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American Tourism in Mexico

American Tourism in Mexico

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

March 29, 2018

In contrast with our President, who built his campaign on building a wall, and making disparaging remarks about mexicans being ‘drug dealers, criminals, and rapists,’ thousands of American tourists, often times college students, will inevitably make their way south of the border, often to Cabo or...

Global Studies Initiative Revamp Receives Faculty Approval

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

March 6, 2018

The Global Studies Initiative has been revamped and approved by the faculty to resume operation after parts were placed on hold for external review during the 2016-2017 academic year. Starting in the fall, students who fulfill the program’s requirements will be able to have a “concentration” in Global S...

ASWC Tables Diversity Vote

Photo by Taj Howe

Erin Lopez, News Reporter

November 15, 2017

ASWC has yet to make a decision on a piece of legislation that would make the Director of Diversity and Inclusion a voting member. Legislation has been drafted, support gained, but no decision has been made. Nearing the end of the first formal Senate discussion on the issue, which occurred this past...

Reexamine the Electoral College

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

November 17, 2016

Few would contest that the 2016 presidential election was a shake-up. This presidential race was disquieting not only in its volatility, but also in the manner in which it ended. Nearly every pollster predicted the outcome wrong. Rather than a radical opinion shift in the majority of the electorate,...

Accepting the Election

Alya Bohr, Columnist

November 12, 2016

Some things cannot be made sense of. Or, if there is any sense to be made, it is fractured, messy and incomplete. That’s how this post-election period feels. Yes, perhaps it’s true that the results shouldn’t have been shocking, that we should have known this deep pain and unrest existed in our...

The slow decline of Democracy

Cy Burchenal

September 22, 2016

As of September 16, Edgar Matobato, an alleged death squad member, levelled allegations against Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte including, but not limited to, murder. This is a mere sliver of the ongoing scandal happening in the Philippines. The South Pacific nation was placed in the unfortunate position of ha...

Proportional Distribution Needed to Fix Electoral College

Sam Chapman

November 8, 2012

If you claim you haven't had the following conversation in the past month, you're lying: You're with your friends, and the subject turns to politics. Somebody is almost certainly from California, Montana or some other solidly red or blue state. They'll mention who they plan to vote for, then write off...

Security risks make web voting impossible

Blair Hanley Frank

October 25, 2012

As the sales pitch goes, we ought to have the capability to vote online. After all, it's the 21st century. We have phones that can watch feature-length films, and there are startups that want to start delivering tacos using unmanned drones. It's election season, and that means the blogosphere has ...

Green Party vote not wasted

Green Party vote not wasted

Sam Chapman

October 25, 2012

I dream of an election in which the Green, Libertarian, Constitution and Justice parties are all polling around 17 percent beside the Democrat and Republican, who are doing about as well. Instead, this election is another iteration of the usual two-party nightmare. I'm not writing to complain a...

Democracy Promotion Begins at Home

Gary Wang

October 27, 2010

The foreign policy failures of the Bush administration in Iraq and Afghanistan have made democracy promotion out of fashion. In his second inaugural address in 2004, President Bush declared that, "So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institut...

Compromising our political ideals

Participants at the DREAM Act rally on Tuesday night. Photo contributed by Ariel Ruiz.

Heather Nichols-Haining

September 23, 2010

Compromise is the backbone of American democracy. Only by bargaining, trading votes and at least pretending to listen to the opposing party's complaints can politicians manage to garner enough support to stay in office. The bigger the region they are representing, the more varied and diverse the opinions...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Democracy’ in America now an empty cliché

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2009

In response to last week's "'Democracy' in America now an empty cliché," I'd like to point out that "democracy" is not a cliché, but rather a euphemism for capitalism. Yes, it is a word that is overused; however, its overuse does not betray a lack of original thought. But before I continue, there...

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