The Dilemma of Speaking Up or Keeping Quiet

12 Apr

Doctor’s and other physicians make difficult decisions everyday. Decisions like choosing the right medicine to treat a patient and the most important being respecting the rule of patient confidentiality. This past year, a pediatric nurse practitioner, Trish McDade, faced one of the toughest dilemmas. “I was treating an 18 year old girl who had mentioned […]

The Grey Area–When Ethics aren’t Always Black and White

12 Apr

For some reason, it seems like a great deal of the public believes that scientists are out to get them, whether it be by poisoning your food with GMOs or using autism-causing vaccines on your children. Scientists have gotten a bad rap lately. And while some scientists aren’t doing anything to help their case, not […]

Authorship in Scientific Literature

12 Apr

Assigning authorship to scientific literature can be a complicated task. There is no clearly written criteria that determines eligibility for authorship of a manuscript pending publication. However, there is a growing problem in the scientific community where increasing numbers of scientific literature of persons granted authorship that are unjustified. Unethical practices in authorship include: Pressured […]

Senior politics editor faces print dilemma

12 Apr

In July 2014, flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a missile and disappeared while traveling over Ukraine. Journalists around the world began reporting on the incident. Paige Lavender, senior politics editor at the Huffington Post was concerned upon looking at the photos taken on the site of the plane crash. Many of the photos […]

Q&A with newly appointed secretary of the DEP, Austin Caperton

1 Mar

By Erin Drummond   Tension lingered in the air as citizens of West Virginia stared at the member of the state’s government, glaring as he answered question after question with the same three words: “I don’t know.” As Austin Caperton entered his second month in as the newly appointed secretary for the Department of Environmental […]

Austin Caperton, Secretary of West Virginia DEP, Leaves Many Discouraged After First Public Forum

1 Mar

Austin Caperton is proud to be the new secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Caperton’s first time speaking directly to the public was this past Monday, when the Sierra Student Coalition invited him to speak at the Mountain Lair at West Virginia University. Caperton states the focus of this Agency is […]

Sierra Student Coalition holds forum for DEP

1 Mar

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection held a forum sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition on Monday, February 28th. This forum was put together to help introduce the new secretary, Austin Caperton, and environmental advocate, Ed Maguire, while also giving the people of West Virginia the opportunity to speak up about their concerns. DEP […]

West Virginia DEP Secretary, Austin Caperton, Faces Tough Crowd At First Public Forum

28 Feb

By: Mariah Congedo The Sierra Student Coalition hosted newly appointed, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Austin Caperton on Monday evening. Caperton and his environmental advocate, Ed Maguire were faced with many angered citizens of West Virginia regarding several economic topics. Caperton has only been in office for forty days and says this was […]

Morgantown adopts gun ban, despite pleas from citizens.

26 Feb

By Nick Foutrakis MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Morgantown City Council barely passed an ordinance prohibiting guns in municipal buildings and on city-owned property. The ordinance was passed after a four to three vote decided on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Councilors Bill Kawecki, Nancy Ganz, Jenny Selin and Marti Shamberger voted in favor of the ordinance while […]

Naxolone: second chance or enabler of addiction?

22 Feb

Last March, the West Virginia legislature passed a law that allows pharmacies to sell naxolone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine, without a prescription. The new policy is targeted to those who have a family member or close friend who they suspect is at risk of overdosing and would like to have the option to intervene […]