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A coroner worthy of a adorning the Christmas tree

Apr 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker My mom has an ornament of a coroner on her Christmas tree. He stands proudly, displaying a certificate of death. A little Macabre for Christmas, you say? No, not when that coroner is a character from the beloved 1939 classic Wizard of Oz. That little Hallmark ornament on my mom’s tree was […]



Turnout impressive for Rec Center protest

Mar 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker After participating in today’s protest against the construction of the University Recreation Center, I must say I came away very impressed by the level of student interest in the issue. We had probably 25-35 students show up during the course of the hour-long demonstration. I have yet to hear the final count […]



Ranking the best of Star Trek

Dec 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Opinions, Top Story, TV Reviews

by Zach Becker I read a blog post written by one of my relatives, Nels Lindahl, in which he rated his favorite Star Trek iterations, including both television and movies. As a Trekkie myself, I was surprised by his rankings of the various Star Trek endeavors, specifically how low DS9 and First Contact rated on […]



News reporting discretion lacking in online age

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker Discerning news from non-news used to be one of the key functions of journalists and their editors. Back in the day, reporters were limited by the practical problem of limited physical space in the print edition. Some things made it, others didn’t. While I love the Internet (as I sit here blogging), […]



Healthcare reform appeals to emotion, but logic falls flat

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker All Americans should have access to affordable healthcare and no one should be denied coverage by health insurers because they are sick. It’s a great ideal, but how great an idea is it in reality? Under the latest Senate bill, all Americans will be required to buy health insurance or else pay […]



Duggars not bad people, but their actions may have unintended consequences

Dec 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker I wrote an article on the Duggar family, stars of TLC’s 18 Kids and Counting, and felt I needed to follow up after comments indicated a misunderstanding of my thoughts. For one, the original article was not intended as an indictment on the Duggars, but rather ABC.com for bringing in environmentalism as […]



Soy burgers offer solution to school meat quality issue

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions, Top Story

by Zach Becker I was shocked after reading a controversial USA Today article discussing the quality of meat served in America’s public schools. Would someone tell me when, exactly, did they started serving meat in school lunches? Meat must have been added to the menu in the last few years, because the only thing I […]



Duggar children pollute the atmosphere, says ABC

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker The Duggars are destroying our planet! It’s time for the EPA to step in and put a stop to this unchecked procreation! Yes, according to an ABC.com “news” article, Michelle Duggar of the TLC program 18 Kids and Counting recently gave birth via emergency C-Section to her 19th child. While the usual […]



ABC should be ‘Lambert’asted for finale of American Music Awards

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker I saw the performance “all of America will be talking about tomorrow” for the finale of the 2009 American Music Awards, and I think America will be talking about boycotting ABC advertisers because of the offensive and tasteless crotch-fondling (and faux-blow jobbing) performance of Adam Lambert. Somehow, I doubt that is the […]



Many rack up debt for degrees they will never use or need

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Mike Courson Often, reactions tell me more than the event that inspired the reaction. The event in question this time is Newsweek’s cover story about the three-year degree. Lamar Alexander wrote the story for last week’s edition, and readers have responded. Alexander relates college to automobile manufacturers: not adapting to the present could mean […]