SPORTS: Interesting solutions for lack of fans in stadiums

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by Brandon Alimanestiano, Abass Alzanjne–

As sports come and go during the Covid-19 pandemic with various safety measures in place, many venues remain mostly empty. While the NFL and several other leagues entertained socially distant guests at some stadiums, they also had equally unique ways of dealing with the lack of a cheering crowd — including a fake cheering crowd.

In this edition of the Newsfeed podcast, Abass and Brandon talk about some of the strange things they have seen while watching games. They range from video conferenced fans on screen in the stadium to artificial crowd noise and cardboard cutouts. They discuss whether the “home team advantage” is no more during the pandemic and how it negatively affects both players and fans, in addition to the sports venue economy as a whole.

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.  

International: Worldwide Coronavirus Updates

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by Nick Harpold and Maddi Dempsey-

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over much of 2020 and has continued to be a major part of our lives going into 2021. The world is starting to get a better grasp of how to handle the pandemic and learning about the ways to prevent from getting the virus.

In this edition of the International News Feed podcast, Nick Harpold and Maddi Dempsey talk about how COVID-19 is impacting countries around the world, the global rise of cases, new variants of the virus that are being discovered, and how Iran is banning the coronavirus vaccine from the United States and the United Kingdom.

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.