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Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two separate cases dealing with gay marriage. These cases dealt with the constitutionality of the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8, both pieces of legislation that outlaw gay marriage. The decisions in these cases...

BY TRENTON WINFORD tgwinford@bellsouth.net In 2010, Florida pastor Terry Jones announced that he would burn Qurans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaida. This announcement sparked outrage around the world, particularly in Muslim countries, where riots and murders were the normal response to a simple announcement of intention to burn the Quran. The civilized...

BY LEXI THOMAN alexandria.thoman@gmail.com This past Friday, my senior-class colleagues in the Croft Institute for International Studies and I hit a milestone in our undergraduate education: We turned in the second drafts of our senior theses for edits and review. After beginning the projects in August, it was a relief to turn in nearly finished products and see the hard...

It’s been over 30 years since former Mississippi Gov. William Winter passed the Mississippi Education Reform Act. This act overhauled public education, namely publicly funding education and establishing compulsory school attendance law. At the time, Mississippi ranked last in education as well as in many other social and economic categories. Fast forward to present day...

Baby boomers and Generation X so often express hatred for Generation Y, or millennials, that it’s a cliché. We get it: You think we’re lazy, ADD and socially inept. Sure, I guess I can agree. I actually can’t deny that my generation is full of neurotic, overly medicated, unemployed video gamers. But aren’t the baby boomers and old Gen Xers our parents? You raised...

The Voting Rights Act was landmark legislation when it was passed, but it will soon undergo scrutiny from the Supreme Court yet again. At issue this time is if the formula to determine preclearance, which defines which states or counties are under Department of Justice control, is outdated. In 2009, the Supreme Court decided that the Voting Rights Act was constitutional...

For most people, learning a new language is a daunting task. Even with required courses, the level of language acquisition the typical student achieves after only four semesters of standard classroom instruction (the liberal arts graduation requirement) is nowhere near fluency, and most students let the language skill atrophy until it disappears altogether. There are many...

Yesterday morning, a gunman went on a chaotic shooting spree in Southern California, killing four people, including himself, and injuring two. How many of you know about this shooting? As I was perusing my daily news sources, it struck me by how casual the news story seemed, shoved between a beer brewery story and a piece about a British man dying from a SARS-like virus....

This week the Supreme Court will hear the case of farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman. The Indiana man faces over $70,000 in fines for planting soybeans containing genes belonging to megacorporation Monsanto without legally purchasing them. The company manufactures and subsequently patents soybean varieties known as Roundup Ready (weed and disease resistant), and farmers who use...

It’s campaign season on campus again. Some might say, “Again?” Yep, folks, the gigantic, colorful signs are back up in front of the Union.  Once more we are to be accosted by people and their deluge of stickers and flyers and buttons and whatnot. Their pleas for us to support their particular candidate are shouted at us as we attempt to get through our day and attend...