LIFE/STYLE: Dietary Trends

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by Kyle Graham, Juan Zapata–

A good diet can make a huge impact on somebodies life, but if not done properly, it could actually end up hurting more than it helps. There are many diets out there that if done correctly can greatly improve your health, however there are also many diets out there that make no sense but yet people still try them.

In this edition of the Newsfeed Podcast, Kyle and Juan will cover some of the popular dietary trends, how social media and celebrity influence has an impact, and lastly some of the pros and cons of dieting which includes some of the dangerous diets out there today. Most importantly, they discuss the importance of making sure that you research which diet is best for you.

INTERNATIONAL: Nigerian bandits and boarding schools

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by Jett Hooker, Darrell Grant —

The number of kidnappings has been rising in Nigeria over the past year due to the county’s economic crisis. Several groups of armed men operate in northern Nigeria and rely on raiding boarding schools and abducting boys and girls to receive ransom money or bargaining deals. Abduction has become a growth industry in Nigeria as a result of these events. 

Just last week, a group of gunmen abducted hundreds of schoolgirls from the Girls Science Secondary School despite the fact that the Nigerian military had a camp set up nearby. Fortunately, the schoolgirls were released but the Nigerian people are highly disappointed with the lack of help from their government and military. 

The frequent raids and abductions have caused many teachers to flee to other states for protection, while many school children have abandoned their education to avoid the violent attacks. As a result, residents of northern Nigeria are demanding that local authorities bring the action needed to keep the schools safe. 

SPORTS: Gambling Made Mobile Friendly

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By Juan Zapata and Alaya Burrill-

The world of sports betting is not new; However, its popularity continues to increase as third party applications make it effortless to place sporting bets. Various states have made it legal to engage in these types of betting/gambling practices, but it takes an informed gambler to successfully place wagers. There are many advantages and disadvantages that one must be aware of before diving into betting opportunities. Not being knowledgeable about what you can bet on, and the type of bets you are able to seek may end up costing you more money than you earn in payouts. 

In this edition of The Newsfeed podcast Juan Zapata and Alaya Burrill discuss the increase in popularity of sports betting and how the legalization of such activity makes it easy for anyone to get involved.  

ARTS/CULTURE: Debating Spotify vs Apple Music

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by Madison Storm, Jillian Smith–

Millions stream music daily, and the preferences of music platforms are seemingly never ending. Two streaming services have continually held high ratings over time– Spotify and Apple Music. The question remains though, which is best?

Each platform offers similar plans in regard to pricing, with options set to best meet user needs. Many of the differences come to light when comparing access to music, new music discovery, and options for things outside of music like podcasts.

In this edition of the Arts and Culture podcast, The News Feed’s Madison Storm and Jillian Smith debate which streaming platform they think is best and why.

INTERNATIONAL: World response to U.S. Presidential Election

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by Madison Storm, Reid Campbell–

With the close of the 2020 election, Joe Biden has been named the 46th President of the United States. Reactions to this news have been seen across the globe, with several international leaders offering their thoughts on the future that’s possible with Biden in the White House. Majority of these comments were positive and also offered congratulations to Kamala Harris for being the first female, first black, and first Asian American to be elected as Vice President. 

Several international observers also commented on the disorderly conduct of current President Donald Trump. Criticisms over doubt cast on mail-in ballots, discriminatory statements, and falsely declaring victory were just a few of the opinions expressed.

SPORTS: NFL’s Sexual Assault Problems

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by Reid Campbell, Emily Carter–

Yet again the NFL is finding itself in a controversy surrounding its handling of sexual assault cases. Antonio Brown, a star wide receiver and former New England Patriots players has been allowed back in the league despite numerous allegation of rape and an ongoing civil lawsuit filed against him for sexual assault.

This is not the first time this has happened in the National Football League. Numerous players in the past have been accused of similar crimes, and have only been given suspensions from a handful of games, not forced out of seasons or outright banned from the league like many have called for.

The NFL has created programs in the past to change how people view the leagues handling of these situations, like a series of PSAs from 2014. In this podcast Reid Campbell and Emily Carter discuss the Brown case, prior issues in the league, and the failures of the NFL

SCI/TECH: Apple iOS Obsolescence Theory

by Jillian Smith and Emily Carter–

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Planned Obsolescence is the theory that companies intentionally design products that they know will become obsolete after a short period of time. The theory states that this strategy is used to cause consumers to continue to buy new products and devices as older ones slow down or eventually stop working at all. Because Apple has recently released a new software update, iOS14, many people have already begun to speculate how this update will impact older devices.

In this science/technology podcast, Emily and Jillian discuss the ways that Apple has addressed these claims and made efforts to debunk this theory, as well as personal experiences that they have had with Apple products and their own opinions on the theory.

LIFE/STYLE: Campus ministry life during COVID

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by Jillian Smith, Sarah Wormald–

Virginia Tech’s campus ministries look drastically different amidst Coronavirus complications. For example, Cru, a Christian campus ministry would usually have a large group service in Squires’ Colonial Hall every Thursday night. However, under the current circumstances, Cru is continuing their large group service online, encouraging students to have safe watch parties together.

Another ministry, Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) is meeting in person on Tuesday nights for a socially-distanced, reduced capacity and masked service, similar to how some other ministries and churches in the area are operating.

There are elements of uncertainty when it comes to places and groups of worship during coronavirus, and those who find community in these groups will continue to adapt.

POLITICS: Polls, debates, and Trump contracting the coronavirus

by Tahreem Alam, Sarah Wormald–

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President Trump contracted the coronavirus on October 2, 2020 while simultaneously campaigning for his 2020 Presidential re-election race. His coronavirus-handling approval rates are decreasing as U.S. citizens enter the eighth month into the pandemic, which can have serious consequences for his campaign in key swing states.

In addition, Former Vice President and President Trump recently could not reconcile on a method for debating in the second presidential debates in Miami, resulting in the second debate’s cancellation. Although public opinion polls do not decide the winner of the debates nor the actual election, what does a debate cancellation mean for citizens who expected to watch the two most popular candidates engage with meaningful questions?

Finally, what does Trump’s behavior and attitude around the virus, and then suddenly contracting and spreading it in the White House mean for his image in relation to national public health?

SCI/TECH: New Apple updates, what to expect

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by Madison Storm, Kai Young–

Apple released their latest software update recently and users are already enjoying the new features. iOS 14 was rumored for several months before it’s actual release date which was re-scheduled multiple times due to COVID-19 related issues. This update is said to give users to ability to customize their device more than ever before. However, correction updates have already started being released to fix issues many are experiencing.

We also discussed new technology Apple users can be expecting to be released later this year including the rumored iPhone 12, a new watch, and iPads. Apple has also been working on Bluetooth connection devices and at home devices similar to the Amazon echo. It’s unclear the effect COVID-19 will have on the release of these new products. Check out this weeks podcast to hear more.