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Remember who we’re memorializing on Memorial Day

Remember who we’re memorializing on Memorial Day

By Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

May 27, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Memorial Day draws to mind parades and marching bands, barbecue and funnel cakes, the American flag and closed banks. For many, it marks the beginning of summer festivities: a pre-Fourth-of-July, if you will. While it’s great Memorial Day is celebrated so widely throughout the country, it is imp...

Children teach valuable life lessons

Children teach valuable life lessons

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

May 26, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Famous children’s writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, once said, “adults are just outdated children.” This statement stands true in so many ways. For the past six summers, I have worked as a day-camp counselor at a local park district back home. Each day, campers — ages fi...

Learning names kick-starts friendships

Learning names kick-starts friendships

By Thomas Block, Columnist

May 20, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare so eloquently queried in “Romeo and Juliet.” I’m no English major, but I think he was trying to say names shouldn’t tear us apart. I’ll do him one better: names should bring us closer together. You may wave politely to that one person in the hallway e...

Public intellectuals instill false beliefs

Public intellectuals instill false beliefs

By Joseph Dillier, Columnist

May 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

On April 19, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek held a debate in Toronto entitled “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism.” Their debate was highly anticipated in the online-intellectual community. Tickets sold out well in advance of the event, and Peterson note...

9/11 shattered American psyche

9/11 shattered American psyche

By Anthony Gavrilchenko, Columnist

May 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Before I start this article, I would like to include some preemptive acknowledgements: The September 11 attacks were undoubtedly a national tragedy, and those who risked their lives in the aftermath ought to be revered as heroes. I am not seeking to minimize or diminish these atrocities — in fact I ...

‘All men are created equal’ explained

‘All men are created equal’ explained

By Guzi He, Columnist

May 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

People have been questioning the sincerity of the phrase “all men are created equal” ever since its debut in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. British poet Samuel Johnson lamented its irony, writing in 1775 “we hear the loudest yelps for liberty coming from the drivers of” black individuals. ...

Humanities majors are worth more than you’d think

Humanities majors are worth more than you’d think

By Matt Hutchison, Columnist

May 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

Everyone has heard the spiel they ought to pursue a STEM degree if they have the aptitude. Not only are these subjects crucial for developing the economy of the future, but they are the most sensible academic decision, as their earning potential is high and makes up for the financial investment in a c...

Populism wave should be acknowledged, not scorned

Populism wave should be acknowledged, not scorned

By Cole Timmerwilke, Columnist

May 2, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories

To many political observers, President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election came as a shock. Professional pollsters and the commentariat were almost unanimous in predicting a landslide victory for Clinton, and although it has been noted by some that the polling lead she enjoyed w...

It’s okay to struggle

It’s okay to struggle

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

May 2, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

College can be seen as a time of exploration — figuring out what you want to do post-graduation, discovering who your true friends are and finding what works for you in terms of balancing grades, a social life and sleep. For some of us, it may feel like we have yet to get our lives together while e...

Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

Nothing is resolved through a scapegoat

By Skylar Bouchard, Columnist

May 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States government recently indicted the first pharmaceutical executive on accounts of drug trafficking. Laurence Doud III violated United States law by distributing highly addictive opioids to people he was aware would illegally sell them. Although this indictment seems like it is a st...

Don’t run for president, Mr. Biden

Don’t run for president, Mr. Biden

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

May 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Sometimes people should just take a step back and allow others the spotlight, especially when expressing interest in running for the highest office in the world. On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he is seeking a third bid for the White House. In a three-and-a-half minute video, 7...

‘America First’ ends up putting America last

‘America First’ ends up putting America last

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Columnist

April 30, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions Top Stories, Top Stories

Many analysts eagerly consider President Donald Trump’s substantial number of judges nominated and confirmed, courtesy of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s obstructionism at the end of the Obama administration, when assessing the administration’s legacy. However, they seldom consider the lasting damage the adminis...

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