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Six ghosts float in front of a white background. Senior Opinion Columnist Emily Beebe and Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf debate whether ghost are real. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Look both ways: Are ghosts real?

By Emily Beebe and Olivia Zapf | October 30, 2023

Ghosts are probably real By: Olivia Zapf Ghosts are real ... probably. The age old question of the existence of ghosts has mystified individuals worldwide.  With classics like “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and Slimer from “Ghostbusters,” it’s...

A birds eye view of a jar overflowing with pennies. Columnists Lucy Atkinson and Emily Beebe debate whether America should keep the copper coin in the currency.

Look Both Ways: Is it time to ditch the penny?

By Lucy Atkinson and Emily Beebe | April 26, 2023

We Should Keep the Penny in U.S. Currency By: Emily Beebe The penny may be one of the smallest denominations in the United States currency system, but it certainly has a large impact. There has been a debate raging for years about whether or not...

Look Both Ways: Is self-healing a good thing?

By Lucy Atkinson and Nanette Nkolomoni | April 9, 2023

SELF-HEALING CAN BE GOOD By Lucy Atkinson There is no doubt that attending physical check-ups with your doctor is advisable. This is not a call to completely abandon the professionals of the medical field or the scientific advancements of modern-medicine....

Demonstraters protest against the Biden administrations approval of the Willow oil-drilling project before a scheduled speech by Biden at the Department of the Interior in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Look Both Ways: The Willow Project

By Lucy Atkinson and Emily Beebe | April 2, 2023

ConocoPhillips' Willow Project, a large-scale oil drilling project located in the National Petroleum Reserve on the North Slope of Alaska, was approved by the Biden administration on March 13. Following this decision, a heated debate has ensued between...

A researcher working on creating genetically modified organisms in a lab. Senior columnist Angelina Padilla-Tompkins and columnist Lucy Atkinson look at the pros and cons of having GMOs in our plants and foods.

Look Both Ways: Are GMOs good for us?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins and Lucy Atkinson | March 9, 2023

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods, animals and microorganisms that are changed genetically. It has been a long debate about whether GMOs are good or not, and many countries have even created laws to reflect those debates.  GMOs are not...

The U.S. debt has hit the ceiling once again, raising concerns whether or not Congress should continue raising the debt ceiling.

Look Both Ways: Should we raise the U.S. debt ceiling?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins and Lucy Atkinson | February 13, 2023

The national debt ceiling legally limits the amount of debt the United States can accumulate.  The debt ceiling was created during World War I to control government spending through the Second Liberty Bond Act of 1917.  Since then, the debt ceiling...

A graphic of various animals including a giraffe and a elephant.

Look Both Ways: Are zoos good or unethical?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins and Nanette Nkolomoni | February 7, 2023

Zoos can be good  By: Angelina Padilla - Tompkins  Zoos can be highly beneficial to both the animals and their visitors.  “Zoos are places where wild animals are kept for public display. Zoos are often the sites of sophisticated breeding centers,...

From left: Aana Patel, Rinky Contractor and Raj Toolsie. Professor Sarah Marsh encouraging  to students to vote this upcoming election.

Look Both Ways: Why should or shouldn’t Gen Z vote

By Lucy Atkinson and Philip Arduini | November 7, 2022

Why Gen Z should vote By Lucy Atkinson For the sake of progressive change, it is crucial Generation Z makes their way to the polls during the upcoming midterm elections Tuesday and during every election which will follow. Gen Z is the first generation...