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How to be prepared this school year

It’s about that time again. Summer vacation is winding down, and there are a lot of back-to-school commercials on TV and school supply sales at local stores. For us college students, it’s time to say goodbye to our (hopefully) relaxing four-month break and get back to the old grind.

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Monuments to the Confederacy: How a nation copes with its conflicted past

In what organizers termed a "Unite the Right" rally, opposition turned to violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, when more than a thousand people gathered under white supremacist flags to protest the removal of a statue depicting Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee, according to CBSN. To get to the heart of the argument surrounding the removal of these statues of the past, instead of engaging in riots, what Americans of the present need to do is look back and reflect on the decades that followed the Civil War. 

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Why study abroad should be mandatory

Most colleges today have an abundance of study abroad programs, but the majority of students don’t take advantage of them. This is a problem because for a society, awareness of different cultures and knowing how to effectively communicate with other societies is becoming increasingly important. Plus, we’re college students: It’s the perfect time to adventure and explore the world that we soon will be thrown into. I believe that each and every person can benefit from study abroad, and I think it is time that study aboard becomes a mandatory part of college life.

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Trump administration mired in conflicts of interest

In a bipartisan letter drafted and signed by 13 sitting U.S. senators back in February, members of Congress articulated their growing concern for the Trump administration’s brazen conflicts of interests, writing, “A President must not have two masters. You have committed to serving the American people. It is a small price to pay for the unparalleled honor and gravity of your post that you not attempt to capitalize financially on the presidency,” according to a report filed by Federal News and Information Inc.

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When terror meets pop culture

Pre-concert jitters are a real thing. I get them every time I go to a concert. It doesn’t matter that I’m not the one performing. There’s just something about the idea of a crowd-filled arena that makes me anxious.

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