Biden’s recent decision to share nuclear technology with Australia as a positive aspect of Biden’s presidency.  While the decision did come ...

Voting By Mail

Over 75% of American voters will be eligible to vote by mail this November as states scramble to adapt to a pandemic in the middle of one of the most controversial elections in recent history. by Breanna Beers Is voting by mail a good idea? The benefits of mail-in voting are obvious, especially during a pandemic: safety, accessibility and public health. But what about the drawbacks? Myths around voting by mail abound, most notably the claim that mail-in ballots are a major source of ...

Political Grace

How to be a Christian in an election season by Breanna Beers You can be a Republican and be a Christian. You can be a Democrat and be a Christian. Shocking, I know. It seems like every year it gets harder to accept that, especially given [insert whatever horrifying thing the other side did this week]. The latest outrage, however, is just a symptom of a deeper problem: the system itself is structured to incentivize and benefit from our polarized tribalism. The people in power want no ...

The Games Within the Games:

International Politics and the Olympics by Breanna Beers The Olympics may be over, but the political games are just beginning. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were fraught with international maneuvering, from the conspicuous absence of the Russian colors to the high-profile participation of North Korean athletes alongside their South Korean hosts. The image of athletes from both North and South Korea marching as a unified team under a single flag has quickly become a famous one, leading many ...

Analysis: Gun Violence in the United States

Is it getting worse, or are we just paying more attention? by Breanna Beers and Alexandria Hentschel Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Orlando: these cities have come to represent not just locations, but tragedies that have torn apart both individual lives and the nation as a whole. The United States is home to more mass shootings than any other nation by a wide margin. According to a study published by Dr. Adam Lankford of the University of Alabama, the United States has had 90 mass shooti...

Congress In Turmoil Over Immigration

What’s Happening With DACA and the Wall? by Alexandria Hentschel The United States legislature is battling over immigration, a standoff which was the main cause of the January’s government shutdown. On the table are two vastly different proposals. First, the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill, which is up for renewal and offers certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines the opportunity for consideration of ...

Government Shutdown Imminent

by Timothy Mattackal The United States government will shut down at midnight on Friday unless a continuing resolution is passed to fund the budget. At the moment, the passage of such a bill seems unlikely as Republicans and Democrats have failed to come to terms over the details of a funding bill. If it occurs, this will be the second time the government has shut down this decade, with the previous occasion being in 2013, and the eighteenth instance of a shut down since 1974. Republicans ...

What is Net Neutrality?

A little-known legislation with huge ramifications for the future of the internet by Breanna Beers For most of the history of the internet, net neutrality has been an unstated but basic assumption of how the online world operates. Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers should be prohibited from artificially blocking or slowing down particular websites or applications: content is not restricted based on what it is or where it comes from. Under this assumption, a private blog ...

Ohio Considers Campus Free Speech Bill

First Amendment enforcement at public universities may change with new legislation by Dakota Banks and Alexandria Hentschel Ohio House representatives Wes Goodman and Andrew Brenner have announced a bill that enforces free speech at public universities. This legislation may change the climate of campuses across the state. If passed, the bill will prohibit public universities from limiting expression based on content, audience reaction or expression in areas of public accessibility. It also ...