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Ebola no excuse to fear West Africa

Ebola no excuse to fear West Africa

Anuradha Lingappa

November 6, 2014

Illustration by Eric Rannestad. In the beginning of medical training, one of the essential principles learned is "do no harm." Most people who have been writing about ebola in the United States aren't medical professionals, so they might not feel a responsibility to uphold this rule. Coverage of the f...

‘Gone Girl’ invites criticism, raises questions concerning feminist artists’ responsibilities

‘Gone Girl’ invites criticism, raises questions concerning feminist artists’ responsibilities

Veronika Kiss

October 30, 2014

Illustration by Tyle Schuh. As awards season approaches, "Gone Girl," a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name, looks to be a favorite for Oscar nominations. Despite the buzz surrounding "Gone Girl," however, some critics have expressed concerns that its female lead, Amy Dunne, pe...

Vivisection questions taboos

Vivisection questions taboos

Anuradha Lingappa

October 23, 2014

A few weeks ago, I did an experiment in biology lab that involved cutting open the body cavity of a live frog and dripping adrenaline onto its still-beating heart. The results, a dramatically increased heartbeat, were incredible to watch firsthand. However, dissecting a living animal instead of a dead o...

Meditation key to revelation in modern world

Meditation key to revelation in modern world

Adam Heymann

October 3, 2014

It is easy in this advanced age to lose sight of our Homo sapiens evolutionary childhood. We've disassociated ourselves from the hunting and gathering of those who came before us, from the everyday struggle of defending ourselves against predators and working hard to secure a bloodline. Nowadays we...

Urban Outfitters offers bloodstained apology

Urban Outfitters offers bloodstained apology

Zan McPherson

September 25, 2014

Illustration by Luke Hampton. It's strange when a company like Urban Outfitters, whose image is so "American," manages to insult thousands of people across the country. On Sept. 14, the company released a white and red-colored "Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt" for $129 with the description "get it or r...

Whitman Fosters Power of Beauty

Whitman Fosters Power of Beauty

May 15, 2014

This guest column was written by Allison Bolgiano '14 The spring of my junior year, I had two evening seminars in Maxey. Later in the semester, when I caught sunsets on my walks across Ankeny, I'd savor the golden light that turned Lyman's bricks merlot red and made green, glowing candles out of the leaves on the big trees. Ev...

Failure, Difficulty Presented in Video Games

Failure, Difficulty Presented in Video Games

Toby Alden

May 8, 2014

What does it mean for a creative work to be difficult? When we talk about a book or a movie being "difficult," we usually mean it requires close scrutiny and multiple viewings in order to be fully understood and enjoyed. When we call a video game difficult, however, we usually mean it requires a greater degree of...

Challenging Power on Campus: A Pioneer Staff Member’s Thoughts on Divestment and the Anti-Racism Movement

Challenging Power on Campus: A Pioneer Staff Member’s Thoughts on Divestment and the Anti-Racism Movement

Lachlan Johnson

April 1, 2014

In 1857, Frederick Douglas was quoted as saying, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." There are many serious issues facing the world, and those in power have shown little initiative in addressing them. It is increasingly clear that issues such as global warming, inequality and racism will requi...

Reducing Black Actors to Limited Roles Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

Reducing Black Actors to Limited Roles Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

Alisha Agard

March 13, 2014

I want to first start off by saying I am so happy to hear about the success films "12 Years a Slave" and "Django Unchained" have received lately. It is nice to see actors and actresses of color receiving recognition for their talents, and I am extremely proud. That being said, I personally will not be watching either film an...

Cold War Continues with Russian Action

Cold War Continues with Russian Action

Andy Monserud

March 6, 2014

The last few weeks have treated Russia very poorly. Following one of the most tense Olympics in recent memory, two of Russia's allies, Ukraine and Venezuela, erupted in violent protest in opposition of Russia-friendly regimes. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych left Ukraine to seek refuge in Russia a...

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Alisha Agard

February 27, 2014

This NFL football season was an entertaining one. Full of rivals and surprising wins, it was cool to see some of the underdog teams step up to the plate. As a Seattleite, I was happy to see the success of the Seattle Seahawks, and when they won the game against the San Francisco 49ers that sent the...

U.S. Reliance on Foreign Oil Creates Sizeable Price

U.S. Reliance on Foreign Oil Creates Sizeable Price

Dani Hupper

December 12, 2013

Only thrilling news could follow such an uplifting title. But alas, our nation's foreign oil dependency is far from optimistic. The real price of oil isn't shown at the gas pump or the stock exchange. An accurate analysis of oil and petroleum products' cost would have to account for oil's colossal (yet ove...

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