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South Beloit decision critical

By virtue of the fact that this article will appear in the Op-Ed portion of The Round Table, you know there will be a bias present in the piece. However, I am extremely biased regarding the situation with the South Beloit Police and especially the

Contextualizing criticism

Surely everyone has experienced the following situation: You hear a song in one context and make a judgment, but then you hear it in different space and time, and change your opinion. It is a tale as old as time. Music critics have often had

Anti-vaxxers could cause global calamity

There are many problems with Trump. His racist remarks, lousy policies, and abrasive twitter have spurred great controversy, but one of his most dangerous ideas thus far has not received proper attention. Trump is of the belief that there is a connection between vaccines and

Billboard Hot 666: Satan and the evil in popular music

He may be a troll, but a Twitter account attributed to a man named “Gregory McDowell” has recently targeted Blink-182 concertgoers for their unholy ways. “You need Jesus in your life,” he wrote on Sept. 11. “Blink 182 is a satanic band and you should

Why you should care about the California drought

I used to absolutely love flying home to California. It was magical to see flat cornfields of the Midwest suddenly become a view of vast oceans, lively mountains and healthy pine trees. But recently I stopped fighting for the window seat when I fly home,

DK’s line encourages satirical response

Starting at approximately 5 o’clock this past Sunday, the ritual of great grief began once again. Students from all around campus started filing in, the inevitable of the experience weighing them down. Freshmen stood on the edges, dazed and confused. Upperclassmen drudged inward, already hopeless.

Presidential health not a new concern

For approaching four decades, it has been the norm for candidates running for the Oval Office to discuss and potentially release their medical information. Before 1980, presidents commonly hid significant medical issues from the American public; Franklin Delano Roosevelt hid his inability to walk and

A eulogy for Weezy’s career

The year was 2008, I was starting seventh grade and I decided that I liked rap music. Eminem’s “Just Lose It” was my first taste of the genre, inspiring me to jump on LimeWire and illegally download as much late 90s, early 2000s rap as

43: Is it time for a reassessment of George W. Bush?

As this year’s rough and tumble election cycle has run its course, one person has quietly reaped the benefits: George W. Bush. The 43rd president, who left office with a horrid 22 percent approval rating, has rebounded enormously. A June 2015 CNN/ORC poll showed 52