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Video Games Make Art Interactive

October 19, 2014

Video games are often criticized for being violent, mindless and a waste of time. However, many developers are trying to change that perception. Many modern video games are more than just games — they are […]

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Editor Remembers Mackenzie McDermott

October 16, 2014

For many of us at the Truman Media Network, Mackenzie’s McDermott’s death is deeply personal. During her freshman and sophomore years, Mackenzie was a columnist for the Index. She also wrote music reviews for KTRM. […]

Sarah Muir, Columnist
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What in the World is Happening in Gaza

August 27, 2014

Sarah Muir The conflict in Gaza, Palestine might seem like a far-removed issue, but its impact on US politics could affect everyday citizens. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s what you need to know about the situation. Where this is happening The Gaza Strip is a tiny slice of Palestinian territory governed by Hamas, according to aJuly 17 Vox article. It borders Israel, the Mediterranean Sea and a small part of Egypt. Who’s fighting Hamas, the organization governing the Gaza Strip, and Israel. Hamas is a political organization with a very active militant wing that doesn’t recognize the state of Israel, and as a result Israel blockades the Gaza Strip, according to the Vox article. Needless to say, there is constant tension throughout the region. Why they are fighting The first thing to understand is that the history surrounding the Gaza Strip and Israel is too complicated to fit into this column. If you want to know more information about that history, visit this Vox article. […]

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Viewing Sochi from a new perspective

February 20, 2014

I hope this letter finds you well. Honestly, whatever you’re up to probably is better than where I am.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Boris Avdeyev. I’m part of the Olympic Opening Ceremony planning committee here in Sochi — perhaps you were one of the millions who watched it two weeks ago. Then I’m sure you’re one of the millions who saw the mechanical snowflakes that bloomed to make the Olympic logo, except for the fifth ring that didn’t open because of a technical malfunction.

Yep, that was me. That darn fifth ring.

You think Bob Costas and his eye infection is embarrassing? Try having only one job in the whole opening ceremony and messing it up. […]