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Imagine skipping, dancing your way to class

Imagine skipping, dancing your way to class

By Samuel Kottoor, Columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Attending a university of 40,000 people has its ups and downs — the ups being the reason I go here. However, migrating to class alongside thousands can somehow make you feel lonelier than ever. Walking on the sidewalks with your headphones in, hood up and the dreadfulness of class in mind throws you int...

Trick yourself into being happy

Trick yourself into being happy

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Signing up for classes for the spring has been as stressful as it is every semester. I’ve become an expert at navigating a sea of closed sections and major restrictions. There’s a powerful kind of validation in waking up to an email alert at six in the morning, and grabbing the one spot that just...

Thank professors for homework over break

Thank professors for homework over break

By Kimberly Ngoh, Columnist

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Showcase, Top Stories

I hate to admit it, but professors may be doing us a favor by assigning us homework over breaks. As much as I’d like to believe that everyone needs an occasional dose of schadenfreude, this course of action is actually a very wise proposition. Take it from me, initially guilty of carping over the brea...

Republican Party reaches a crossroad

Republican Party reaches a crossroad

By Cole Timmerwilke, Columnist

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

In the wake of the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump, one of the most important consequences has been the exposure of the fault lines in the Republican Party. Although they went underground for much of the recent past, there have always been significant ideological differences on the American rig...

Dictionary.com’s word of the year is not a surprise

Dictionary.com’s word of the year is not a surprise

By Hayley Nagelberg, Columnist

December 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the year begins to wind down, there are a number of traditions we can all expect: The Hallmark Channel will air winter-inspired love movies, Times Square will set up the New Year’s Ball until it is ready to drop, search engines like Google will produce videos summarizing the most-searched matte...

English majors are underappreciated

English majors are underappreciated

By Lucas Oswald, Columnist

December 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re a humanities major, the following conversation is probably familiar to you: “Hello (insert random adult who knows you’re in college but can’t quite remember what it is you’re studying), it’s nice to see you,” you say, smiling politely. “Hi. How’s college going?” they a...

Facebook does anything to profit

Facebook does anything to profit

By Anthony Gavrilchenko, Columnist

December 3, 2018


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

Facebook is a danger to society. This is not a particularly hot take, but it is one that has been supported by recent developments and historical trends. Under the guise of Thanksgiving, Facebook admitted to the contents of an investigative New York Times piece that suspected systemic misconduct on Facebook’s part in dealing with Russian electioneering, tribalistic divisiveness and anti-Semitic damage control. This is the most rec...

Universities need to rethink their trajectory

Universities need to rethink their trajectory

By Matt Hutchison, Columnist

December 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

What is the point of higher education? Is college synonymous with higher education or are they very different things? Is college meant to prepare one for a career? To engage in critical and reflective thought? To promote social mobility? As the academic environment has succumbed to market pr...

TV portrayal of suicide exacerbates issue

TV portrayal of suicide exacerbates issue

By Alice Lee, Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The number 13 has always been synonymous with bad luck. From worrying about having 13 guests at the dinner table to avoiding parties on the 13th day, people tend to hold this dreaded number in contempt. It seems fitting Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” purposefully highlights this unlucky number. The Un...

Thankfulness should transcend the holidays

Thankfulness should transcend the holidays

By Kyra Sadovi, Columnist

November 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Thanksgiving and the subsequent holiday season is supposed to be a time of reflection, gratitude and grace — a period during which we all slow down and really take stock of the privileges we’ve been afforded and the people who share our lives with us. Obviously, this does not always happen. As many...

We need to change our dating habits

We need to change our dating habits

By Ellen Barczak, Columnist

November 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

College is a defining period in a person’s life; you learn who you are, figure out what you’ll do with your career, make lasting friendships — and maybe even find your spouse. Sometimes, though, the pressure to find “your person” in this short span of time can be a bit much. I would even arg...

Posting on social media doesn’t fix anything

Posting on social media doesn’t fix anything

By Jaime Watts, Columnist

November 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With the holidays approaching, the call for acts of kindness and helping others increases. Despite how bleak everything seems, it is important we take this time to focus on what we as individuals can do to help others and spread positivity. It is not the time for actionless words and tweets. It is not th...

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