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Opinion: Why we should return to paper ballots         

Opinion: Why we should return to paper ballots         

Election officials have decided to increase election security in the wake of the 2016 election. One of the ways to do so is to return to paper ballots. Returning to paper is a good idea as paper is unhackable, unlike voting machines. Also, it is easier to audit paper ballots than voting machines.

Science Friday: Escaping Vaping: Why it’s time to put down the JUUL 

Science Friday: Escaping Vaping: Why it’s time to put down the JUUL 

Vaping is not as innocent a practice as people like to believe. In the last month, the incidence of lung illness in people who use nicotine or cannabis vaping products has increased over twofold. Just the past week, a woman in Kansas became the sixth person to die of vaping-related respiratory issues in the United States.  

Opinion: Ninety-six years of not passing the ERA 

Opinion: Ninety-six years of not passing the ERA 

In history class, we learn about how the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times in order to incorporate more laws and protections. However, despite the fact that there are 27 amendments that help ensure our freedom, there is one amendment that we have not been able to pass: the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Editorial: Every student should study abroad 

Editorial: Every student should study abroad 

It is no surprise that the University of Connecticut can get a bit dull. As vibrant as campus life can get, we are still on a land grant university in the middle of nowhere. It gets more than a bit cold. And you can only see the same set of 20-something-year-olds so many times before you lose it. The perfect solution to all of this? Try studying abroad! 

Science Friday: Picture Perfect: Social media platforms and the body positivity movement 

Science Friday: Picture Perfect: Social media platforms and the body positivity movement 

Thanks to social media, the white picket fence has gone viral, morphing into superficial smiles and depictions of the American ideal, hiding the reality that people prefer not to document. While this can have a conformist impact on society, platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat also hold the powerful ability to amplify voices that have previously been underrepresented and stereotyped.

Opinion: Development in Stamford will not lead to gentrification or ghettos 

Opinion: Development in Stamford will not lead to gentrification or ghettos 

Development en masse is not new to Stamford; however, this time there is widespread concern and skepticism regarding the scope of development and the effects it will have on the city. The belief that development in Stamford will lead to gentrification is based on a more general belief that development leads to gentrification, rather than on what is really happening in Stamford.

Opinion: The benefits of expansive political candidate pools are debatable at best 

Opinion: The benefits of expansive political candidate pools are debatable at best 

I’m always hearing that large candidate pools are such a great thing for the electorate, that we’ll be so well-informed on the issues and hear several compelling perspectives that ignite quality discussion. Within other contexts, I might concur with this take, but as applied to American politics, I vehemently disagree with it.  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Last week, despite forceful opposition from his advisors, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders on U.S. soil at Camp David. Negotiating peace with the Taliban is a far cry from the hard-nosed candidate Trump who promised to “get-tough” with suspected terrorists, openly advocating a resumption of waterboarding and “much worse.”

Editorial: Jorgensen's new free tickets will offer new and important opportunities to students

Editorial: Jorgensen's new free tickets will offer new and important opportunities to students

Last week, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts announced that for the first time, they would be offering free student tickets to all of their Fall events. Regardless, this initiative is a positive step forward for the University. UConn students should be able to freely access the arts, especially considering the fantastic programming we have in the center of our campus.

Opinion: Ranked choice voting could save American politics  

Opinion: Ranked choice voting could save American politics  

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is possibly my favorite policy position. The concept is simple: A voter is allowed to pick their first choice, second choice, third choice, etc. Out of the list of candidates in an election, if no candidate has a majority of first choice votes, the candidate with the fewest first place votes is eliminated and their votes are transferred to each of their voters second choice. This process is repeated until one candidate has a majority.

Minibrains, morality, and mimicking the human conscience 

Minibrains, morality, and mimicking the human conscience 

According to a study published in the scientific journal Cell Stem Cell, lab-grown clusters of human brain cells, popularly known as minibrains, have begun to emit brain waves after six to nine months of growth that are shockingly similar to brain waves of preterm infants.  

Global Warming and World Hunger, One Way to Stop Both 

Global Warming and World Hunger, One Way to Stop Both 

We’ve all heard the saying, “killing two birds with one stone,” which means solving two problems with one solution. In my opinion, global warming and world hunger are the two largest problems we face as humans.

The Cherokee Nation absolutely deserves a delegate in Congress  

The Cherokee Nation absolutely deserves a delegate in Congress  

In the last week, the Cherokee Nation decided to invoke Article 7 of the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, an agreement between the Cherokee and the United States government which stipulates “that they (the Cherokee Tribe) shall be entitled to a delegate in the House of Representatives of the United States whenever Congress shall make provision for the same.”