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Intersections: THEATRE REVIEW: HOME A performance that brings gaslighting out of the dark

In Community/World News, Opinion/Editorial by Cindy Vicente

For my Afro-American Literature course, our class attended a performance of Home, a powerful play depicting the final moments of four high-profile murders of Black folks, written and directed by Millersville University student Rasheed Wesley. Afterwards, the cast facilitated a talkback session, fielding questions and comments from the audience. They invited a member of law enforcement who we will call …

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The Future of Islam The Rise of Radical Islam and Islamophobia

In Opinion/Editorial by Joshua Griffin

There is no religion that is more controversial than modern day Islam. Nowadays, when we think Islam, we think terrorist attacks, wars in the Middle East and constant hate crimes. We often wonder how things got to such a confusing and divided place. Asking questions, like why do we correlate Islam with terrorism? What is causing such a radical shift …

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The Fake News Phenomenon Writer, Joshua Griffin, gives his take on understanding and avoiding misinformation

In Download Live Wire, Opinion/Editorial by Joshua Griffin

“Fake news” is the buzzword that has dominated much of the current political main stage. Both mainstream and alternate media have been using this term, though many Americans are unfamiliar with what this term truly means. Even political figures have repeated the term in their speeches and on their social media. So, what is it exactly and how can you, …

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The appeal of fear lurking in the mindset of horror fans Professor Shoemaker sheds light on dark matters

In Media, Opinion/Editorial by Ismael Miranda

Horror is a topic that strikes many people as odd. Despite the stigma, there are many people who find appeal in the macabre. Whether we are aware of it or not, dark tales makes us feel safe. For the average person, life is simple. We have stress and responsibilities, but our lives are for the most part uneventful. This is …

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Intersections: Potty politics HACC's bathroom policy supports transgender civil rights

In Community/World News, HACC News, Opinion/Editorial by Cindy Vicente

The rhetoric has been strong with the fight over where a transgender person can perform the most natural of acts—utilizing the restroom. I doubt any of us has been sheltered from the rainstorm of fear tactics planted and maintained by the conservative right. Our collective psyche has been bombarded with fears of a “man,” who exists only in urban legends, …

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Intersections: HIV part two Why non-disclosure laws are unjust and counterintuitive to public health

In Community/World News, Health and Wellness, Opinion/Editorial by Cindy Vicente

Currently, in thirty-two states—including Pennsylvania—it is a crime for HIV positive individuals to engage in sexual activities without first disclosing their HIV status to a sex partner. Charges may include, but are not limited to reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and even attempted murder. To most people, this is justified; however in many cases this is not only unjust, it is …

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Intersections: HIV part one HIV's silent history perpetuates social stigma

In Community/World News, Health and Wellness, Opinion/Editorial by Cindy Vicente

When HIV first made headlines, there was little consensus among medical professionals and public health officials; many myths were embedded into our psyche and into the persisting narrative for the HIV and AIDS communities.  I worked for a local non-profit which provided case management and educational prevention services for people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA).