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Words have a lasting impact

Words have a lasting impact

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Columnist

September 23, 2019

As a Conservative Christian, I have many reservations about how the rest of this article will play out. Obviously, by my label, many people will have preconceived accusations and opinions of what my opinions and ideas will consist of. Even though my label falls into a category that not many people are parti...

Protists: rooting for biology’s underdogs

Protists: rooting for biology’s underdogs

EMERSON SLOMKA, Opinion Columnist

September 23, 2019

When considering the various life forms that inhabit the earth, a few major groups come to mind. There are, of course, the animals, the kingdom which includes ourselves and our furry (or scaly, or feathered) friends. We also have the plants, the photosynthetic organisms that provide us with food, str...

Print news creates informed minds

Print news creates informed minds

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

September 19, 2019

This may be an unpopular opinion, but newspapers are wonderful. Now, I may have a bit of a bias towards them, being that I work for one and greatly enjoy doing so. But newspapers, especially hard copy versions of them, are something that I find as a valuable part of our modern society. However, they ...

The democracy movement and rank-choice

The democracy movement and rank-choice

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Columnist

September 19, 2019

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has made a jump into this digital desert we inhabit with his podcast “Another Way.” The show is dedicated to a burgeoning “democracy movement” that is slowly growing across the United States. Lessig hosts a number of academics, activists and others for discu...

Yemen, praxis and global responsibility

Yemen, praxis and global responsibility

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

September 16, 2019

According to a recently released United Nations Development Programme report, the conflict in Yemen will result in 233,000 deaths by the end of 2019, with 140,000 or 60% of total deaths being children under the age of 5. The total deaths total about 1% of Yemen’s entire population. 17% of the populat...

How much power should students have?

CALEB STEKL, Opinion Columnist

September 16, 2019

Student power is a term rarely discussed since the student-worker revolts that raged across France in May 1968. The French students demanded democratic, student-run universities and better working conditions for the workers of France. What meaning, if any, can student power have in this epoch of disempow...

The misconceptions of Greek life

The misconceptions of Greek life

COLIN HORNING, Opinion Columnist

September 12, 2019

Chances are that if you aren’t involved in a fraternity or sorority, you have a negative portrayal of Greek organizations. Whether it’s the exaggerated images that Hollywood movies portray, the constant bad press and horror stories circulating in the news or the general negative stigma around those i...

Social media has changed the world

Social media has changed the world

SAMANTHA GOODMAN, Opinion Columnist

September 12, 2019

Social media appears to be the future, and few would deny that. Businesses are posting job openings to find employees on Facebook. Companies are offering positions in social media management. Professors are promoting open discussions for communication and idea sharing through posts in feed forums such...

SWS: wellness coaching

Guest Column

September 12, 2019

Editor’s Note: This guest column was submitted by Student Wellness Services. Do you feel stuck, unsatisfied or unclear about the direction of your goals? Are you wondering what keeps getting in your way of achieving the life you’ve always wanted? Maybe everything seems swell, but you’re wanti...

The media’s influence on young minds

The media’s influence on young minds

ABIGAIL BENNETHUM, Opinion Writer

September 9, 2019

In 2017, the first season of “Thirteen Reasons Why” came out. Since then, not only has there been more discussion about mental health, but there also has been tons of backlash for the airing of certain controversial scenes throughout the series. Being an avid watcher throughout the years and fin...

The evolution of intra-party division in politics

The evolution of intra-party division in politics

KEVIN WIGGINS, Opinion Writer

September 9, 2019

In December 2019, the last intellectual bastion of never-Trump resistance was closed for good. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard had been a redoubt of neo-conservative thought since 1995. With the collapse of the Standard, conservative pundits such as George Will, Ben Shapiro, Rod Dreher, and David French h...

On praxis: From campus to global politics

On praxis: From campus to global politics

MOHAMMED RAWWAS, Opinion Columnist

September 5, 2019

In a 1997 essay, Peter Singer poses a thought experiment: you notice a child drowning in a shallow pond, which you can easily save at the mildest inconvenience of muddying your clothes. Do you have a responsibility to save the child? Assuming yes, then surely this also applies to millions of people ...

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