OP-ED: Why I love watching sports – and you should too

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By Tyler Sousa | Published Feb. 9, 2017 If star NBA player LeBron James scored 100 points tonight, the sports world would explode. Sports fanatics everywhere would lose their minds; even casual fans would talk about it for days. Sports are a pillar in our country, and a large percentage of the media spotlight shines on both local and national […]

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OP-ED: Trump’s tax plan will not make America great again

Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons

By Germain Palacios | Published Feb. 9, 2017 If “Making America Great Again” means decreasing taxes for some while increasing taxes for others, count me out. Count low and middle-income families with dependents out, too. An estimated 20 percent of households and more than half of single parents would pay more in federal taxes under Donald Trump’s tax plan, according […]

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Op-ed: The unwavering tenacity, legacy of Gwen Ifill

Reporter Gwen Ifill at a rally in Erlanger, Ky. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons

By Elijah Tarik Powell | Published Dec. 9, 2016 The passing of Gwen Ifill at age 61 on Nov. 14 meant the journalism community lost one of its model figures. Her authenticity, respect for the craft and dedication to pursuing the truth resonated with me as a young journalism student. Ifill went from dealing with petty prejudiced insults while interning […]

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Op-ed: Evaluating Obama’s presidency

Barack Obama is nearing the end of his tenure in office. Photo: Grant Source via Creative Commons

By Jonathan Coello | Published Oct. 22, 2016 In American society, both past and present, many people have often found themselves critiquing the president and his effectiveness as a leader. It is an action that generally begins the moment the individual takes office and continues throughout his or her tenure, whether that be one term or two terms. Bringing into […]

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Trump’s demeaning language about women is not about sex; It’s about power

Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons

By Richard Katz | Published Oct. 22, 2016 Donald Trump’s language demeaning women is often characterized by the media as “lewd,” implying Trump is overly preoccupied with sexual desire and lust. But, a genuine authoritarian, Trump is less preoccupied with sex than with power. Trump’s objectification of women whom he calls by animal names — such as calling Rosie O’Donnell […]

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Tim Tebow: Baseball player?

New York Mets' Citi Field located in Queens during a Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game on July 11, 2015. Credit: Cole Kennedy via Creative Commons

By: Craig Epstein | Published Sept. 24, 2016 On Thursday, Sept. 8, the New York Mets did what 29 other major league teams were unwilling to do: they signed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. This came as a surprise to not only the baseball world, but the sports world as a whole. The following is […]

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Get the conversation going on climate change (VIDEO)


Short documentary by Yuri Smishkewych. By Rebecca Panico | Published May 22, 2016 Tower News Editor Yuri Smishkewych, who graduated this May, leaves his mark at the student newspaper with this short documentary about his perspective on climate change. Smishkewych explored how scientists can explain the complex issue of climate change to those outside the science community by interviewing Kean faculty such as […]

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Bernie Sanders, democratic socialism and what it means

Bernie Sanders at a rally in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 26, 2015. Photo Credit: Nick Solari via WikiMedia Commons

By Thomas Rich-Caverly | Published March 31, 2016 Democratic socialism is a combination of both Democracy and Socialism where the power is in the hands of the people, not billion dollar corporations. Indeed, Democratic Socialism, when done honestly and correctly, puts the power where it belongs, in the hands of society. The wealthy and privileged few that own this country, […]

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Food for thought this Earth Day

Our fragile earth from space. Photo Credit: NASA

By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published March 31, 2016 It’s 2155 and a lone angler, knee deep in brackish water amongst the reeds, spots something submerged in front of him shining in the mid-day sun. He reaches down and picks it up for inspection—it’s an old metal sign. As he wipes the algae off its face, blue letters emerge: The sign […]

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