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Bruno Halpern

United Airlines drags in customer service

When most people think of the dangers or the risks of traveling by plane, they usually think of technical issues that might make the plane fall to the ground, or perhaps a terrorist attack or even if their luggage will arrive unscathed to their destination. However, I am pretty sure that people thought that being manhandled out of an airplane would not be in their list of possible traveling mishaps. However, United Airlines showed the world that that’s a possiblity when they allow airport security to forcibly drag a customer, David Dao, out of his seat and through the...

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Steve Bannon made the alt-right movement feel welcome

spicion that Steve Bannon, President Trump’s Chief Strategist, is the one behind many policies that the president is trying to enact. People are concerned that Bannon’s influence over these policies hold him in a higher position, virtually making him the actual president of the country I’ve read many opinions based both on hard facts and on pure, irrational fear. However, despite having formed my own opinion, I couldn’t write a satisfactory article on Bannon because I felt a bit overwhelmed by the notion of a man like Bannon in a position of power. This uncomfortable sensation of being overwhelmed...

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‘Alternative Facts’ is an alternate name for lies

The war of facts has begun. The Trump administration is picking a dangerous fight, because, even though facts can be made alternative, they are still facts. Just like Karma, eventually lies will come back to get you. Trump can censor climate change, but that won’t stop the climate from changing. The only places where you can create an alternative reality, other than in videogames, are in countries run by dictators. I’m not exaggerating when I say this war on facts can end up in a quasi-dictatorship. Just because it’s never happened in America, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The two...

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‘Overwatch’ takes top spot at The Game Awards

The Game Awards, the Oscars of video games, was held last Thursday, Dec. 1, in Los Angeles. The event was live streamed online across various platforms including, but not limited to, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live and Twitch. It was also the first time a live event was streamed through VR technology. The award show began with acclaimed game designer Hideo Kojima receiving the Industry Icon Award. Last year, Kojima was unable to attend the Game Awards due to his unceremonious departure from publisher Konami. “Last year I thought I lost everything, but I didn’t lose anything thanks to all...

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Nintendo switching focus

A few weeks ago, the Nintendo Switch was finally presented to the world. Like any new product, it was shrouded in secrecy. There was a lot of speculation about what it was and, most importantly, what would be Nintendo’s focus in the next generation of videogame consoles. The Nintendo Switch is a combination of a handheld and a home console. It features a tablet with a six-inch screen that the player can take anywhere and detachable controllers that attach to the its sides. The Switch becomes a home console when the tablet is put into a dock. When docked,...

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A look at the Weigh the Waste project

Jessica Phillips, 30, is an FGCU alumna. When she majored in environmental science, she took the colloquium course,, as all students are required to. However, unlike the vast majority of students, Phillips returned to school, this time as an instructor of that very same class, which she has been teaching for two and a half years. Phillips has organized her colloquium class around Weigh the Waste, a project designed to make students aware of how much food is wasted. Throughout the semester, they have a unique opportunity to measure the food discarded at SoVi. The main goal is to...

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On being a citizen and the importance of voting

Sometimes, I get frustrated with the world, and with how important issues are neglected and unimportant ones get all the attention. I repeatedly get frustrated with how we treat each other, as if we can only lend our ears and hands if it’s for our advantage, or our availability, or our interest. It’s easy to be disillusioned. It’s easy to be cynical. We more often than not believe that the world has never been in such a dark place. One thing I’ve heard from everyone that I’ve talked to this semester is how disgusted, annoyed and disappointed they are...

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Lack of grace

The last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle has come to an end. People across the nation and world watched the confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While many people were disheartened by both, most were concerned with Trump’s “irreverence,” to put it nicely. Watching this debate season has been like watching the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. They’re bad, but any true “Star Wars” fan is obligated to watch them. You just want them to be over as soon as possible. In my opinion, Hillary won. She was far more prepared and balanced than Trump. I actually...

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Lack of grace

The last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle has come to an end. Many people throughout the nation and the world watched the confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Many were also disenhearted by both, but mostly Trump’s “irreverence”, to put it nicely. Watching the debates was like watching the Star Wars Prequel trilogy. They’re bad, but you have an obligation of seeing them (if you’re a true Star Wars fan like myself). You just want them to be over as soon as possible. In my opinion, Hillary won. She is way more prepared than Trump, and...

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What can we learn from other cultures about peace?

India. 1940s. Gandhi was fasting as a protest against the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus. A Hindu man came to him, “I killed a Muslim child!” “Why?” Gandhi asked. “A Muslim man killed my son,” he said. The Hindu man is desperate. He’s certain he’s going to Hell, but Gandhi says he knows a way out of such a destiny. “Find a child. A child whose mother and father have been killed, and raise him as your own. Only be sure that the child is a Muslim, and you must raise him as one.” It’s unknown if this man...

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