Bringing Unity Back to the UN

April 13, 2018, by Tobias Wertime, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

In 1945, amid the ruins of World War II, the world came together to found the United Nations (UN), a global instrument to prevent such a crisis from happening again. This was, of course, no easy task: The League of Nations, often viewed as the UN’s natural predecessor, failed to prevent the war. Luckily, the […]

The Politics of Weather: Snow Laughing Matter

April 13, 2018, by Elia Kruger, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Discussing the weather is the archetypal small-talk conversation. I could be talking to someone I see every day, to someone who lives on the other side of the planet, to my confidante, or to a passing stranger, and weather would always be an appropriate and expected topic. Weather is always happening, always changing (or not, […]

Facebook: The Involuntary Data Hoarder

April 13, 2018, by Aditi Mahesh, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, testified for the second day in front of Congress on April 10. Over the past several weeks, Facebook has been under much-needed scrutiny after the Cambridge Analytica information breach. Members of Congress made sure their homework was done before grilling the CEO in front of the cameras. Through […]

The President and Corporations: Late Capitalism Trumps the Environment

April 6, 2018, by Jesse Marley, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

President Trump’s announcement of plans to cut the size of two national monuments last December, published on the front page of the New York Times, sent shock waves through much of the U.S. The move came months after the president requested a review of 27 monuments in regards to a requirement that presidents set aside […]

Neither Free Nor Fair: The Problems With Elections

April 6, 2018, by Tara Joy, Assistant Opinion Editor. 2 Comments

Americans often feel they have one of the strongest functioning democracies in the world. While our country certainly is better off than most, this blind patriotism ignores serious structural flaws in our nation’s voting system. The Electoral College has always had plenty of outspoken critics, and the final months of 2016 were a particularly bountiful […]

The Right to Bear Costs

April 6, 2018, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer . 5 Comments

The trouble with guns and their regulation is that you want to preserve individual liberties, but sometimes people exercise their individual liberty to murder others. So what do you do? Well, one move that has conservative support is the gun violence restraining order. Essentially, if a judge determines that an individual, based on their demonstrated […]

The Stormy Daniels Distraction

March 30, 2018, by Jack Leger, Assistant Opinion Editor. 4 Comments

A majority of Americans agree that Donald Trump is a bad role model for children. His policies aside, Trump’s comments on women disqualify him from idol status. A year has passed in his presidency, so it’s likely that if you see him as a role model now, your views won’t change, and vice versa. Despite […]

Gun Control and Gun Rights 2: Still Missing the Target

March 30, 2018, by Bryan Stascavage, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Here we go again. Another community shattered by a mass shooting, and like soldiers in World War I, activists on both sides have gone over the top, grinding discussion on the issue to a stalemate. Meanwhile, the clock above the next school or community or public square is counting down, and when it hits zero, […]

Italian Five Star Movement Dangerously Reproduces the Californian Ideology

March 30, 2018, by Cormac Chester, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

Populism has its ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes, but in the last few years, it has found a global stronghold, from Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the United States, to Marine Le Pen in France. Now, Italy is once again giving populism a try with the unique, but nevertheless flawed, Five Star Movement […]

A Sinking Feeling in Bangkok

March 30, 2018, by Tobias Wertime, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

From satellite images and maps, the mesmerizing meanders of the Chao Phraya river and its many splintering canals appear to dominate the landscape of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. To metropolitan Bangkok’s 10 million inhabitants, the city’s surrounding waterways have always held an intimate role in cultural and spiritual life. The Thai word for river is Mae […]

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