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Can technology be causing social issues?

Are we losing touch because of electronics?
As I always do, I preface this by saying that technology is not a bad thing in itself. It is how we use it and the extent to which we use it that can be bad.
My concern is with people my own age, but I'd like to start with a younger audience and work my way up. Let's talk about children and technology.
It's ironic that I am the last person who would volunteer to work with children, and yet I am the one expressing concern for what electronics are doing to them. I've been observing children in the social circles that my parents travel. On several occasions, I've seen my parents try to interact with those children only to be completely ignored for the device that the child is plugged into. Would it hurt to utter one small hello?

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An ode to music

I suppose my first column should be about me, right? Probably, but I’m not really one for drawn-out introductions. Here’s a little bit of background about myself:
I’m Rebecca, the Opinion Editor of Le Provocateur. I’m obsessed with dogs, I drink too much coffee and music is my life. I love horror writers, chocolate makes me happy and I’m convinced I’m actually a hippie.
For the purposes of the first issue of the year, let’s talk music.
As I said, music is my life. I’ve been playing music for over 10 years now, and I have to say I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s this constant in my life that I will always carry with me.

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The nostalgia of summer

Summer nights are long, wide open and full of possibility. They’re made for driving aimlessly, searching for something, chasing some transcendent, cinematic and fleeting sort of feeling you’ve never felt before that you know is right in front of you if you just keep going and dreaming and driving and living and being. Or, more realistically, most of your summer nights, like mine, were spent at home after a long day at work, waiting for yet another long day of work the very next morning. So if you’re anything like me, you want desperately to make the most of your weekends or days off, sometimes making drastic or insane plans to compensate for all the days you spent held back at your job.

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Watch where you're Pokemon Go-ing

So, have any of you heard of Pokémon Go lately? Well, it’s becoming such a downloaded app that it is surpassing the number of daily current users, even for Facebook.
Pokémon Go is like the 1990s game, but modernized for our new technology. With this app, you can now catch Pokémon in real life and “try to catch ‘em all.” Many people have found this game to be super exciting and a great game to have. The game lets users use an app, but get exercise by walking around to find Pokémon and hatch eggs for more Pokémon.

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Olympics are demonstration of peaceful nations

The Olympics is a tradition that has roots dating all the way back to Ancient Greece. Ancient Greeks used to compete for glory and honor for their city-states. Over time, the Olympics have become a global event with involvement from a plethora of nations. It has evolved into an event the international community can take part in.
Recently, the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have raised a lot of questions. Is the preparation for the Olympics damaging for the host city and it’s inhabitants? The intense construction needed to build stadiums suitable for the size and necessities of the Olympics is extremely expensive. In addition, other efforts to make the city suitable for the international games, like getting rid of overpopulated strays or certain health concerns, put a strain on the city’s budget and the citizens well being.

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Gary Johnson: the safer option

The 2016 Presidential Election is just around the corner, and, like much of the nation, I am extremely uncomfortable with the prospect of either party’s candidate taking office. Against George Washington’s warning, the United States is run as a bipartisan nation, which means there are two stances from which to choose for any major debate and not much ground for negotiating. The polarization of the parties throughout the years has become so extreme that it’s almost impossible for any progress to be made because Democrats and Republicans cannot seem to agree on any stance that could actually benefit this country.

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All the best people are crazy

By the time anyone will really be reading this, it’ll be the fourth week of classes. Everybody should be getting into the swing of the new school year. I’d be lying if I said that this semester, the start of my junior year, has been easy to transition into. And I’m sure that’s the case for a lot of people.
But, as the new Editor-in-Chief for Le Provocateur, I want to make sure to take the time to introduce myself, and the best way I could think to do that is to be as open and candid as I possibly can right off the bat. Because not only am I sarcastic, goofy and weird, I’m also really complex. There are things that I know I need to work on and improve about myself.

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Brock Turner: Example of White Male Privilege

By now, it is nearly impossible not to know about the Brock Turner rape case. It is perhaps one of the most talked about topics in media and news circuits nationwide. The case has been received in many lights: some highlighting the missing pieces of information in the case against him and some slamming him for his actions and his light sentencing.
Most recently in the news circuit, Brock’s early release from his prison sentence has baffled many people and left some wondering why a convicted rapist with three felony charges could get off so lightly. That being said, it is important to think about the whole story and take into account all of the details of the attack.

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Better off without Bernie

The Bernie Sanders Campaign was quite the head-scratcher for those who actively follow politics. Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the Democratic nominee; the stars had aligned perfectly. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was actively campaigning for her long before she announced her candidacy. There was no other formidable Democratic candidate. Even President Obama, Clinton’s onetime rival, seemed ready to endorse her. Then along came a relatively unknown Independent Senator from Vermont. Senator Sanders captured the minds and hearts of many people across this nation.

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Candidates' wives caught in the crossfire

I surprised myself by signing up to write this article because I normally avoid political conversations like the plague. However, I actually had something to say about this subject.

Aside from my feelings about both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (they are not good feelings, if you were wondering), I just have to ask one question: why?

Why the need to drag Cruz’s wife into the picture, Trump? Also, I think even more importantly, why the need to drag your own wife into the picture? It boggles my mind.

Now, although I do not like Cruz, I agree with the fact that he stood up for both his own wife and Trump’s wife. That was a respectful thing to do.

Yet as someone who has considered being a history major for some time, this scenario rings a bell in my head. How so? Well, because it is exactly the same type of thing that presidential candidates have been doing to each other since the beginning of the United States.

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