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Responding to the Manifesta

May 3, 2019

By now, all of us have read it. Or all of us should have read it. If you don’t know what I am referring to, stop here and read the Manifesta, online or in the last copy of The Wire. You will be better...

Pursuing Happiness

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
May 3, 2019

“If you live in search of happiness, you’ll never get it. Happiness only exists as a byproduct of having a goal; it cannot successfully be a goal in itself.” This is an idea that was floated...

Trump’s Self-Serving Rule of Law

Political cartoon by Abby Takahashi
April 25, 2019

President Donald J. Trump’s understanding of the rule of law in American society is flawed, utterly self-serving, and superficial. During his time in office, Trump has clearly demonstrated a belief that...

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
April 25, 2019

The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly places hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. The enforcement of...

Problematizing Language Censorship

April 18, 2019

The following argument is one of nuance. The thoughts I am presenting may easily be perceived as insensitive and evoke emotional responses which will obscure the reality of the argument. I hope the reader...

Understanding the Impact of Words

April 16, 2019

What we say matters. When it comes to issues of social and political justice, the way we communicate about certain topics informs the way we think about them. Language is inarguably important to the way...

Politicizing Nature: Trump’s Wildfire Ignorance

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
April 11, 2019

The recent horrifyingly devastating wildfires have justifiably raised questions regarding both current forest management techniques and what can be done to avoid future disasters. President Donald Trump...

Neglecting to Celebrate Malcolm X

April 9, 2019

When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose work for the rights of African Americans led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and secured...

Examining the College Admissions Process

April 7, 2019

On Mar. 12, charges came out against fifty people who were suspected of involvement in a bribery scheme regarding college admissions. Those involved have been accused of bribing standardized test administrators,...

Discussing Wealth and Privilege

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
April 7, 2019

I don't know how to talk about money. For something that is so ubiquitous in our experience as college students, as people in a capitalist society, we skirt around the subject quite often. I don't know...

Internships Favor the Wealthy

Illustration by Sylvie Corwin
April 3, 2019

As summer approaches, we students often talk with one another about our plans and how we are going to be productive during summer. Of course, the topic of internships comes up because every college student...

Defending Big Government

April 3, 2019

Hearing the word “swamp” used to remind me of biology lectures on wetland ecosystems and evoked fond memories of watching the various Shrek movies with family. But in recent years, what I associate...

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