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Opinion | Politicization of everything bears a cost

 At the MBTA Prides Crossing commuter rail station in Beverly, MA, there are 2 benches on the street side of the former station house. They are marked

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

July 3, 2020

This year I was enamored by artist James Gurney’s landscape paintings on the internet and decided to pick up a brush myself. Limited in settings by the pandemic, I settled on painting the roundabout in front of my home from my porch. Once finished, I shared my work with my neighbor, a sweet elderly ...

Opinion | Juneteenth represents continued struggle for Black freedom

Demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr, participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.

By Dennis Austin, Columnist

June 19, 2020

Being Black in America almost renders one to near insanity.  We see their faces, we hear their pain. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Alton Sterling and so many more.  One hundred fifty-five years to the day that slaves in Texas were freed, Black peop...

Opinion | Protest momentum must become political participation

Protesters hold homemade signs at a demonstration following the death of George Floyd.

By Nick Johnson, Columnist

June 16, 2020

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Despite protests being the expected response to racially motivated police killings, this Martin Luther King Jr. quote is resona...

Opinion | Protest opposition forgets American tradition of violence | Part II

Protesters demonstrate following the death of George Floyd.

By Dennis Austin, Columnist

June 15, 2020

In any context, riots are merely a symptom of an illness inflicted onto a nation by those in authority. During the early 1990s, as many Eastern European countries transitioned from communism, Romania violently overthrew its government. Nicholas Ceausescu and his wife were put on trial for one hour accused...

Opinion | MasterClass brings joy to online learning

The official MasterClass logo.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

June 11, 2020

Over the past several months, students across the country have switched from in-class to online learning due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With classes on either Zoom or Skype, many college students, especially those here at the University, have struggled to acclimate to these new learning condition...

Opinion | Pritzker’s defense of religion is superior to SCOTUS

A mask lays on a cross

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

June 8, 2020

As states curb the spread of COVID-19, some have begun phased reopenings with consideration of risks to public health. Governor J.B. Pritzker felt pressure through the Supreme Court to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on places of worship as Illinois enters Phase 3 of the reopening plan. As California similarly tran...

Opinion | Protest opposition forgets American tradition of violence | Part 1

A depiction of the Boston Massacre which occurred on March 5, 1770.

By Dennis Austin, Columnist

June 4, 2020

Minneapolis has captured the world’s attention, putting the coronavirus on a temporary backburner. Over the past few days, the country has seen outbreaks of violent rioting from citizens angry over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Across the country, busines...

Opinion | Inaction is complicity in police brutality

Demonstrators gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota to protest the death of George Floyd on May 26.

By Abril Salinas, Columnist

June 2, 2020

The unwarranted, excessive and oftentimes illegal use of force against civilians by American police officers is unfortunately commonplace. Currently, we’re indoctrinated with racism by a system that serves to protect the white people of this country.  The weaponization of whiteness and the sorti...

Opinion | Validate your negative emotions

Singer Sufjan Stevens performs at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Sept. 25, 2006.

By Ellen Barczak, Senior Columnist

May 15, 2020

Sometimes, everything sucks. And sometimes, it’s OK to let yourself be sad.  Our lives have changed completely in the past two months, even if many of the changes are only temporary. Though everyone’s lives are disrupted, as college students, this pandemic is interrupting a period in our liv...

Opinion | American democracy unwittingly harbors oligarchic traits

Opinion | American democracy unwittingly harbors oligarchic traits

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist

May 13, 2020

Lauded as the home of the free and the land of the brave, the dignity of America’s democracy rests upon the assurances of liberty and autonomy. A fundamental feature which ensures the preservation of democratic ideals is the mobilization of power by the masses. The prevailing sentiment is that the America...

Opinion | Self-deceptive rationalization dominates contemporary politics

Anti-Trump protesters demonstrate in Minneapolis on the anniversary of his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2018.

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

May 12, 2020

Too often over the last few years, many have asked me the same question: “Are you pro-Trump or against him?” The forthright question serves as a litmus test to pigeonhole you into a partisan dichotomy. But on a larger scale, it tacitly implies you must either defend the President absolutely or ...

Opinion | Print newspapers deserve a resurgence

An assortment of newspapers rest on a tiered rack.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

May 11, 2020

In a world where the likes of streaming services, online retailers and social media compete in sucking each of us into their rabbit hole of wasted time, we tend to forget one of the driving forces of society: the news. A good amount of people receive their news via social media or on television. That...

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