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RYAN: Clinton Needs Competition

Hillary Clinton is the 2012 Mitt Romney of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The parallels are uncanny. Both have previously run for president on strong political backgrounds. Both are Ivy League-educated lawyers who clear more than $1 million each year. Both have crafted moderate platforms that appeal to independents. Clinton is as inevitable in 2016 as Romney was in 2012. […]

By Sara Ryan· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
RILEY: Turning 21 Abroad

RILEY: Turning 21 Abroad

I have dreamed of walking through those glass doors since I was a freshman at BU — to see the superstore in all its glory from the inside and gaze across the shelves and shelves of glass bottles advertised in the sweeping windows, knowing it could all be mine. For years, I was allowed no more than curious glances, admiring […]

By Rachel Riley· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
CARIKER: Take Care of Our Elders

CARIKER: Take Care of Our Elders

This semester, I’m taking a philosophy class about death. When I first registered, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be depressing or interesting to think about my own mortality and aging. Turns out, it’s a little bit of both. We’ve been comparing Eastern and Western societies and how they treat those that are aging. Members of Eastern societies […]

By Mariel Cariker· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
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REYNOLDS: A Nation Against Discrimination Legislation

On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which would allow businesses to turn someone away on the basis of a religious belief. Over the next few days, a backlash like never before erupted. Back in 1993, former president Bill Clinton signed a federal RFRA into law, and since then, the Washington Post reports […]

By Rebecca Reynolds· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
NGAI: Bikini Body: You Already Have One

NGAI: Bikini Body: You Already Have One

The snow is melting, flowers are blooming and summer is less than two months away. This, of course, means that it’s also almost time for “bikini body” season. All over my Facebook news feed are posts from girls and women talking about how they must start getting on their diets and working out in order to rock the right swimsuit. […]

By Robin Ngai· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
EDITORIAL: Mental Illness Stigma Still Up in the Air

EDITORIAL: Mental Illness Stigma Still Up in the Air

After Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot, allegedly intentionally crashed the aircraft on Tuesday, killing himself and all 149 other people on the plane, stories immediately came out defending the airline and maintaining that it had done nothing wrong. Lubitz had been cleared to fly a plane, so obviously he has to be OK and stable, right? Apparently, wrong. […]

By Editors· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
FREEBAIRN: Marijuana Legalization Has Some Unexpected Supporters

FREEBAIRN: Marijuana Legalization Has Some Unexpected Supporters

“Just got our cannabis seeds!” If there’s one text I never thought I’d receive from my mom, this was it. As you’ve probably heard by now, marijuana has been officially legalized in Washington, D.C. Of course, there are plenty of regulations. No selling to others, no smoking in public and no more than 12 plants in the home. To usher […]

By Mandy Freebairn· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
RILEY: 100% Pure New Zealand

RILEY: 100% Pure New Zealand

While I was gearing up for my study abroad experience back in the States, I was told again and again by friends and family what to expect. “New Zealand is to Australia as Canada is to the United States.” “Ooh, Middle Earth territory!” “The kiwis are everywhere! They run around like squirrels.” (No, they don’t.) “There are more sheep than […]

By Rachel Riley· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
REMILLARD: Drake, Japan and Race

REMILLARD: Drake, Japan and Race

Twenty-year-old Ariana Miyamoto is a lot of things. A stunningly beautiful model. The first ever mixed-race winner of Miss Universe Japan. A Nagasaki native and Japanese citizen. And, now, the victim of racism in one of the world’s most racially homogenous countries. Since winning her crown and making history, Miyamoto has been criticized by those in her home country for […]

By Christopher Remillard· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
FREEBAIRN: Saying Goodbye to the Cinderella Story

FREEBAIRN: Saying Goodbye to the Cinderella Story

By now, you’ve probably heard about Disney’s recent remake of the iconic “Cinderella” film. Originally popularized by Charles Perrault in the late 1600s, “Cinderella” is the quintessential fairytale: downtrodden girl goes to the ball with the help of some woodland creatures, falls in love with a dashing prince and rides off into the sunset. The narrative has been told and […]

By Mandy Freebairn· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion