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Trump and the KKK

On March 3, Trump denounced and condemned the recent support and comments from former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. The relationship between Trump and Duke is fairly strange in itself. This is not the first time the duo has interacted with one another.

Trump, the baron of controversy, has a somewhat confusing relationship with the Klan and white supremacist groups in general. In addition to Duke’s support, other white supremacist groups include the National Policy Institute, League of the South and on February 28, Trump feebly and sheepishly denied knowledge or awareness of support to him by Duke on the CNN program, “State of the Union.”

“I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay,” Trump stated on CNN. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

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Blood letting for the soul

Before modern medicine, there was vomiting and bloodletting. Today, we are accustomed to taking medication for any sickness we catch. Although, in the medieval period, it was expected that one would throw up or withdraw their own blood in order to cure their illness. It “was recognized as necessary and helpful; A sign that the body is in proper working order,” explained Professor Winston Black of the history department.

On March 17 in the Maison Salon, Professor Lance Lazar, the event organizer, introduced Black for the 5th Annual Medieval and Early Modern Studies Faculty Lecture.

“Human experience is multi-facted and complex,” explains Lazar. “Knowing how our ideas and culture have changed over time…emboldens us to recognize that current cultural presuppositions are not inevitable, and can enable us to find inspiration from earlier models that may have passed out of vogue.”

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Still being forced to work with her assailant

Sony’s expected drop of producer Dr. Luke after allegations of abuse from pop-star Ke$ha is mistaken, said his attorney to the Los Angeles Times.

In fact, attorney Christine Lepera said the prospect “has never come up” and maintains that Dr. Luke is well connected with Sony Music and will not be cut short of his contract, which is set to continue for another year.

Ke$ha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, alleged in 2014 that Dr. Luke has “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” the singer since she signed with his label, Kemosabe Records, which is under Sony, at age 18. Ke$ha has stated that in the decade since then, she has been sexually assaulted while drugged on two occasions: one after the singer was apparently forced to snort a substance before boarding a plane and another with “sober pills” which turned out to be GHB.

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School shootings still on the rise

It seems like school shootings are becoming more common in our country. Tragically speaking, they are also part of a broader trend, which is connected to an increase in mass violence that may have a deeper cause.

Four high school students were injured and another was taken into custody on Monday, February 29 after a 14-year-old opened fire during lunch in the cafeteria.

The shooting occurred at Madison Junior-Senior High School on West Alexandria Road near Middletown, Ohio, which is located about 38 miles north of Cincinnati.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones identified the gunman as James Austin Hancock, 14, who was a member of the school’s wrestling team. Two of the victims were shot and two others suffered injuries from pieces of shrapnel while trying to escape. According to Sheriff Jones, the students shot were Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14, and the two were injured were identified as Brant Murray, 14, and Katherine Doucette, 14.

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We need more Fair Trade

On Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Hagan Campus Center released a pleasant smell: one of fresh snacks but most importantly, fresh coffee. Professor Cary LeBlanc of the business department briefly introduced the main speaker of the night, Dean Cycon, proprietor of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company.

A man of short stature, white hair and of course a cup of coffee in his right hand, approached the stage and took control of the room, in which around 100 students were in attendance. Preferring to talk without a microphone, the passion and enthusiasm he had for what he does exploded out of his mouth.

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Siblings weekend a success

On Saturday afternoon of February 28, the Plourde Recreational Center, which is usually filled at that time with students playing pick-up basketball, was transformed into an Aquatic utopia, filled with the smiles and laughter of Assumption students and their siblings.

Sibling’s Weekend is an Assumption tradition that reunites students and their siblings, hosted by Assumption’s Campus Activities Board. This year’s event brought siblings who have traveled from all over the United States to Assumption to spend time with their siblings and enjoy this year’s “Under the Sea” themed weekend.

With lines everywhere and beach balls flying through the air, Plourde was jam-packed with fun actives, including a mechanical shark, a create your own sea creature stuffed animal area, picture stations and a create your own fish tank with a gold-fish station, which was one of the most popular.

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Formation gone wrong

The Super Bowl 50 half-time show brought more controversy for the National Football League than popularity. With big names such as Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars, the half-time show was guaranteed to be amazing.

When Beyoncé took the field with her new song “Formation,” which was released the night before the Superbowl, many took offense to her performance. With nods towards Michael Jackson, Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party, Beyoncé shook up social media with what has been dubbed an anti-cop song.

“The Black Panthers were founded in Oakland, California, in 1966 and upon their founding had a relatively simple goal—stop police brutality,” stated “One of their practices in order to stop police violence was police patrols. Members, citing open-carry gun laws, carried loaded guns while following police cars around black neighborhoods.”

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Kanye defends Cosby's reputation

Hip hop icon Kanye West tweeted on February 9, “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” West posted this comment with no context, according to

The post soon went viral. reported that West’s tweet was liked over 42,000 times and retweeted over 37,000 times.

West, according to USA Today, is referring to the criminal charges made against Bill Cosby. USA Today reports that Cosby was charged in December of 2015 for aggravated indecent assault by Andrea Cosant.

The charges against Cosby, explains USA Today, are due to over 50 women coming forward and accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Celebrities such as West have supported Cosby since the controversy sparked in 2014.

Response to West has been varied; many have reacted with scorn. Comedian Sarah Silverman wasn’t a fan of his remarks.

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Professors care about you

When you are sitting in a classroom at Assumption College, what do you see?  Do you see a distant expert at the front of the room, dishing out wisdom to unformed adolescents?  Or do you see a community of learners, all engaged in the same quest to understand and contribute to the sum of human understanding?

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Record lows cause New England blues

Everyone knows New England weather is unpredictable, and the last few weeks have certainly shown what can happen instantaneously.

Approximately two weeks ago, after the January 22 to the 24, the blizzard dumped heavy snow from the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England, many of us here weathered some of the messiest snowfall this year.

Precipitation began as rain on Thursday, February 4 during the evening hours and slowly transitioned to snow from west to east as colder air sneaked into the region. In advance of the snowstorm, many schools were closed and experienced delays, including Assumption College, which closed its offices at 3:30 p.m. the following day.

Now, let’s review the facts.


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