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Creepy clowns need to stop being creepy

It’s Halloween, so we need to talk about the random scary clowns haunting people in cities and trying to lure children into the woods. These clowns have been found all over the U.S., a new fad designed to terrorize people. The craze can be traced

Accessibility issues rampant at Beloit

Campus accessibility conversations typically follow similar patterns: we talk about the WAC lacking a ramp, Pearson’s (unfortunately where Disability Services is located) being hard to enter in the winter, or how most dorms lack elevators. These are glaring problems that I’m sure discourage qualified potential

A call for cultural change over celebrity culture in our media

Twenty-eight people were arrested for resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline in southern North Dakota on Oct. 10, Indigenous People’s Day. And yet only one name seemed to matter — actor Shailene Woodley — and not the countless indigenous people who have been actively struggling for

Get out and vote

Election season is finally coming to a close. The primaries are done, the conventions have finished, and the debates are over. The only thing left is voting, which is the most important part of elections, and the part where the least amount of people participate.

Animal tourism evolving slowly, surely

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the tourism giant TripAdvisor declared that it would stop selling tickets to animal attractions and exhibits all over the world that allow tourists to interact with wild and endangered animals. TripAdvisor is the first tourism company that has implemented this ambitious

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