Religious freedom law must be changed: law needs substantial rewrite to eliminate possibility of discrimination

Governor of Indiana Mike Pence recently signed a new religious freedom law that has stirred more controversy around the U.S. than most could have predicted. Opponents say the law would allow business owners in Indiana to turn customers away if the owners felt that the customers were violating their religious freedoms. Specifically, opponents believe the law could allow business owners to turn people away based on someone’s race, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion and other protected classes. From the CEO of Apple, to the head of the NCAA, to Hillary...
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Bleak Outlook

Strange Wilds performing at New Frontier during the Bleak Outlook Music Festival. (PHOTOCOURTESY/MELISSA BIRD)   Every once in a while you meet someone who sees the world as they think it should be and just goes about making it that way without seeming to notice all the obstacles. Brian Skiffington is that sort of guy. Skiffington is the man behind Bleak Outlook, a three-day DIY music festival, which he recently put on pretty much single-handedly, making this the third year running.  This year, the festival was made up of 28...

Society must respect Muslim women’s right to wear a hijab

That peculiar human desire to control what confuses us is steadily gaining in popularity.  We’ve all experienced this feeling at some point—the tendency to result in absolute, merciless tyranny when dealing with train connections, perhaps the occasional bus schedule.  Or, maybe even others’ religious behavior. This has certainly become a favorite among University administrations. About a month ago, Hampton University student Melonna Clarke went through the embarrassing experience of being denied access to a college ID on the premise of what she was wearing. “I went to go get my...

Communications department must be clearer: communication between students and professors should improve

Communication Studies is a major often chosen by liberal arts students.  For those who don’t know what the major is about, it may seem cushy or just something to do if you don’t really like anything else. I understand where people who think that are coming from: before I started taking the classes I, too, was one of the people who asked “what the hell are you going to do with a Communication Studies degree after you graduate?”  It turns out the major is more than just “communications,” and is...
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