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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...

Yakumithis: Keeping it tastefully sexy on Halloween

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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, ...

Wilson: Misinformation cannot be a partisan issue

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Social media is one of the most important aspects of today’s society. It brings people from all around the world together and keeps people connected in ways that would never have been thought of 100 years ago. However, it has also become one of the biggest detriments to national sovereignty, especi...

Yakumithis: Can one have too many celebrity crushes?

Yakumithis: Can one have too many celebrity crushes?

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Celebrity crushes have always been a favorite subject of mine. When I was 12 years old, I launched a wildly successful One Direction blog. Between its photo content and self-published fanfiction, I drew in over 1,000 Tumblr followers within a few months. My blog was cathartic in the sense that my buddin...

Smith: In response to a rather difficult Saturday

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you’re like me, last Saturday was rather difficult. In all honesty, I did not want Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the slightest. The whole situation was handled extremely poorly at the hands of the people whom we offer our most sacred trust and the reliance of our well-being. It would be ...

Coleman: Choices Fair proves not to be a cure-all for indecision

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As you’re probably aware, especially if you’re a first- or second-year student who is still undecided, the annual Choices Fair took place this past Friday, Oct. 5 at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. Tables staffed by professors and students representing various majors, minors, program...

Reif: Rapid transit: one ride toward saving our world

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Trump administration’s very own 500-page environmental impact study determined that climate change, while still a “Chinese hoax,” will lead to a 4 C (7 F) global temperature increase within this century. Climate scientist James Hansen warns that warming to this degree will result in a permane...

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