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Vatican nuclear disarmament

| Thursday, December 7, 2017

This month in Vatican City, Rome, I was honored to meet Pope Francis and hear him deliver a powerful, historic message. He spoke in the context of a conference on the challenge of nuclear disarmament, with United Nations ambassadors, Nobel laureates, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) representatives and many read more

LimeBike etiquette

| Thursday, December 7, 2017

A bike was one of the top items on my list of things to bring to college. It’s not that I mind walking, I just hate how long walking takes and knew that having a bike would be much more efficient. What I didn’t know was that the availability read more

The future of religious liberty

| Thursday, December 7, 2017

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the controversial case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case will determine whether a bakery owner has the right to refuse to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple. This case will result in one of the read more

Large numbers

| Thursday, December 7, 2017

What is the largest finite number that you can think of? Maybe some of you will know what a googol is, which is 10^100 so basically a one with 100 zeros after it. Some may even have heard of a googolplex which is 10^googol. Yes this is a huge read more

Is political correctness correct?

| Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Often, what comes before assertion is evasion. In the past few years, I have gradually learned to avoid making controversial claims along racial, religious and gendered lines, to name a few. This tendency to self-censor my thoughts and not be part of dialogue makes me increasingly uncritical in a read more

Insurance coverage for birth control

| Wednesday, December 6, 2017

There has been quite a bit of turmoil recently over the University’s willingness to give insurance coverage for our female students on birth control. The University has recently second guessed its willingness to continue providing coverage and, even though they decided to continue the insurance, there have still been read more

Emails from a missionary

| Wednesday, December 6, 2017

After high school, several of the students in my graduating class left our hometown to become Mormon missionaries. I didn’t think much of it at the time, as none of my close friends were planning to serve on missions immediately after high school. Then, this summer, my friend Seth read more

Net neutrality

| Tuesday, December 5, 2017

In fifth grade, I first got into online gaming — one game in particular. It was a silly little thing where players built up their villages, worked with other players to create “tribes” and then fought with the other players. It was rather slow and decently simple, but I read more

The culture of La Virgen de Guadalupe

| Tuesday, December 5, 2017

One of the most iconic symbols of Catholic- Latino and Mexican identity, La Virgen de Guadalupe holds cultural and religious importance since her apparition in central Mexico during the 1500s. She has been attributed with initiating the large conversion of native Mexicans to Catholicism after presenting herself to Juan read more