Progression of self-driving cars not to be overlooked

Progression of self-driving cars not to be overlooked

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car, is the talk of the automobile industry right now.

This new technology is bringing society to trust companies with their lives by test driving or purchasing in the future when the technology improves. There is no way to prove that there will be improvement in the safety of the cars on the road. Currently, the cars may be too safe right now which will cause an issue to the human drivers behind the wheel.

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Kavanaugh case marks new highs and lows for sexual assault rollercoaster

Kavanaugh case marks new highs and lows for sexual assault rollercoaster

The Kavanaugh case has been an emotional roller coaster for Democrats and Republicans alike, causing protests, new hashtags like #HimToo, and a divide throughout the country. This event has triggered conversation about sexual assault, as well as discussing the importance of holding individuals accountable for their actions.

Both sides have strong arguments as for why or why not they support Kavanaugh—and it goes way beyond two political parties disagreeing on a candidate.

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Hollywood diversity still falling short

Hollywood diversity still falling short

Now that #OscarsSoWhite feels like a long forgotten relic, it seems as if Hollywood has become a wide, wonderful world of diversity. Unfortunately, all is not as it seems.

While films today appear to be opening the gates for more actors of color, the attention almost always returns to white cast members. It feels like almost every time a new movie or show boasts a diverse cast, the marketing, advertising, and media attention always goes to the white people—more specifically, the white males.

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Immigration laws threaten humanity

Immigration laws threaten humanity

Everyday, thousands of innocents are forced to flee their home country trying to seek refuge from harsh circumstances such as wars, poverty, famish and political corruption. 

Yet, everyday, countries including the U.S. are making their borders increasingly harder to cross. We need to treat these refugees as people first, instead of making them into a political project.

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Marginalization makes SSU conservatives speak out

Marginalization makes SSU conservatives speak out

The phrase “perception is reality” rings as true today as it did when it was coined by Lee Atwater in the 1980s. What this means for a spectrum of conservative Sonoma State students now, is that they’re pretty much in the same boat on a variety of issues. To say the least, their boat sucks. 

Multiple students and observant professors have come forward with their feelings and personal experiences. So far, the testimony has confirmed their collective frustration, pain and fears.

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Psychedelics join fight against mental illness

Psychedelics join fight against mental illness

Drugs of all kinds remain a controversial subject, but psychedelics in particular, are very taboo. With its rise in popularity dating back to the “hippie” era of the 60s and 70s, hallucinogens like LSD and magic mushrooms have been the inspiration behind many songs and fashion trends. 

Though many look down upon the impact of psychedelic drugs on society, many have proven to give positive experiences to those going through illness.

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Trump’s U.N. speech echoes struggle, but promises progress

Trump’s U.N. speech echoes struggle,  but promises progress

Perhaps it’s time that we all take a step back and hold America to a higher standard than just simple peace offerings. Maybe it’s time, as Americans, to encourage our representatives to answer the problems of the rest of the world with not only open arms but closed fists; to love our friends and at the same time not be trampled by political correctness, shame or guilt.

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Smart devices stir concern in the home

Smart devices stir concern in the home

We are living in the future. It may be a different one than what we fantasized on television with flying cars and personable A.I., but a world of voice-activated microwaves and wall clocks that set timers for themselves is in many ways just as revolutionary.

 Recently, Amazon unveiled a series of household appliances adding to their new smart house trend, according to CNET. In preface and in fairness, we already have digital refrigerators and speakers capable of adding items to a grocery list to be charged and delivered through one’s Amazon account. But a voice activated microwave may be too far.

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Kavanaugh hearing sparks uproar around sexual assault

Kavanaugh hearing sparks uproar around sexual assault

Last Thursday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford took part in an official hearing to debate an alleged sexual assault that took place 36 years ago. Both Kavanaugh and Ford gave highly emotional testimonies while Democrats and Republicans took their turns accusing politically-charged ulterior motives. 

Ultimately, the case ended in a he-said-she-said disagreement, similar to many sexual assault cases.

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Gender studies enter the race for university relevancy

Gender studies enter the race for university relevancy

Gender studies is not a very popular major at most universities. According to Data USA, only one to four percent of students in the U.S. are declared in gender studies while business and health related majors are the most common. A large reason why gender studies are not popular is because most men do not take those courses. It is uncommon for men to take gender courses because it is not yet a societal norm.

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