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Brazil to Defend Against NSA Snooping

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  [Image Credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP] Over the weekend, Brazil announced its plans to throw off the NSA’s ability to snoop in on their internal affairs. The system is still in development, but the idea is that a new form of secure communication is being developed that will not allow traditional NSA intrusions into it. The move [...]

#UnitedWeServe: The Case for National Service

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Since their inception programs like Peace Corp and AmeriCorps have been very popular alternative options for recent college graduates (famously President Donna Shalala was among the first Peace Corps members sent abroad). With the good each program is doing, and it’s growing popularity, the case for Universal Service has been made by powerhouses like Sen. [...]

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and City Year: A 5 year education plan.

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City Year is all about giving back to your community and investing in the next generation of students. The mentoring offered through City Year to youth at-risk of dropping out of school, keeps those students in school, encouraging and enabling them to graduate and become independent and successful in their own right. Through the participation [...]

The iPhone 5s: the Start of Widespread Genetic Tech?

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(Image credit: The Denver Post)   In case you missed it, the new iPhone went on sale recently. Normally this wouldn’t be even remotely newsworthy, but this iPhone is different: it comes with a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 5s (Apple’s latest offering) is able to read and store the fingerprint of the owner and if [...]

Healthcare Q and A with President Shalala

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WVUM News had the opportunity to participate in a student media Q and A with UM President Donna Shalala. She answered questions and provided insights on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.  President Shalala is the former Secretary for Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton. Afterwards, Meg, Jordan and [...]

Counterpoint Recap 9/20: Obamacare or Shutdown

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This week the Counterpoint team debated the politics behind Obamacare and why Washington is constantly in a deadlock. It is apparent on both sides of the aisle that neither is budging. Is it worth it to sacrifice Obamacare in order for the government to keep running? What is the importance of social welfare programs? This [...]

Counterpoint Recap 09/13: Chartwells Walk-Out

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Last Friday’s show included audio from the Chartwells walk-out protest and Counterpoint’s Jordan Lewis, Mike Kanoff, and William Ng were able to witness. They heard the strikers grievances not just about their own jobs but the greater impact of UM in their community. Most notably, Miss Betty, a favorite at UM after Chartwells dismissed her [...]

Interview: Miami Bridge

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Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services is a shelter for abandoned and abused children and teens ages 10-17, a majority of whom are runaways, homeless youth and victims of trafficking and exploitation. Because of this, the shelter works closely with the FBI and State Attorney’s Office to expand services and help rescue more victims of human [...]

Opinion: A Fight For Us All-We Want More!

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This Thursday, workers at the Hecht-Stanford dining hall worked out of the job. It was an affirmative statement that they want higher wages, better benefits, and more respect in the workplace. They stood up for themselves and other working people, and for that we should be extremely grateful. The walkout took place at about noon. [...]

From Under the Bridge to Into Our Hard Drives: Patent Trolls

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(Image credit: iDownloadBlog)   You might be wondering “what on Earth is a patent troll?”, so I’ll tell you– “patent troll” is a label for any person/company/firm/etc. that makes a business of threatening to people for alleged patent infringement: almost homogeneously, these people buy patents from other companies/inventors with absolutely zero intention of using the [...]