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Right to health is Whitman issue

Anuradha Lingappa

April 9, 2015

Over spring break I had the opportunity to attend a conference for students passionate about becoming positive agents of change in the fight for global health equity. I spent the weekend talking to other students, established activists and advocates, and medical professionals who were all committed to...

Paying closer attention to dystopia encourages critical political thinking

Anuradha Lingappa

March 5, 2015

I've always loved books and stories that take place in dystopian societies. I'm a fan of science fiction, generally speaking, because I like seeing portrayals of how people might behave if they were in a different world with access to seemingly impossible technology. Dystopias are interesting because...

Tuberculosis scare sheds light on treatment disparity

Anuradha Lingappa

January 29, 2015

While working in a hospital over winter break I came into contact with a patient who had active tuberculosis. Three weeks later I got a cold and began coughing up bloody phlegm. Naturally I assumed the worst –– that I had tuberculosis –– and would have to be subjected to a forceful regimen of...

Biracial identity leads to unexpected privileges

Anuradha Lingappa

December 11, 2014

I'm biracial. While I love my identity, sometimes having multiple ethnicities leaves me feeling like I don't belong because society hasn't established a space for who I am. My confusion about race began in elementary school in San Francisco, where almost all of my class was ethnically Chinese. I was...

Increased social awareness leads to reconsideration of childhood literary love

Anuradha Lingappa

November 20, 2014

When I was 16, my favorite book was "Gone With the Wind." I loved the melodramatic love story between two awful and manipulative people, and the epic portrayal of how the Old South went up in flames. And above all, I loved Scarlett O'Hara. Scarlett showed me how a sheltered but stubborn young woman...

KWCW show of the week

Anu Lingappa '15 (left) and Erin Walters '17. Photo by Tywen Kelly.

Linnaea Weld

October 30, 2014

Show: The Witching Hour Time: Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Hosts: Anu Lingappa and Erin Walters "The Witching Hour" is your local source for wizard rock and "Harry Potter" trivia. Each show is set around a theme, varying from characters, such as Luna Lovegood, to ideas, such as alchemy. The hosts celebrate...

Vivisection questions taboos

Illustration by Coopper-Ellis

Anuradha Lingappa

October 23, 2014

A few weeks ago, I did an experiment in biology lab that involved cutting open the body cavity of a live frog and dripping adrenaline onto its still-beating heart. The results, a dramatically increased heartbeat, were incredible to watch firsthand. However, dissecting a living animal instead of a dead o...

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