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Legal marijuana could gain traction this election season

This volatile election cycle has featured numerous clashes, barbs and jabs that have made even the heartiest followers of politics grow a bit weary. But for one topic in particular, the upcoming vote could ring in a new wave of success: marijuana. Voters in Arizona,

A eulogy for my beloved dog

This past Tuesday, my family was forced to make the decision that so many pet owners dread. It was time to say goodbye to our dog, a 13-year-old beagle named Grace. This ball of joy came into our lives on Christmas Day in 2003. Coming

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