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Have you heard that one before? That your circumstance cannot dictate your outcome that you get? That if you put your mind to it, that you can do whatever you want to? 

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All my life, I have been waiting to be able to vote. As a child, I remember going to the polls with my mom and patiently waiting for her to turn in her ballot. I would jump up and down and ask her who she voted for. 

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There are a stretch of pages in the first book of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series that describes his imagined Mount Olympus hanging over New York City. It is perched on a cloud and detached from this realm. This is what comes to mind when I imagine affluent society. 

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I wrote a special piece on Kobe Bryant in the last paper after he passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. It took everyone by storm; it had people grieving openly in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Kobe spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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I would think that it is fairly normal for kids to be asked what they want to be when they grow up. Some kids naturally have it all figured out. These are the ones who respond with something super intelligent like they want to be a doctor, lawyer or CEO—something they likely have no idea abo…

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Look at the title. Notice how it does not say left wolf. You’ve heard the saying, “It’s the wolf you feed.” No? Well, it is an age-old parable that deals with the fates of two animals. Now, apparently they are within you, always fighting for your attention - one being evil and one being good…

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I remember where leggings began for me. It was a simpler time; I was eight. In the third grade, the word leggings had a different meaning than they do now. Transport yourself back there. The late aughts. The playground. You always wore them under denim skirts or sweater dresses with ballet f…

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It is hard for me to believe that the 2010s have come to an end. This last decade was a monumental one. 

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One scroll through any social media platform and you’ll without a doubt see it: #girlboss. Over 17 million posts on Instagram sport the popular hashtag covering anything from inspirational quotes, motivational workout photos, a variety of products ranging from makeup to jewelry, and, strange…

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It seems like daily the world is getting crazier. A world in which many of our parents and grandparents spent hours upon hours outside enjoying the world and everything it has to offer. In 2019, it is not the case anymore.

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Imagine this: you and your best friend have known each other ever since you were kids. They were that puzzle piece you did not know you were missing, somehow they just fit perfectly into your life.  

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Who was Alissa Turney? Alissa Turney was a seventeen year old girl who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She had not had the easiest life. Her biological father had not been in the picture since she was a toddler, and after her mother died of cancer, she was left with her adoptive stepfather, Micha…

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There is a song I found this past week that I listen to late at night when I am driving around by myself. It is called ‘Better’ by Jordy Searcy, the song explains how he loves someone else before he loves himself. How he gets caught up in his affections for a woman and does not recognize all…

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January 20, 2005 was the worst day of my life. I not only lost my father, but my best friend. My father, Ryan O’Neal Stephens, was 38 years old when he passed away. He loved my sister and I with all of his heart. He used to check us out of school every Friday just to spend some extra time with us.

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As a student in college our lives catch up to us, however, do we really ever catch up to them? In my time here at North Alabama, I have seen the stress students have to take in their college lives. As for me, I listed out my priorities on a whiteboard before school started so I knew what I w…

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Isn’t the University of North Alabama supposed to be a smoke-free campus? Oh, it is. I was only checking because it seems a lot of people may have forgotten about this.

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As a student in college our lives catch up to us, however, do we really ever catch up to them? In my time here at North Alabama, I have seen the stress students have to take in their college lives. As for me, I listed out my priorities on a white-board before school started so I knew what I …

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Yet another music festival will take place this year, except this one will be fairly new and quite out of this world. This festival has a peculiar backstory and may not compete with Coachella or Bonnaroo in terms of headlining acts, but its theme alone is sure to spark plenty of interest. He…

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Freshman year of college is an especially formative time for personality development. Growing up, identity is tied to your role in the family unit. Away from home, you can finally begin to discover who you truly are. The first two to six weeks of college can be a difficult and rewarding time…

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A workgroup at UNA revealed possible designs, locations and funding mechanisms for a new multi-use stadium, which will hold football and women's soccer games. The stadium remains in the exploratory stage, and it will continue to listen to student and community feedback.

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I am a student who is interning this semester and one of the first complaints about education I heard was that “teachers are not respected in the mainstream.”

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For the majority of high school, I planned to go to Jacksonville State University to major in journalism. When I was a sophomore in college, I attended a community college and even then, JSU was my plan.

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We are not our hair. It does not define who we are as a person, rather our hair is an extension of ourselves.

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The transfer portal has ruined college football. As the transfer portal has been used more frequently this past offseason, it has made the National Collegiate Athletic Association look like a bidding war.

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Generally, people think they know how to handle sexual harassment, until it actually happens to them. At least, I thought I had a plan of action in mind, until it actually happened to me.

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Over 2000 journalists lost their jobs in January and February, after several digital and print media outlets such as BuzzFeed, VICE, Gannett and Huffington Post announced that their companies were scaling back the number of reporters in their newsrooms due to heavy losses in advertisement revenue.

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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The United States government had a funding gap for the 21st time Dec. 22, which led to another government shutdown.

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False advertising is prominent in this digital age. Sometimes it is unintentional with producers and creators wanting to show the best side of their product, but other times it is purposely done to mislead the consumers and customers.

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Millions of Americans will head to the polls Nov. 6 to vote in this year’s midterms elections. Alabamians will be voting for candidates to fill high profile seats for the state Supreme Court, school boards and the governor.

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As the midway point of the year approaches, it has become clear that students at UNA are carrying the majority of the burdens and challenges that come with transitioning to Division I. The administrators and the board of trustees consistently make swift decisions with little to no student in…

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In the wake of the intense student dialog about the proposed UNA graduation ticket policy, that was ultimately decided against, many students are left asking, “How does policy at UNA get changed and how do I voice concerns?”

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On Nov. 29, 2017, "The Today Show" announced the firing of long time anchor Matt Lauer for accusations of sexual assault. Savanna Guthrie looked into the camera and told how it was difficult to report on a story in her work place, but it was a challenge NBC would have to overcome as they put…

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In 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress made a joke about an alleged sexual assault involving Bill Cosby. Since his joke, multiple women have come forward in the media about their own situations which has lead to what is now the “Me Too” movement.

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Social media allows individuals to connect with others at the click of a button and the type of a keyboard, but there is a definite decrease in face-to-face interaction and empathy in users in this technological age.