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Don’t judge metal by its cover

Don’t judge metal by its cover

By Thomas Kortz, Columnist

April 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I knew writing this column was going to be tough from the start. Rarely I find someone who likes metal, and trying to promote screams as a form of music is comparable to swimming against a strong current. Three years ago, I wouldn’t have considered listening to metal music. The truth is, I was drawing c...

You don’t have to keep in touch with friends

You don’t have to keep in touch with friends

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

April 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It's so convenient to keep in touch nowadays. My mom checks in on her friends from fourth grade who are scattered across the world as easily as she talks to her friends from work. My grandparents send  emails and share videos on Facebook whether they’re visiting us here or next door to their friends in ...

Sports offer important life lessons

Sports offer important life lessons

By Sriram Karumbunathan, Columnist

April 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

In high school, I played on the basketball team. I went to a small school, so making the team wasn’t too big of a problem. However, I was not nearly as in-shape as some of the other players, and after a few practices, I could tell how behind I was compared to everyone else. I had a lot to learn, and...

Omnibus bill reflects advocacy efforts by University leaders

Omnibus bill reflects advocacy efforts by University leaders

By Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist

April 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

In season six of the U.S. television series, “The Office,” Michael Scott, the manager of a fictitious paper sales company, is reminded of a 10 year old promise he made to a group of third graders — who he named “Scott’s Tots” — to one day pay their college tuitions. After an intense and ...

Paul Ryan: Out with a Whimper

Paul Ryan: Out with a Whimper

By Austin Stadelman, Columnist

April 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Paul Ryan is set to retire from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and as representative from Wisconsin’s 1st District, at the end of this term. The Speaker claims that the sole reason for his departure from Congress comes from a desire to spend more time with his family. Having s...

There should be fair trade for our privacy

There should be fair trade for our privacy

By Li Luyuyang, Columnist

April 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The recent Facebook scandal has caught huge public attention about our privacy on the internet, making the word “privacy” the most urgent agenda to address. On one hand, people are concerned for the abuse of user data, and on the other hand, those same people continuously enjoy the convenience an...

Step away from the stress of your phone

Step away from the stress of your phone

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Anxiety” seems to be a bit of a buzzword lately; from the recent mass shootings to President Donald Trump’s administration to simply our daily lives, stressors abound. I seldom speak to someone who hasn’t experienced some kind of problem with anxiety at some point in his or her life, especiall...

Drake toes line between cultural appropriation and appreciation

Drake toes line between cultural appropriation and appreciation

By Isaiah Reynolds, Columnist

April 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Drake is under fire yet again this week following the release of his new single, “Nice for What.” The song, which has already gained 10 million plays on Apple Music within the first 24 hours, resembles New Orleans “bounce music,” the latest cultural music style that’s caught the Canadian rapper...

Moving forward from the Zuckerberg testimony

Moving forward from the Zuckerberg testimony

By Saketh Vasamsetti, Columnist

April 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Following the thousands of complaints about Facebook’s misappropriation of user information, CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill  on Tuesday to answer questions from higher government authorities. Facebook is founded on the idea of sharing data, which can consist of pictures, likes or locations. Howe...

Don’t fret about the freshman 15

Don’t fret about the freshman 15

By Jaime Watts, Columnist

April 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The freshman 15 is a fear many students have coming into college. It is talked about so often that students almost now expect to gain weight or are determined to not gain it. During my freshman year, I had so many conversations with my friends about gaining weight and making time to work out. Now,...

Recognize Holi’s cultural significance

Recognize Holi’s cultural significance

By Ashvini Malshe, Columnist

April 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At 19, I took an introduction to Hinduism class. There, I learned the importance of figures and phrases common to my culture and the region of India where my parents are from, and I felt uplifted. I could finally make sense of things I would hear or do as a child, and I felt more culturally aware be...

We all have those days

We all have those days

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

April 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I started the semester with a rush of energy. I was eating breakfast in the morning and showing up to class half an hour early. I sat in the very front row, taking detailed notes in fresh notebooks, staining my fingers with blue gel ink. I watched every prelecture and every screencast, and I did my ho...

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