Overanalyzing lyrics from late artist’s album is insensitive, inappropriate

Representatives for late musician Tim Bergling—better known as Avicii—announced they will release the album he was producing before taking his own life. Titled TIM, this posthumous album will not be a “collection of musical leftovers,” but rather a fully conceptualized project by Avicii, according to The New York Times

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Students must pay attention to impact of administrative turnover, uncertainty

A college is made up of students, faculty and administrators. Students interact with their peers every day and their professors every week, but rarely with administrators. As a result, students might struggle to see the effect of administrators on everyday student life. 

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Staff editiorial: Planning of campus events has been unwise, frustrating for students this semester

As the end of the semester rapidly approaches, campus is busier than ever. Despite the success of previous years, the scheduling of end-of-semester events this year has been lacking, as many important activities overlap or occur too close together.

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Increased reliance on technology creates loss of intimacy in contemporary dating

Our society today is dominated by technology. In schools, students learn computer skills and it is rare to see a college undergraduate without a laptop. People of all ages carry their cellphones on them 24/7 and most are constantly talking on the phone, texting or checking Instagram.

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Democratic model of governance does not adequately apply to every nation

Although much of global history has demonstrated a growing desire for democracy, it is not always a well-functioning system. The prevalence of democratic governments today is the result of first-world nations imperializing other lands and, therefore, spreading their chosen system. 

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Undocumented immigrants must be allowed to obtain driver’s licenses

Among the many things we take for granted as citizens of the United States is the freedom of movement. Freedom to travel between states is guaranteed by our Constitution. In a smaller sense, traveling around town to things we need is a part of our right to the pursuit of happiness. 

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Geneseo fails students by allowing racist acts to slide

Following recent reports of two Geneseo students who referenced blackface in two Snapchat posts, one thing has become abundantly clear: the lack of urgency Geneseo has displayed in regard to preventing racist acts is unacceptable.  

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NASA must account for different body types after failing to make gender equality history

History was scheduled to be made on Friday March 29 when NASA intended to launch the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station. This milestone mission, however, did not come to fruition based on a simple oversight: the size of the spacesuits.

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard deserves public empathy, not prison time

For the past couple weeks, the true-crime television series on Hulu, “The Act,” has taken viewers through a rollercoaster of suspense, shock and disbelief. Although the series is highly dramatized, it’s important to remember that it tells a very real story. 

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Society must be more attentive to trauma survivors in wake of mass shooting epidemic

Just over a year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., survivor Sydney Aiello took her own life. In the days following Aiello’s passing, two other people connected to mass shootings took their own lives. While being transparent about this horrible incident raises awareness regarding mental health after significant distress, it is crucial that we reevaluate how we treat and care for people after they’ve gone through considerable trauma.

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Letter to the Editor

Urban Dictionary defines “slut” as “a disgrace to all women … someone who sleeps around,” and “stud” as “slang for someone very attractive … basically a badass.” Though Urban Dictionary is not a source for technical definitions, it may be used as an indicator of modern cultural perceptions. In the March 14 issue of this publication, an Op-Ed implied that the word “slut” is a valid characterization of 21st century women with multiple sexual partners. The Op-Ed went on to insinuate that “stud” is a title earned by men who have sex with multiple women because men have to “put more effort into getting laid, [while women] only [have] to ask.” 

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Letter to the Editor

As a queer woman, I find myself utterly confused by [the article] “Queer Should Not Be Reclaimed” [from the March 14 article from The Lamron]. While I would like to give the author the benefit of the doubt, the piece not only overlooks the vast history of reclamation the word has within their own community, but fails to address the word’s importance within some transgender spaces with the term “genderqueer,” or queer as a bridge between “non-normative” gender and sexuality. 

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United States military draft should include all genders

The United States is considering deeming military drafts gender-inclusive, according to The New York Times. Currently, only able-bodied American men aged 18-25 are required to register for the Selective Service System, which is the nation’s apparatus for issuing mandatory enlistment into national service.  

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All college majors should be respected, taken seriously regardless potential success of discipline after graduation

One of the most common questions asked when first meeting a fellow college student is “What major are you?” This is a great conversation starter—either two strangers find something in common or they can explain their majors to each other. Sadly, that is not why most people ask it; instead, it is often used to help form an idea about what that person is like.

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United States should follow New Zealand’s example of mass shootings prevention

In the wake of the devastating shooting at two New Zealand mosques on March 15, people around the world have offered prayers and continue to hope for gun reform. After the mass shooting that killed 50 people, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday March 21 that the government will ban assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, according to CNN.        

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Celebrity endorsement of harmful weight-loss products must end

Out of all the reality shows, spin-offs and scandals in the world, there isn’t a family more polarizing than the Kardashians. They’re both loved and hated—aggressively. 

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Low administration transparency ranking reflects frequent claims of Geneseo students

Geneseo was ranked among the least transparent out of 10 Western New York colleges and universities evaluated in a report released by the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government on March 8. 

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“Queer” should not be reclaimed given its painful history as a slur

The word “queer” has undergone something of a renaissance during the past few decades. Colleges are implementing “queer studies” programs, the LGBT+ acronym has been expanded to become LGBTQ+ in many uses and more and more people are using it as a term of endearment. 

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Pressure for immigrants to adopt “American” names strips them of significant cultural identity

United States immigrants are often pressured to choose an “American” name in place of their non-American birth names. This common practice stems from many reasons including easier pronunciation, less chance of discrimination and appreciation for their nation of refuge. 

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Differences within dating culture give merit to gendered labels

In the realm of dating, it has often been said that men who have multiple female sex partners are considered “studs,” but women who have multiple sexual encounters with men are classified as “sluts.” 

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