By Sarah Marchan, University of Texas at San Antonio
The recent ‘pig roast’ scandal at Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity might be shocking, but it isn’t as unusual as you’d think.
By Dominique Bander, Loyola University
After former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire and killed 17 individuals on Wednesday, further reports of his mental instability and warnings signs are surfacing.
By Grace John, Rutgers University
While Black Lives Matter protestors are demonized by society, Philadelphia residents were praised for their destructive victory celebrations.
By Kayla Lichtman, Middlebury College
While #MeToo sweeps America, a group of French women reject the movement.
By Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
USA is dominating at the Winter Olympics and even in a competitive atmosphere, countries are coming together for the sake of the games.
By Alex Johnson, New York University
In response to the broader #MeToo movement and its ‘Shitty Media Men’ list, senior Elizabeth Dunn leaded the names of 30 ‘men to avoid.’
By Gabriella Evans, Northern Arizona University
David Nadlinger took first place in an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council competition with his minuscule, groundbreaking picture of an atom.
By Elizabeth Ivanecky, McMaster University
Warmbier’s father attended the opening ceremony to remind the world of North Korea’s brutality, but more importantly as a father mourning the loss of his son.
By Elise Bortz, New York University
From the viewpoints of those who fight it, fake news is formidable, but not invincible.
As emotional support animals become more popular, colleges are grappling with their effects, including what to tell the randomly assigned roommate.
By Adriana Luna, Northwest Vista College
It seems as if the ‘American dream’ might not be possible for all students.
By Erin Alexander, Middle Tennessee State University
The hijabs are part of a broader line of clothing, called the Veronica Collection, designed to offer Muslim women more fashion-forward options for their clothing.
Rather than learn about gender identity, South Dakota Sen. Phil Jensen wants students to focus on ‘reading, writing and arithmetic.’
In a statement from the university, representatives claim that she was not participating in the Tide Pod challenge, but rather trying to intentionally self-harm.
By Kayla Platoff, Maryville University
The 2020 election could be the chance for Democrats to choose the right presidential candidate based on political experience, not celebrity status.
By Abraham Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
The country’s infrastructure is deteriorating, but a new emphasis on reconstruction and trade schools could be the solution.
By Liam Ainslie Mayo, Bard College
Even well-respected companies have PR disasters from time to time, but these 20 most-hated companies take it to a whole other level.
The British territory has become the first jurisdiction to abolish same-sex marriage, after the unions were legalized less than a year ago.
After comparing the weights of the women they’ve slept with, members of Zeta Beta Tau who participated in the ‘Pig Roast’ will undergo counseling and more.
By Hollis Reddington, University of Alaska Anchorage
Salt is among the hottest commodities once the winter comes, but people are considering replacing salt with sand for the de-icing purpose.
By Sam Thoma, Wisconsin Lutheran College
With Cloud9’s victory at the ELEAGUE Boston Major this January, North American Counter-Strike is no longer a joke.
Change begins at the collegiate level – if college campuses can end the Pence rule, then so can society.
By Erin Marie Winans, James Madison University
The Indians have decided the join many other professional sports teams in the nationwide movement of abandoning offensive branding.
By Diego Galicia, Valencia College
Earlier this year, Google announced new rules regarding monetization of contents on its video service, YouTube.
Through a series of proposed bills, Washington lawmakers hope to provide homeless college students stable access to basic amenities.
Rocket Lab’s new satellite, Humanity Star, launches a frenzy in the scientific community in its quest for universal connectivity.
As Mexican, Canadian and American representatives begin to amend NAFTA, only Canada seems concerned with fixing the agreement’s human rights abuses.
By Kate Maxwell, NC State University
After a second-trimester abortion ban barely failed in the Senate, it looks like 2018 is turning into another year where women’s healthcare will face multiple challenges.
The proliferation of cryptocurrencies has made drug-trafficking on the dark web easier, which has in turn exacerbated the country’s opioid epidemic.
The actions of the involved students and the class’s professor, Dr. Flavio Uribe, have been called ‘disturbing’ and ‘inexcusable.’
By changing the language to include women, Canada’s gender-neutral national anthem has taken a step to rectify its patriarchal vestiges.
Following in the footsteps of New York’s Excelsior Scholarship, proponents of the College for All Act are calling for free college in California.
With a new policy on marijuana, San Francisco is giving past offenders a second chance at life without a criminal record.
By Kerrianna Wallace, Arcadia University
Like other musicians before him, Jack White announced a plan to ban the use of phones at concerts, but audiences deserve to make that choice for themselves.
By Isabelle Mencia, University of Florida
Amazon Go launched its first store in Seattle, which left many people both hopeful and worrisome about the future of the cashier-less shopping concept.
By setting aside revenue from their cannabis tax, Pueblo County has funded over 420 scholarships that send high school graduates to local colleges.
By Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
No, this isn’t a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Officer Pinheiro of the Baltimore Police Department has been indicted for planting evidence at a crime scene.
WWF and XFL founder Vince McMahon promised a gimmick-free football league with the XFL’s return.
Two recently awarded patents have brought Amazon closer to tracking their employees’ movements, news that bodes ill for break-takers and time-killers everywhere.
Alt-right and other racist groups have increasingly chosen college campuses as prime vehicles for spreading hate speech, hate crimes and acts of xenophobic violence.
The ‘Cabinet Files’ surfaced just as the Australian Parliament was set to discuss new espionage laws that could criminalize such a discovery.
By Sarah Lynch, Marist College
In the wake of a highly publicized scandal, disrepute and depravity mar USA Gymnastics’ honor.
By Brittany Sims, Temple University
Although justice has been served in the Larry Nassar trial, progress remains delayed for Hollywood accusers demanding justice.
By Sara Hoenig, Texas A&M University
Judge Aquilina’s demeanor may come off cutthroat, but she’s become a beacon of justice for the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse victims.
By Rakshya Devkota, Saint Louis University
These four organizations are providing mental health services for Asian Americans in a community that has a stigma against them.
By Gillian Farnan, SUNY Cortland
Harley Barber’s racist video got her expelled but also shined a new light on an old conversation.
Though progress has been made in the most recent NAFTA negotiations, creating a better deal will require more compromise between the American, Canadian and Mexican partners.
By Samantha Jorgens, Central Michigan University
Fewer imports and fewer jobs means less green energy.
In the 2018 Winter Olympics, the games have become an arena for social change as athletes confront rape culture, homophobia and tension between nations.
After an exposé detailed the black market for purchasing social media followers, scores of users have seen their Twitter followers drop.
Despite efforts to show support for women in the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the Grammys instead sparked a new hashtag: #GrammysSoMale.
Dr. Donald Milton, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, created the Gesundheit machine to better understand how the flu spreads.
By Leslie Currie, University of Virginia
Brooklyn College’s preference for policemen to use specific school bathrooms raises questions about public safety on college campuses across the country.
Before his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump signed an executive order to keep open the controversial detention center.
By Jake Deven, The University of Texas at El Paso
Democrats are hopeful that O’Rourke will defeat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections and take over the largely red state.
By Andria Modica, Drexel University
Another day, another shooting; America’s been here before. The question is, is anything going to change this time around?
His lawyer, Michael Proctor, told press that the actor was a good person who was just trying to pay for his mistakes and bad judgment.
The trio of business magnates have joined forces to create a health care plan for their employees, a move that promises to disrupt traditional health care providers.
In his address, President Trump laid out a plan for incorporating bipartisan ideas into an immigration plan.
By Cason Ragland, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
With an ever-changing political climate, America could see unfortunate regressions in study abroad programs, both locally and internationally.
By Nola Hynes Brody, University of Houston-Victoria
You may reconsider applying for college loans after seeing the startling statistics behind student investment debt.
If government money stops flowing, university systems across the country would freeze, including certain financial-aid packages and ongoing research grants.
Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.
The astrological unicorn, which will be visible this Wednesday, is the result of three separate, moon-related phenomena all occurring at once.
By Alida Siebken, Radford University
You have been misled; flossing doesn’t need to be a top priority in your dental hygiene routine anymore.
By Sydney Jennings, University of Connecticut
The former Olympic gymnastics doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars, and the athletic community needs to learn from the scandal.
By Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
Once only reserved for gamers, augmented reality has found its way into the medical field through simulation-learning apps like HoloLens.
In an effort to improve the site, the new Facebook changes are designed to increase user-to-user interaction and reduce the creepy feeling of being spied on.
By Cheryl Sutton, Purdue University
The 28-year-old figure skater Adam Rippon was recently named the third member of the men’s team, but not without controversy.
Barbara Harris, founder of Project Prevention, has some permanent solutions that might conflict with your moral landscape.
The Trump administration could leave 200,000 Salvadorans deported after 17 years of building lives in the U.S. and despite obvious safety concerns in El Salvador.
With high political tension across the country, 2017 was a dynamic year for all minorities, in both good ways and bad.
This true story about the Washington Post will have every college student changing their major.
By Lizzy Spangler, University of North Texas
Congress has a full plate of work as well as the uncertainty of the midterms to balance during this new year.
While the effort to maintain campaign commitments is ever-present, President Trump will need the additional support a bipartisan Congress can offer to move forward in 2018.
With assisted-suicide machines in the works, having a hand in your own death could be easier than ever in the near future.
By Megan Bender, Citrus College
As Californians ring in the New Year with a recurring case of the munchies, a new era for legal weed also begins.
You no longer need a dealer to get pot in California because marijuana shops open their doors to recreational sales to everyone.
By Maahfio Otchere, Villanova University
Roy Moore, former Alabama Senate candidate, believes that America was great during slavery. How these microaggressions lead to macroaggressions and the reasons behind them.
By Haileigh Galloway, Indian River State College
Whether you’re a full-time or dual-enrolled college student, you can look forward to some of these benefits resulting from the recent tax bill.
By Maya Halabi, UTSA
Did any of this even happen?
As a successful governor and representative of minorities, Nikki Haley has the potential to make it all the way to the Oval Office.
The College of the Atlantic is setting a nationwide example for how forward-thinking universities should approach environmental sustainability.
Indivior’s newly developed drug, Sublocade, may reshape the battle against opioid addiction.
The relationship of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry provides insight into the problem of the ideal white beauty within the black community.
By Karen Guan, Southern Methodist University
Brock Turner, former Stanford swimmer and convicted rapist, wants to overturn his conviction, but how does this affect college students?
What effects have the California fires had on the state’s students, and how will the fires affect their campuses and their families?
A short story was the latest thing to catch the internet’s attention, but how did a piece of fiction from the New Yorker manage to storm through Twitter?
By Carli Scalf, Ball State University
These highlights from the 2017 edition of ‘The Best American Nonrequired Reading’ provide perfect snapshots of the topics in which defined this past year.
With the recent rollbacks of net neutrality laws by the FCC, many are arranging funeral services for the once free and open web.
Alabama’s recent Senatorial special election made history, but only by a nose. What does the contentious election say about voters?
By Kathleen Danielson, Carleton College
The Silence Breakers earned Time’s Person of the Year, but there is a cynical downside to their victory.
By Joiya Reid, Georgia Southern University
Wish.com is under fire after publishing an ad for plus size tights, which shows how slow changes are being made to include all women in fashion.
Respectable journalism is dying at the hands of the rich, which leaves the future of the industry looking stark and uncertain.
In light of the Roy Moore allegations, it’s a wonder conservatives can still cry “family values” because this isn’t the first time the party has supported a sexual predator.
Many of President Trump’s decisions aren’t well received by the public, but when it comes to Jerusalem, he may have mildly solved an ancient dispute.
Robert Mueller is gunning for the truth and former national security adviser Michael Flynn is directly in his crosshairs.
By Camelia Juarez, Texas State University
If the bill becomes official, college students will quite literally be paying the price.
By Marissa Cortes, Stony Brook University
The gaming platform, Steam, dropped using the form of currency called Bitcoin, but does anyone actually know what Bitcoin is?
By Giselle Krachenfels, USC
Following the Alabama election, let’s take a look at the results, reactions and their broader implications.
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