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Editor in Chief Sophia Maltese reflects on life in the era of Zoom.

Virtual funeral and sensory memory loss

Sophia Maltese, Editor in Chief January 29, 2021

We buried both of my grandparents this week. They died from COVID-19 just 18 hours apart, and their deaths somehow managed to be tragic and beautiful at the same time. Pete and Dolores Maltese were...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington.

Empty Calls of Unity

Dave Meredith, Staff Reporter January 28, 2021

A Jan. 20 Washington Post article title reads: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” No, not Jan. 20, 2021. This wasn’t regarding the most recent effort to impeach the former president....

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden depart after Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

An American Holy Day

TJ Lindstrom, Opinion Editor January 28, 2021

A vow, a sermon, a procession and a presider in robes. Watching Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony last week, I was struck by the prominence of religious themes. Some of these themes were obvious: a prayer...

The landscape West Virginia, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic.

Escaping the Opioid Epidemic

Laken Kincaid, Staff Reporter January 27, 2021

The small state of West Virginia is mainly known for two things: coal and the opioid epidemic. Whenever I tell strangers from other regions where I am from, those are the topics that come up most. I am...

Lawmakers evacuate the floor as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Editorial: A dark hour for American democracy

Editoral Staff January 9, 2021

The world is watching. “Trump remains president of chaos, thriving on violence, rifts, divisions,” read one French headline following the violence on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The British “i” newspaper...

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

America’s information problem

TJ Lindstrom, Opinion Editor December 11, 2020

In 2016, the Russian Federation launched an assault on American democracy. The assault came not by tank nor by missile but by the very tools that were supposed to bring us together — email and social...

My personal top 20 of 2020

My personal top 20 of 2020

Josie Schuman, Managing Editor December 11, 2020

This year needs no introduction. It has been filled with prolonged separation, chaotic unpredictability and tremendous loss. But this constant stream of bad news has been met with technological togetherness,...

In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif.

Legalize it

Dave Meredith, Staff Reporter December 10, 2020

Did you know that the federal government classifies the drug marijuana as more dangerous than drugs like fentanyl and cocaine? It is classified as a “Schedule I” drug, which stands alongside drugs...

Earth by Kevin M. Gill is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Year in review

Sophia Maltese, Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2020

We’re sick of hearing it — that this was unexpected, that our lives turned upside down, that we should “return to a sense of normalcy soon.” 2020 was a terrible year in many ways, and we are aware...

Picasso an Sylvette (Lydia Sylvette David by rocor is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0); Portrait of Sylvette David (2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso)

I tried to think like Picasso for a day

Sophia Maltese, Editor-in-Chief November 19, 2020

A 2007 Yale study found that children as young as 2 years old analyze artwork in terms of the artist’s creative intention. To me, this was a stunning study. Children can recognize the value of artwork...

A path at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes near JCU.

Walking with Mary Oliver

TJ Lindstrom, Opinion Editor November 18, 2020

At Blackwater Pond the tossed waters have settled after a night of rain. I dip my cupped hands. I drink a long time. It tastes like stone, leaves, fire. It falls cold into my body, waking the bones....

Voters cast their ballots as they conduct their civic duty. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Blue wave? Not quite.

Dave Meredith, Staff Reporter November 11, 2020

For months, the mainstream media and pollsters claimed the nation would witness a blue Democratic wave on Nov. 3. According to these polls and predictions, the nation would oust President Donald Trump...

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