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Smith’s lawyer seeks to reduce murder charge

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

By Zane Sparling Representing a Willamette University student charged in the killing of a Salem resident, Beau Wesley Smith’s lawyer said he is working to convince the state that this is not a murder case. Attorney for the defense Walter Todd mentioned criminally negligent homicide, as well as manslaughter in the first or second degree

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Dec 4th, 2014 | By


Grand jury’s Ferguson decision raises controversy over American justice system

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Jessica Meza-Torres The tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has inspired controversy nationwide. Protests demanding justice for Brown, along with thousands of black lives lost to police brutality, continue to occur not only in Ferguson, but in cities around the country—including our very own Salem. In spite of so much demonstrated solidarity, the grand

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Issue 14

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

Hazy future for weed    by Katie Dobbs Covering tragedy, even when it hurts    EDITORIAL Golazo gives you wings    by Juliana Cohen No home for the holidays    by Alyssa Milstead Grand jury’s Ferguson decision and American justice system by Jessica Meza-Torres Black lives matter    by Margaret Woodcock Letter to the editor

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Vegetarianism vs. veganism

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Ben Beeler I am a president and founder of Vegan club and I would like to take a moment to respond to Ross Kovac’s recent article, “Not that kind of vegetarian,” published Nov. 5 First, there is a major difference between vegetarians and vegans, and vegans consider vegetarian diets to be unethical. There’s good

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Turning 22 with Taylor Swift

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Kate Piluso On the 17th of November, I turned 22. Please hold all Taylor Swift singing and old people jokes until the end of the column. Birthdays are a delightfully strange thing. It’s the one time of year where we choose to celebrate the sheer majesty of our own existence. You exited the womb

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Speech is free, but ideas have cost

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Marjorie Meeks Climbing high on my list of pet peeves are people who try to use freedom of speech as some sort of get out of jail free card. Everyone’s been around someone in their life who’s done that before. Hell, maybe once upon a time (a long time, I hope), you were that

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Letter to the editor

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Meg Cusick Dear Editor, In ancient Roman times, as part of a celebration, a leader would be dressed up as a god and paraded around the city. He would be praised and worshipped as a god, and right behind him, following him the entire way, would be a slave to whisper in his ear,

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Forced family fun

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

By Jake Saiki Every year, my family crams around a covered Ping-Pong table to have Christmas dinner together at my grandparents’ house. And every year, amidst all of the yelling, gesticulating and crying, my grandma stands up, throws her napkin down in disgust, and spits, “It’s like you’re all competing to see who can possibly

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Covering tragedy, even when it hurts

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

Readers strike back EDITORIAL Two weeks ago, hundreds of print copies of the Collegian were removed from distribution racks around campus. It’s hard to say if they were destroyed, recycled or dumped in the trash, but the action severely limited the print product’s availability to students. We don’t know why the issue was destroyed. The

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