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Coleman: The trials of first-year living

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018

A few days ago, I woke to shouts of jubilation in the hallway outside my room. “There’s hot water,” the girls next door cried out joyfully. From my room, I couldn’t help breathing a sigh of relief. For Storrs House had spent the previous 36 hours without any hot water in any of its bathro...

Kim: How it feels to get help

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018

I fell into a major depressive episode last Saturday. Over that week, I had been interacting with so many people and doing so much work that the stress became overwhelming. But I continued to force myself to do more work: volunteering, attending class and helping with events. By Tuesday, I could not stoma...

Rudoff: Complicity in mass shootings is a national burden

Rudoff: Complicity in mass shootings is a national burden

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 2, 2018

It’s doubtful that anyone missed the news of the mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh this past Saturday. It was an attack that left 11 dead, six injured and, as with all American mass shootings, countless others traumatized. The mere fact that I can say: “as with all...

Yakumithis: My celebrity cheat list

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

November 2, 2018

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about my celebrity crushes. To answer a lot of your questions: no, I don’t regret exposing myself. That’s why I’m about to do it again. This time, it’s even more personal. The whole “I make my boyfriends sign a disclaimer” bit about letting me cheat on ...

Wilson: Uptown’s food funk

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

November 2, 2018

There are many exceptionally wonderful things about this university. The academics are renowned and challenging, the campus is beautiful and located in a cultural hub and the professors are esteemed and well respected. However, there are flaws. Most prominent of which is the choices of food on cam...

Smith: A mid-semester reflection

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

November 2, 2018

Like it or not, the middle of the semester is when you’re compelled to reflect. There’s something about receiving midterm grades, whether scathing, decent or exceptional, that causes you to ponder what went well and what didn’t. Fortunately, there’s enough time to sustain or change things for...

Reyna: Takeaways from a midterm debut

Christian Reyna, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018

The week before Fall Break and the week after Homecoming, midterm week was when students across campus tested their knowledge and skills in multiple classes. A good chunk are sleep-deprived from pulling all-nighters. A few are wide awake and studied well beforehand. Most are nervous, stressed and tired...

Kerby: How I learned to stop worrying and love James Madison

Steve Kerby, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018

Constitutions, what are they good for? They’re a heck of a lot of hassle, that’s for sure. The United States Constitution is the reason why the vote power of North Dakota is about three times that of California. The U.S. Constitution includes such historic controversies as the Three-Fifths Compromise, t...

Yakumithis: Keeping it tastefully sexy on Halloween

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

October 26, 2018

Halloween is next Wednesday, and I want to use this opportunity to give a lecture that I think a lot of parents forget to give their college-bound children: please stop objectifying ordinary things—especially animals that have ears—and then calling yourself a “sexy” whatever. My parents didn...

Venom’s critical failure from an expectation of hypermasculinity

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018

After seeing “Venom” and recommending it to everyone I know, the question I get back the most often is: “then why do the critics hate it?” It’s a good question, and the gap between audience rave reviews and critics’ disapprovals lies in Eddie Brock’s characterization. For those who have yet to hit the theaters, ...

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