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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

Don’t forget to laugh

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

“Student sometimes misunderstands his role in class.” That’s not really the greatest thing to have under the “comments” section of your eighth grade report card, but I suppose it’s better than “student sometimes wets his pants.” While I personally viewed it as something of an accomplishment — my friends read more

Compassionate conservatism

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It’s harder and harder to be a conservative these days. Just ask Jeb Bush. The former Governor of Florida and potential 2016 presidential candidate remarked in an interview April 6 that immigrants who come to America illegally may be breaking the law, but that doing so is an “act read more

Deceptive gender wage gap

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last week, President Obama announced an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum aimed at addressing the gender wage gap that persists in the United States workforce. President Obama also encouraged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill he feels is crucial for efforts to close the wage read more

Open letter from Fr. Jenkins

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Abraham Lincoln worked tirelessly and ultimately gave his life to preserve a divided union and end the blight of slavery in the United States.  Thus it is most unfortunate that a recent event on campus bearing his name divided our community. I have been asked to condemn the speaker, read more

Memories in music

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I’ve now learned that when you accept the task of writing an Inside Column at 8 p.m., the night before it prints, it’s natural to panic. It apparently doesn’t take long to go from saying, “Sure, I’ll take it!” to thinking, “I have no idea what I’m going to read more