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Richards: Be your own student ambassador

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

Often times throughout your life, you may find your voice squashed in the expansive structure of an organization or large group. Whether it be your academic, personal or professional life, your contributions may go unnoticed or your opinions swept under the rug. Sometimes you make it through half the battl...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

Rossy: #TeamTrees takes on climate change using social media

Rossy: #TeamTrees takes on climate change using social media

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 15, 2019

With the copious amounts of social media campaigns and influencers hounding on the issue of climate change, you might begin to ask yourself—just how much of an impact can one more initiative have, and are we really taking action or are we just spewing words into the invisible universe created by techn...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

Kuntzman: Length of Thanksgiving break leaves students on campus

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

November 8, 2019

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time spent with family. For college students living far from home, Thanksgiving break might be the first time they see their families since the beginning of the school year. Thanksgiving breaks are a standard part of most academic calendars, but their durations ...

Martz: Halloween and the spirit of giving

Paulina Martz, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2019

As Halloween approached (and then flew by), I found myself thinking more than usual about the holiday on this campus. Amidst the Black Friday-esque mad dash at Party City three minutes before close, I stopped and processed how different my Halloween experiences have been since coming to college.  O...

Reyna: The case for Pete Buttigieg

Reyna: The case for Pete Buttigieg

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2019

There are many candidates fighting for the Democratic nomination and the opportunity to defeat President Donald Trump in November 2020. Current frontrunners Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are certainly safe bets for any voter. However, another candidate, May...

Zhu: What we let social media companies get away with these days

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2019

With news commentators comparing our current political and economic state to historical periods like the 1880s, it is of little wonder that antitrust concerns continue to grow, particularly in light of the recent attention Facebook has been getting. The boom in the early 21st century of fast-growing te...

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