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Mistakes make headlines

Journalism scandals begin with a simple string of gossip, in some cases leading to disaster November 2014 Rolling Stone published a shocking and sickening article about the gang rape of a student, code named “Jackie,” at the University of Virginia (UVA). The article, “A Rape on Campus,” electrified conversations around …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Sloth

Like a parasitical relationship, sloth latches on There’s a certain level of relief that comes from putting aside anything that generates stress; to sit back, relax, and watch the hours wane away as you curl up in your favorite recliner, isolated from a world packed with things that you don’t …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Fortitude

Bravery, or fortitude is the feeling that motivates soldiers to rise out of desolate trenches, bystanders to intervene in complicated, and possibly dangerous, situations, and individuals to stand up to aggressors. Fortitude is the backbone of society, the method by which countries and their people gain and control power and …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Lust

In a society filled with inflated relationships and fictitious desire, a simple gaze awry can kindle a feeling known as lust. The strong sexual desire that is felt by many people has been seen to destroy relationships, or ruin the foundation of hopefuls. Obstruction of common sense often leads the …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Prudence

“There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence,” said Charles Caleb Colton, a well-known English writer and collector during the 1800’s. This quote explains the mismatch of opinions of what prudence truly means. Another way to interpret Colton’s quote is, “There is nothing more careless than excessive wisdom or confidence.” …

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Rights and Responsibility

Evan Goldenberg’s and Seth Rogen’s film The Interview. Trey Parker’s and Matt Stone’s musical The Book of Mormon and television series South Park. The late Stéphane Charbonnier’s magazine Charlie Hebdo. All examples of satire and all protected under free speech. Although many countries celebrate free speech, such as the United …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Envy

Wanting to want the right things There’s an old Russian fable found in Deirdre McCloskey’s book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World. This fable tells the story of Ivan, and his neighbor, Boris. God tells Ivan that he can have anything he wants, under one condition: Boris …

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The root of the problem

Recent scandals in the NFL come from long lasting issues with punishment The Everyday Heroes of the American population are sports players. From gymnastics to rugby, children to adults idolize those of us capable of astonishing physical feats. But what happens when that power we so liberally give to our …

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