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Veterans Day began as Armistice Day

On Nov. 11, Americans will observe Veterans Day, honoring all veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Until 1954, Nov. 11 was known as Armistice Day: a commemoration of the cease-fire signed by Germany and the Allies at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, to end the fighting of the First World War. The armistice signaled a wave of relief after… Continue reading

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Colucci: Bush’s Nightmare is Coming True

Lamont Colucci, associate professor and chair of politics and government and interim director of the Center for Politics and the People at Ripon College, posted his most recent opinion column on the U.S. News & World Report website about rogue, non-state actors using chemical weapons, just as former President George W. Bush predicted. Colucci says weapons of mass destruction in… Continue reading

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Is this the election about nothing?

As the American republic approaches its 57th mid-term elections, it does so in a state of disquiet and anxiety. Although the economic recovery from the Great Recession in the United States has clearly outpaced that of most other developed countries, and while more than a decade of costly foreign engagements seem to be winding down, only about 27 percent of… Continue reading

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Messitte pens op-ed on legacy of Ben Bradlee

President Zach Messitte co-authored an op-ed with Charles Holden, professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, on “Ben Bradlee, Spiro Agnew and the ‘Gray-Haired Grandmother Defense’” for The Baltimore Sun. In the article, Messitte and Holden pay tribute to Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor, for the critical role he played in the 1973 resignation of Vice President… Continue reading

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Is the voter base too disillusioned to make it to the polls?

Assistant Professor of Politics and Government Henrik Schatzinger examined this question in a recent Oshkosh Northwestern article. The article looked at voter turnout leading up to Wisconsin’s hotly contested gubernatorial election between Governor Scott Walker and Mary Burke. With a virtual dead heat between the candidates, the Northwestern argues that whichever party does a better job of getting supports to… Continue reading

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Of ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties…

Picture this: You are in a dark, damp basement room with no windows. The only light in the room comes from the LED lights on two pieces of equipment on a table at the center of the room. These cast an eerie red glow across the faces of the paranormal investigators arrayed around the room in a semi-circle. The room… Continue reading

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