Christopher Ivory

Opinion

Degree won’t lead to dream career

We hear it all the time: “Today’s undergraduate degree is yesterday’s high school diploma.” Today’s graduate degree is yesterday’s undergraduate degree. Everyone needs one to compete, right? With unemployment circling the economic sky and student loan debt rising faster than LeBron James on an alley-oop, graduate school is enticing. It gives you time to delay…

Opinion

Self-defense law poses threats

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has been the circle of controversy and criticism since its inception. The law gives someone the right to use deadly force if the person reasonably believes his or her life is in imminent danger, or if the person believes deadly force is necessary to protect his or her property. This…

Opinion

Focus on progress rather than past

Black History Month is an ideal catalyst in bringing ideas of equality into fruition. Undoubtedly, racial progress has been made since the Jim Crow-era of segregation and unequivocal brutality, but the work is far from complete. This month of celebration typically showcases re-enacted events, videos of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and historical facts….

Opinion

Cost-cutting essential for avoiding postgraduate bankruptcy

Students need more than loans to pay for their overpriced degrees. The time is now to reduce tuition and stop bankrupting students before graduation. The cost of a college degree has increased more than 1,000 percent in the past 30 years. In 1999, $90 billion in student loans were outstanding. As of 2011, that balance…

Opinion

Gun owners abuse constitutional right

It is ironic that Batman is perhaps America’s most popular super hero. Gotham city’s Dark Knight refuses to use guns to subdue his adversaries. Conversely, us Americans are so “gun-ho” that we are the world’s leader in gun-related deaths, and there are roughly 270 million guns in the hands of civilians. In recent months, there…

Opinion

Republicans fail to deliver diversity

The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are more than quadrennial cheer fests where each party’s presidential candidate officially accepts his or her nomination. The conventions give each party the chance to showcase why its agenda is the best choice for America. Expectedly, each party only speaks highly of itself, meanwhile mudslinging the opposing party –…

Opinion

Health care law’s effect may exceed expectations

Oral arguments were recently made at the Supreme Court for and against the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Opponents of the act do not believe the federal government has the authority to mandate the purchase of health insurance under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. Conversely, proponents believe the act will adequately live up to…

Opinion

Business execution should be a priority

Most people who have conceived a new business idea have been told, “Make sure you have a good business plan.” The elements of the ideal business plan are fairly common and cliche: marketing and advertising strategies, identifying the target audience, research of the target audience’s consummation trends, and the list goes on. While it sounds…

Opinion

Law school realities revealed

As a first year law student, I have come to the conclusion that law school is not what it’s “supposed” to be. Here are a few tidbits that may help you in your quest to learn what law school is really like. The LSAT: before and after. The LSAT is a necessary evil in applying…

Opinion

Learn, obey rules to make changes

Admiration is not a prerequisite for appreciation. Hurricane Jack may not care for Hurricane Jill’s make-up, but there is appreciation latent in the effort and precision of Jill’s mascara and foundation application. Similarly, the plight of the LGBT community should be appreciated as a teaching mechanism irrespective of personal feelings about the lifestyle. Proposition 8,…

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