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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
BURSTEIN: Ted Cruz’s New York values comment divisive

BURSTEIN: Ted Cruz’s New York values comment divisive

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And by that, I mean it’s debate season. I usually love the presidential debates. Give me a nice cup of tea, some politically aware friends and a good presidential debate, and I’ll have the perfect evening. I also find the debates relatively helpful in trying to figure out whose views I agree […]

by Sarah Burstein· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
SARNA: Tradition ties weddings together

SARNA: Tradition ties weddings together

Regardless of your nationality or religion, the word “wedding” evokes a joyous reaction in almost everybody, unless you’re a cynic. It’s one of those feel-good words, and rightfully so. Weddings are a time of merriment, festivities and grandiose decor. Or maybe that’s just the Indian in me speaking. I have just awoken from a three-day long celebration of a big […]

by Rhea Sarna· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
BONADIES: Award shows validate streaming services

BONADIES: Award shows validate streaming services

The 65th Primetime Emmy Award Ceremony in 2013 was a landmark for Team Internet. It was the first time an original piece of online content was nominated for a major award, with “House of Cards” nominated for the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series category. That alone would be enough to legitimize the web series for the mainstream, but the show’s win […]

by Ben Bonadies· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion