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Martin: Police violence tragic, not emblamatic

Last week was a rough week for law enforcement. They’re probably about to catch quite a bit of flak from everyone, and it’s not going to be pretty.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Martin: Police violence tragic, not emblamatic

Last week was a rough week for law enforcement. They’re probably about to catch quite a bit of flak from everyone, and it’s not going to be pretty.

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Balleau: Stop, look, listen

On a dark and dreary-ish night, a tragedy occurred in Hammons House. No, it did not involve a naked man sprinting through the halls. This is a much more disturbing tale — I broke my phone. With my pride and my screen absolutely obliterated, I looked back at my cracked reflection and felt my heart sink as I had just witnessed the death of my social life.

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Andrea: Be remembered as you

Lay out a toilet roll of 400 sheets in length. Consider this a timeline. The dinosaurs came into existence on the 19th sheet from the end and went extinct on the fifth sheet from the end. They survived only 15 or so sheets of that toilet paper.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Andrea: The house always wins

This was it. I was at the casino, a place where some get filthy rich and others lose everything. I swaggered inside, dripping confidence, fingering the bills in my jacket pocket. All at once, I was overcome by a strangely giddy feeling, as if some natural law had been inverted. I was gallivanting around some odd and grimly amusing land, where bulbs and rods of light bullied me onward through a maze of beckoning machines that could somehow guarantee me inconceivable wealth at the push of a button. This was the American Dream, shortened and shrinkwrapped for my convenience.

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Martin: Remembering Eric Shade

When I reflect on the fall 2014 semester, the first thing that comes to my mind is Dr. Eric Shade.

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Hearon: Racism can be anywhere

Last week The Standard put out a digital story about a student leader who made a racially insensitive comment. The student said something he shouldn’t have said to a closed group of friends eight months ago.

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Our View: Voting 'no' to repeal ordinance 6141

When you step into the voting booth sometime today (which we sincerely hope you’ll be doing if you’re registered to vote in Springfield), you’ll have the opportunity to vote on whether to repeal the city’s SOGI ordinance.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote "No" on SOGI Repeal

My opinion as a Christian on SOGI and why you should vote no repeal:

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: World won't validate LGBTQ lifestyles

Caleb Hearon’s recent opinion piece, “Heteronormativity isn’t normal” (The Standard, 03 March 2015, page 3), reminded me that people who are insecure in their beliefs often go to great lengths—publicly, frequently, and ad nauseam—to mask their insecurity. Plato noted that phenomenon when he wrote, “An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.”

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Be less wasteful — solve nuclear waste

If you’re familiar with the popular video game series “Fallout,” then you’ve been exposed to one of the many depictions of a post-nuclear apocalypse — if you haven’t played “Fallout,” stop reading, go purchase “Fallout 3,” then return after playing 80 hours and you’ll understand.

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