Fantasy Reigns on Sunday

by Sean Begin

What were you doing Sunday?

Maybe you were nursing that hangover from Saturday’s party or waking up for your crappy early morning weekend shift.

There’s a good chance, though, you were one of the millions Americans who plopped down on their couch (or in my case, a desk chair) to watch the first full Sunday of the NFL season.

Yet a month ago if you had asked me if I was looking forward to upcoming season I would have laughed, probably sworn and said NOPE.

In 2010, the NFL changed the draft from a single, all-day meeting of owners to a three-day television event hosted in New York City and broadcast on the NFL’s bed partner, ESPN.

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Letter To The Editor: Smoking Ban Infringes on Student Rights

By David deHaas

The beginning of this fall’s semester has been tainted with an injustice. As human beings, we endure life, it is a complicated and fascinating experience, yet we have no real choice in the matter. We strive for happiness, but our existence is all there is, regardless of an individual’s happiness one still must endure. An infringement on life is not only atrocious, but artificial and meaningless; for in the words of Jean Paul Sartre, “We are condemned to be free.”

It has been announced through e-mail that a policy restricting tobacco use is in effect. There are currently four designated areas on campus where students and faculty are allowed to smoke.

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Left-Handed Desk Opinion

by Brian O’Neill

It’s believed that about 10% of the American population is left-handed. That means that of the 316 million Americans, 31.6 million are left-handed. That also means that 31.6 million Americans have suffered the same problems at school: a severe lack of left-handed supplies and equipment. The worst would have to be the shortage of left-handed desks at every school I have been to. I went through my whole grade school career without ever seeing a left-handed desk. For 18 years of my life, and 12 years of my academic career, I wasn’t aware of their existence. Before coming to CCSU I had never even considered the fact that a desk could be ‘left-‘ or ‘right-handed.’

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A Call for the End of Militarized Police

by Sean Begin

Over the weekend, from September 4 through September 8, Oakland hosted the 9th annual Urban Shield Expo, which brings together local police forces and SWAT teams with defense contractors under one roof for weapons demos and war games.

According to an article on commondreams.org, the expo is being “bankrolled by arms manufacturers and the Department of Homeland Security.” According to the article, the Expo costs American tax payers about $1.7 million.

This event comes on the heels of the protests and demonstrations in Ferguson, MO following the shooting of eighteen-year-old African-American Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

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Acadia Column (The End…And A New Beginning) idea for headline**Sean F

By Acadia Otlowski

Over the summer I made one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make in my life. I broke up with my boyfriend of three years in early August.

This may seem like an overly personal choice for my first column, but I have taken from this choice a valuable life lesson: do what your gut says, it’s rarely wrong.

I met my last boyfriend at 17, and we started dating when I was 18, the week I began college. I grew up with him. Since my freshman year, I have transformed from a shy, introverted teenager to a confident adult, a leader.

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Oh, Donald Sterling

by Sean Begin and Navindra Persaud

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling cast a dark shadow upon his team with racially charged remarks that he allegedly made, as first reported by TMZ.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” said the man alleged to be Sterling in the audio clip.

The comments were recorded by Sterling’s then-girlfriend and mistress, V. Stiviano, who is currently being sued for almost $2 million by Sterling’s wife for embezzlement.

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