June 1, 2015

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Let’s stop pirating music

by Justin Longmeyer

Of all forms of media, music is probably the most affected by the advent of the internet. While people will pirate anything from movies to video games, music has always held a place as the poster child of piracy victimhood.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, since the file-sharing site Napster emerged in 1999, music sales have dropped 53 percent, and in 2009 only 37 percent of music acquired in the U.S. was paid for.

Additionally, piracy accounts for 24 percent of internet bandwidth globally. This is a big problem. In 2007, Radiohead released their seventh album “In Rainbows” as a free download online. According to NPR Music’s Eric Garland, “In Rainbows” was pirated at 10 times the rate of other contemporary top artists. Between 60 and 70 percent of the people who downloaded “In Rainbows” did it illegally. Radiohead still made money from the album, thanks to the online tip jar that allowed fans to pay whatever they wanted for the album. […]

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May 24, 2015

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MCC marketing to ramp up next year

by Justin Longmeyer Next year students attending Metropolitan Community College may notice changes when it comes to how the college is presented to the community. A little more than a year ago, MCC hired two companies to brand the college. CLARUS is a research group and TWG Plus a marketing firm. Together the companies helped […]

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May 18, 2015

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Activist Laci Green speaks at KU

by Alex Frogge April was Sexual Assault Awareness month, and Laci Green, a popular and accomplished 25 year-old YouTuber and sex education activist, has been touring the country educating others on rape culture. She presented her program Taking Down Rape Culture at the University of Kansas in April, illuminating what it is and informing on […]

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May 15, 2015

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Homecoming week has mixed success

by Justin Longmeyer MCC-Longview’s 100th anniversary is here. To celebrate this important milestone, several events were organized at Longview during a Spring Homecoming week. The first event of the week was the Spring Convocation, where speakers discussed the history behind “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a story about a local family that was used […]

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May 11, 2015

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“Couples” a success from Longview’s drama department

by Justin Longmeyer The theater production “Couples” was performed April 22 through the 25 in Longview’s Cultural Arts Center, directed by Kristin Henning. The play consists of several two-character vignettes, with students Olivia Carter, who is pursuing a degree in performance, and Jason Greenawalt, who is pursuing a degree in mathematics but enjoys acting as […]

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