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We fail to understand the underlying causes of mass shootings

Dr. Christine Seals speaks during a news conference at Umpqua Community College Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened on a limited basis for faculty and students for the first time since armed suspect Chris Harper-Mercer killed multiple people and wounded several others on Thursday before taking his own life at Snyder Hall. (AP Photo/John Locher)

October 6, 2015

Marcus Brown [email protected] The latest in what can only be described as an epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S occurred in Roseburg, Oregon, at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1. The tragedy that left nine dead was carried out by Chris Harper-Mercer, a student at the community college. ...

Musings on Mars

Musings on Mars

October 6, 2015

Keith Reed [email protected] On Sept. 28, NASA announced it had discovered evidence of flowing water on Mars. NASA used a technique that detected hydrated minerals flowing down mountain slopes. Space has always been an intriguing topic for many, and there are countless movies on the subject. After this ann...

Why I’m supporting Marco Rubio

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland.  Eleven top-tier Republican presidential hopefuls face off in their second prime-time debate of the 2016 campaign Sept. 16, in a clash between outsiders and establishment candidates under a cathedral of political conservatism. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

October 5, 2015

Jace Brady Sen. Marco Rubio stood about five rows in front of me in an intimate town hall hosted by Mudd Advertising. To my left sat Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters and to my right another Marco Rubio fan. But I’d bet all four of us were blown away by Rubio’s potential as a politi...

Our narrow perceptions of tragedy

Our narrow perceptions of tragedy

October 5, 2015

Christopher Cervantes [email protected] On Oct. 1, artist and activist Traci Molloy visited the University of Iowa campus and spoke about her various projects and works. Molloy was a key figure in several group efforts, such as (but not limited to) Kids that Kill Kids, Our Lives Matter, and the Americ...

Public vs. Private Education

Public vs. Private Education

October 2, 2015

Christopher Cervantes [email protected] According to the comparative website nationmaster.com, the amount of schooling an adult in the United States receives averages 12 years. Nearly the entirety of one’s young life is devoted to receiving education. Upon first glance, the overarching struggle of ...

Casual racism towards Asian students on campus

Casual racism towards Asian students on campus

October 1, 2015

Hannah Soyer [email protected] I overhear a negative remark made toward Asian students here at least once a week. These comments aren’t always outright — sometimes they’re simply a generalization or a stereotype that is being perpetuated (read: “I hate how the Asians are always walkin...

Bringing Internet to the developing world can help tackle poverty

Bringing Internet to the developing world can help tackle poverty

October 1, 2015

Samuel Studer [email protected] On Sept. 26, during the 70th United Nations General Assembly session, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg called for greater access to the Internet on a global stage. “When communities are connected, we can lift them out of poverty,” he said. Facebook wants to he...

Seize the political opportunity

Seize the political opportunity

September 30, 2015

By Stacey Murray [email protected] One of the most notable traditions at the University of Iowa includes the “47 things” list given to all freshmen. It encompasses a bucket list of sorts for students’ time at the UI. Some are necessities — such as eating the Big Ass Turkey Leg and ca...

An ode to John Boehner

An ode to John Boehner

September 30, 2015

Jacob Prall [email protected] John Boehner. Like him or hate him, the soon-to-be former speaker of the House tried. He tried to make things work, to work out deals with President Obama, to see something happen on Capitol Hill. That alone is something many congressional Republicans can honestly sa...

Pope or Politician?

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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September 29, 2015

Jace Brady [email protected] The pope is about 500 years too late for the role he is trying to play in society. Modern popes have consistently been moral leaders who focused on church teachings and moral behavior. Pope Francis, however, has changed roles and has set off on a crusade to influence...

Boehner of existence

Boehner of existence

September 29, 2015

Beau Elliot [email protected] So I see House Speaker John Boehner is out. Well, you probably saw it, too, given that the news of his departure was everywhere in the news and on the social media. (Myself, I prefer the asocial media, but I’m just that way.) Technically, he’s not out yet; he...

The statute of limitations for war crimes

The statute of limitations for war crimes

September 25, 2015

Christopher Cervantes [email protected] There are several tired phrases that have to do with pain and forgiveness. One goes, “time heals all wounds.” While that may have some semblance of truth, that does not mean that forgiveness and justice can be achieved by the passage of time. It is when ...