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Brenna’s Take on the News: Starbucks red cups are Christmas cups

Starbucks accused of ‘War on Christmas’ with new cup design

Due to society’s insatiable need to call any controversy a “war,” one random pastor has decreed Starbucks has done so on Christmas. Their weapon of choice? Red cups. There’s not a single Christmas tree, ornament, Santa or Jesus face to let us know what season it is — and without Starbucks, there would be no other way we would know Christmas is coming:






This wouldn’t even be noteworthy if it wasn’t for the hilarious tweetstorm that rained down upon this aggressively passionate fellow. Here’s just a taste:













Though it is commendable that Starbucks tried to generalize their holiday cups to be less specific to Christmas, I find this whole argument kind of moot — because what other holiday do you associate with red other than Christmas? It’s not like someone’s going to pick up their latte and be reminded of Kwanza.

The red cups are Christmas cups. Can we be done now?


University of Missouri System President Resigns

While Western is busy seeking input for our next University President, University of Missouri has been working endlessly to kick out theirs.

Today, the students and faculty who opposed the now former President, Timothy Wolfe, successfully drove him to resign.

After months of hard feelings about race relations, it sounds like the tipping point was a student hunger strike and the football team refusing to play unless he resigned — and when football season stops, everything stops.

Based on most of reports, anger came from not only a culture of racism on the campus, but mostly from Wolfe’s silence and inaction with regards to addressing them. Though the circumstances are bleak, one silver lining in this case could be the effectiveness of student assembly. Many facets of this student body came together behind one shared vision for what would be best for the University, and regardless of whether or not you agreed with the decision, it’s admirable to see a student democracy work so passionately.


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