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Smith: Pruning essential for growth

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 13, 2018

Last Tuesday, my counselor told me about the brain’s process of making new connections. In short, there is a period where, especially when attempting to learn something new, the mind creates new neural pathways, becoming more malleable so that fresh ideas and concepts are easier to digest. But a...

Smith: Questioning what it means to be “black enough”

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 6, 2018

There are few things more unsettling than being told that you are not a member of your own race. It makes you question your identity, your upbringing and most importantly, your pride in being who you are. It would be embarrassing for me to say how many times I, as well as many of my friends of color,...

The #MeToo movement is about me and you

The #MeToo movement may be driven by women, but we need to remember that sexual misconduct affects all of us.

Josiah Smith, Columnist

March 23, 2018

Who is affected by the #MeToo movement? It’s not just those who are testosterone-fueled and guided by sexual motives. It’s us. It’s you and me. At times, we lack understanding and refuse empathy. We’re hovering over the glass ceiling and protecting and reinforcing its steel beams. Sexual misconduct...

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