The Observer

End of an Era: Moving Beyond the Bush Years

June 2, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Politics

By ANDREW HUDSON Staff Writer Published: April 3, 2008 Election years stand out in my memory. I was an eighth grader in 2000 and, for no particular reason that I can remember, I decided to do a survey of my middle school classmates about the major issues of the campaign: abortion, gun control, social security an...

The Kosovo Question: Examining the Fate of the World’s Newest Nation

June 2, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Politics

By YELENA AMBARTSUMIAN Staff Writer Published: April 3, 2008 The independence of the world’s newest nation was met with mixed reactions. Kosovo, Serbia’s predominantly Albanian region, declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. This southern province of Serbia has been a United Nations protectorate since 1999. Serbi...

Students Should Keep Low Profiles

June 2, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Staff Editorial

Published: April 3, 2008 In our salad days—those days when the sound of AOL dialing up was an almost-essential beginning to our online experience—the Internet seemed to be a place where young people worldwide could hide their secrets: we made up names, ages and locations in chat rooms; we sent our friends dirty jokes,...

The Blood and Guts Culture

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Pop Culture

Our Fascination With Manslaughter Is Innate and Persistent By ANGELICA BRUNETTI Opinions Editor Published: Febrary 14, 2008 A couple of months ago, my boyfriend sat through almost two hours of the cheery, saccharine, high- pitched singing of “Enchanted” with me, so when “Rambo” came out, I felt obliged to acco...

This Is Your Brain Unplugged: How We Connect With Our Computers

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions

  By Andrew Hudson Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Evvers, the Costa Rican tech support guy, had me unscrew the back panel on my laptop, but I already knew it was too late. My machine had died—again—and I would be forced to send it in for repairs. My first few weeks of the new semester woul...

Misogyny Doesn’t Just Exist in Other Countries

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions

By Faroghe Anwar Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 People living in the United States  should really look at the existence of misogyny in this country before criticizing others.  Misogyny can be defined as hatred and prejudice towards women.  In recent years, media outlets have tended to focus more on...

What All Universities Can Learn for La Sapienza

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Religion

By CAITLIN WILLIS Contributing Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Pope Benedict XVI was invited to La Sapienza University to give the opening remarks for the new semester on Jan. 17. This visit was cancelled after a small group of students and faculty voiced their disapproval about the pope coming to the largest universit...

Would You Sacrifice Your Dignity for a “Moment of Truth”?

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Pop Culture

The Most Successful Reality Television Humiliates Contestants By SAIRA ANEES Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Reality TV has taken public embarrassment to a completely different (and much scarier) level.  FOX’s new television game show “The Moment of Truth” is what everyone seems to be talking ...

Are Gossip Blogs Necessary at FCLC?

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Staff Editorial

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 The word “blog” is not easily defined. It’s short for “weblog,” but what is a weblog?  What exactly is appropriate material for a blog?  If you can come up with solid answers to these questions, we’d like to hear them. One lingering question in the minds of The Observer editori...

Don’t Text Me—You Don’t Know Me Like That

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions

By Angelica Brunetti Opinions Editor Published: January 31, 2008 At an annual convention a couple of weeks ago, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) upheld a ban they implemented last year on the use of text messages by Division I colleges to contact and court the best athletes. Coaches had turned to text mes...

MySpace—A Place for Pedophiles and Vindictive Mothers Alike

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Pop Culture

      By Kristen Brunelli Contributing Writer Published: January 31, 2008 Today, it seems as though our only worry and fear regarding MySpace is that pedophiles are lurking in the shadows of cyberspace. But recently, it has been revealed that there are others who have false intentions while prowling...

The Weapon of Mass Distraction: Britney Spears

June 1, 2011

Filed under Opinions, Pop Culture

By JOSHUA CRUZ Staff Writer Published: January 31, 2008 The other night, in an up scale, dimly-lit French bistro, I realized that one of the greatest threats to democracy and intelligence in America is Britney Spears. It’s a harsh statement to make, and as much as I love Ms. Spears for all her thoroughly entertaining bip...