Opinion

Freedom of speech and religion debated due to Paris attacks

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are rights that we are all entitled to as human beings.
These two rights have been debated the last couple of weeks due to the happenings in Paris.
Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, offended the Muslim community with material that was published. They published cartoons of depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
In response to the published material, terrorists attacked the offices of the magazine, killing 12 people.

Cuts handled poorly at Mercyhurst University

After the Nov. 20 elimination of 14 positions among the support and administrative staff at Mercyhurst University, there has been discussion of more cuts at the University.
This time the cuts may include the athletics and academic departments. In any case, I hope that whatever cuts happen, whether they include the elimination of personnel or not, they are handled more effectively than the cuts on Nov. 20.

Student responds to J-Term classes

J-Term, or January Term, is a 3-week period of time when students go to one class for three hours a day. In my opinion, J-Term is a great way to get back into the swing of things after a long winter break. It's nice to be able to wake up, go to class for three hours, then put all of your energies into that one class afterwards.

There is plenty of time in the day to do your homework and hang out with friends. However, some classes have a lab attached which requires an extra three hours, three days a week.

Police brutality on Ferguson affected members of the press

With all the recent violence that has taken place in Ferguson, Missouri since the shooting of Michael Brown, a good question has been brought up about how police officers carry out their job.