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March 19, 2017

It was 3:00 AM the Saturday before spring break, and I, like many other college students in America, had just thought of a really terrible thing to do over my vacation. Regrettably, this idea lacks the flare of bellybutton rings or the cult heroism of drinking ten jell...

March 19, 2017

German-American relations have played prominently in the news lately. But unfortunately, coverage has largely missed the mark. In particular, an inordinate amount of attention was payed to awkward episodes at a Trump-Merkel meeting where the President refused to shake...

A MATTER OF OPINION: Alex de Ramon and Christopher Fenn debate whether the United States should keep the Electoral College. Chris says yes, Alex says no.

THE 2016 CAMPAIGN, as I’m sure we all well remember, produced many passionate debates over candidates, policies, and...

March 12, 2017

Editor's note:This article is Part I of a new series by Alex de Ramon looking at the current state of our government and suggesting needed structural reforms to solve the many issues plaguing our democracy. Read the next part II here and part III here.

According to the...

March 11, 2017

Why do we care what Lena Dunham thinks about Donald Trump?  Well, for starters, you should try not to.  Asking a celebrity for their political opinion can be both lazy and dangerous.  Would you ask a taxi driver for life-saving medical advice?  Hopefully, the answer is...

March 11, 2017

I’m sure no student would be satisfied with their education if their favorite sociology course skipped subjects like race, religion, and gender inequality. Even if sociology isn’t your cup of tea, avoiding important social issues creates ignorance to reality and pushes...

March 5, 2017

The President has been in office for six weeks, and his administration has already developed an overarching theme that has colored its actions so far. If there has been any consistent philosophical underpinning of Trump’s governance, it is some kind of perverted postmo...

March 5, 2017

The Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study, conducted in 2016, found that nearly 59% of millennials considered themselves “unaffiliated” or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religious identity. Religion is one of the oldest human institutions. Bef...

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