Author: Robert Ristaneo

Trump will head the Republicans

The Republican primaries will soon be over and it will be on to the general election to face a probable Hilary Clinton for the presidency. As it stands, Republicans will more than likely be represented by Mr. Trump. Of course, anything could happen at a brokered convention, but it would be tough to put up a Ted Cruz figure just based on the massive votes Trump has received so far. With this being the case, let’s look at some of the positives and negatives of Trump and what his voters think he can accomplish. The biggest issues Trump brings to the table is immigration, which is what got his momentum going in the first place. Say what you want about whether a wall would work or not, but if the name of the game is to get votes, this idea has certainly worked in his favor. For as long as I have been following politics, and well before then, immigration has been that thing under a stack of papers that politicians acknowledge but never seem to get around to. Trump supporters think he could be the guy to get this done, and if he get’s elected, we will certainly find out if he can walk the walk, and not just talk the talk. The second thing that makes Trump resonate is his brashness. The movement of political correctness in...

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Freshman’s rise bodes well for future of Eastern basketball

Eastern freshman forward Nick Mayo became a star in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) throughout the season, earning awards such as OVC Freshman of the Year and All-OVC First Team. The dominant inside presence averaged 14.5 points, five boards and one block during his first collegiate season. The story of how he came to EKU is even more interesting. Hailing from Oakland, Maine, Mayo committed early to the Colonels just before the start of his senior year to former Head Coach Jeff Neubauer. When Neubauer left EKU to take the Fordham job, Mayo said things got a little crazy....

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Brussels is proof America needs to take action

Early Tuesday morning, three terrorist disguised as regular passengers traveling to their destination entered the Brussels airport. Not long after, two explosions went off in the airport, one being a suicide bomber. An hour later another went off in the Maelbeek Metro Station, terrifyingly close to the European Quarter. More than 34 people were killed and over 230 injured including nine Americans and a marine. Shortly after the explosions, ISIS posted on it’s website linked through an app called Telegram a photo of multiple cities with a caption of “We are already in your city”. Telegram refused to suspend...

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Loss to Tennessee Tech squelches tournament hopes

Eastern 76Jacksonville St. 53 The Colonels won on the road last Thursday against conference opponent Jacksonville State, 76-54. The win put the Colonels in a tie for the eighth spot in the Ohio Valley Conference, giving EKU a shot to advance to the OVC tournament. The Colonels (15-16, 6-10 OVC) came out with a balanced attack, with 11 players scoring by the end of the game. Junior forward Javontae Hawkins led the Colonels with 14 points, while freshman forward Nick Mayo added 13 points. The Colonels shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point arc. EKU also out-rebounded the Gamecocks (8-23, 4-12 OVC) 48 to 27, which was its highest rebounding margin of the year. The Gamecocks only had one player score in double figures. Tennessee Tech 92 Eastern 82 With its OVC tournament hopes on the line, the Colonels returned to action on Saturday, closing out its road trip against Tennessee Tech (19-10, 11-5 OVC). However, EKU was unable to pull the game out, losing a heart-breaker 92-82. Hawkins, Mayo and sophomore guard Paul Jackson led the Colonels with 16 points apiece. Jackson matched his season high in points. The Colonels shot 44 percent from the field, but ended the year shooting 49 percent on the season, which was a program best. The Colonels were also out-rebounded by five, while shooting an abysmal 59...

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The People vs O.J. Simpson hits FX

One of, if not the most, captivating trials in American history is now being portrayed on FX at 9 p.m. every Tuesday. The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a new drama by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and is being produced by one of FX’s most prized creators in Ryan Murphy, who is most notably known as the creator of American Horror Story. This series is part of FX’s new anthology series called American Crime Story, which will portray a different crime from American history every season. The show has aired two episodes so far and I think it is amazing. The all-star cast includes John Travolta, whose performance as famous attorney Robert Shapiro has critics turned off because as Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Travolta has built a mesmerizingly bad performance from the eyebrows down.” I personally think he’s been great. Travolta goes all out, and somewhat over the top in portraying Shapiro. When Travolta goes all in like he does in Pulp Fiction or Grease, I love it, but I know some don’t. Sarah Paulson from plays prosecuter Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian and Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the former NFL star, O.J. Simpson. Quite frankly, there is not a bad performance in the cast. Even Courtney B. Vance, a lesser known actor compared to the main cast, gives an amazing take on...

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Pro-life, but “informed consent” is not necessary

Gov. Matt Bevin signed an informed consent bill proposed by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R) Feb. 4 that would force pregnant women to have two face-to- face meetings with a clinic within a 24 hour period before having an abortion. The bill passed through the Senate with a 33 to 5 vote, which showed people that there was bi-partisan agreement on this bill. There are two clinics in the state of Kentucky that provide these services: one in Lexington and one in Louisville. However, Bevin has made claims that the one in Louisville will be shut down due to...

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Colonels drop two straight against OVC East opponents

Morehead St. 61Eastern 50 The Colonels went on the road last Thursday night to face rival Morehead State. Eastern (14-14, 5-8 OVC) lost by a final score of 61-50 to the Eagles (15-11, 8-5 OVC), but the game was not as close as the score may imply. The Colonels’ only lead came five seconds into the game. Freshman forward Nick Mayo finished with 15 points and three boards. Junior forward Jaylen-Babb Harrison contributed 11 points off of the bench, making three 3-pointers. The Colonels gave up 21 offensive rebounds and allowed Morehead to take 23 more field goal attempts....

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Beyonce’s performance was not all it’s cracked up to be

While the Super Bowl didn’t provide us with a great night of football, it did provide us with a great night for music in the most provocative way. One artist, however, did not just make waves at the Super Bowl, but lit the internet and national conversation on fire. Beyonce was part of a three way ensemble as half time entertainment and overall it was fairly weak before she came out. This year was the 50th Superbowl, so in respect to one the greatest performances in Super Bowl history, she came out dressed as Michael Jackson when he performed. That was not what had people talking, though. Her dancers were dressed in Black Panther inspired costumes and her song Formation, which premiered at the halftime performance, has a video that is almost as racially and politically charged as the Black Panthers themselves. Some people have been quick to praise Beyonce’s performance, while some are protesting outside the NFL headquarters over the show. Here’s the thing everyone needs to keep in mind: Beyonce is an artist. The thing that makes art what it is is being able to let your voice be heard in your own unique way. I may not like the message she is sending, but the day we start policing our art is the first step in policing thought and speech. If she wants to come out...

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The Trump phenomenon and being ‘politically correct’

Donald Trump has taken the 2016 race by storm since coverage began. Brash, unapologetic and transparent, he’s resonating with people because he tells them what he thinks and feels. Democrats degrade him because they think he’s racist, and Republicans seem to love the fact he doesn’t care what everyone else thinks. What the left fails to realize is that they created the Trump phenomena and it’s so-called “political correctness.” Between cotton balls being in front of the black culture center on campus and people using slurs driving by minority students in their cars, it’s terrible. In the cotton ball incident however, the students who did it were arrested and suspended indefinitely. Even Nathan Stephens, the director of the black culture center, said “I am excited that justice has prevailed.” Somebody try and give me a logistically sound way to catch the people who drive by students in their car and yell things at them. You simply can’t. The media is how you do it. Especially in today’s 24 hour news cycle where they cover everything with a slew of opposing opinions. Being racist is horrible, and in an ideal world we could rid ourselves of all these people. But if somebody is truly “racist” and literally hates another race, do you think some class is going to change that? Unfortunately, I can’t say that because according to the “politically...

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With proper training, guns are safe

On Jan. 11, the state of Kentucky introduced a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons on school grounds, government run facilities, and in general assembly, excluding courtrooms and detention centers. Much of this bill and debate in general is due to the recent attacks in California and on school grounds. Representative Tim Moore, who is a sponsor of the bill, calls it an “anti-terrorist bill”. If we are going to implement a bill like this, my one caveat would be that we make concealed weapon training better. School grounds and government buildings are serious places to have a...

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