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Zhu: Sacrificing personal identity for the sake of filial piety

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the holidays coming up fast, suddenly more and more questions arise regarding identity and how to define that outside of the home. One of the most significant is how to bridge the LGBT identity and the Asian-American culture when going home this season. Most identity crises in Asian-American house...

Taekman: A shout amidst a quiet return

Sarah Taekman, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was in my senior year of high school, a Holocaust survivor came into our classroom and told us about her experience. She didn’t look her 90 plus years: she walked unassisted, her hair was white but well-kept and she still had a sharp tongue. She had aged wonderfully, especially considering s...

Coleman: The trials of first-year living

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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...

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