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World women to recognize this year

Ellen Kubit, The "F" Word (Feminism)

December 7, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This has been an eventful year, with good and bad. But like every year, nothing occurs in vain. We should not wake up January 1 and ignore the lessons we still knew on December 31. I encourage you to remember what the women of the world taught us: specifically, Aung San Suu Kyi, the members of Pussy...

Beating the winter break boredom

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

December 7, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This week was stressful; next week is going to be just as stressful and, on top of that, brain-numbing. No part of me whatsoever is excited for a three-hour physics exam, except for the fact that when that exam is over, my first semester of college is done. I have not been home since before orientation...

Talking the talk: a short vacation in Gaeltacht

Talking the talk: a short vacation in Gaeltacht

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

December 1, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend, my Irish language class took a field trip to the Gaeltacht. It was more like a vacation than a field trip – we spent the weekend there, and we stayed with lovely Irish families who fed us authentic Irish food. A Gaeltacht is a region, usually way out in the boonies, where people speak...

After the Deluge, We’re Stagnant

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

December 1, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Now that the election is over, Washington has heralded in a new era of bipartisanship, cooperation, and friendliness between members of the two governing parties. Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama have been seen golfing together, relishing in the budget deal cut not 24 hours...

A letter to the President

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

November 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Letter to the President: The beauty of democracy, freedom, and America is that the people have a voice. On Nov. 6, the people spoke up and reelected President Obama. However, sometimes the people are not always heard because the politicians are too busy squabbling among themselves rather than bei...

Breaking up is hard to do

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

November 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear Red States: Following this election, I’ve noticed that several of you guys are thinking about leaving. Petitions, mostly from the deep south, have popped up on the Internet advocating secession for southern states because of what you see as the “tyranny” of our democratically-elected President....

Have we stopped evolving?

Have we stopped evolving?

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

November 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The ability of our mind to explore complex situations and environments keeps me on my toes; it creates a desire to learn more about the ever-expanding world. What if, however, I told you that we as a species have been getting dumber for thousands of years? What if I said that we are going away from...

We did it

We did it

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For once, I’m left utterly speechless. It’s over; after all, there’s nothing left to harp on or whine about or wax eloquent over. I’m tremendously happy with the results, and while I still am left with a vague feeling of disbelief, I’m still absolutely giddy. So, in lieu of my ranting or any...

Forward to the past

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This is a column I never wanted to write. It was my hope that I could wake up Wednesday morning (after sleeping less than a few hours) excited about the impending Romney presidency. I would sit down to my computer to write a column thanking Americans, applauding the Romney campaign, and encouraging...

Tuam: a traveler’s tale

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend I went on homestay, meaning I stayed in the home of Irish people and was treated like part of the family. Which, as it turns out, may entail shepherding, Catholic mass, and being bitten by small children. But that wasn’t my experience – that was someone else in my program. I enjoyed...

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