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We, the editorial staff of The Reflector, recognize the fundamental right of the governed to speak their minds to the governing, for there can be no true "government of the people, for the people, by the people," if we do not hear the people. Therefore, we believe it is our duty as one voice…

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This is the 12th article I have written for The Reflector, yet I find writing it has a unique challenge I have not experienced with previous articles. I am an opinion columnist who writes about my personal opinions. I mostly write about my thoughts on international relations with an occasion…

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Major points in history are often defined and preserved within the writings of people experiencing such seismic movements of the time, often with these people not even realizing the scope of their situation. For our generation, the COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most monumental moment thi…

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It is hard to write a piece on the events we face today, for it is hard to express and distill such intensity into a concise opinion article. I could write an entire opinion article on the fact there have been over 100 incidents of police "press freedom violations" since May 28, at least 90 …

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, people have lost jobs, have been isolated and have passed away, but we have learned many things about ourselves as humans. We have learned the importance of having toilet paper and being good neighbors. We have learned things we should have already known, such …

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In March, the Trump administration signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, into law. This act offered a $2 trillion stimulus package designated for taxpayers and small businesses that have been economically impacted by the arrival of COVID-19. However,…

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When the issue of government control during this present crisis is discussed, one cannot avoid this simple fact: China's excessive governmental overreach may have directly caused and certainly exacerbated this catastrophe. According to Isabel Togoh of Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland …

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I, like so many others who are bored in quarantine, stooped to watching Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King." This show is a wild ride, from its colorful personalities to its murder-for-hire plot, and it has exploded into a major source of memes and TikTok content during these hard times. Joe E…

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Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King" continues to be ranked as a quarantine favorite as it grasps and entertains audiences with its appalling, twisted plot lines and giant, sharp-toothed cats. Docuseries director Eric Goode allows onlookers to label their own protagonists and antagonists as he …

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The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing hysteria the virus brought with it has sent the U.S. into a tailspin across nearly every aspect of American life. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 6,000 points from an all-time high in February. Thousands of Americans have died as a result of …

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In the past few weeks, we have truly seen the world go to heck in a handbasket as widespread panic has coerced people across the U.S. into snatching up cleaning supplies, paper products, non-perishables and various other groceries in order to brace for a potential lockdown crisis. Shelves al…

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In a shocking twist this past week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made a levelheaded decision when it extended the eligibility for all spring-sport student-athletes by a year regardless of his or her current year in school. As reported by Michelle Hosick with the NCAA, …

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The declaration of a world pandemic has put a hold on all, hopefully, personal social interaction and caused a specific type of panic among college students. The switch to online instruction has blindsided students as they approach the end of the spring semester. The sudden change of habit h…

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Just last week, I scolded people for being so apocalyptic about the novel COVID-19 virus. Now, I am locking myself in my house. What I would have considered a comical overreaction only five days ago, the thought of life being brought to a standstill to stop coronavirus from advancing is now …

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At the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, Ricky Gervais spent his opening monologue criticizing the worst Hollywood had to offer and poking fun at the loss of integrity of the modern film industry.

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Over the past few weeks, people have garnered major frenzy over the recent outbreak of the infamous coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease has been around for over 50 years, mostly found in animals like camels, cattle, cats and bats;…

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Like many college students, I want a pet. No, I do not want a cat nor a dog. My dream pet is a pig. This pig would not be slaughtered for meat. As someone who does not eat meat, I feel I am not missing out by not slaughtering an animal. I want to get a pig from a rescue and let it live a lon…

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In recent years, one question has stood out to me in a huge way: Why are police officers, staples of any community and armed with the authority to ruin someone's life or even end it, allowed to wear the uniform without extensive mental health evaluations? Sure, there is the academy, but when…

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The time period Mississippi State University students have to make a judgment on which classes to drop out or add on is ludicrous. According to the MSU Office of the Registrar's website, there is a five day window between when classes start and when students can drop them without any penalty…

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Last month, President Donald Trump announced a ban on all flavored vape pods. To clarify what exactly this means and what specifically is off-limits, Jamie Ducharme for TIME states, "The new plan applies to the cartridge-based e-cigarette products made by companies like Juul Labs, which are …

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Water is a renewable resource, and our bodies need it to survive. Although the Earth is roughly 71% of water, not every human being has access to clean water. This is unacceptable considering the human body can only survive a week without water and nearly 60% of the human adult body is made …

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After the Blackberry and Motorola flip-phone craze, the Apple industry appeared on the mobile radar in the year of 2007 with the release of the first iPhone. With the release of this technologically diverse device came a storm of notoriety for the brand, especially in America.

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I hate the endless feuds between Apple users and everyone else. As a Business Information Systems student, I have seen the "Mac vs. PC" debate for ages. I am tired of it, but I refuse to bring previous frustrations into this argument. The subject of this article is to look at mobile operatin…

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Imagine you are at the movie theater watching the newest, forgettable movie, which is mostly explosions and high-speed car chases, but you are startled by an unexpected sound. It is not the creation of yet another explosion from Michael Bay but rather your stomach growling. What do you do? Y…

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In an article that is inherently political and actively criticizes the left, preaching about the dangers of partisanship and politics while advocating for Americans to be more apolitical will likely not accomplish anything. The concept of encountering politics daily is not new, not for this …

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In the era of President Donald Trump, the United States is entering a new stage in the country's history where there is polarization on the political spectrum and a different culture we have yet to experience. We live in a time where encountering politics on a daily basis is an expected rout…

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From major feats like long-distance communication to smaller accomplishments such as editing a facial blemish from an Instagram photo, we live in an era where digital technology intersects with nearly every aspect of our lives. With each major stride in technological advancements, the world …

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In light of the disgusting conditions the prisoners at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as the Parchman Farm, have had to live in, I believe it is time to discuss how our society treats both prisoners and ex-convicts. While I firmly believe in justice and doing the time for you…

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In 1974, towards the end of the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk wrote a letter from exile in France to a staff member of the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam. Thich Nhat Hanh was the founder of the school and author of the letter which was translated in 1991 for pr…

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Growing up, Disney movies were my primary form of entertainment. From animated movies like "Aladdin" to the classic Disney Channel afternoon lineup with "Gargoyles," a lot of my adolescence was shaped by a company focused on making families happy around the world. Disney has been successful …

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Hunting and conservationism seem to be polar opposites of each other, and without further examination, it would be easy to think that. After all, why would someone who kills animals be concerned with their well being? Part of being a hunter is appreciating the outdoors and the species living…

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Does the thought of a barbecue make you ravenously hungry? Imagine a mouth-watering image of beautifully seasoned meat, fresh off a grill or right out of the smoker, a charred texture, intoxicating aroma and deliciously satisfying taste only well-cooked meat provides. Now, imagine if you did…

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Recently, the Australian wildfires have been all over the media, from the news to celebrity posts. While many celebrities told the world just how much money they donated, some, on top of that, also gave their audiences information of organizations that were helping with the fires so they cou…

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As an English major, there is one question I hate the most when someone finds out my career path: "So, what are you going to do with that? Teach?"

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2019 has not been a kind year for the Trump Administration. It marked the most defining moment of President Trump's legacy—his impeachment by the House of Representatives—while his ongoing trial in the Senate continues to loom over every action his administration takes.

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It has officially been two weeks since we have joyfully swayed to "Auld Lang Syne" whilst gazing at the steady descent of a crystalline ball hanging above Times Square. Already deemed "part two" of the 20th century's Roaring Twenties, the beginning of a new decade befalls us, and thus, the p…

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. If you seek to prosper this year and this decade, you should consider emulating that maligned generation, the boomers.

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The United States has often found itself locked in wars where there is no easy or apparent way out. As the world's police force, we have flown B-12 bombers into Vietnam and invaded countries in the Middle East in the name of protecting America's ideals of freedom. These are rightly called wa…

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When making Christmas shopping lists, it can be difficult to figure out what a perfect gift is for someone. You might be making your list and checking it twice to make sure you get the best deals. You may have even seen the 2019 Best Gifts for Women list made by Samantha Matt of USA Today. H…

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In recent years, opinions have become more divisive than ever. Arguments start, typically, over issues that are important, but it is easy to see divisiveness in other things as well, such as Star Wars.

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Each generation yields new and promising innovations. From the wheel to Netflix, mankind has truly planted its foot in the digital age. From this point, we can only continue to advance. A recent innovation, video streaming, has become extremely popular within the last couple of decades. Netf…

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During the coming weeks, our Thanksgiving turkey should not be the only kind of turkey on our minds. Last week, President Donald J. Trump welcomed the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, to the White House to discuss our military strategy in Syria. During the meeting, our pre…

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For those of you who are too familiar with sprinting to the Barnes and Noble to grab a last-minute blue book, or those who lose pens and pencils like it is your job, it has probably crossed your mind why there is not a closer location where one can find class essentials.

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Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, recently came under fire for spewing racist comments and white supremacist remarks on a leaked audio tape. This revelation should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Spencer and his political ideology. Richard Spencer is on…

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Every week, people from all over the world tune in to watch the National Football League as the teams compete to make playoffs and be crowned national champions. The athleticism from every player and the high stakes of each game make each season as entertaining as the last. Down in New Orlea…

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First-year freshmen often come to college not knowing what to expect, as it is usually a new town, a new experience and their first real taste of independence. Most colleges tend to assume because it is a new experience, most freshmen are not prepared for it, and they insist they have a meal…

 

 

 

 

 

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