Staff Editorial 2/16 Sports championships prove “Dream Big” mantra pays off

Buzzer beaters, last second touchdowns, 9th-inning home runs, epic comebacks, thrillers. We just experienced one of the most shocking years in sports history. Throughout the past year, we have felt the rush of adrenaline that comes with down-to-the-wire sports more than usual. Almost every major sports championship was a brutal battle to the finish, and history was made more than […]

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OPINION: Read it and weep

Crime spotlights need for books, empathy Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief When Virginian teenagers vandalized a historic black schoolhouse, defacing the building with swastikas, “white power,” and “brown power,” attorney Alejandra Rueda sentenced the five of them not to community service but to hit the books. That’s right. For the next year, each vandal must read one book per month – […]

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OPINION: 2017 our way out of wreckage

Asia Porter | Online Editor Bad news peaks our attention It never fails that in the event of a roadside crash, we forget that we’re running 10 minutes late and slow down to take in all the details of the crash-site. Our eyes gravitate towards the wreckage and rubble. Media outlets’ daily broadcasts are filled with reports of street murders, […]

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OPINION: College campuses lack opinion

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor Progress is not possible without change, and change is impossible without debate. But instead of ideological debates in our college campuses, we only see protests and violence. Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California Berkeley on February 2. The night before, approximately 150 agitators interrupted a non-violent group of protesters. […]

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Look it up

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief I wish I could take it back. Enter the common plea for the misspoken word, but what about the words we cannot take back, the ones that have becomes so culturally ingrained they caption 2016? Dictionaries have long chosen “Words of the Year,” and though many may bemoan the dictionary’s irrelevance, these words function as cultural […]

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OPINION: Give Trump a chance

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor Number 45 was not my pick for the White House. I was not enthusiastic about Rex Tillerson, Betsy Devos, and Tom Price either. Every four years, thousands of people gather on the steps of the Capitol to witness power pass from one hand to another. This was the case with President George W. Bush and President […]

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Drain the swamp

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Rain drop, drop top, GOP flip-flop. The new Republican-led U.S. Congress had a controversial start in its first session when massive public outcry, as well as criticism from President Trump, forced House Republicans to backtrack on a proposal to gut an independent ethics committee. The proposal would have significantly weakened the Office of Congressional Ethics, […]

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OPINION: United-ish

India Kirssin | Managing Editor I have been a fan of the ABC show “Blackish” since it began two years ago, watching it for its humor, its all-star cast, and its ability to discuss national issues in its own wonderful way. The show follows the lives of the Johnson family, an African-American family living in upper-middle class America. Dre is […]

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