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Netflix Negativity

Netflix, the patriarch of the binge-watching generation, is now available in nearly every country on Earth and has firmly entrenched itself in the social strata of the modern age. In other words, Netflix is here to stay, which most pundits argue signals the downfall of network television. But it also means that binge-watching is here […]

Mizzou protests set precedent in conversations

Recent weeks have seen a chancellor, university president, faculty members and numerous faculty members resign in the face of student protests and backlash against campus racism and insensitivity. At the University of Missouri, President Tim Wolfe resigned after students protested his poor handling of several recent racial incidents including swastikas and racial epithets launched at […]

We have a bone to pick with carcinogenic beef

Chances are you’ve heard the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, has ranked red meat among the list of deadly carcinogens. Through research conducted in 10 countries by 22 experts who studied more than 800 cases of cancer, based on “limited evidence that the consumption of red meat […]

Why we report on felony charges of students

On Monday evening, the Optimist editors chose to run a story reporting the arrest of a student. The student was charged with evading arrest or detainment with a vehicle. He was not convicted of anything, only charged under the Texas criminal statute. The story received an overwhelming amount of feedback from students, much of it questioning the […]

Editorial: Campus carry debate needs new angle

The United States witnessed more fatal shootings of preschoolers (82) than fatal shootings of police officers (27) in the line of duty, according to figures for 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI. Despite horrifying statistics like this, America has demonstrated a gross incapability on national and state levels to […]

Spiritual Formation credits overestimate student involvement

We are looking at our spiritual formation points and we are scared. And after talking to our classmates, we realize we’re not alone. Whether they’re late being processed or we’ve really missed that many Chapel sessions, the credits are just not showing up on our countdown. To set the record straight, we’re more than pleased […]

Who’s who in the 2020 election

The MTV Music Awards are known for many things, mainly twerking and ludicrous performances, but never for its involvement in government politics. Until now, that is. In case you missed it, Kanye West announced his presidential bid for the 2020 election. But before we discount his acceptance speech turned campaign as a trip from whatever […]

Highways and Byways is a form of worship

Highways and Byways is easily the most popular song performed in Chapel, receiving a shout out at least once a week in Moody. The song features an upbeat tune along with hand motions that make it a fun way to end any Praise Day. But some students question whether the song is an authentic way to […]

Emmy Awards shine light on race in film, TV

Earlier this month, Vox published an article about how color film was created for white people and distorted darker skin. Lorna Roth, a professor at Concordia University, researched the topic and concluded that older technology distorted the features of African-Americans. Some of these problems included the reproduction of facial images without details, lighting challenges and […]

Budget passes with lack of conversation

On Wednesday, the Students’ Association passed the fall 2015 budget in record time with a $9,712.80 overall increase in incoming revenue. In just over 45 minutes, Congress passed the $163,076 budget, with only one motion interrupting the flow of things. The new student fee of $25, proposed and passed by SA last semester in an […]

War on police will not solve anything

“It is time that you guys know that we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear, shooting down all cops that we see by theirselves (sic).” This call, released by the Aurora Police Department over the weekend, is just the tip of the […]

Opinion page aims to stir conversation

The function of the Opinion page is to get students, faculty, staff and all other readers to talk about things happening on and off campus. By detailing our opinions through columns, editorials and cartoons, we hope to stir up conversation about things ranging from the lack of Blue Bell to recent shootings. Just as we […]