Archive for April, 2011
By MATT RYGH – Do you hear that? That high-pitched, tinny tone? I don’t, but then I’m not supposed too. The sound is coming from my daughter’s cell phone, and she can hear it quite clearly. Her phone lets her know that she has an incoming text message, but the ringtone is at a frequency that adults simply can’t hear. ‘Mosquito ringtones’ are clear as a bell to kids in classrooms, but well outside of the hearing range of their teachers.
By BRIANNA LENNON – The surgical modification of a woman’s genitalia is a widely practiced tradition in many non-Westernized parts of the world. Commonly referred to as female genital cutting or mutilation, or simply female circumcision, the procedure is highly stigmatized in Western culture as a violation of human rights, leading to bans of the procedure in a number of countries. However, laws prohibiting female genital cutting often fail to reflect the cultural values of the affected populations, who may support the ritual. As a result, individuals in countries who practice female genital cutting often disregard or violate their jurisdiction’s laws.
By LUIS ZAVALA – It is generally agreed that the Commander-in-Chief role gives the President power to utilize the armed forces to repel attacks against the United States, but there has long been controversy over whether he is constitutionally authorized to send forces into hostile situations abroad without a declaration of war or other Congressional authorization.
By SARAH ELI MATTERN – One does not have to look far to see disgruntled law students complaining about the lack of job opportunities after graduation. Angry graduates blog and complain; they point fingers and make excuses. But the truth is that the legal profession today does not even begin to resemble the legal profession of 7 years ago
By CHRISTINE J LOMAS – Despite Mildred Loving’s all-embracing statement celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision in 2007, the black community’s general homophobic tendencies showed themselves all too well just one year later in the 2008 elections. In both California and Florida, blacks helped tip the scales in passing anti-gay marriage provisions, while gays helped elect the country’s first black President