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How UNCW’s new COVID guidelines are affecting the campus experience
On August 24, Chancellor Jose Sartarelli released a message to the student body in response to the results of UNCW’s first day of surveillance testing. The message announced the cancellation of the Involvement Carnival, originally scheduled to take place the next day, and called for all “[e]vents, activities and meetings not directly related to student learning or coursework” to be moved online. Activities that cannot make the transition were instructed to be postponed. There are not any exemption applications or future reevaluations available at this time.

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REVIEW: Oscar Isaac shines amidst the darkness and brutality of ‘The Card Counter’

Written and directed by Paul Schrader, ‘The Card Counter’ will surprise those who are unfamiliar with his work. A signature of Schrader’s work, which includes writing credits on many Martin Scorcese films including “Taxi Driver” and his recently directed film “First Reformed,” is his ability to depict a lone protagonist confronting their own dark destiny as they recognize the flaws in society. Despite its namesake, and the slick style portrayed in its trailer, the film is only about high-stakes poker on surface level. More than anything, it’s the character study of a broken man and a critique on the inhumanity of military interrogation in the Iraq War.

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Former UNCW baseball pitcher Adam Smith was selected in the 14th round of this year’s MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. After five appearances for San Diego’s rookie-affiliate, Arizona Complex League Padres, Smith owns a 1-1 record with a 1.80 ERA.

“Draft day was definitely an emotional roller coaster,” Smith said. “On day three though when I got selected, it was a sigh of relief and a very exciting moment in my life. I’ve spent 18 years of my life preparing and getting myself to this moment and seeing it all pay off is very accomplishing to me.” 
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The North Carolina General Assembly is pushing for the legislation of an act to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax. The products specified in the proposal are limited to: tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups and sanitary napkins. If the bill makes it through, it will become effective Oct. 1, 2021. 

The average woman will spend approximately six years of her life menstruating, meaning a woman will pay for a box of tampons about 250 times to maintain her hygiene. A single container of tampons averages $6. If you do the math, the price for these menstruation products without tax are steep independently, not to mention the additional cost for medications, birth control and other medical needs correlated to feminine hygiene and wellness. Due to the taxation of feminine hygiene products, women living in the United States are expected to spend an additional $150 million per year. 

 

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Criminal Justice Reform Bill looks to hold those in law enforcement accountable

For those victims of police violence, Senate Bill 300 seems to be the light at the end of a tunnel. Finally, action is backing words, and seems to herald a new age in which law enforcement officers will be held to a higher standard, and more importantly, will be held accountable for their actions. While many in the police force aim to protect the American people at any cost, for those that go overboard and begin resorting to violence, it could be their new reckoning.
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