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The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

by Adrian Chu, Opinion Editor
January 13
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McDonald’s first drive-thru restaurant opened in Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1975 allowing diners to order food without leaving their cars. 41 years later, McDonald’s plans to replace all human cashiers from their 14,000 stores with touch-screen kiosks. Beginning in cities with the highest minimum...

That’s a Wrap: Coachella fashion trends steal from elements of Native American cultures

That’s a Wrap: Coachella fashion trends steal from elements of Native American cultures

by Melina Nakos, Reporter
April 26
Filed under Audio, Columnists, Melina Nakos, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Coachella, an annual music and arts festival in Indio, California, is a showcase of new fashion trends which often include versions of Native American cultural garments. The usage of Native American symbols in white fashion may seem innocent, but if people do not make efforts to understand their privilege...

Few will participate in space tourism, but many will benefit

Few will participate in space tourism, but many will benefit

by Derek Yen, Aquila Columnist
April 23
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Commercial space travel is a thrilling prospect for many. Humans have admired the heavens as long as Polaris has burned in the sky – but only a handful of astronauts have ever left the earth. Several companies are currently researching spaceflight technologies with the hopes of providing a program for pri...

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
April 22
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

372 miles separated the end of an era and the rewriting of history. In Los Angeles, 37-year-old Kobe Bryant capped off his 20-year, illustrious career with a vintage 60-point clutch performance, a Hollywood-esque denouement to his NBA life. Meanwhile, in Oakland, the reigning NBA MVP, 28-year-old...

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
April 16
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

It’s late at night and you take a break to watch a quick YouTube video. You open up a silly video of a parrot singing. A series of autoplays later, you find yourself watching a video on how to play the harmonica even though you don’t own one and never plan to, and the only thing in your head is ...

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
April 13
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

After any tragedy, such as the bombing in Ankara on Mar. 13 or the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Mar. 22, one can expect to see a flood of information relating to the incident, condolences to victims and symbols of solidarity. However, there is some content that will never show up in a Facebook fee...

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
April 4
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May the best team win. An unpredictable combination of grueling losses whittled 68 teams down to just one: the Villanova Wildcats, who, in a storybook ending, upset the top-seeded University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Tar Heels 77-74 on a three-point buzzer-beater. As with every March Madness t...

Brussels attacks highlight necessity for quotas on chemicals

Brussels attacks highlight necessity for quotas on chemicals

by Derek Yen, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
March 27
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  In the deadly attacks in Brussels this week, the terrorists reportedly used the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP). Anyone with basic chemistry knowledge and access to ingredients available at the average drugstore can make this substance. In fact, TATP can be created using acetone a...

Discovering my multicultural identity

Discovering my multicultural identity

by Elisabeth Siegel, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief
March 24
Filed under Columnists, Elisabeth Siegel, Opinion, Winged Post

The value of heritage was first impressed upon me because of how I lacked it. Firstly, I’m multiracial — “half Asian-American, half white” according to government and forms. It’s a little more complicated than that when you get into it:  50 percent Chinese and 50 percent some White ...

That’s a Wrap: Media overstepped its bounds by forcing Lilly Wachowski to come out as transgender

That’s a Wrap: Media overstepped its bounds by forcing Lilly Wachowski to come out as transgender

by Melina Nakos, Reporter
March 22
Filed under Columnists, Melina Nakos, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Lilly Wachowski, of the directing team known as The Wachowskis, recently came out as a transgender female after several media outlets threatened to out her without the director's consent. While people should express their gender in any way they see fit, the media’s intrusion onto the lives of...

Beyond the Game: Maria Sharapova’s admission to using meldonium raises concerns about drugs and gender-bias in sports

Beyond the Game: Maria Sharapova’s admission to using meldonium raises concerns about drugs and gender-bias in sports

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist
March 15
Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Maria Sharapova, seventh-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, admitted to testing positive at the Australian Open for the recently banned drug meldonium in a press conference on March 8. According to Sharapova, she had been taking mildronate (also known as meldonium) for the past 10 years to tr...

The politicized prioritization of STEM over the humanities is detrimental

The politicized prioritization of STEM over the humanities is detrimental

by Derek Yen, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
March 12
Filed under Columnists, Derek Yen, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio boldly declared in November that “we need more welders and less philosophers. If we do this, we will be able to increase wages for millions of Americans and be able to leave everyone better off without making anyone worse off.” Factual inaccuracy about wages...

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