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Joining the One Direction bandwagon

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

January 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One Direction is a craze. Throngs of 14-year-old girls throw themselves at five wonderfully attractive boys. Even though the odds are insane, every teenage girl believes she has a chance with one of them, that she and Zayn/Niall/Louie/Liam/Harry are destined to fall in love. Last year, I hated One...

Reclaiming our word: a revolution

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

January 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Most people reading this will expect a long-winded response to the gun rights/gun control debate happening in Washington and across the country. After all, what is a Republican to do but defend the Godly, prophetic positions of the NRA and lambast the liberal/socialist/statist/progressive kings who want...

The darkness of the Golden Dawn

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

December 7, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

He is 54 years old. A former soldier, he served several terms in prison in his country, making the best of them by learning from the leaders of a military junta and writing a manifesto-turned-magazine called Chyrs Avgi. He is a noted anti-Semite, and frequently rails against immigrants and in favor of...

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...

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