Sam Balas

Never Claus
12.01.2016

Since 1823, when an anonymous poet wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” children wait for Christmas morning anticipating the multitude of gifts they will receive from the jolly character known as Santa Claus. Santa Claus is one of the world’s most recognizable characters. From Coca-Cola bottles to endless television advertisements, Santa is a constant in……

A non-extinct band — Columbus band Digisaurus recently visited Moscow
11.28.2016

“We just try and create an extravagant party atmosphere where you can’t take our eyes off except to dance,” said Eric Groseclose, the bassist and self-described ladies man of the future-pop band Digisaurus. Digisaurus is a Columbus, Ohio, band touring across the west coast. They recently made a stop in Moscow, playing at local coffee……

Vote no to Trump — Donald Trump has proved he is unfit to lead
11.08.2016

The 2016 presidential election did not end in an exciting race to the end on Election Night , it ended on Friday, Oct. 7 when, according to the Washington Post, a video featuring Donald Trump discussing his views of women with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush surfaced. Suffice to say, he is not one who believes……

A new kind of purge — The latest edition of the Purge franchise is a stinging satire of our real world election
11.07.2016

“This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours.” Every fan of the purge series remembers these haunting words broadcasted throughout the “Purge” universe at the beginning of each……

Mainstream voter – Third parties threaten democracy
09.16.2016

Winston Churchill once said that democracy was the worst form of government “…except for all those other forms which have been tried before.” This election cycle more than ever has proven Churchill’s words to be true. The democratic process has failed us, not because anything was rigged or pre-determined, but because the process was too……

Students participate in capstone courses that give back to the community
04.28.2016

Individuals who find themselves in a disadvantaged position in society are not often spoken about, but thanks to University of Idaho graduating seniors Eve Weston and Lauren “Lolo” Ramos, that”s beginning to change. “I think we stereotype all people, especially people we don”t have a lot of contact with, such as people with disabilities,” Weston……