Three social sins in need of conciliation at SHU

Seton Hill University has undergone unsettling changes since my first year: the controversial move for men’s athletics, the increasing fear on campus about safety, the rapidly inflating student body, and a disconnected feeling between the university and the students. I feel Seton Hill has separated from its mission of educating students to think and act…

Conflicts call us to redefine aliens, neighbors, ourselves

�UN envoy barred from Darfur camp, Insurgents used kids as cover then killed them, and Anger and cheers for immigration raids.� News headlines haven’tbeen pleasant for decades now, probably because fear, death, and partisan politics sell extraordinarily well. It’s also due to our awareness of conflicts around the world. Issues we thought were only foreign…

Pa. politicians pick on the Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh fans seem to be born and raised to love their sports teams. With a so-so arts scene in a bankrupt city, sports are the axis of communal activity. For non-sports fans, me being among them, this often seems to be an axis of evil and wasteful spending on the Penguins, Steelers, and last and…

Incompatible claims fail to win debates

How frustrating is it when your specific political point is expanded to mean more than it was originally meant for. �A daisy is like the sun� becomes a serious issue of debate because even though you say they are both yellow and circular shaped, someone else has to argue a daisy is small, not a…

Pa. possibly faces gas tax increase

Should Pennsylvanians expect higher gas taxes to be rolling in? Gas prices have stayed low and those caged SUVs are back dominating the roads, but a recommended 11.5 cent gas tax increase might send them back into hiding. The recommendation came from The Transportation Funding and Reform Commission (TFRC), a commission started by Gov. Ed…

With $8.5 trillion U.S. debt, it’s time to vote

This election aims at a �change.� Do we want to stay the course or change the direction of this country? It’s not only democrats, the minority, who are calling for change, but any candidate trying to gain office has hopped on the �America needs new direction� platform. More honestly, they are calling for people to…

Fighting fuel dependency at any cost

Start up that SUV and take the family for a Sunday drive because gas prices are falling. It’s sweet crude oil, an actual product grade, poured over a fresh stack of pancakes. There’s nothing more filling than a good breakfast to lift our spirits, and in this case, also our economy. However the skydiving of…

Illegal endorsement: Religious groups and politics

In the upcoming November elections many religious organizations will be preaching which issues should be the primary concern for voters. The response might not be as overwhelming as seen in presidential elections, but it is clear to politicians that the support of religious groups can swing the outcome. Large groups like the Southern Baptist Convention…

Midway’s �Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows� for Xbox and PS2

Cut, slash, and stab the plot �No, look at this combo.� A splash of pirate bodies flail in the air, exposing a barbaric warrior in the wake charging for more combat. Feeling outdone, I rise in a green aura, weeding the remaining pirates to my suspended form and with a whirling cut of an archaic…