Opinion

Obama’s brain map: a grey matter mandate

Move over, space: what goes on inside your skull is the real final frontier. In fact, it’s staggering how much we simply don’t know about the functions of the brain, considering that they’re directly between our ears. Modern neuroscience and the study of cognition are relatively new fields compared to

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Sit down, shape up

According to a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse 2012 report, only 57 percent of teens reported having dinner with their families at least five times a week. According to DivorceStatistics.info, the rate of divorce for the first marriage is only 41 percent. And according to the U.S. Census

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Look at voter fraud

A tenured math teacher who allegedly forced her students to sign pledges to vote for Barack Obama during the recent election was not fired recently. Jim Richey, the college’s president, did put in the recommendation, though. Really? Do you have to recommend anything, at that point? I know she has

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Doing the Honors

James Rambin / Views Editor When you make a huge mistake in public, you probably try to fix it as fast as you can. When UNT makes a huge mistake in public, they pretend it wasn’t a mistake at all. At least that’s the impression I’m getting after what happened

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This year, don’t let love tear you apart

Today, millions of people will hand each other cards, gobble chocolates by the pound, and pack the candlelit tables of every Italian restaurant from sea to shining sea. Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kind of reverence often saved for religious holidays. The only difference is that people worship each

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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

Sugar Land, Texas got the name from a sugar plantation, but if a sleazy dating site got their way, the community might have sported a slightly different title. Sugardaddie.com, a romance site intended to match wealthy singles, offered the city $500,000 this week to take the website’s name for ten

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Are Obama’s best-laid plans possible?

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Feb. 13. In his first State of the Union address of his second term, President Obama delivered the most forceful defense of liberal values uttered on this occasion by any president since Lyndon Johnson. Obama argued for progress on

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Pope’s departure leaves Rome burning

The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Monday, Feb. 11.  Monday’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he would step down on Feb. 28 was nothing short of historic. The last time a pope resigned was 1415. Europeans were still decades away from setting foot in the

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Look to the Church’s past for understanding

On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. As a Jew, this does not affect me directly, but I find it interesting to note the focus people have been putting on the last abdication, involving the various popes and antipopes of the Western Schism six centuries ago, a bit misleading.

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Dry campus, wet blankets, safer students?

In 2005, University of Texas freshman Phanta “Jack” Phoummarath died of alcohol poisoning after a party at his fraternity house. In 2007, University of Mississippi freshman Bradley Jameson fell from a tree outside a fraternity house he was visiting and died after striking his head on a concrete patio. He

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