American Sniper discussion riddled with hypocrisy

Cheyene Miller
Contributing Columnist

There is no doubting the impact that “American Sniper” has had on the ongoing American culture war. The movie has dominated the box office for two straight weekends and grossed $200 million in North America alone. It portrays the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who has been labeled the deadliest sniper in U.S. military […]

Measles outbreak, Snowmaggedon puts things into perspective

Marjorie Kirk, Assistant Opinions Editor

Three days ago, I woke up with a throbbing inner-earache — which will probably be an ear infection by the time I actually go to the doctor — and I should have known then not to leave my warm, cozy fortress of comforter and pillows. Instead I got dressed, only to slip and fall twice […]

Fact checking Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

“Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis.” True but misleading. The actual unemployment number, less than six percent, makes the economy sound like it is much stronger than it really is. Yes the number is lower, but it gives us almost no context. It does not tell us how […]

Patriots’ ‘Deflate-gate’ a non-issue

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship victory over the Colts. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS)

By Kyle Arensdorf Controversy swirled around the New England Patriots’ 45-7 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when some Colts complained about a number of footballs being underinflated. To the casual fan, an underinflated ball doesn’t raise too many red flags. Many probably don’t even know that there are two different kinds of […]

Pope wrong about Hebdo


Back in October, I wrote an opinion column praising Pope Francis as a convener of all people, including the non-religious like myself. Up until this point my praise and support for Pope Francis has been nearly unwavering–until he gave his thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo office shooting in Paris. On his way to the Philippines, […]

Oscars should diversify


This year’s Oscar nominations brought many disappointments, most noticeably the lack of racial diversity in the actors and actresses nominated for awards. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Foreign Language Film category, I would be surprised if any of the directors, actors or actresses who will walk away with awards are not Caucasian. Much […]