• Archived,  News

    Australia votes on gay marriage

    After decades of trials and tribulations, the citizens of Australia voted last month to allow gay marriage to be recognized. Only two years after the U.S. Supreme Court made the same choice, the non-compulsory vote on the legislation took place through a national survey and received 12.7 million responses, 79.5 percent of Australia’s population. The “Yes” vote won with 61.6 percent of the vote, however the survey issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) was non-binding for the Australian government. This lack of obligation thus meant the government was not required to pass a law allowing for same-sex marriage. The Liberal-National Coalition, of whom the Prime Minister of Australia,…

  • Features

    What not to say to seniors

    By Ceci Creissen Everyone lied, senior year is more stressful than junior year. Senior year is junior year all over again with the added responsibility of selling yourself. The commodity is four years of courses, extracurriculars, a rancorous desire to learn, and the potential to become an intellectual superstar who will bring his or her prospective alma mater pride, and good publicity. They key towards staying on a senior’s good side is to avoid asking questions they don’t know the answer to. Don’t give into the temptation of asking them “Where are you applying?” or “What do you want to study?” because chances are they’ve already been asked twice that…

  • Opinions

    Incentives to be kinder

    By Ceci Creissen They don’t hold the door open for you, they don’t say thank you when you hold it open for them, and you start to wonder if they noticed you at all. Spaciness is often an excuse for impoliteness, but it’s an invalid one. You’re supposed to be polite to anyone and everyone, not just the people you want to impress. Civil, a synonym of polite, relates to the idea that civilizations are made up of citizens: people who are civil to their counterparts. Emily Post, an American author known for her work about manners once said, “manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If…

  • News

    Lasting effects of Hurricane Matthew

    By Maggie Sperry Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean on Sep. 25 leaving a path of destruction all the way to the Southeast U.S. The storm finally moved away from the U.S. on Oct. 9 and became post-tropical. There was about $1.5 billion in damage and at least 26 people died during the storms in North Carolina. After the hurricane passed, NC, particularly around Fayetteville, experienced some major flooding and heavy rainfall. The clean up from all the damage has been long and hard for all involved. Many houses and buildings have been redone along with many roads and bridges. Road workers have found both major and minor damages but the…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Fast fashion harms environment

    Fashion trends can be seen everywhere. In the past few decades, with trends becoming increasingly widespread, “fast fashion” has been introduced to the American consumer. Fast fashion, most recognizable at stores such as Forever 21, H&M, and Zara, allows consumers to cheaply purchase items following current seasonal trends. However, this inexpensive fashion movement comes at a hidden price. Although fast fashion may seem like an economically and aesthetically smart plan, many who work for these industries are suffering. Most of the materials and labor used to create these products are outsourced, often coming from third world countries. Factories where the workers sew and produce these goods are often unclean and…