Media must focus on formal announcements in presidential race, instead of speculations

Many Democratic politicians have announced their intentions to run for president in 2020. People with varying levels of popularity and recognition—from Cory Booker to Pete Buttigieg—have thrown their hats into the ring. 

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Geneseo must make effort to be more environmentally conscious for the sake of comfort, monetary concerns

Walk into any dorm room in the winter and the most common sight will be an open window. Go back to your residence hall at night from class or the library and locked, empty academic buildings will be lit up like a Christmas tree. The amount of money that Geneseo unnecessarily wastes every day on unused electricity—that could be used for better purposes—is astounding.

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Oscars function better without hosts, other award shows should follow suit

After Kevin Hart renounced his opportunity to host the 91st annual Academy Awards and the Academy decided to go ahead without a host, many viewers were wary about the broadcast. Nevertheless, the ceremony on Sunday Feb. 24 proved to be successful and quite possibly changed the future of award shows. 

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Criticism of Ariana Grande’s single is unfounded, based on sexist double standard

It has been a tremendous couple of weeks for pop superstar Ariana Grande. The success of her most recent album thank u, next is quite literally record-breaking as Grande holds the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart. This may be the best year of Grande’s career to date—but success never comes without criticism. 

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Football executive’s solicitation charges demonstrate need to recognize sex trafficking

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was criminally charged for soliciting prostitution in connection with a month-long Florida investigation on Monday Feb. 25. Although much of the coverage of Kraft’s crime has focused on the sensational side of his celebrity, we must focus on the larger issue: human trafficking.

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Students should stop binge drinking, further consider consequences

As a self-proclaimed nerd and try-hard, the idea of spending two nights a week getting hammered is appealing, yet revolting. On the one hand, it’s absolutely wonderful to be able to unwind after a few long, hard days of classes and seemingly endless hours spent in the library. But in hindsight, it’s dreadful. This apparent universally accepted binge drinking culture that completely abuses young minds and bodies is not okay. 

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Systemic racism still present today, must be dealt with more seriously

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam confirmed that he appeared in a racist yearbook photo depicting one person in blackface and another in the KKK’s unmistakable white hood on Feb. 1. Since then, Northam has apologized, but he still ignores consistent public calls for his resignation. 

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Residential life security must be improved to ensure student safety

Geneseo has many safety measures put in place to protect residence halls on campus which keep people from entering them. For example, key cards are the only way to enter residence halls and allow building resident’s cards only to work after a certain time. 

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President Trump’s state of emergency a sign of executive abuse of power

Expansion of executive power has long been a tradition of the Democratic Party and the less savory elements of the Republican Party. From FDR’s abuse of the executive order system to the attempts at presidential immunity by the Nixon Administration, strong executive power has led to severe corruption for decades. The Johnson and George W.  Bush administration both abused executive powers to worsen already prolonged foreign wars. 

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Geneseo administration must be hastier, more transparent when alerting campus community

Over the past week, the Geneseo administration has declined to promptly or properly inform the student body about incidents involving Greek life on two separate occasions. To prevent the spread of potentially harmful rumors, the college administration should be transparent and quicker to inform students. 

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Arizona law repeal leads to LGBTQ+ inclusivity, must expand nationwide

Arizona’s new Chief of Education Kathy Hoffman called for a repeal of any law that prohibits schools from teaching homosexuality in a positive manner. Hoffman spoke out against legislation on what’s often referred to as “no promo homo” laws on Feb. 4, which prevent educators from portraying “homosexuality ‘as a positive alternative lifestyle,’” according to Tucson.com.

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Former editor’s ethical lapses demonstrate dilemma in modern journalism, publishing

Former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson released her book on the state of ethics in contemporary newswriting on Feb. 5. Although Abramson aimed to show how disruptors like BuzzFeed and Vice impact major media mainstays like The New York Times and The Washington Post, she only served to demonstrate elitist elements within the mainstream. 

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Genre is an obsolete method of classifying music, Grammys highlight need for different system

At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday Feb. 10, musical greats from nearly every genre came together to celebrate music and honor the outstanding work from 2018. Every year, from nomination announcements to the conclusion of the event itself, there are passionate arguments about the winners, the losers and those who never even got a nomination. 

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Valentine’s Day commercialized beyond recognition, holiday should be dismissed

Every year on Valentine’s Day, people everywhere scramble to buy gifts for their significant other, find someone to celebrate with or spend money to drink through it. This need to make Valentine’s Day “perfect” is overrated and comes from what the media constantly portrays as an ideal relationship, simply to drag more money into the wallets of huge corporations.

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Anti-vaxxers are at fault for resurgence of previously eliminated diseases

It is no secret that the invention of vaccines has saved millions of lives from diseases like polio and measles, yet some seek to regress. Fatal diseases such as measles, which were once practically eradicated in the United States, are now back with a vengeance. Parents who deliberately decline to vaccinate their children are to blame.

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Recording Academy’s treatment of posthumous nominee is tactless

Mac Miller, who passed away in September of last year, was nominated for best rap album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday Feb. 10. After losing to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, there was a public backlash for how the Recording Academy treated Miller’s memory. 

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Popular media depictions of Ted Bundy represent him accurately, but fans should remain sensitive

Whether you were alive in the 1970s or have access to any social media in 2019, chances are you recognize the name Ted Bundy. A serial killer-turned-celebrity, Bundy made headlines then and is making a popularized comeback now. Most of the recent portrayals of Bundy, however, have been interpreted as sexualization of a criminal. 

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Celebrities should be able to use status to support individual moral beliefs

At the NFL’s Super Bowl LIII on Sunday Feb. 3, Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi performed during the famous halftime show. Although it is typically seen as an honor to receive this opportunity, this year many celebrities turned down the offer, standing in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

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Billionaires without relevant experience are unqualified to hold presidential office

President Donald Trump has put an unprecedented idea into his fellow billionaires’ heads: running a business qualifies them to run the United States. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz became the most recent deluded example after he expressed interest in running for U.S. President.

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Advertising serves important political function despite corporate interest

Commercials are some of the most pervasive pieces of media in the world, entrenched in every television show, YouTube video or website. Even though commercials may be a nuisance, in recent years, specific companies have shown a trend of selling something more than just their products in their ads.

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