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Deprogramming implicit bias is everyone’s job

At the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland, United States Senator Joe Neely Kennedy asked Garland if implicit bias made him a racist. He went on to misunderstand, either genuinely or purposely, what implicit bias even is. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon issue with the rest of the American …

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Rotten Bananas: Top 5 Romance Movies

Although Valentine’s Day is come and gone, the month of February is a great time to express your romantic affection with your significant other. What better way to do so than by curling up with a romance movie? Here are the top 5 picks for romance movies to choose from:  5. La La Land: “La La Land,” directed by Damien …

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President Scott lobbies for funding at Kansas Capitol

PSU’s top administrator and president Steve Scott spoke before the Kansas State Senate and House to advocate for larger funding allocations going to Pittsburg State University.  President Steve Scott spoke to the Kansas State Senate Higher Education subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee and the Kansas State House Higher Education Budget committee earlier in …

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The absolutely vital subject we need more of in schools: civics

Many people bemoan the fact that children aren’t being taught cursive or how to balance a check book in schools (news flash: those things are becoming obsolete), but the one thing that we never hear about in the ranking of school subjects: government education.  In most social studies curricula throughout the …

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Wind Ensemble performs concert ‘Lift Every Voice’

This event was CANCELLED due to inclement weather  The Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble performed their first concert of the semester entitled “Lift Every Voice.”  The ensemble, under the direction of professor of music Andrew Chybowski, performed a livestreamed concert from the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family …

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Smooth Bananas: A Brief History of Taylor Swift

The superstar artist Taylor Swift is more than a household name. She’s a monolith in the music industry for a lot of complex reasons.  Swift grew up in Pennsylvania but soon migrated to Nashville, Tenn. to pursue a career in country music. She quickly became a hit sensation with her …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘WandaVision’

“WandaVision” is Marvel’s latest step into the television world and much like their movies, they don’t seem to be able to miss.  The series, created by Jac Shaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their roles from previous Marvel appearances as Wanda Maximoff and the …

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The two primary political parties are not the same

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” This is the position you take when you say, “Oh, …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘The Little Things’

“The Little Things” is a serial killer thriller, a decidedly uncommon genre. Unfortunately, the “The Little Things” makes you wish it were even rarer.  The film, written and directed by John Lee Hancock, stars Denzel Washington as deputy sheriff Joe Deacon who is called to Los Angeles to respond to a recent murder. …

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