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For the free exchange of ideas on college campuses

Columns and Opinion

  • Patriots should embrace peaceful dissent

    Trump’s campaign was unprecedented for its irreverence toward the “political machine”—crony crossbreeding between politicians and wealthy Wall Street bankers. He stoked the fire of a long-repressed rage in the hearts of Americans in “fly-over” states, sneered at by liberal elites and disillusioned by the Republican party. Trump pledged to be their mouth-piece in Washington, offering change.
  • The Confederate Flag is less patriotic than kneeling

    According to polls conducted by YouGov, 90 percent of Republicans believe that the United States is headed down the wrong track politically, with another poll conducted by Pew research estimating about two-thirds of Republicans believing life to have been better 50 years ago. This represents a deep division from the heralded golden era of Ronald Reagan’s Republicanism classified by both entrepreneurial optimism and concerted effort in the face of Soviet danger.

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Elliot Root's "Conjure" has a story to tell

I put albums into two categories: Sonic and Lyrical. With the hard-hitting sound from the biting lead guitars and the dark cutting sound of Krueger’s voice, this album is definitely Sonic. While the content of the lyrics don’t strike me too much, they have an infectious rhythmic quality all throughout the album, that makes songs like “10,000” super easy to catch on to.
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Grub first...then we speak the truth

We haven’t changed much since Davey Crocket and his brigade wiped out the Creek peoples with 900 other Tennessee troops; that is, 200 Creek fighters, civilians and children versus the raining gunfire of 900 men. Who do you think invented torture methods for slaves? Americans initiated biological warfare when we gave the Seneca people smallpox blankets at Fort Pitt.
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My bus ride with a Nazi

The "SS" tattoo confirmed every guilty assumption I had about the woman, who I kept assuring myself could not be a Neo-Nazi. We loaded onto the bus, and the only available seat was across the small aisle from her— at this point, she noticed I was staring at the Luftwaffen Skull tattoo on her arm and tried to keep as much skin covered as she could.
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The Psychology of Victim Blaming

Victim blaming has roots in what psychologists call the Just World Hypothesis, proposed by Melvin J. Lerner, which states that people are so scared by the idea that bad things could happen to good people that they forcibly believe that victims always get what they deserve.
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Patriarchy has no Gender

“Patriarchy has no gender,” a phrase I learned from Ithaca College professor Jess Ross, speaks to the fact that men are not the only gender responsible for our male-dominated society, and males are not the only gender who put women down.
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Echo Chambers at the Liberal College

College students are the children of World War II baby boomers, for whom capitalism was synonymous with freedom and socialism was synonymous with government enslavement. We began to sympathize with ideas we never thought of before. Like how the white capitalist hetero-patriarchy continuously reconstructs itself to suppress uprisings against it. We feel compelled to join the fight because we are told there is no neutrality in situations of injustice.
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Reconciling Religious Faith and Scientific Reason

It is impossible to ignore God’s role in the creation of the universe. As theology teaches us, it is too big of a mystery for humans to be able to completely solve, for it is taught that God’s being is so much of a mystery that we will never be able to fully grasp it until we are with Him in heaven. Deep stuff, I know.
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Fighting for a place at the table

Think of this nation as a dinner table. There are quite a lot of guests invited, and many of them are from different cultures, religious and spiritual beliefs, backgrounds and experiences. We exchange ideas, crack jokes and enjoy one another’s company. We try some dishes we’ve never had before, and perhaps learn a few words in a new language. All of us are equal, and all of us are respectful and kind.
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Hatred is Not Religious

I can see why some would blame the rise of hateful people on religion. After all, that is the alibi hateful people give. A homophobic person might hold up a sign that says, “Jesus hates gays.” A terrorist might scream, “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is the greatest) before committing an act of terrorism. Someone who isn’t well versed in Islamic culture might ask, “Does the Quran really promote terrorism?” This is far from the truth, as the word Islam is actually derived from the word meaning “peace.”