Opinion

Correction on the Blues Brothers opinion piece

The report on the opinion page of the current paper is incorrect. The Blues Brothers Revue opinion piece stated that the event was supposed to take place in the Taylor Little Theater. This is incorrect, the event will actually take place in the PAC. We apologize for this gross error.

A student's view on President Gamble's coming retirement

On Monday, Oct. 13, President Gamble made a difficult announcement in front of students, faculty, and the news media.
He revealed that he would be retiring at the end of this academic year after being president for nine years.
Though it may seem early for him to make such an announcement, Gamble said, “it [was] important to [him] that [we] are among the first to know.”
He wanted to ensure Mercyhurst has enough time to accomplish the difficult task of finding a new president, a noble decision on his part.

US is not appropriately addressing Ebola

Amid the chaos of potential Ebola cases among citizens of the United States, there have been calls to respond in a meaningful way to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
This was exacerbated by the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who travelled from Liberia to the United States and eventually died in a Texas hospital.
Then two hospital workers who had had contact with Duncan while he was in the Houston hospital also contracted the disease, one only confirming this after she had made a flight to Cleveland, Ohio.

Apple's iPhone release lowered expectations

In the years since Apple has been releasing the iPhone, it has had a good track record. Each release has provided an update or feature which (arguably) warranted a new purchase.
The newest iteration, the iPhone 6, and its Plus variant, seemingly continued this trend. This was true until a number of cases of weak construction and software problems.
The problems with the iOS 8 update were not solely in new phones, and things like Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth connectivity issues, performance problems and battery life complications are all easily reproducible problems.

October's not only about the pumpkin spice latte

About one in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and this number increases nearly every year.
Because of this, October has been recognized worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Most people have heard of the Susan G Komen foundation, which has invested more than $2.1 billion to breast cancer research since its inception in 1982.
In fact, this year Komen is actively putting over $300 million into research across the country. Those who join the cause become “passionately pink” while having bake sales and “jean days” to help raise funds.

Litter has negative effects on environment, marine wildlife

Eighty percent of marine litter begins as litter on land. Most of this litter is plastic, which is not biodegradable.
Marine wildlife such as whales, seabirds, and turtles and fish die from choking, intestinal blockage, and starvation due to this litter.
Thousands of these animals also become disfigured and seriously injured from being caught in or cut by this plastic pollution.

The hidden truth behind fracking

I always rolled my eyes when my dad would go on rants about how terrible fracking is. I also used to roll my eyes when my dad would constantly ask where certain foods came from and what they were made with when we would go out to eat. But I don’t roll my eyes at either anymore, and for very good reasons.

Colleges are required to handle sexual assault cases on campus

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Con: The argument against

Forced responsibility for sexual assault cases is a good idea, but it also may lead to some problems. Many questions come to mind, such as: how will colleges handle this charge? How will campus security be affected? Will city or local police get involved, and if so, how greatly? Are colleges really equipped to handle this?

Sexual assault is a punishable offense and letting campus security handle it could be problematic, even if they are properly trained.

Colleges are required to handle sexual assault cases on campus

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Arguing in favor

When addressing the issue of sexual assault on campus, people often get a little uneasy. However, it is a very serious issue.

Many people do not believe that it is the responsibility of the college administration to deal with it, but if the college doesn’t, then who will?

Police stations cannot investigate on their own, and they need the cooperation of the college administration to determine what happened.

Yik Yak app has become the gateway to bullying

Yik Yak is a chat app with over 100,000 users that was designed to allow college students to interact anonymously based on their locations. According to ABC News, “‘yakking’ is the welcoming, authentic and anonymous version of tweeting.”

However, psychiatrists are saying it is the “most dangerous app [they’ve] ever seen.” They also say “Yik Yak actually removes all pretense of being a person with empathy, genuinely connected to other human beings.”