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Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor

Shane is a senior majoring in communication arts and minoring in journalism in the public interest. Having come all the way from Denver, Colorado, to attend Allegheny, Shane is joining The Campus staff as junior opinion editor and a photo editor. When free from his academic responsibilities, you can likely find Shane in his room singing and strumming his guitar.

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Memes: a cultural phenomenon with dangerous, powerful implications

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor April 26, 2019

Memes. It seems like just last year the internet was fixed on Bad Luck Brian, Scumbag Steve, Philosoraptor, Success Baby and Rage Comics — primitive meme archetypes with very specific applications,...

Democrats are poised to underestimate Trump on the campaign trail — again

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor April 20, 2019

2020 is just around the corner and has the potential to bring with it the most absurd, unconventional and dangerous presidential campaigning the United States has ever seen. It is no secret Donald Trump...

The fight for the Mueller report is a fight for democracy

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor April 4, 2019

Robert Mueller’s notorious and long-awaited report regarding the findings of potential Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election was recently finished and handed off to William Barr,...

It’s the perfect time to redefine modern-day working citizens

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor March 2, 2019

It seems more and more jobs are threatened by automation as time passes and technology advances. We are already seeing robots working more precisely and consistently than humans in workplaces, and carbon-based...

Bad Bad Hats performs for a GFC audience on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

[Photo] Bad Bad Hats visit Allegheny

March 1, 2019

Aubrey Collins, ’ 19, opens for Bad Bad Hats on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Grounds for Change.

How much more buying power do wealthy elites need?

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor February 21, 2019

Wealth inequality has long been rooted in our country’s history with tense relationships between workers and bosses, and corporations and unions. In the past five years or so especially, we have seen...

Positivity is not simply snuffing out negativity

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor February 14, 2019

In the song “Local Man Ruins Everything,” The Wonder Years offer some wise words: “It’s not about forcing happiness, it’s about not letting sadness win.” At the risk of sounding entirely abysmal,...

Modern holidays and their traditional roots

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor February 7, 2019

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Over the years, it seems especially commercial holidays have slowly slipped into the realm of obscurity. To be fair, much of this trend is probably a personal...

The little things make the biggest impact

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor January 31, 2019

My family members were never particularly religious, but they were certainly proud of their heritage — especially my grandparents, who kept their menorah in a cabinet high above the counter where it...

Lower socioeconomic classes disproportionately hurt by financial penalties

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor January 31, 2019

Not too long ago, I went to Cleveland for an event and upon arriving back at my car at the end of the night, I discovered something no one wants to find: a parking ticket tucked under my windshield wiper....

A demand for social discourse

Shane Ostrom, Opinion Editor January 24, 2019

Modern life in the 21st century brought change into nearly every facet of life. Smartphones, for instance, are essential to the modern citizen and allow them access to more knowledge than any single individual...

Tens of thousands sit in prison for what is now legal

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor November 29, 2018

Despite the many crucial political topics floating around today, for some time, one of America’s favorite policies to discuss is that of legal cannabis. Currently a Schedule I drug along with heroin,...

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Musk’s strange behaviors reflect unreasonably high standards for public figures

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor November 15, 2018

I do not think anyone would disagree with me when I say that we are living in a crazy world. Rapidly shifting politics and the normalization of domestic terrorism are naturally on everyone’s mind....

Low voter turnout is reflective of archaic electoral system

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor November 8, 2018

Election Day is arguably the most important day of the year for American citizens to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard to determine the path the country takes. Voting is at the heart...

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Nonprofit reconstitutes wasted crayons, brings attention to larger waste problem

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor October 25, 2018

In front of each child at a restaurant, a waitress puts down a placemat with pictures of food and activities to keep the child occupied. Crayons wrapped in cellophane are ripped open, and the child begins...

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Warren allowed public discourse to dwell on trivial matters by addressing Trump’s racist attacks

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor October 25, 2018

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts recently released DNA test results to prove she has a Native American ancestor in her lineage in order to address President Donald Trump’s racist remarks,...

Putting aside all allegations, senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after strange hearing

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor October 18, 2018

The Sept. 27 hearing of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh was a monumental moment for our country. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were in high school...

Mismanagement of hurricane disaster relief impacts millions, shows political control

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor September 27, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security was granted a request of nearly 10 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s budget, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. More...

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Just how impressionable are children when it comes to political misinformation?

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor September 6, 2018

I have always been a neurotic person, worked up by a never-ending stream of loud thoughts, social anxieties, and irrational phobias that, to this day, make little sense to me. At the age of 3, I developed...

Administrative actions with little communication, drives Allegheny into a new age of precariousness

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor August 30, 2018

As we are all aware, Allegheny has been undergoing major changes. Buildings are being restored, offices are moving, retirement incentives are driving away tenured professors, President James Mullen is...

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‘Pokemon Go’ takes a turn in communities

Shane Ostrom, Junior Opinion Editor August 23, 2018

For a year of heated political campaigns, horrifying terrorist attacks in France and Orlando and the death of several influential celebrities including Prince, David Bowie and Harambe, the summer of 2016...

Addressing school shootings

Shane Ostrom, Contributing Writer March 1, 2018

“I thought/felt seriously about the Parkland shooting for about an hour or so. Then I checked basketball scores and then went on with life. I too am a part of the problem,” read the Facebook status...

Accepting girls into the Boy Scouts:

Shane Ostrom, Contributing Writer October 26, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America has been an iconic nonprofit organization for nearly one hundred years and currently touches the lives of 2.4 million youth and over 1 million adult volunteers. Earlier this month,...

Members of the Allegheny community watch the wing-eating competition on the Gator Quad.

Campus community tradition continues

Shane Ostrom, Contributing Writer September 28, 2017

Allegheny students were gathered in the lobby of the Henderson Campus Center at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, as they waited for the annual Wingfest event to begin. Inside Shafer Auditorium, students...

Kutzer, IDEAS Center lead campus organizations in open dialogue at town hall

Shane Ostrom, Contributing writer September 14, 2017

An open dialogue regarding the divide between Greek and non-Greek organizations on campus was held in Quigley Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 10. Ken Kutzer, ’18, president of Allegheny’s Theta Chi fraternity,...

Another poor summer for the box office

Shane Ostrom, Contributing Writer September 14, 2017

I recently watched “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in theatres, and I was less than impressed with it. My discord does not stem from the acting, visuals or even the story; rather, it stems from the commercialization...

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