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Tuesday 12/12/2017
The Revolution will be Televised
Posted: December 12, 2017

The Revolution will be Televised. It will be on your streets, in your homes, and on your iPhones.

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Thursday 11/02/2017
The Happiest of Hours; Alliance’s Happy Hour and Specials Guide
Posted: November 02, 2017

Being a broke college student who wants to be social and have fun can be a challenge. But utilizing local deals, happy hours, and specials can help any student out.

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Saturday 10/14/2017
Review: Marvel Universe LIVE
Posted: October 14, 2017

I am a huge fan of comics. I have been for a majority of my life.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
Don’t Fall for the Scheme; Belltower Books Returns to Campus
Posted: October 12, 2017

In this day and age, no one likes being tricked into a pyramid or Ponzi scheme, but that doesn’t stop Belltower Books from trying to get students to join their ranks.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Hugh Hefner: Champion of Civil Rights at a Tumultuous Time
Posted: October 11, 2017

To many, the name Hugh Hefner is synonymous with hedonism in its most raw form. Speakers from the religious Right, such as Russell Moore writing on The Blaze, slammed Hefner's famous bunny costumes worn in the Playboy Clubs as endorsement that fornication is proper: “[the bunny costumes were] well-chosen because, in the end, Mr. Hefner saw both men and women as essentially rabbits...” Moore's thoughts came in the wake of Hefner's death a few weeks ago. Since Hefner's death, debate has raged over whether Hefner and his magazine, Playboy, created a hyper-sexualized society, with Hefner the sultan of his smut empire. While the content of Playboy adhered to its byline as “Entertainment for Men,” Hefner is of special note for his work advancing Civil Rights. From the middle of the Twentieth century forward, both the Playboy empire and Hefner personally advanced the cause of Civil Rights.

The Playboy empire leans heavily on the protections of speech outlined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Hefner openly stated his beliefs in the freedom of speech, as Austin Ramzy and Dan Bilefsky state in their New York Times article: “...Mr Hefner was remembered...[as] a supporter of free speech...” Hefner believed strongly in the concept of free speech; giving a voice to the voiceless was, in his view, the most powerful thing one could do. Nowhere was this more powerful than in a 1955 issue of Playboy Magazine that featured a story by Charles Beaumont, a science fiction author. Derek Hawkins recounts the controversy that surrounded Beaumont's article in his Morning Mix column. Hawkins states that Beaumont's contribution to the 1955 issue of Playboy featured a story called
“The Crooked Man,” which featured a questionable topic. In short, Beaumont's story dealt with a future society where homosexuality was the dominant sexual preference, with heterosexuals persecuted for their practices. Beaumont's story was rejected by many publications, fearing the negative backlash. However, Hefner courted controversy and published in spite of potential backlash. Hawkins quotes Hefner's response to the subsequent outrage by stating that persecution in any form is wrong: “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society,” he wrote, “then the reverse was wrong, too.” The actions of a young Hugh Hefner would act as ripples in a pond; by giving homosexuals a voice, they began to demand their rights, culminating with Supreme Court victories such as Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges.

Hefner's print media gave the springboard for ventures outside of Playboy Magazine. Hefner foresaw the prominence of television as a marketing tool, which lead to the creation of Playboy's Penthouse in the late 1950s and Playboy after Dark in the late 1960s. Writing in Vanity Fair Magazine, Donald Liebenson states that Hefner's show featured some of the greatest talent, regardless of color: “Viewers were guests at a swinging party at Hef's pad, where Sammy Davis, Jr... or the Grateful Deal might pop in.” Breaking the color barrier on television beset Playboy with challenges from the Jim Crow South; southern states banned his broadcasts for featuring artists of color. Liebenson explains that his position would lead to a Southern backlash: “Significantly, Hefner took on black artists in defiance of segregation law...which got the show [Playboy's Penthouse] banned in the South and hastened its cancellation.” Without the Southern demographic and subsequent ad revenue, Hefner's show failed within 44 episodes, as Liebenson explains. Legendary comedian Dick Gregory received his break from Hefner, as he was featured on Playboy's Penthouse in the nascent stages of his career. Liebenson quotes Gregory speaking to Hefner at his 2011 Comedy Central Roast, Gregory praised his acceptance of African Americans: “You [Hefner] had the courage when no one was bringing in blacks and minorities (to) let you stand flatfooted in America and just talk. You brought me in..” By exposing African American performers, even to his own detriment, Hefner maintained his steadfast commitment to civil rights.

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Monday 10/09/2017
Kneeling in Football
Posted: October 09, 2017

Within the past week, there have been discussions in the National Football League (NFL) what should be done during the national anthem.

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Monday 10/02/2017
NLDS Preview: Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers
Posted: October 02, 2017

This is one of the more unpredictable series of the Postseason. Baseball is so unpredictable nowadays, it’s making the sport even more intriguing because any team can win over on paper stronger teams. That’s what we have this year out west between divisional rivals.

The Arizona Diamondbacks enter their first divisional series since 2011, where they lost to Milwaukee in the NLDS, 3-2. They were the favorites back then, but this year they are the underdogs having to face the top team in all of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks reached this series having to go through the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. It was a doozy of a game, with the Rockies three times trying to comeback, but two big RBI triples by Arizona and clinched their spot in the NLDS with an 11-8 win.

Arizona threw Zack Greinke out on the mound in that game, so he won’t be available likely until Game 3. But Arizona is stacked with their pitching, still, with Patrick Corbin and Taijuan Walker. Walker has posted an ERA of 3.49 and a 9-9 record. That’s not his best, but still has struck out 146 this year and is better than last season. Corbin has a 14-13 record this year with a 4.03 ERA. These two guys have little experience in big games, but they have faced off with Los Angeles a good amount this year being in the same division.

 

Corbin has faced Los Angeles twice, coming out on the losing end both times. Walker has faced the Dodgers three times and is 2-0 in those games. He’s went at least 5 innings in those games and allowed a minimum of an average of 2 runs in those three games. But this is a different Los Angeles team now after a historic season.

The Dodgers have won 103 wins this year, the most in franchise history. Led by Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, rookie Cody Bellinger, and phenom Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers have been explosive all season long, especially in the first half, jumping out to a huge 61-29 record at the break. Turner was hitting .377, Seager was hitting .298, and Bellinger jumped out on the scene hitting 25 first half home runs and a .261 batting average. Los Angeles was rocking the boys in blue, and their pitching was lockdown as well.

Cy Young nominee Clayton Kershaw has had a fantastic season with a 2.31 ERA, second best in baseball behind Corey Kluber. He has an 18-4 record with 202 strikeouts. The nice thing about going up against Arizona for Kershaw is that he is 2-0 this year versus the D-backs. His slider and curveball are so dirty, to go along with his 93 mph four seam fastball. However, he hasn’t thrown so well in the Postseason. He’s 4-7 in October with a 4.55 ERA, and that is where the problem comes into play for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles has been one of the best teams in baseball for a while now since Yasiel Puig took the spotlight out west. But they haven’t been able to make the Fall Classic. Last season they made it to the NLCS but bowed out to the Cubs in six games. In 2015, they were favored against the Mets in the NLDS but lost in five games! In 2014, they barely competed against St. Louis in the NLDS losing in four games. And in 2013, they lost in the NLCS in six games to the Cardinals. So this is an important Postseason for everyone involved out in Los Angeles especially after a record-

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Thursday 08/10/2017
The Kevin Love Trade: Three Years Later
Posted: August 10, 2017

In the summer of 2014, the Cavs made a “win now” trade sending number one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins and former first overall pick, Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the then three-time all-star, Kevin Love.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
New Raiders Attend Preview
Posted: July 12, 2017

Every summer at the University of Mount Union, an event called Preview takes place to allow new incoming freshman to see what the University has to offer them before they begin as students in the fall.

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The Third Time is not a Charm?
Posted: June 12, 2017

This is the third time the Cleveland Cavaliers have faced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.  They each have a championship title to their name. 

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Friday 03/24/2017
COIN - “Malibu 1992” and “I Don't Wanna Dance”
Posted: March 24, 2017

It’s no secret that my favorite song of 2016 was COIN’s “Talk Too Much.” For those who appreciate a little bit of synthesizer induced speaker blasting (and let's be real, who doesn’t?) the song was the perfect summer hit. It checked all the boxes, great chorus, catchy stuck-in-your-head guitars, and well, the song is about making out (what more could you want?). Originating from Nashville, with a slightly British indie pop feel, COINS provides hit after hit. They just released two new tracks, “Malibu 1992” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance) and they return with instant success. “Malibu 1992” is currently climbing the iTunes charts. It sort of strays from their typical successful track formula, and relies on a much slower, simple, synth chord beat. The chords drawl on, flowing from one octave to another, to give the track a haunting feel. It's definitely a night out on the beach sitting around the fire type song, a la Best Coast.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
10 Hilarious Celeb Accounts
Posted: March 22, 2017

The reason that numerous people follow celebs, is because we love to see what they have to say.  Here are the 10 celeb accounts that I found funny, In no particular order:

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Thursday 03/16/2017
Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes
Posted: March 16, 2017

Indie pop music is indie pop music. As defining as the genre was in the early to mid 2000's, it generally remained the same with little noticeable differences between groups.

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Monday 02/20/2017
FNKYreviews
Posted: February 20, 2017

Best New Music This Week

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Thursday 02/16/2017
National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Has Resigned
Posted: February 16, 2017

Embattled National Security Adviser to President Trump, Michael Flynn resigned on Monday, following a series of allegations made by The Washington Post as to his relationship with Russian officials.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
We Don’t Need the Pipeline, Trump
Posted: February 08, 2017

Unwise and immoral- just two of the many descriptors I’ve heard for Trump legislation.

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Friday 02/03/2017
Albums by Adam
Posted: February 03, 2017

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – The Arctic Monkeys

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Thursday 01/26/2017
Gorillaz ft. Benjamin Clementine; Music Review
Posted: January 26, 2017

For the first time in 6 years, the Gorillaz have released a single. Gorillaz is the pet project turned full time band headed by Blur frontmen Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon. What started out as an experiment on the very idea of what it means to be a band ended up becoming a Grammy Award winning act. For those who decided to sleep through the early 2000’s and somehow managed to skip their 2010 production Plastic Beach (It's okay, I'm here to change that) you may be unfamiliar with what a “virtual band” is. See, the Gorillaz aren’t really a band any more than they are a TV Show. The members all don’t exist. They are simply animations created by comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, who met with the pair when they mentioned they were fans of his work. Now that all that is out of the way, welcome to one of the most ambitious sound creations of the modern time. By mixing electronica, hip hop, soul, and pretty much any other genre you can think of, they have managed to somehow create a distinct, almost indescribable sound. If you want to get into their old stuff, I would recommend checking out their collection The Singles Collection 2001-2011, available on Apple Music and Spotify, and just hitting the shuffle button and immersing yourself. My personal favorites are Melancholy Hill, and Dare.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Welcome the 45th President; Trump’s Inauguration
Posted: January 25, 2017

On January 20, 2017 over 100,000 Americans came from all over the country out to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to inaugurate Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and current President at the time Barack Obama were all there to witness the event. The only living president who was not at the inauguration was President George H.W Bush who was in the Intensive Care Unit at in Houston Texas, with pneumonia. Many people came in excitement, ready for change in this country. Others came to protest in fear.

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
The Valentine Project
Posted: January 18, 2017

I, along with a group of 20 Mount Union students, spent our day off giving back to children across the state of Ohio, whom we didn’t even know, through working with the Valentine Day Project on McCallum Avenue in Alliance. This was made possible through the University of Mount Union’s annual MLK Day of Service on January 16, 2017.

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More than a football figure
Posted: January 18, 2017

It has been just a week after legendary Mount Union football coach and Athletic director Larry Kehres has been voted into the college football hall of fame. To the surprise of few, Kehres got into the hall with ease. With the best winning percentage in college football history (.929), 11 national championships and eight American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the year awards, Kehres has placed himself next to Chapman Hall as a Mount Union icon.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
Two Worlds Come Together
Posted: December 08, 2016

Leaving parents, living on your own, being more independent, and rooming with a stranger are just a few examples on how transitioning into college could be hard for a freshman. As a freshman myself, I was excited but also scared to meet the stranger I would soon call my roommate. I’ve heard many stories on how randomly selected roommates do not always get along, so I believed my feelings were valid. Luckily, I was paired with Eri Fujioka, a Japanese foreign exchange student who is nice and easy to get along with. However, this does not mean there aren’t some challenges and differences we face.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
The State of Photography
Posted: October 20, 2016

A brief look into the rise of digital photography and its effect on the professional photographer.

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Tuesday 10/04/2016
What is it like to be a Cleveland Indians Fan
Posted: October 04, 2016

The last time the Cleveland Indians won a World Series was 1948. Players like Bob Feller, Satchel Paige, Bob Lemen and Larry Doby lined their rooster back then, and they defeated the Boston Braves.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit to Bear Arms: A response to Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting
Posted: July 04, 2016

"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The second amendment allows American citizens the right to own and carry guns. This amendment has caused more harm than good. According to The Washington Post, there have been 126 mass shootings in the United States resulting in 869 deaths in the last 50 years.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Hate You
Posted: February 18, 2016

Hate You.

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Friday 02/12/2016
Four ways to spice up your dining hall experience
Posted: February 12, 2016

When you first arrived on campus and walked through the dining hall doors, the possibilities of different meals seemed endless. A sandwich bar, a variety of different pizzas, copious amount of French fries, and even an organic section. However, sometimes we find ourselves creatures of habit and reach for the same turkey sandwich and salad every day. Having gone through this issue myself, I have compiled a few delicious recipes that are easy to create in the dining hall to spice up your experience, check them out!

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Tuesday 12/08/2015
Testing one of their flamethrowers
Posted: December 08, 2015
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Mount Union Students Start Flamethrower Business
Posted: December 08, 2015

College is a time to meet new people, discover yourself, find a major and… start your own business? That’s how this Mount Union student saw it! College is a new chapter in life, so why not start a business?

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Tuesday 11/03/2015
Five to know.
Posted: November 03, 2015

Disaster preparedness hacks

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Five Disaster Prep Hacks You Need to Know
Posted: November 03, 2015

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, you already know the Zombocalypse can hit at any minute. Know how Rick, Daryl and Michonne have made it so long? They were prepared. Maybe zombies won't be shambling through the streets any time soon, but disaster preparedness is something to consider, especially when you live away from home.

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Handgun with ammo.
Posted: November 03, 2015
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Most college students don’t want guns on their campuses
Posted: November 03, 2015

The vast majority of students at 15 Midwestern colleges and universities do not want concealed handguns on their campuses, says a study from Ball State University.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Standards Board Investigation in Fraternities and Sororities
Posted: April 28, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio --- Greek life. Fraternity. Sorority. These are some of the most controversial organizations on university campuses today. With stories such as the Rolling Stone rape allegation and the SAE racism scandal making front pages across the country, many people are wondering what is happening. Is no one overseeing these organizations? Is no one controlling their behavior or administering punishment? Most people are not aware of the governing board that oversees fraternity and sorority accountability and punishment: the standards board.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Duck, Duck, Goose: Who Will Play the Quarterback Role this Season?
Posted: April 24, 2015

After ending their season with a heartbreaking loss in Stagg Bowl XLII to foe Wisconsin Whitewater, the Mount Union football team was forced to face a day they knew would eventually come, but one that no amount of time could prepare them for: saying goodbye once and for all to Quarterback Kevin Burke. The three-time All-American signal caller left Mount Union with two Gagliardi trophies, one Stagg Bowl ring, a boatload of records and most importantly, a huge pair of shoes to fill.  

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Monday 04/13/2015
Experiment by Students Evaluates Eating Disorder Recognition
Posted: April 13, 2015

   Would you recognize an eating disorder if it looked you dead in the eye? You may be telling yourself, “Of course I would. Everyone would.” Chances are, though, you probably would not, because people struggling with eating disorders do not wear a flashing sign around their neck that says, “I have bulimia!” Sometimes, even the people who know us the best can’t recognize the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. 

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Monday 04/06/2015
Mythbusting Eating Disorders
Posted: April 06, 2015

MYTH: People with an eating disorder are always underweight.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Ten Things Seniors Are Thinking & Doing
Posted: March 19, 2015

Guess what everyone? Graduation is 50 short days away. Quick tip: PLEASE stop asking us our plans for the future, we get that enough from our families every time we go home. Here are just a few of the major things that Mount Union Seniors are dealing with:

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Monday 02/16/2015
Reasons Why Winter Sucks - The College Editon
Posted: February 16, 2015

Reasons why Winter Sucks - The College Edition

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Friday 02/13/2015
Dean Frazier's Top 3 Favorite Meals at the B&B
Posted: February 13, 2015

Dean Frazier loves eating at the B&B and buying meals for students throughout the semester.  He told me that he should not be eating these kind of foods but does it anyways.

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Top 10 Places on Campus
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 9:08 pm
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An Open Letter To My (Fictional) Ex-Roommate
Posted: February 13, 2015

Dear Ex-Roommate,

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Do's and Don'ts of College Life
Posted: February 13, 2015

by Jenny Imhoff, special to The DynamoSeniors give advice to underclassmen and the University of Mount Union.

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Friday 02/06/2015
Nine of the Funniest Bricks Along the Senior Walkways
Posted: February 06, 2015

One of the common senior class gifts around the University of Mount Union’s campus is brick walkways. Most seniors resort to simply their name and class year. But what’s the best way to be remembered? Create a witty, sarcastic, and funny brick. Here are the top nine funny bricks around campus, as voted on by fellow Raiders.

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(Not Lame) Things to Do in Alliance
Posted: February 06, 2015

So you came here for college and have spent your time spanning State Street looking for things to do in this seemingly tiny town. You get used to the dreaded Sheetz, Chipotle, Wal-Mart, repeat. After awhile, you feel like you’ve completely exhausted your options. Having lived in the city of Alliance for my entire life, I’ve compiled a list of (not lame) things to do in Alliance. Check them out!

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Gympocalypse
Posted: February 06, 2015

Who are these people standing in front of the machines at the MAAC? They're occupying them, and at the same time not occupying them. Many are tapping away on their phones, while others breathing heavily , stomping their feet on the treadmills. You glance down at your watch, 4:15 pm it reads. You sigh with frustration because you know you came at an inconvenient time. But, just what time is the perfect time to workout at the MAAC?

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Interviewing the Cast Members of WRMU
Posted: February 06, 2015

WRMU has many different student radio shows. Senior Kristina Zoretich created a radio drama that airs live every Thursday from 9-10pm. Here are a few of the members, and what they think of the show.

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What do the #Greeks actually do at Mount Union?
Posted: February 06, 2015

WHAT DO THE #GREEKS ACTUALLY DO AT MOUNT UNION?

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Thursday 01/29/2015
The spies inside your phone
Posted: January 29, 2015

Many Apps Can Track Your Location And Share Your Information, Says Cybersecurity Expert

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Saturday 10/06/2012
Raider Daters
Posted: October 06, 2012

Gentlemen, have you ever asked a woman "what do you want to do tonight?" Like clockwork, the answer that always comes is, "I don't know? You pick." Frustrating, right? Unless you are a love guru, what to do on date night is a tough decision for any guy to make. Well, fear no more! The women of Mount Union are speaking out about their favorite places to go on date with their significant other.

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