The Observer

Reif: Our individualism complex is as toxic as breathing polluted air

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

The powerful #MeToo movement, beyond its success in holding influential men accountable, has brought to light the issue of toxic masculinity. That is, the idea that real men are not emotional, rely on violence to solve problems or cannot stay at home to care for children among many other limitations....

Reyna: Safety for us and future generations

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

I was leaving from a public auction when I heard about the shooting in El Paso, Texas. I didn’t know how to react. When I later learned that the gunman was targeting Mexicans, I was petrified. Both of my parents are Mexican immigrants; they moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas almost 30 years ago. Thou...

Mistry: Write your own deliverance

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

This has been a semester full of spicy takes, but let me put to print my hottest take yet: Hamilton is a mediocre musical at best. It’s painfully historically inaccurate and is actually incredibly dangerous in how it melanin-washes figures who should be remembered as slaveholding colonizers, not as...

Kerby: How to Write an Opinion Piece

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

So, you want to write an opinion article? First, get the preliminaries out of the way. Make a new Google Doc, and choose a font. The editors will use an official typesetting program so you might as well use something fun. I’m a Georgia man myself. Put some good music on in the background, unless...

Kolison: The inheritance of pain

Stephen Kolison, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

Last week I found myself spending a lot of time studying in the medical library. I love how it smells like old books. I love how the reading room and its fireplace make me feel like royalty. But despite my love for the room, I feel uneasy there. Every time I look at the old white men in the paintings...

Kim: Checking in during shelter in place

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

April 26, 2019

It’s 1 a.m. on a Friday night, and your phone buzzes. “An emergency has been reported on campus,” says the text. “Shelter in place until further notice.” Then, the notifications pour in over GroupMe and other group chats. “Is everyone alright?” You ignore these notifications and head ove...

Wilson: Policy and documentation must pave the campaign trail

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

It is impossible to deny that there is a large field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020. Even now, over a year before the election, there are at least 19 major candidates who have announced their candidacy or are expected to announce their candidacy soon. These candidates come fro...

Kerby: To be the rock in rough waters

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

The best piece of theater from the past year was a pantomime puppet show I saw at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. The show was “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and told the tale of a tin soldier’s journey to find his way back home after being lost. It might sound juvenile, but a moral suddenly...

Zhu: Reboot culture limits creativity, stifles new voices

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

In the past decade, more and more blockbusters have been either reboots or remakes of old films and franchises. It raises the question of not only why this is happening, but whether or not these films have any value to offer to popular culture beyond pure nostalgia. Although it is difficult to pinpoint when th...

Reyna: Reflecting upon Avicii a year after his death

Christian Reyna, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

I was in high school when it happened. I had just eaten lunch and was ready for the second half of my school day. One of my friends in my next class called my name. She said, “Hey, you like Avicii, right?” I said yes. It was then that she told me that he had just died. A million thoughts raced through my head. Ho...

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