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Kobe Bryant

Ruminations on Kobe Bryant and What He Left Us

February 7, 2020

 Every now and then, an event occurs that makes the world stand still. These “where were you when” moments can define a year, a decade, and, at times, a generation. The death of basketball player Kobe Bryant, who passed away with eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in a tragic helicopter accident on Jan. 26, 2020, was one of these moments. For millions across the planet, Kobe was their first exposure to greatness. He was untouchable on the court and, as a result of his immense tale...

Cosby Cases Represent Problems With Justice System

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Allegations against Bill Cosby first emerged in 2005 after Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against him. Thirteen years later, on April 26, 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. The time gap between these events is simply unacceptable. Since the first report, there are now over 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, including accusations of drugging, raping, and offering to pay women for sex acts. This misconduct allegedly began in the 1960s and has continued into the present. Yesterday, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated, indecent assault against Andrea Constand that occured 14 years ago — one of the only c...

Golden State of Mind

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

April 15, 2016

Wednesday night was one many fans of the Na­tional Basketball Associa­tion will never forget. Not only did the Gold­en State Warriors break the 1995–1996 Chicago Bulls’ regular season re­cord of 72 wins by defeat­ing the Memphis Grizzlies 125–104, but prolific point guard Stephen Curry broke his own single-season re­cord of made three-point­ers by tallying his 400th in the third quarter. Simul­taneously, iconic shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game as a Los Angeles Laker, marking the sixth time in his storied career that he has scored 60 or more points in a game. Fur­thermore, Bryant’s efforts helped the Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz 101–96, ef­fectively capping a tumul­tuous...

The End of An Era

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

October 30, 2015

As another exciting NBA season unfolds, I can’t help but recognize the hard truth: This may well be Kobe Bryant’s final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as his final year in the league. The prolific shooting guard has been a global basketball icon for nearly two decades, and his fame and reputation transcend multiple generations of basketball fans. Bryant’s jersey currently ranks as the fourth most popular NBA jersey and ranks in the top 10 of the most famous sports jerseys of all time. Heck, if you ever see someone trying to shoot their trash into the garbage bin, you can probably hear them muttering “Kobe” under their breath. As much as Bryant’s brand and fame have grown over the years,...

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