The Commuter

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  • Recent and archived editorials
  • Straight from the Hartsock: an opinion column
  • Dear Conscience: a humorous column
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    The Commuter
    A weekly student-run newspaper for Linn-Benton Community College.

    • Penn State Riots for Wrong Reasons
      Penn State students wrongly protest the firing of Head Coach Joe Paterno who ignored a report of child abuse. Why are they rioting? Because Paterno has managed the most wins in the history of major college football.
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    • In the Name of Manslaughter
      Faith in God’s will can sometimes detract from faith in people, with negative consequences. Written in response to the faith-healing church, Followers of Christ.
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    • Clean Needles, Clean Start
      In eleven years, HIV among injection drug users has decreased by 72.2% because of clean needle exchange.
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    • Suppression of the Word
      Can hateful names and words ever lose their power?
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    • No Rapture Is No Excuse
      With or without the fear of eternal consequences, being a good person should come from your inner most desire to love, to give, and to help – because people deserve it.
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    • Toenail Polish, Gender Roles, and J. Crew
      The President of J. Crew paints her son’s nails pink regardless of strict gender norms.
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    • Wear ‘em if You Got ‘em
      If eradicating breast cancer is the outcome, does it matter the intentions of the bracelet wearers?
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    • Silent Art: Boxes in the Court Yard
      Five masked students construct a performance piece for “Day of Silence,” leaving students confused and curious.
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    • Extravaganza Wraps Up Black History Month
      The Black History Month Extravaganza concludes with an assortment of performances at LBCC.
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    • Two-Year-Old Smoker Makes You Think
      How a two-year-old Indonesian two-pack-a-day smoker urged me to quit.
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    • Poetry Spotlight: Gone Astray, Be Back Soon
      A poem on transitions.
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    • Scream “I’m Alive!”
      A creative article on the benefits of exercising consciousness.

     
    Straight from the Hartsock
    Brain stuffing from the frumpy sock monkey — an opinion column.

    • Responsible Drug Use?
      Brain stuffing on debunking the stereotypes of drug use.
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    • Enlightenment through Literature (Popular)
      Brain stuffing on what can cause uneasiness between many people undoubtedly brought LBCC’s Early American Lit. class closer together.
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    • Gay Marriage, Part 1
      Brain stuffing on the religious influences and prejudices of gay marriage.
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    • Gay Marriage, Part 2
      Brain stuffing on the social influences and prejudices of gay marriage.
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    • Different Propositions for the Same Thing
      Brain stuffing on how a subject must have an exclusive definition in order to discuss it.
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    • Good Intentions We Never Keep
      Brain stuffing on our forgotten new year’s resolutions.
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    • Child/ Parent Relationships
      Brain stuffing on how the awkward teenage years change your relationship with your parents.
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    • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
      Brain stuffing on how to make any type of relationship work.
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    • Life: A Definition
      Brain stuffing on how the question “When does human life begin?” puts pro-life and pro-choice at odds.
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    • Work With Nature, or Destroy It
      Brain stuffing on how different religions influence different types of societies.
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    • Falling for the Cliche’
      Brain stuffing on why nice girls like bad boys, and nice boys like popular girls.
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    • Literal Interpretations
      Brain stuffing on deciphering truth from fact, and using this to understand religious teachings.
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    • Connecting in College Goes Beyond Partying
      Brain stuffing on how being true to yourself creates the strongest and most important friendships.
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    • Segregation
      Brain stuffing on how people are finally better at understanding ASL for what it is, and yet we still find traces of segregation – only this time, it’s from some Deaf community members.
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    • You: Then or Now
      Brain stuffing on being judged for who we used to be, and no longer are.
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    • Your Lyin’, Cheatin’ Heart
      Brain stuffing on the reasoning behind cheating on someone we love.
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    • The Lies Hollywood Loves
      Brain stuffing on why your girlfriend expects your relationship to play out like a romance movie.
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    • Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes
      Brain stuffing on wanting to do the right thing, but not knowing how.
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    • Do We Ever Really Change?
      Brain stuffing on why altering your personality isn’t as easy as you think.
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    • Encourage Your Child’s Strengths
      Brain stuffing on how far parents should go to encourage their children to do well in life.
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    • To Forgive, or to Fester
      Brain stuffing on how to balance being quick to forgive and when to hold a grudge.
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    • College Life
      College isn’t so hard. Or is it? Brain stuffing on satisfying new changes with friends who are stuck in the past.
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    • Holiday Slum to Christmas Joy
      Brain stuffing on finding your inner-kid and being your happiest this holiday season.

     
    Dear Conscience
    Your very own Shoulder Angel and Devil offer advice on any topic — a humor column.

    • How to best enjoy the summer
      The Shoulder Devil discusses how to enjoy the summer. Unfortunately, this involved killing The Shoulder Angel.
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    • Why do we procrastinate?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil offer their advice on why people procrastinate.
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    • What should you do if your significant other wants to have plastic surgery?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil share their thoughts on going under the knife.
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    • What is more important, appearance or personality?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil debate over what should be taken more seriously: Looks, or personality?
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    • I work with male chauvinists, so what should I do?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil reveal how to stick it to those chauvinists at work!
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    • What do you do if your friend’s eyebrows are taking over their face?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel offer their advice on handling those pesky, big eyebrows.
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    • How do we sustain our earth for the many generations to come?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel offer their advice on how to keep the earth around for future generations.
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    • Experimenting in college: Self-discovery, or a dangerous situation?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel talk about having a “good time,” or being a good student.
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    • What if we lived during “The Hunger Games?”
      April Fools! The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil offer advice on winning the Hunger Games.
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    • How should we handle a catastrophic event?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel offer advice on handling the end times.
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    • What is the best way to handle stress?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel weigh in on their best ways to handle stress.
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    • Is there an After Life?
      The Shoulder Devil and Shoulder Angel weigh in on the afterlife.
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    • My Co-worker is The Devil! What should I do?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in on working with The Devil.
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    • My girlfriend told me not to get her something for Valentine’s and I didn’t, now what should I do?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in with their thoughts on pleasing your girlfriend after Valentine’s Day.
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    • Valentine’s Day
      The Shoulder Angel and Devil weigh in with their thoughts on Valentine’s Day.
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    • Personal Heroes
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in on their own personal heroes.
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    • Does Money Buy Happiness?
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in on if money buys happiness.
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    • How to Dump a Friend
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in on how to break it to a friend you don’t like them anymore.
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    • New Year
      The Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Devil weigh in on how to start the year off right in college and in life.
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