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Who are you celebrating this Valentine's Day?

Whether you're celebrating a significant other, a relative or an 18th century British explorer (what?), Valentine's Day has everyone thinking about the loving, or not so loving, relationships in their lives. Here's who our Daily Wildcat columnists are celebrating this year on the day of love.  Read more

OPINION: Protesting for a reason

Last week, I stumbled upon a protest happening in front of the university’s administration building. The protestors were standing silently, and I feigned to see what was going on, before I realized it was in honor of Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Their protest seemed to rouse some negative opinions, because I overheard people saying their signs were “rude” and out of place. It seemed odd that a silent protest would stir such negative comments, but that leads me to my overall opinion of the situation: Read more

OPINION: Hulu vs. Netflix

There are a lot of streaming services, but the two most popular are Hulu and Netflix. They both have a different platform of content. Netflix has a wide set selection of movies and older TV shows, but Hulu has a larger collection of current TV shows and a smaller selection of movies. So what I’m thinking is, which one is better for the best price? Read more

OPINION: Diamond rings aren’t everything

Do you know the true meaning of Valentine’s Day? Probably not. Like the majority of people, you might think Valentine’s Day is all about romance, giving and receiving chocolates and flowers and going out for a nice dinner. After all, that's all society has taught us. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. We're all wrong.  Read more

OPINION: Tired? You're only 40 percent done!

Being a college student is a multi-faceted role that demands a level of effort that, most of the time, doesn’t seem attainable. Putting school in the center of your metaphorical universe, what generally orbits around it would be work, clubs, student organizations, mental and physical health and lending whatever leftover time you have to sustaining a social life. Throw in some seasonal disadvantages, such as midterms and finals, and you have yourself a good, old-fashioned struggle for motivation. When balance seems to be lost in your world of responsibilities, it can be easy to let the most intimidating of the bunch, also known as your college education, get the short end of the stick. Read more

OPINION: A Girl’s Guide to the Government Shutdown

There were laughter, tears, hurt, feelings and walls. No, I’m not talking about this season’s “The Bachelor” promo. I’m talking real deal government no worky no more. Sorry, the old government can’t come to the phone right now, she’s literally dead. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of all the juicy details on this week’s episode of “Democracy as we know it is crumbling”. Read more

OPINION: Parking pet peeves

Having been a student at the University of Arizona for over a semester, I think it’s safe to openly complain about the parking situation here on campus. Knowing how I feel, I can just imagine what those who’ve been here longer are going through. Parking on campus is not a walk in the park. In fact, parking on campus might equal about ten walks in the park based on how far your designated parking area is. Here’s a list of parking pet peeves and some of the ways I’ve learned to maneuver through them. Read more

Venezuela's voice must be heard

The United States has had such a history with South America that “awkward” would not even begin to cover it. In our almost 250 years of independence, the United States has treated Central and South America as something of a playground and our own personal property. From declaring the entire Western Hemisphere part of the American sphere of influence with the Monroe Doctrine, we have been definitively against anyone else playing around in South American politics. And boy have we. When Theodore Roosevelt announced that the United States could act as an “international police power,” we managed to topple whole governments and encourage major social strife and brutality that has caused  societal destruction and demographic trends that we are still feeling today. Read more

OPINION: Government shutdowns are a destructive tool

In recent years, Congress has developed a nasty habit of taking previously unthinkable actions and making them into regular tools to be wielded in an attempt to win the attention of the news cycle for a couple of weeks, only to find a newer unprecedented and equally self-destructive plan that will get them attention. From refusing to raise the debt ceiling, to invoking a senate rule previously so unthinkable that it is called the “nuclear option”, to shutting down the government, actions that for decades American lawmakers saw as destructive and potential career suicide to even suggest, have become commonplace in modern day political discussions. It does not even shock us anymore that our government may occasionally decide to not pay its bills and instead just close its doors for a couple of weeks.  Read more