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Parkway West Twitter accounts

Parkway West Twitter accounts

Macky Kavanaugh, Staff Writer

February 7, 2014

It takes 140 characters or less to wound someone’s image, and students have abused the powers of staying anonymous on Twitter against peers. Students have created countless twitter accounts that tweet insulting things about Parkway West’s student body. While most of the students can agree that t...

Shooting down shooting debates

Shooting down shooting debates

Brendan Riehl, Staff Writer

February 3, 2014

Mass murders, terrorist threats and school shootings have become America’s favorite political conversation-starters, it seems. It’s not that these conversations haven’t resulted in action; this backdrop of violence, death and loss brings attention to national and local security, as well as gun...

Beauty pageants: exploitive or esteem boosting?

Kathryn Harter, Staff Writer

January 30, 2014

Googling just the search term “beauty pageants coming up” 1,020,000 results will appear in 0.34 seconds. Throughout history, beauty pageants have been held for both women and men. By giving young people a bleached white smile and an expensive outfit to look up to, people around the world are presented...

Homophobic laws in Russia may cause tension at the Sochi Olympics

Homophobic laws in Russia may cause tension at the Sochi Olympics

Marisa Drajeske, Staff Writer

January 29, 2014

Currently, the LGBT community is facing prejudice to the extent of violence in Russia. No human being is deserving of this treatment, especially not for an aspect that they cannot change and is not harming others. In June 2013, a law was passed in Moscow, Russia that banned the propaganda of “non-traditional...

Duck dynasty drama

Duck dynasty drama

John Watson

January 22, 2014

Reality T.V. has become the cornerstone of the new generation of entertainment. Shows like Pawn Stars, Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Voice are all television series that document unscripted situations and actual occurrences, all while featuring a previously unknown cast. Typically, reality...

The Kirkwood security catastrophe

The Kirkwood security catastrophe

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer

January 18, 2014

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A surveillance state

A surveillance state

Austin Oakes, Editor In Chief

January 17, 2014

Obama’s speech on the NSA Friday followed a very predictable path. He referenced notable moments in U.S. history to frame the topic of surveillance, he made arguments regarding national security in defense of the NSA, he made qualified announcements about potential reforms, and he even pointed a finger...

Lessons learned from Superman Sam

Lessons learned from Superman Sam

Kathryn Harter, Staff Writer

December 12, 2013

Earlier in the semester the Pathfinder published a feature story about Community Outreach at West (COW) aiding the seven-year-old Superman Sam in his fight against acute myeloid leukemia. Today we learned that Sam's days are numbered. Feeling powerless, I decided to write about what we, no matter if...

Who is 2013’s Person of the Year?

Who is 2013’s Person of the Year?

Austin Oakes, Editor In Chief

December 11, 2013

Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its person of the year, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the “imaginations of millions” that had become disillusioned with the Vatican. Not only did the editors at Time Magazine have the good sense to pass over...

Sweeping progress: ENDA passes in the Senate

Sweeping progress: ENDA passes in the Senate

Austin Oakes, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2013

Back in September of 1996, when the ideological isolation of the country’s two major political parties wasn’t as complete as it is today, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) got 49 votes in the Senate — 42 from Democrats, seven from Republicans. That was before Republicans had destroyed long-standing Sen...

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