Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:14 pm

Tinder being an app for finding a relationship, causes many people to ignore the real meaning of love

CONNOR MARTEN
Editorial
Having issues with your better half? Just swipe right.
In a world where technology is an integral part of our lives, it is not surprising to see the rising popularity of dating apps such as HotorNot, OkCupid and, of course, Tinder.
 But has anyone stopped to think about the effect these are having on the most basic human interaction of finding companionship? Even if that companionship is only for two hours at a rundown waffle house.
For those who aren’t well versed in the app-dating scene, the most frequently used tool for finding that special someone is Tinder. Unlike the dating sites of yester-year, these apps are essentially based on the attractiveness of those using it.
 Basically, users will upload several pictures of themselves; the inclusion of a steamy “selfie” is all but a requirement, and those pictures will float around the Tinder world forever for all its members...

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Offer real help, not stigma

LAURA BARTON
Editorial
On Tuesday, March 24, a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps. All 150 people on board died in the wreck, and people wondered, as we always do: What caused the plane to go down? Was it another tragedy with a mysterious cause, like other air crashes over the past few years? Was it something specific? It didn’t take long before word came that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had intentionally flown the plane into the mountain range.
It also wasn’t long before news sources started reporting that Lubitz was depressed, and suggested it could be the reason that he decided to take his own life and the lives of all the other people on board. Prosecutors claim that Lubitz had attempted suicide before and he had gone to see someone because he was too stressed from work.
All of this talk of mental health ignited a barrage of headlines that...

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Sex education should start at home

By JEN HARDY
Columnist
I remember it well, sitting in my mother’s kitchen, my face red with embarrassment; I wasn’t able to look my mother in the eyes for a while afterwards.
We just had “the talk.”
I think I was 12 years old and far from being sexually active.
Nevertheless my mother thought it was important to teach me about sex and what it leads to, if one were to have it carelessly.
While it was a rather unpleasant experience back then, I am thankful now because not every parent takes matters into their own hands.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued a survey titled Let’s Talk: Are Parents Tackling Crucial Conversations About Sex?
The survey is from 2011 and showed that while 82 per cent of parents talk to their children about sex, only 74 per cent teach their children how to say no to sex and only 60 per cent teach their kids...

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The Pirate Bay continues to fight

By MAZIE BISHOP
Columnist
SUBMITTED PHOTOOver the past few years, the amount of pirated media has skyrocketed, and the websites housing these resources have been more than successful and unscathed until recently.
Last year, the government attempted to take down ThePirateBay (TPB), one of the most popular pirating websites on the Internet, by shutting down the server. Only a few days later, the server was restored and moved to a new domain, hosted in a different country.
A few days after the server was taken down, it popped back up with a new domain, this time hosted in Sweden, where the site was founded.
This situation has been a learning experience for everyone. It has taught the Internet community that TPB has connections all over the world, and will not be knocked out easily.It has taught society the government would rather play a game of cat and mouse with an inevitable end, than pay...

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Anti-terrorism bill threatens

By KEVIN FARRELL
Columnist

Canadians gather in Calgary to protest the Conservative Government’s new anti-terror bill. SUBMITTED PHOTOCanadians around the country have begun marching against the Harper Conservative federal government’s new anti-terror bill C-51, which has been compared to the former George W. Bush Administration’s Patriot Act in the United States, infringing on people’s personal freedoms and privacy in the name of counter-terrorism.What exactly is C-51 and what will it be comprised of?
Bill C-51 is to “counter threats to national security.” It gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) more powers to arrest Canadian citizens it suspects of being a threat to national security. The government can detain the potential threatening person for up to seven days. CSIS will also have the ability to shut down or disrupt radical websites and Twitter accounts in Canada and outside the country, while also being able to get a court order to remove supposed terrorist propaganda from websites. C-51 also proposes to increase the list of...

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Please, don’t pimp my ride

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Columnist
Yo dawg, I heard you like Exhibits, so we put Xzibit in your exhibit so you can look at Xzibit while you exhibit Xzibit in your Exhibit. SUBMITTED PHOTOX-to-the-Z-ibit, or Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, was hustling some bad product as the host of Pimp My Ride in the early 2000’s.
A comprehensive report by the Huffington Post entitled Here’s What Really Happened To The Cars From ‘Pimp My Ride’ revealed shocking stories of what happened to participants of the show during and after production.
It turns out many of the additions were simply for appearances while on television. The article states, “They added a lot of extra weight but didn’t adjust the suspension to compensate so I felt like I was in a boat, and every time I hit a bump the car would bottom out and the tires would scrape inside the wheel well.”
In contrast, the show’s producer, Larry Hochberg, said, “Some of the cars were so old and rusted that they would have mechanical issues no matter how much work you put into them [and]...

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We’re here, we’re awesome, we’re too quiet

The OCAA is no joke.
Okay so it isn’t the NCAA, but the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is a big deal and it’s high time it started getting the recognition it deserves.
It’s a good time to be a student athlete at Niagara College.
Our men’s volleyball team is the best team in the province and third best in all of Canada. Our women’s volleyball team is third best in Ontario.
Both basketball teams made the playoffs even after the men’s program went 3-15 just one year ago, and the men’s soccer team made the playoffs as well, while the women’s team made positive strides,
The problem? Some people don’t have a clue who they are.
Don’t get me wrong. Niagara College students have done a better job this year supporting their teams than in previous years, and this isn’t just a Niagara College problem.
Our Knights, and other college teams like them, aren’t getting anywhere...

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