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Pros and Cons of a Trump Presidency

Ben Freedman, staff writer

October 28, 2015

With Donald Trump still polling well in the GOP primaries, America is faced with the very real question: What would a Trump Presidency look like? The Backpage is here to help, weighing the pros and cons so that you don't have to. Pros Old drinking buddy of Mitch McConnell Good opportunity for peop...

ASWC Commences a Productive Year

Tyler Maule

October 23, 2015

Last Sunday, the ASWC Senate entered its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” As the music faded out, the formal dress code and prompt start reestablished the importance of the occasion. To begin, the Executive Council presented a variety of ongoing initiati...

General Busyness and Excursion to Temuco

Arika Wieneke

October 6, 2013

Currently I am sitting on my hotel room bed in Temuco, a city in Southern Chile (one of the furthest South before you start wondering if you're in Patagonia). We arrived here on Wednesday and will be here until the 14th. Last week I was exceedingly busy with a spanish oral exam, attempting to figure...

Unconventional Conventions

Lindsey Holdren

May 11, 2013

From a US point of view, almost everything in New Zealand is backwards. People drive on the left side of the road, walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and pass people on the left. The location of the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car really throws me. I see people texting or putting their ...

Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4

Lindsey Holdren

April 22, 2013

And so the family departed from Queenstown and began the journey to Dunedin. As fate would have it, upon leaving the hotel lobby I heard the same song - a girl band remake of ELO's Mr. Blue Sky - that had been playing when I first arrived (a circularity that is both awesome and terrible; "awesome" because...

How Much Do Athletes Owe Their Fans?

Dylan Snyder

April 22, 2013

Everyone so often we see the public rise up in arms about how a certain athlete has wronged them, or an athlete will become frustrated with how he is being treated by the fans. We see it when teams are good and bad, perpetual bottom feeders, up and comers, or elite programs.  The fans want to be as...

IUDs Deserve a Second Chance

Spencer Wharton

April 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published research confirming that IUDs are safe methods of contraception, not just for adult women, but for teenagers as well. A review of over 90,000 health insurance claims for IUD users found that less than one percent of them, regar...

The Lord of the Swings, Feasts Worthy of the Green Dragon, and New Year’s Eve

Lindsey Holdren

April 11, 2013

I spent the last day of the old year doing the Shotover Bungee Swing. I jumped from over 300 feet (with a few seconds of free fall) into a canyon. I guess I'm beginning the transformative process of becoming an adrenaline junkie. The chaps who run the Swing are a bunch of wonderfully hilarious hams. ...

Is America Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Dylan Snyder

April 7, 2013

Note: Before I even begin this piece I would like to acknowledge the fact that this may be seen as a point of contention. I would like to say that I in no way mean any offense to anyone and apologize in advance if I do so. In the United States today we are currently witnessing a new civil rights m...

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Lindsey Holdren

April 7, 2013

Doubtful Sound is in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park and was used as a backdrop in The Lord of the Rings (so of course we had to check it out). Fiordland is one of the rainiest places on Earth; the Cullen's really should have relocated here and left Western Washington well enough alone. My famil...

The Fellowship of the Ringers

The Fellowship of the Ringers

Lindsey Holdren

March 29, 2013

Kiwis refer to The Lord of the Rings fans as "Ringers." My family is a rabid group of Ringers and we fed our hunger for all things Tolkienian (and my hunger for all things filmic) with a safari-style tour of Middle Earth shooting locations. We loaded up into a land cruiser piloted by the best tour gui...

Biggest Free Agent Moves

Dylan Snyder

March 26, 2013

When NFL free agency kicks off it means two things: first, your favorite team might look a lot different next season, and second, a lot of people are going to get very rich very quickly. An interesting phenomenon occurs every year in free agency regardless of which teams are good or bad. Some good...

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