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Preferential treatment no more

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted 6-2 in Schuette v. BAMN to allow states to place bans on public universities taking race into account when considering admission of prospective students. Perhaps the most striking note about this decision was its margin. On what has been a controversial issue, the read more

Mischief managed

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014

“I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.” The words used to reveal the Marauder’s Map to Harry Potter could very easily be applied to me and my experiences, as the past 12 months of traveling, experiencing new cultures and (occasionally) attending class come to an end. Between read more

A reflection on column writing

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Well, it’s time for the Semester Inside Column (SIC). The SIC is a largely unedited biannual ritual for writers on the staff of this lovely paper that is loved, hated and everything in between — but always 450 words. Every writer has a different aim in this piece, and read more

What if . . .

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What if I told you there’s a multi-billion dollar industry that pays its laborers pennies on the dollar? What if I told you these laborers work 50-60 hours a week? What if I told you these laborers don’t receive workers compensation for being injured on the job? What if read more

Aim for the board

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fr. Jenkins famously said in his 2005 inaugural address, “Let no one ever again say that we dreamed too small.” With due respect to the University’s president, and without taking anything away from his message, I’d like to add an addendum of my own here, in what will almost read more

Learning to listen

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When I was a kid, after school a man with a shopping cart would set up shop outside of my school’s gates. The man was rather short, with blue jeans, a blue working shirt, bronze skin and a thick bushy black mustache. Each time I saw him, I eagerly read more

A dialogue on respect

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This letter responds to Raymond Michuda’s April 14 column “A discourse on dishonesty.” There’s a reason why Americans hate politicians. Politics can be nasty, filled with mud-slinging and generally vicious all-around. Too often, debates on substantial issues devolve into name-calling and back-biting. But political debate does not have to read more