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Autism and Technology

have a pet peeve regarding cell phones: people texting on cell phones when someone is passing by and you (as the one who texts) does not every look up to say “hello” or even acknowledge them. Personally, I have a cell phone, love having it, but the main meat of this will lead toward: DO NOT BE TO ABSORBED BY TECHNOLOGY THAT OTHER STUDENTS/FACULTY ARE INVISIBLE TO YOU! ...

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Virtual Violence

Children can be very easily influenced to do good and bad things, but video games alone don’t make children violent or lead them to turn to crime later on in life.For a child to become so violent and dangerous, they would have to witness it firsthand, e.i their parents or their peers. Babies and little kids are pure and don’t know right from wrong, as they get a little older, they do learn and grow a lot, but I don’t feel that kind of evil is in them, and it’s a little hard to believe playing a shooting game every weekend will send them over the edge. ...

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GC Speaks: Social Media

For many of us, social media is as much a part of our lives as eating, doing homework, and going to class. We’re checking alerts, updating our status, and commenting on the finer aspects of our life. So, if it’s such a normal aspect of what we do every day, should we consider using it during the times that it’s normally not allowed? How might that benefit us, and how might it prove to be more trouble than it’s worth? ...

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Personal Data Stores and NSA Developments

Imagine everything you’ve ever sent to anyone: your phone calls, texts, emails. Think about the places that you have been with your cell phone. Those were meant to be personal and private. That’s how you probably want them to stay. But recent events have made Americans question how confidential this kind of communication really is. Much of this suspicion is due to the work of the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA’s mission is, “Defending our nation. Securing the future.” But the NSA is beginning to see a lot of negative reactions to their continuing activities. Many people see these activities as offenses of the fourth amendment rather than ways to enhance security. But to others, it makes them feel a lot less secure. ...

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Is America Becoming a Drug-Dependent Country?

It was interesting to hear all of the responses to this question, and I am inclined to agree with the answer of the majority. It seems that a lot of the time, whenever someone feels a headache coming on, they pop a pill. A great many of us like to start our day with a cup of coffee or some other caffeinated drink. We may not think about it like that, but drugs creep into our daily lives more often than it seems. ...

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Should Museums Preserve Digital Media?

With technology advancing every day, many parts of our lives are also changing. You may find yourself discovering Wi-Fi in more and more places, having your smart phone find nearby restaurants for you, or monitoring your caloric intake and exercise schedule on your iPod. These are just a few examples of the various ways that technology has invaded our everyday lives. ...

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Coptic Christians and the Egyptian Government

Have you ever been to Egypt? I have not. If you have been to Egypt at all, you will probably notice pyramids, warm weather and all what Egypt has to offer. If you have been in Egypt at some point after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, then you will have noticed people for and against the government in a sharp divide. The divide is between the Muslim groups and Non-Christians toward the Coptic Christians. ...

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GC Speaks: Internships

Being an intern isn’t easy, I’m sure! No, I’ve never been one before, but I would feel if I’m highly qualified to do work and if there’s a lot demanded of me, it’s considered a job. People who have jobs/careers should get paid for the work they do, so that means interns should be given money. It’s unfortunate that many American corporations don’t pay their interns for all their hard work, so yes they are taking advantage of them! (See: Unpaid Interns) Of course, just the experience of working with these companies can be great, but let’s face it, money and experience would be better! ...

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A Letter to IL Representatives regarding Syria

The following is a letter written by Ann Zahniser, a member of the Greenville community, to the Illinois representatives regarding Syria. What follows is being published as it was originally written, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Greenville College or the Papyrus.  September 3, 2013 Dear Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk, and Representative Shimkus, With the media and some elected representatives ...

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Joint Action Necessary to Subdue Syria

Much of the news coverage recently has centered on the attack in Damascus, Syria and the action that will be taken by other nations as a result of the violence. The spotlight has been on President Barack Obama as he has been traveling, making speeches, and trying to gain support to take action against Syria. He says the world needs to know that no one can simply get away with breaking “international norms.” ...

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