It’s time to save the shopping malls

Originally published Feb 6, 2018

Shopping malls used to be a hub of social and economic activity. But now many shopping malls are being left abandoned and deserted. Graphic by Sierra Nobley.

Nostalgia is one of the most powerful emotions we feel today. Even though we as consumers keep buying the newest products, we still happily listen to music on old records, proudly wear t-shirts depicting our favorite 90s cartoons and smile with joy when we play old NES or SNES games. We keep older decades alive through the products we buy, the stories we tell and the historical sites we preserve. And while we Gen-Xers and Millennials are more than happy to keep the memories of the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s alive, we are also neglecting to preserve one crucial location that has been a cornerstone of United States culture in the late 20th century: the shopping mall.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/its-time-to-save-the-shopping-malls/


Parkland shooting survivors are creating a movement that won’t be silenced

By Devin Ramey
Originally published Feb 28, 2018

Americans have become all too used to what happens after a mass shooting. Soon after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, FL, the cycle of the aftermath of mass shootings seemed inevitable. There would be thoughts and prayers, the gun control debate would flame up and then the tragedy would slip out of the public’s focus quickly after.

However, the cycle didn’t repeat itself this time. This time there are true leaders which won’t stay silent and let the country continue to do nothing. We now have survivors from this shooting maintaining our focus on the gun control debate. No matter where you might fall in the gun control debate, it is undeniable the Stoneman Douglas students-David Hogg, Sarah Chadwick and Emma Gonzalez-are spearheading a revived gun control movement and are here for the long haul.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/opinion-parkland-shooting-survivors-are-creating-a-movement-that-wont-be-silenced/

A celebrity doesn’t make a good president

By Brandon Rasmussen
Originally published Feb 27, 2018

In the instant after Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes earlier this year, the Twittersphere was set a-chatter about the possibility of Winfrey’s possible bid for the presidency in 2020. Her eloquent speech at the event offering words of comfort and affirmation around the #metoo movement seemingly started a fire in the hearts of some of the United States’ left-leaning citizens, and many began demanding she start up her campaign.

After more than a month of anticipation from the internet, Winfrey confirmed on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show she would indeed not be running. This was met by resounding shouts and lamentations of disappointment from the crowd, after which, Winfrey explained herself.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/opinion-a-celebrity-doesnt-make-a-good-president/

This is not a news article

By Jordan Erb
Originally published Feb 28, 2018

After a year or so in the spotlight, the time has come for the American people to put away the term “fake news.” The idea and spread of “fake news” is not being helped by the media’s use of native advertising and opinion commentators and columns. Though they may be tempting to call “fake,” readers must examine with caution what they are actually reading. The lazy appointment of “fake news” to any and all articles is inaccurate; Call them what they are: ads and opinions.

While it is partially on the shoulders of news agencies, media consumers must also take responsibility in determining what they are consuming. Identifying these pseudo-news articles can aid in weeding out the fake from the real.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/this-is-not-a-news-article/

Democrats gearing up and ready for 2018

By Joe Goode and Sara Dery
Originally published Feb 19, 2018

With a mix of increased volunteer enthusiasm around various local issues, Democrats are right to be hopeful about their 2018 chaces. Graphic by Sierra Nobley

The previous presidential election left a very sour taste in many Democrats’ mouths. Our excitement and eagerness to elect the first woman president of the United States was crushed when our nation decided to elect Donald Trump. A man who won the presidency by using fear, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and other offensive tactics that do not represent the values of the American people. Though this was a harsh reality to grasp, it was also a blessing in disguise for Democrats. Since the election of Donald Trump, we have seen huge swings in victories for Democrats because of grassroots work volunteers have been doing throughout the country and right here in Idaho.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/democrats-gearing-up-and-ready-for-2018/

Don’t bet on the national blue wave hitting Idaho

By Devin Ramey
Originally published Feb 19, 2018

The demographics of Idaho are far too red for Democrats to make any real progress in the upcoming elections. Graphic by Sierra Nobley

The stars are lining up for Democrats for the 2018 midterms. Trump’s approval ratings are some of the lowest seen by any president, hovering from 35 percent to 40 percent approval rating, compared to his current 53.6 percent disapproval. In generic congressional polling, Democrats are up by 7 percent. They even got a Democratic senator elected in Alabama a few months ago. On average, Democrats have done 14 points better in special elections in comparison to the 2016 election.

Back home in Idaho, there are currently seven statewide positions open for the 2018 election: governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, state controller, superintendent of public instruction and secretary of state, along with all the state House and Senate seats.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/dont-bet-on-the-national-blue-wave-hitting-idaho/

Language around mental health disorders should be used with care

By Taylor Munson
Originally published Feb 15, 2018

It was about a year ago when my mom was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), after a traumatic event struck our family. While she showed signs of the disorder for quite some time, it took about a year for her to be diagnosed. PTSD is defined by Mayo Clinic as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing or witnessing it.” PTSD is a serious mental illness that requires medical treatment, and many people may live with it their entire lives.

So why do I hear the term most commonly used in casual conversation as a form of hyperbole?

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/language-around-mental-health-disorders-should-be-used-with-care/

Next university president can address long-term issues

By Devin Ramey
Orignally published Feb 6, 2018

The new president of Boise State will need to tackle both atheletic, academic and social issues facing Boise State. Graphic by Sierra Nobley.

In November of last year, Boise State President Bob Kustra announced he would retire on June 30, 2018. With the search for a new president well underway, now is the time to look forward to a new era at Boise State. Kustra has done a remarkable job guiding the University’s growth, athletic programs and national exposure. However, with new incoming leadership, the University should pivot to more immediate and pressing issues. Whoever the next University president is, he or she needs to hold off on further athletic program expansion, allocate funding for new student housing and work with ASBSU on increasing student involvement in the student government. Each of these issues should be on the front burner and will require time and patience before they will be rectified.

Read more at https://arbiteronline.com/next-university-president-can-address-long-term-issues/