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Colleges must stand for free speech

Colleges must stand for free speech

April 16, 2017

Middlebury College recently received author Charles Murray to speak at an event hosted by a stu...

Sullivan announces book about free speech

Sullivan announces book about free speech

April 15, 2017

President Tom Sullivan thinks it necessary to value free speech on college campuses, according to a new bo...

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

Diversity forum educates faculty and staff

April 14, 2017

A crowd of scholars, faculty and students sat in the Silver Maple ballroom waiting to hear a prese...

Listen, don’t dismiss other opinions

Listen, don’t dismiss other opinions

September 21, 2016

Last Friday, a pro concealed carry organization tabled outside the Davis Center. On ou...

The future of print news in a multimedia-crazed world

September 15, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Those of you who are reading this article are participating in the dying art of journalism.Journalism has been considered sacred since the war for independence, but recent trends have shown this revered check on society no longer holds the importance it used to.Newspaper sales are abysmal at best, with many people unwilling ...

Senator Sanders and political speech

Joey Brown

September 23, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

One of the most salient talking points pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders — and his state’s most prominent ice cream manufacturer, Ben and Jerry’s — is that the United States would benefit as a republic to “keep money out of politics” in order to prevent the “billionaire class” from “buying elections/politicians.” Indeed, Sanders goes...

The triggered campus tyrants

Joey Brown

April 21, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Last Thursday, American Enterprise Institute scholar and author of “Who Stole Feminism?” Christina Hoff Summers spoke at Georgetown University, at the invitation of a campus conservative group. She was greeted by GU students who held up signs warning that Ms. Sommers’ speech may “contain discussions of sexual assaul...

Rape jokes reveal injustice

March 17, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,I would like to bring to your attention the dangers of censorship as they pertain to comedy, specifically how they relate to the touchy subject of rape jokes.Comedians and feminists have almost always been at odds, and rape jokes have been a central point of this contention. I admit I am biased in this debate.I ...

On Islam and open speech

Gaetano Martello

February 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion

With the recent murder of Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, editor of the popular French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Western culture has been thrust into a discussion about the limits of free speech, the rights of religious groups and whether or not criticism of Islam should be labeled as “Islamophobic.” Charbonni...

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