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Why we need the Freedom to Vote Act

If you are a young person in New Hampshire like me, there is a seemingly endless list of concerns that make us question our future. Every day, we see the devastating effects of climate change with more and more ‘once-in-a-generation’ storms and record-breaking wildfires that are becoming commonplace. The crippling student debt crisis continues to weigh down generations, making it difficult to get ahead and stay ahead, and to make it even worse leaders in Concord keep raising out-of-state tuition, and that’s not to mention the challenge of finding a job and an affordable place to live after graduation.  None of these issues will matter unless we focus on fixing the state of our democracy.  

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OPINION: Should students be required to pass a citizenship test?

Last week, the New Hampshire State Senate passed HB320, a bill that if signed by Gov. Chris Sununu would add a civics competency as a graduation requirement for all New Hampshire public high schools. This bill flew mostly under the radar, passing the House 208-141 with some bipartisan support: 14 Democrats joined Republicans in favor with six Republicans voting against, before passing the Senate on complete party lines 14-10.

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SCOPE Hosts Pete Davidson for virtual Q&A

Saturday Night Live (SNL) star, Pete Davidson, was welcomed to a Q&A hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Student Committee on Popular Entertainment (SCOPE) and moderated by SNL’s Alex Moffat this past Tuesday.

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The MLB’s responsibility to stand up for minority voters

Georgia, the state set to host the 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game has come under national scrutiny for a law placing restrictions on voting, which will disproportionately impact Black Americans and other minorities, according to the Los Angeles Times. Players, coaches, and the MLB have an opportunity to stand up for what’s right.

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Challenges of a break-free semester of virtual learning

It’s no secret that attending college during a pandemic is difficult. Hours of Zoom classes and meetings, and online homework, projects, and exams have changed student life on campus all over the nation – and have also affected student mental health. While spring breaks have been cancelled at colleges all throughout the country in order to keep communities safe, including University of New Hampshire (UNH), a college semester without a break has seemed to increase the stress levels on campuses.

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Michael Bublé: an overrated figure in music

My middle school is known for our jazz band. Definitely not as good as we thought we were, but not bad. My instrument of choice in the band was the flute. Most of the time it sounded like a suffocating bird instead of an instrument, but despite my inability to actually produce music myself, I appreciated jazz band because of how our conductor taught us how to play it. We would listen to it, break all the parts down, and then build it back together with the instruments we had. This construction and reconstruction method taught me to appreciate music for all its parts and complexity. I learned that different artists don’t just play music, they are able to use their voices or their instruments to portray a certain set of emotion and values.

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Why we need the Freedom to Vote Act

If you are a young person in New Hampshire like me, there is a seemingly endless list of concerns that make us question our future. Every day, we see the devastating effects of climate change with more and more ‘once-in-a-generation’ storms and record-breaking wildfires that are becoming commonplace. The crippling student debt crisis continues to weigh down generations, making it difficult to get ahead and stay ahead, and to make it even worse leaders in Concord keep raising out-of-state tuition, and that’s not to mention the challenge of finding a job and an affordable place to live after graduation.  None of these issues will matter unless we focus on fixing the state of our democracy.