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Feb. 14 and Feb. 13 are important dates for thousands of people across the world. Many celebrate first dates, long lasting love, best friends, wedding anniversaries and an excuse to eat as much chocolate as you want on Valentine's and Galentine's Day. This year, as we continue through the pa…

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COVID-19 has changed nearly everything about ordinary life. Masks are necessary almost everywhere you go, people are maintaining six feet of distance between themselves and some people haven’t seen certain friends or family members in months. All of these changes and more are due to this unk…

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January has officially wrapped up, and although it may seem like the New Year’s celebrations just finished, the next holiday season is already sliding in. Red and pink hearts, boxes of chocolates and flowers galore are being showcased in every store you cross as Valentine’s Day looms ever cl…

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Call me unromantic, but Valentine’s Day has become ridiculously over-commercialized in the new millennium. Traditionally celebrated on February 14th, the holiday celebrates all things love and romance. The day of love has become a multi-billion industry in the United States. This year, the h…

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On Jan. 20, 2021, history was made as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election for 46th president and vice president of the United States. While the two celebrated after their long run, that didn’t stop them from immediately acting on what their platform promised. Biden signed 15 executi…

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Let’s face it, 2020 was a dumpster fire. The spring semester was interrupted by a pandemic that both professors and students were unequipped to handle. The economy tanked. Mental health plummeted. A historic election stressed everyone out no matter their political affiliation. Jan. 26th mark…

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As 2021 rolled around, nearly everyone was looking forward to the new year and all that it had promised. That is until the tragic announcement that the hit comedy, The Office, would be leaving Netflix for a new streaming platform called Peacock. Though Hulu and, more recently, DisneyPlus hav…

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After a year where bad news seemed to never cease, many Americans looked to the year 2021 for a fresh start. Before the week was over in the new year, however, chaos erupted in the Capitol. On January 6, 2021, Pro-Trump rioters broke through the thin police line on the Capitol steps in Washi…

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“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” said Twitter. 

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Without a doubt, Clemson faculty and students have struggled with the new adjustments to college life. Overall, Clemson has done a fair job of minimizing cases, but there are still a few mishaps arising from administration and students. Mainly, classes started too early and Clemson students …

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This year has been memorable for a lot of reasons, both good and bad. Regardless of how you feel about 2020, all of us have been having to spend a lot of time alone and on technology more than usual. And while there are tons of different hobbies and apps around to distract ourselves with, on…

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As holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around there always seems to be the looming question of what type of weather the season will bring. More northern states will expect this time of year to bring about colder weather while more southern states know that for the most part, col…

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It’s that time of year again! Classes are winding down, festive lights and decorations are being put up, and the weather is getting colder...unless you live in the South, that is. For as long as I can remember, South Carolina always has what’s fondly called a “Green Christmas.” Instead of sn…

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Climate change is not a myth or a conspiracy theory. It is a real thing, scientists say. It’s been shouted from the rooftops and written on the skyline, but many make the choice to stand amongst the non-believers. Not believing in climate change or that it is a problem is an impediment becau…

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When I was an inductee for my fraternity, I interviewed several brothers and all my fellow inductees. Out of my eight questions, there was one that almost everybody answered the same—Would you rather be a good person or a happy person?

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As the fall season rolls around and everyone is beginning to become excited about Christmas, it is easy to forget about Thanksgiving, which can bring about the same, if not more, joy and excitement. Thanksgiving is a time of friends and family, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and s…

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Having a job, no matter your age or education status, is arguably one of the most challenging aspects of life. All jobs come with pros and cons, however as most would agree there is one type of job that comes with a diverse pool of them. The world of customer service jobs is unlike anything …

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Six weeks is how long students were taught on Clemson’s campus. Now, at Thanksgiving, it is time to go home and back to online classes. Will your Gen Ed credit go back to asynchronous or stay synchronous? That is up to the professor. 

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Most would agree that there are many pros and cons that come with online classes and even school in general. There are many positives to take away from the unique experience of virtual learning and there are definitely many negatives. While there are many negative factors, procrastination is…

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Here’s an understatement: Quarantining is not fun. For those of us who regularly experience FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), it’s a nightmare. I am definitely one of those people scared of not being there when something happens. 

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As Halloween rolls around the corner and everyone is getting excited about decorating their dorms and houses and finding costumes for themselves…and of course their pets, Spirit Halloween seems to be at the forefront of all of the excitement. Whether you are in the market for fake cobwebs to…

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Forced to blindly choose a program fresh out of high school, it’s no surprise that about 30% of undergraduate students end up switching their major at least once within the first three years of college. For me, it took two semesters within a degree program to figure out that I didn’t like it.

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There are many aspects of our everyday life that are being altered by COVID-19. Things that we all take for granted such as gathering with friends, going to dinner with family and even going to class have been completely turned upside down. It is in the nature of many to want to be with frie…

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Despite learning about recycling in those Earth Day seminars we had once a year throughout elementary and middle school, I didn't really get into the habit of recycling until my freshman year of college. The College of Charleston helped me transition away from a single-use fiend into a more …

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With the COVID-19 pandemic enduring, college students find themselves (or they should, at least) spending more time in their apartment. Even when you’re living with your best friends, the daily toll of life as a college student can become stale. Before the pandemic, boredom or sadness could …

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, there were a lot of online personalities pushing out “motivational” messages to their viewers to take advantage of the extra time at home to learn a new skill. “Be productive,” they said. So, like any other extremely media-influenced young adult, I …

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When people talk about their college experiences, there are many factors that encompass this crazy time in one’s life. Classes, friends and sporting events are definite highlights. However, the topic that seems to be a constant forefront, whether talked about in a good or bad way, is the top…

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That modern communication technology has made the world smaller is a cliché that the heart has yet to understand. We can fool ourselves to believe that distance doesn’t matter when attending lectures or work meetings online. But try having an online date with your partner, and make sure you …

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Coming off of a not-so-hot girl summer (thank you, COVID-19), the cool breezes of this past week were accompanied by the annual shift in singles’ psyches across the Northern hemisphere. Cuffing season is upon us and it is the time of year where satisfied singles transform into love-hungry hu…

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Democracy is defined as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” In a country that prides itself on upholding the ideals of democracy, one of the most important traits should be making sure everyone’s …

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With in-person classes starting the week of Sept. 21, many students have purchased the required pass needed to park on campus. The cost of a parking pass for students who commute to campus for the 2020-21 school year is $163. While this may seem like a reasonable price to some, it is importa…

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There are many aspects of life that have been deeply affected by COVID-19. Schools are struggling to find what safety methods work best. Restaurants and stores are debating whether to stay open or not. As a whole, our entire sense of normalcy has been shifted. Even though physically the sign…

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As we all know by now, this semester’s on-campus dining options are not meeting expectations. From lackluster dining hall food to decreased hours of operations, students find themselves asking for what they paid for. Although Clemson has been great at getting us back on campus and, hopefully…

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Last week thousands of Clemson’s off campus students began testing for COVID-19 in preparation for the return to on-campus instruction. Despite my high praise for the convenience and effectiveness of the Rymedi QR code, I left the testing site feeling a little uneasy about the testing procedures.

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During the average football season, visitors and students can have open containers on campus or in bars.  However, during the National Championships, Clemson becomes so crowded that they let patrons have open containers of alcohol on pedestrianized College Avenue from the Subway to the Moe’s…

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I never really cared for astrology while growing up. Despite my ethnic background of Gypsy-Romani, my logic-driven mind couldn’t comprehend how the stars and planets above me influenced my day-to-day life. How could the position and movement of some rock in the sky dictate what I’m feeling o…

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This upcoming election is, to say the least, extremely important. Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, or still trying to figure out why we’re stuck in the primeval purgatory of a two-party system, your life will be altered by the outcome of this election in some major way. The president s…

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Just adding to the strange, unpredictable pileup of incidents that have been 2020, Elon Musk’s Neuralink demo on August 28th promised that the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company has cured blindness, deafness, paralysis, memory and stroke on his to-do list. 

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Growing up, I’m sure a lot of people heard the same warnings I did about getting tattoos. “Don’t forget they’re permanent,” “be careful where you get it when you start to age” and, most commonly, “Are you sure? What about when you’re applying for jobs?” There’s always been a bit of controver…

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Hi, my name is Anna and I’m an addict. Truthfully, I think I have been since the age of 16, but these past months of increased isolation and self-reflection allowed me to finally admit it to myself. I’m not addicted to the classic hits of alcohol and drugs that we were instructed on how to “…

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It is a good thing for us all that the City of Clemson’s Police Department is enforcing the mask mandate. If you are one of the numerous examples made for us all on Aug. 21 and 22, thank you for your $25 sacrifice. 

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Since the nationwide recognition of COVID-19 back in March, social distancing and home-bound quarantines have undoubtedly thrown a wrench into everyone’s love lives. Whether you are in the market for something romantic or platonic, the inability to casually meet people in social settings has…

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Well, Tigers, we’ve done it! We have completed the first full week of online classes from the comfort of our homes, our apartments and even our cars. Challenges vary from faulty wifi connections to shipping that seems to take weeks, but little by little, we’re getting through this. But what …

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With all the changes happening in our world this year, now, more than ever, it is important to find bursts of comfort and familiarity. One thing that I have learned from all the social distancing and COVID-19 craziness is that it’s the little things that can brighten your day (or month). Whi…

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When it comes to the dreaded topic of online classes, there is no denying where the opinions of most people lie. The people who truly enjoy and look forward to online instruction are very few and far in between. Phrases such as “I can’t concentrate when the class is online” or “I miss so man…

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It’s no secret that our return to Clemson is accompanied by several national outcries. After living through months of faulty government leadership and nationwide confusion, students are now adding hours of college courses to the mix. While the country that many Clemson students call home con…

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This article was written by a student of ENGL 3330: Writing for the News Media, which is taught by Mike Pulley.

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I think we can all agree that this semester didn’t end the way any of us planned. With social distancing practices being implemented, the shutdown of Clemson’s campus and just the transition to online classes in general, most people are probably ready for this last week of finals and class a…