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Kurd Men for Equality take to Facebook for justice

On April 15 an Iranian judge sentenced a man to be “publicly humiliated” by being displayed in the streets dressed as a woman. This misogynistic punishment has caused many Kurdish men to protest by cross-dressing and posting photos of themselves online. A Facebook group, Kurd Men for Equality, was started on April 18, on which hundreds of photos of men dressed in women’s clothing have been posted. The group’s “about” section reads, “Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone‬” and part of their biography reads,...
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Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo to speak at graduation

Psychologist, professor, author and host of the PBS series Discovering Psychology Philip Zimbardo was selected as the commencement speaker for the 2013 graduation ceremony. President Ron Thomas will also confer upon Zimbardo an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Zimbardo is a professor emeritus at Stanford University, and conducted the well known Stanford Prison Study in 1971. He taught previously at Yale, New York University and Columbia University. He continues to work with doctoral students at Palo Alto University. “Dr. Zimbardo has had a profound influence on our understanding of...
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Puget Sound welcomes new Magic: The Gathering club

  Puget Sound is now home to the UPS Magic Club, an organization of students dedicated to the Magic: The Gathering fantasy card game. Players and those wanting to learn are welcome to join and sit in to watch, participate and experience the MTG community with their peers. The UPS Magic Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Thompson 310. The card game has been played since 1993, stemming from northwestern Washington and spreading around the world. Tournaments are hosted from coast to coast...
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How far will we fall if we drive off the fiscal cliff?

What with the rising hysteria surrounding the budget, I thought it best to take some time to dispel the fallacious and misleading arguments surrounding the upcoming fiscal crisis, as well as provide some context for the issue. Let me start off though, by laying down the shame on every part of mainstream news in this country. I’m looking at you NPR. And Fox. And MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today… you get the idea. Should one listen to these news sources (I use the term loosely), you would get...
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Obama re-elected, marijuana legalized, gay marriage upheld

    The results of the 2012 election are sure to have a major impact on the future of the United States, as voters made historic decisions around the country.  In addition to the presidential election, significant measures appeared on local ballots in Washington and elsewhere, alongside divisive nominees in congressional races. After months of debates, visits and campaigning, the two major party candidates faced off, racing to 270 electoral college votes.  Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan ultimately lost to incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice...
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Is America ready for a Mormon President?

In a matter of a few weeks, we’ll have a new president or a president entering his second term. I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge of the Mormon religion is limited, but I’ll also be the first to admit that my religious tolerance is high. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against people of the Mormon religion. But as a woman, I do worry that having a Mormon in office will affect my rights and change my life for the worse. Women in Mormonism are...
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Romney’s two faces

New York Times columnist David Brooks has recently branded Mitt Romney as the “least popular candidate in history.” Recent musings that Romney has no chance of winning a ‘popularity contest’ against Barack Obama have called into question some of Romney’s more questionable acts. As voting day draws nearer, I, as a first-time voter in the U.S., am left pondering what value Romney does have in the race.  I have yet to find any. Standing out in my brain, in the laundry list of public faux pas Romney has committed wholeheartedly,...
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Klein talks cross-country and more

Senior Matt Klein (Portland, Ore.) is a prominent student athlete on campus. When he is not busy running for the cross-country team, he is working hard on his exercise science major and applying to physical therapy schools. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Klein and ask him about the race this past weekend, how the team is doing this year and a little about his personal experiences being the top runner at Puget Sound. Ben Kastenbaum: So tell me about the race this past weekend. Matt Klein: As...
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Where is the liberal media?

One need only listen to the news for minutes before hearing a newscaster, blogger or radio host deplore the mainstream liberal media. This overwhelming liberal bias is mentioned in every source of media in the country on a regular basis. Yet here we run into a conundrum, because the “existence” of liberal media bias is a propagandistic lie. In refuting claims to the contrary, I will do my best to avoid making jabs at those responsible, but such criticism will be impossible to avoid in its entirety. The critique of a...
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Voter Fraud a Shallow GOP Construction

GOP Seeks Eradication of Equitable Voting Rights Recent Voter ID laws have been enacted around this country that complicate the voting process and disenfranchise minorities. Since 2006, GOP legislatures in 33 states have passed laws requiring some form of identification be presented upon casting a ballot. Seventeen of those states have passed even stricter laws requiring a government-issued photo ID. If one were to believe the GOP and media propaganda, these laws were put into place to combat the serious problem of voter fraud. Regrettably, that story fails to hold...
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