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TENTINDO: Class introductions are too much pressure

TENTINDO: Class introductions are too much pressure

With the start of every new semester comes a similar routine of adjusting to new schedules and new faces. For some, this opportunity is welcomed with open arms. For others, it is a potentially scary adjustment. But for most, including me, it is a fresh opportunity to embarrass myself. Everyone finally forgot about the time you spilled your water on […]

by Will Tentindo· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
GAMADES: Trump is bad, but Cruz is terrifying

GAMADES: Trump is bad, but Cruz is terrifying

I have a theory that on the Internet, you’re never more than six degrees of separation away from a black hole Donald Trump thinkpiece. I don’t understand it. Sure, he’s still the Republican frontrunner for president, and he keeps spewing out consistently horrible things. The thing is, while our attention has been zeroed in on him, there’s another candidate who’s […]

by Lucy Gamades· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
BURSTEIN: Only action brings diversity

BURSTEIN: Only action brings diversity

One month into 2016 and diversity is already a common theme. From the recent installments in the #OscarsSoWhite saga to DeRay Mckesson’s interview with Stephen Colbert to even Macklemore’s new privilege-checking single, discussions about race are coming to society’s forefront. But diversity and justice can’t be brought about by talk — it can only be achieved through good old action. […]

by Sarah Burstein· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
BONADIES: I faked my way through football with Twitter

BONADIES: I faked my way through football with Twitter

Take one look at me and you can safely assume I’m not the sporty type. I have never followed professional sports, don’t know the first thing about fantasy leagues, can’t tell Peyton from Eli and still don’t know the real difference between the AFC and the NFC. Despite my father and sister being avid sports fans, the appeal was never […]

by Ben Bonadies· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
RENNER: Otto Warmbier foolish to travel to North Korea

RENNER: Otto Warmbier foolish to travel to North Korea

Young Pioneer Tours is the self-proclaimed “budget North Korea tour operator.” This company released a statement Friday verifying the reports of a U.S. citizen “being detained in Pyongyang.” Perhaps this is part of the “off the beaten track” experience the tour company advertises. The detainee, Otto Warmbier, is a third-year student at the University of Virginia. According to CNN, “Warmbier’s […]

by Elise Renner· · 8 comments · Columns, Opinion
WILSHERE: In running and relationships, determination is key

WILSHERE: In running and relationships, determination is key

I was born with a fire in my legs. When I was young, I used to run until I tired myself out, chasing soccer balls and clouds like dreams in my backyard. By the time I entered high school, I entertained the idea of pursuing the sport of running fast. I joined the track team and I ran fast — […]

by Meredith Wilshere· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
GAMADES: Political party polarization more prevalent than ever

GAMADES: Political party polarization more prevalent than ever

While working this summer at a camp in Texas, one of my twelve year olds asked me, “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?” Her friends, normally distracted by their devices, were suddenly paying rapt attention. Ten expectant, Bible Belt-raised, “I-repeat-what-adults-say-verbatim-to-mom-and-dad” faces waited for my answer. I tried to think of a response that wouldn’t give away my […]

by Lucy Gamades· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
PILLEY: Vulnerability brightens the world

PILLEY: Vulnerability brightens the world

We’ve all sent a sweaty text message, and not in the “I just worked out” way. It’s the “heart pounding, slightly shaking message that might hurt your relationship” text — a moment of true clarity sent from one screen to the next. The ellipses appear on your screen and your heart beats faster. In these little text bubbles, we expose […]

by Katelyn Pilley· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
WILSHERE: Closure is difficult, yet necessary

WILSHERE: Closure is difficult, yet necessary

Over sandwiches and “Law & Order: SVU” this winter break, I had a very long, open conversation with a boy I fell for in high school but never pursued because of my own personal fear of opening up to anyone who wasn’t one of my three best friends. “I was scared,” I had told him. And admittedly, so was he, […]

by Meredith Wilshere· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
RENNER: Biden’s plan to cure cancer lofty, but impressive

RENNER: Biden’s plan to cure cancer lofty, but impressive

And the war against cancer rages on. In President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address, he endorsed Vice President Joe Biden’s “moonshot” plan to cure cancer. Biden first announced his plan in October 2015, telling Americans he was “pushing as hard as [he could] to accomplish [it].” Coming at a tender time after Biden had recently lost his […]

by Elise Renner· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion