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Help wanted: a sign for the times

If you’re looking for a job, you’re in luck because help-wanted signs seem to be strewn everywhere these days. I waited in line for 20 minutes at Tim Hortons drive-thru just the other day for an egg and cheese croissant.  When I pulled up to the window, a sweaty teenage boy handed it to me in a huff and said, “Sorry, we’re super low on people lately.” 


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Zion’s shoe debacle

The NCAA has used a false notion of amateurism as a way to siphon revenue that would otherwise be used to protect college athletes. Duke basketball player Zion Williamson made headlines across the internet, as his shoe literally exploded, and he sustained a mild knee injury. 


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Misgivings at the movies

Convicted serial killer Ted Bundy returned to public consciousness in light of the 30th anniversary of his death and the controversial biopic premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy have all previously been the topic of Hollywood biopics.


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I deleted my social media

After months of deleting the apps on my phone only to re-download them in moments of boredom, I finally deleted my accounts on all but one social media platform.  This seemingly inconsequential act has had a profound impact on my life so far.


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Where’s my cut?

The Spectrum was denied press for this year’s Comedy Series performance, the first time this has happened in the last few years.  But that didn’t stop Mulaney from using Spectrum coverage for material on stage. 


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Can you explain the Dow?

I’m 16 and I’m watching Margot Robbie explain subprime mortgages while she’s taking a bubble bath in the film, “The Big Short.” “These risky mortgages are called subprime, so whenever you hear subprime, think s––t,” she said and tosses back a glass of champagne.


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5/24/14

When I first met my girlfriend five years ago in high school, I was rocking the 2009 Justin Bieber hairstyle. I wore snapbacks, dressed in clothes that probably did not fit me and put on high-top Jordan shoes every day. I still do not know what she saw in me, but I am grateful she saw something. 


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UB should make lockdown drills mandatory

A year ago, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School galvanized the world when they marched and protested for stricter gun regulations after an armed student killed 17 of their friends and schoolmates.  The high school students became media sensations as they charged legislators to be “adults” and protect kids. 


Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album, “Thank U, Next,” came out last week after the success of the record’s two No. 1 singles.
OPINION

A love letter to her fans

It's hard to watch someone you admire suffer. Last year, my favorite musician lost someone she loved and still became the general public’s scapegoat for his death. TMZ then reported she broke off her engagement with her fiancé and she was laughed at for the short-winded relationship.


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Should I stay or Trivago?

We’ve all been there. Looking for the ideal hotel at the best price. For me, a 23-year-old man, I only use Trivago. So does Tim Williams, the grey-fox spokesperson for the online hotel monarchy. 


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Without warning

We’ve heard his songs. We’ve anticipated his albums. Now, 21 Savage is the subject of burnt-out memes. On Sunday, rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to ICE’s spokesperson Bryan Cox.


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Political issues matter but shutdowns aren’t the answer

None of the Spectrum editors’ families were majorly affected by the recent government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.  But we’ve heard the stories. The shutdown, which halted funding for roughly one quarter of the federal government, lasted 35 days. It impacted roughly 800,000 federal workers, some who live paycheck to paycheck.


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No sources, more problems

When I signed up for The Spectrum’s writing course, I was excited for all the things I would learn: how to write, report and conduct interviews.  I thought that, maybe one day, I’d even be good enough to be an editor. But the one lesson I wasn’t anticipating –– the one I now face every day –– is how to deal with rejection.


OPINION

Blue-ska-don’t

The following is a satirical column* Some people live in a house. Other people live in an apartment. Steve, the main protagonist of “Blue’s Clues,” lives in a picture book.





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