Category Archives: Opinions

The class registration process at the College can be stressful for some students. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)

The Signal asks… What do you think about the class registration process?

Alex Maresco, senior English major.
Alex Maresco, senior English major.

“I’ve never had a problem with it, but I know others have said it is stressful.”

Szymon Saniewski, junior civil engineering major.
Szymon Saniewski, junior civil engineering major.

“I thought it was a little dragged out… (As a transfer student,) I think the transfer kids were sort of thrown under the rug. I wasn’t able to pick my classes until like a week before they started, (but overall) I think (the College) does a good job.”

Brian McGowan, junior English and philosophy double major.
Brian McGowan, junior English and philosophy double major.

“I haven’t really heard any criticism about it, but I guess it’s good… (Registration) seems like a lot of work. It’s kind of confusing. There’s very specific courses I have to take at certain times… and sometimes, the courses fill up before I could take them.”

Anastasia Fafoutis, freshman economics major.
Anastasia Fafoutis, freshman economics major.

“I think it’s a pretty simple process. I (spend a lot of time) determining the classes that I want to take… It’s a lot of planning.”

The class registration process at the College can be stressful for some students. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
The class registration process at the College can be stressful for some students. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
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Google has the ability to decide elections

Schmidt crafts a political agenda. (AP Photo)
Schmidt crafts a political agenda. (AP Photo)

By Gerard Freda

In August 2015, notable social psychologist Robert Epstein published three studies highlighting the search engine manipulation effect (SEME) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The series of studies examined how search engines can manipulate voters. In one study, Epstein and his team showed participants’ biased search results. They found that 99.5 percent of people were unaware that the search results that they were shown were altered. These results were based off of the 2014 election of the Lok Sabha, the lower-house of the Indian Parliament. Continue reading

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Terror attacks in Turkey deserve attention

The Sunday, March 13, terror attack in Ankara left 37 people dead and roughly 100 injured. (AP Photo)
The Sunday, March 13, terror attack in Ankara left 37 people dead and roughly 100 injured. (AP Photo)

By Zahra Memon

On Tuesday, March 22, the city of Brussels was reduced to shambles. While the news about Belgium was being broadcast worldwide, every station was discussing the attacks. Every news anchor gave his or her reflections and prayers and the entire world was in a state shock and grief. No one was able to fathom what had just happened.

Within a few moments of the attacks, my phone was blowing up with CNN notifications of the constant reports of the number of injured, as these numbers were steadily increasing. A couple of hours later, ISIS took full responsibility for the suicide bombs they had plotted, according to a New York Times article from Tuesday, March 22. Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds were inundated with pictures of Belgium and hashtags such as #PrayforBrussels and #PrayforBelgium were trending all over the internet. Facebook even created a tool to set up a temporary profile picture to show solidarity with countries going through hardships — but did Facebook create one for Turkey? I did not see it. Continue reading

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Pop quizzes block students from success

On-the-spot examinations do not reflect a student’s true knowledge on a subject. (Twitter.com)
On-the-spot examinations do not reflect a student’s true knowledge on a subject. (Twitter.com)

By Alyssa Gautieri

We’ve all experienced the moment of panic when a professor told your class to clear your desks. We regretted that we only skimmed the reading last night or that we forgot to read at all. Sometimes, even when we read the assignment completely, suddenly, every single word of the chapter has escaped our memories. This fear-stricken moment was probably followed by a pop quiz, a method of evaluation that is not an effective way to test student ability. Continue reading

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Sanders is wrong on economic issues, such as taxes and the minimum wage. (AP Photo)

Bernie Sanders: a lunatic in lunatic’s skin

Bernie Sanders might have a large following because of his oversimplification of issues. (AP Photo)
Bernie Sanders might have a large following because of his oversimplification of issues. (AP Photo)

By Paul Mulholland

Bernie Sanders is right on some issues, but on the issues that he is wrong, he is very wrong. His proposed economic policies are so outrageous that no thinking person should take him seriously. A $15 federal minimum wage would dramatically reduce the demand for labor, particularly for poor people and the youth. His hostility to international trade undermines his own goal of reducing inequality. Continue reading

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The Signal asks… Is it still appropriate to celebrate April Fools’ Day?

Carlos Duarte, freshman electrical engineering major.
Carlos Duarte, freshman electrical engineering major.

“Honestly, as long as its not too bad, (it’s appropriate).”

Chloe Yelle, sophomore urban education and English double major.
Chloe Yelle, sophomore urban education and English double major.

“Yeah… It’s my dad’s birthday, so he always feels like it’s an important part of his day… So (there’s nothing wrong with) a good joke or two or four.”

Ryan McClean, junior history major.
Ryan McClean, junior history major.

“Yes… Because it’s a funny holiday… I don’t see a reason why not to (celebrate it).”

Danielle Silvia, freshman communication studies major
Danielle Silvia, freshman communication studies major.

“It’s a one-day holiday (so for that one day), its fine.”

Shenanigans and hijinks at the College reach their height on April Fools’ Day. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
Shenanigans and hijinks at the College reach their height on April Fools’ Day. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
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Environmental crisis in Haiti should be noticed

Deforestation is just one of Haiti’s environmental problems. (AP Photo)
Deforestation is just one of Haiti’s environmental problems. (AP Photo)

By Louinel Jean and Sandrale Schettini

After years of political unrest and leadership failures, the marginalization of rural life in Haiti is directly influenced by continued environmental neglect.

Mainstream outlets and social media discussions focus their attentions mainly on current political events that often devolve into heated debates driven by distortion. Meanwhile, civil discourse about environmental decay that could turn into actionable behavior for collective societal dignity is ignored. Instead, the Haitian population, directed toward endless political intrigue, grows increasingly ignorant about the real issues that impact its livelihood: the effects of deforestation, the neglect of soil care and water infrastructure and the dire consequence of global warming. Continue reading

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Garland deserves his day in Congress

Congress should consider looking at Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo)
Congress should consider looking at Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo)

By Jake Mulick

It’s really a shame that Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, will probably not become a United States Supreme Court Justice. He is the best choice, as far as both political sides are concerned. As a middle-of-the-road liberal who is Harvard Law-educated and has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, there is no way around it: Garland, with his impressive résumé, is the ideal candidate for both parties to serve on the Supreme Court. Continue reading

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Norcross (center) faces competition from a 24 year old in the Democratic primaries. (AP Photo)

Local primaries open chance for change

Norcross (center) faces competition from a 24 year old in the Democratic primaries. (AP Photo)
Norcross (center) faces competition from a 24 year old in the Democratic primaries. (AP Photo)

By Tom Ballard
Opinions Editor

It’s spring here at the College. The flowers are out, the trees are beginning to grow foliage and finals are slowly creeping upon us. But outside the College, this season of rebirth also brings with it another type of season: primary season. With the fierce national battle between Donald Trump and the establishment of the Republican Party, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, it is easy to overlook the other races that Republican and Democratic party members will be deciding in the upcoming primaries on Tuesday, June 7. Despite the lack of attention these local races are receiving, it is essential that voters are informed about them. Continue reading

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The Signal asks… Are students preparing for the upcoming summer?

Vincent Allen, freshman criminology major.
Vincent Allen, freshman criminology major.

“Definitely… I just feel that everybody is getting in the mindset… I brought back all of my summer clothes over the break.”

Becca Haverlin, sophomore special education and psychology double major.
Becca Haverlin, sophomore special education and psychology double major.

“No, because the weather hasn’t been nice (but once it is)… They’ll be in the summer mood.”

Dominic Clark, freshman management major.
Dominic Clark, freshman management major.

“I think spring break was like a taste of summer (for students).”

Kimberly Ho, senior nursing major.
Kimberly Ho, senior nursing major.

“Personally, as a senior, I’m happy to be graduating and it’s just hitting me (now, but for other students)… it’s only halfway through the semester and there’s still a lot of things going on.”

As the weather begins to change, some students at the College are letting the nice temperature hit them hard. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
As the weather begins to change, some students at the College are letting the nice temperature hit them hard. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
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The Signal Asks… What do you think about PhiloTV?

Teagan Nurnberger, sophomore deaf education and mathematics double major.
Teagan Nurnberger, sophomore deaf education and mathematics double major.

“It’s very convenient. I don’t have a TV at school… (I heard that students) can record (shows)… and that’s awesome… I haven’t personally used it yet.”

Irene Kontogiannis, sophomore biology major.

“I’ve heard… good and bad (things). You don’t really get to (use) your TV.”

Ben Campos, junior physics major.
Ben Campos, junior physics major.

“I feel that everyone has a laptop (to watch PhiloTV), so it’s probably (very) useful.”

Danielle Kierner, senior economics major.
Danielle Kierner, senior economics major.

“I think that it has its good and bad parts… I think that it’s good that we can record TV, (but I don’t) like how you need an HDMI cable to plug in your computer to watch it on TV… Overall, I think it’s a good thing.”

With the College’s recent switch to PhiloTV over regular cable, some students still don’t see a difference. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
With the College’s recent switch to PhiloTV over regular cable, some students still don’t see a difference. (Rob Birnbohm / Cartoonist)
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PhiloTV don’t give no pucks — or other local sports

PhiloTV cuts students’ access to local sport teams. (AP Photo)
PhiloTV cuts students’ access to local sport teams. (AP Photo)

By Michael Battista
Sports Editor

When I was informed of the switch to PhiloTV online cable from the traditional coaxial cord in the wall version we had at the College, I was pretty excited. We were promised HBO and high-definition channels. We even get all the major sports networks, like National Hockey League (NHL) and National Football League (NFL) networks.

I was sold… until I decided that I wanted to watch the New York Rangers play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, Feb. 29. I got my account set up for the first time and was ready to watch the game. Continue reading

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Fame should never excuse sexual assault

Better Off has recently faced claims of sexual assault. (Twitter.com)
Better Off has recently faced claims of sexual assault. (Twitter.com)

By Connor Meany

It is currently 1:44 a.m. on Monday, March 14, where I’m sitting in bed and trying to make sense of what has come to light during past three days. Writing this article is not exactly how I expected to spend my spring break.

On Friday, March 11, Luke Granered of Equal Vision Records’s Better Off posted a lengthy statement on Facebook announcing that he and the rest of his live performance band will be dropping off their current tour with The Maine and Mayday Parade. This announcement comes at the heels of allegations of sexual assault toward David Hobbs, the band’s fill-in bass player. Continue reading

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Labeling of meats is a fundamental right

COOL labeling has other countries crying foul. (AP Photo)
COOL labeling has other countries crying foul. (AP Photo)

By Tom Ballard
Opinions Editor

It is a common occurrence in American grocery stores: A person walks up to the meat section and is faced with a large selection of varying pink-colored meats he or she can buy. The meat is wrapped in clear plastic with a rectangular, white label with basic black print that gives information on the package’s contents. Until last year, these labels included Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which stated from where in the world the meat came. But due to political and economic interests, these labels were eradicated and so was the people’s right to information. Continue reading

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