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I read with interest the recent editorial regarding icy conditions on campus. Snow and ice removal are the responsibility of Facilities Management  across most of the three campuses. While the op-ed noted “Facilities Management worked around the clock to keep the campus clear of snow and ice…

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College is not worth the expenses. Many students have been sold the dream that college is their golden ticket to success, however that is not the case. College is actually more like a lottery ticket — a very expensive lottery ticket. College is more of a business than an institution of highe…

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I recently read an Alestle piece (which was published back in March) that discussed the need for SIUE to promote their amplitude of mental health resources. This article did an excellent job of illustrating ways in which SIUE could bring student awareness to available resources on campus, su…

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Your two previous articles discuss the problem with discrimination at the school but no solutions as to how to attack the problem. One article states that they will be putting more lights on the pathway and the red lots, but, yes, it does make people feel safe when walking to their cars at n…

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The Alestle published a pro-abortion opinion piece in their Oct. 11 issue. The debate around abortion is complex, but we should be able to have discussions based upon logic and reasoning. Unfortunately this was ignored, and the authors instead resorted to baseless attacks and overtly simplis…

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Like any ally of the LGBT community, I staunchly support the unconditional acceptance of a person’s identities, sexualities or genders. I do my best to stay “woke” on the issues and to best utilize the privileges I was given to support my friends. There are many out there who don’t take the …

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College is the first place where many students are first exposed to different cultures. The U.S. is often referred to as the melting pot, but college is the rightful place for this title. Taking this into account, colleges should make the integration of students one of their top priorities. …

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I am writing to explain why today’s feminism is flawed. The Webster’s dictionary definition of feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” This would mean that the goal of feminism would be to make women and men equal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the…

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I guess I was wrong about the University Center and the Plumb-Bob. I initially thought they were restoring and renovating the Plumb-Bob, but then thought,  “No, they are renovating the University Center and have to take the Plumb Bob down and so they will clean and repair, etc.”

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College is the time to figure out exactly who you are and what you want to do with your life. Your major determines the job you’ll get, and the job you get determines the life you will have-- with exceptions of course.

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As of this writing, the state is beginning its 11th month without a complete budget for the 2016 Fiscal Year, and we are days away from the deadline for passing a budget for the next fiscal year.

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During the Black Plague, so the legend goes, a charismatic piper came to Hamelin and, with his magic pipe, lured all the rats away from town. Hamelin was saved. But the piper demanded payment, and when the leaders refused to pay, the piper lured away their children.

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First, an important disclaimer: I support collective bargaining in all employment sectors — except where there is the potential to harm and exploit innocent people directly. The students — under a union contract, customers — become pawns. 

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The American philosopher and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce once wrote that there is such a thing as the ethics of terminology. If a person deliberately misuses language in such a way that obscures the meaning of the words, they are committing an unethical act. In this day and age, with th…

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Abortion produces strong opinions — it strikes at the hearts of many local readers as well. Since July 14, when the first in a series of undercover videos was released exposing the stomach churning practices at Planned Parenthood, there have been many worthy headlines in national newspapers.…

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I’m writing in about the recent article involving Jonathan Colyer. I’d like to start out by saying that I don’t know him. I’m not even an SIUE student. However, my girlfriend is very immersed in the Alestle’s articles. So when she was telling me about the issues you all were having with this…

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I was dismayed to read Jeffrey Elliott’s letter regarding homosexuality and Christianity. While I agree that the Bible does condemn homosexuality and this is something that modern Christians have to deal with, the Bible also condones a lot of reprehensible behavior.

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Stop for a second and think about all the typical things that you would eat in a school day on campus. If you didn’t want a certain entrée that is being sold, what would you get instead? What if you were only offered one kind of food on campus?

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There’s a common refrain at the Capitol this session: We need to make Illinois more competitive. Yet one proposal would make an already challenging environment even more difficult for Illinois public universities to compete for top faculty and student talent.

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The philosopher Daniel Dennett once wrote, “There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.” With these words in mind, I must reply to the piece written by Dani Wilson in the April 2nd issue of the Alestle.

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I must say that I never did trust the person who sits so high on their throne of morality that they begin to behave as if they are beyond criticism. I am not one to shirk from the unpopular role of critic, so allow me to retort.

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In the broadest sense, I agree with Hailey Huffines that the Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was a travesty. However, I would like to speak out for all of the “white males” who disagreed with the ruling, but who were declared guilty by association in Huffines’ piece.

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Your edition on the history of SIUE was enjoyable and informative. The section on the tensions about the Vietnam War, however, was not history, nor was it even reporting, it was simply bad fiction.

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I have long considered myself a committed liberal — in the classical sense of the term — and as such, I believe that men and women ought to be equal under the law. That being said, the recent push by the federal government to address the gender wage gap is a symbolic step in the right direct…

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Today, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, with a population of 16 million. Just like every single big city in the world, Istanbul has a park that people can take a break from the frustration of the city crowd whenever they want. Its name is Gezi Park. However, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in the office for 10 years, decided to destroy Gezi Park in order to build a shopping mall in the center of Istanbul in June 2013. That caused many Turkish people to protest.

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While I agree with Mr. Pruitt’s view that the media — in general — crassly exploited the Zimmerman case to boost their ratings, the writer couldn’t be more myopic in his misunderstanding of why the killing of young Mr. Martin has caused so much anguish for so many.