A sober look at mass shootings

Gun control has been in the news for the last few weeks because of the Parkland shooting, but there’s been a lack of critical analysis on what gun control would and wouldn’t accomplish, and what would really need to be done to stop mass shootings.

We’re not well-rounded without the fine arts

In addition to specializing, there must be a requirement to expand one’s breadth of knowledge to other fields. In principle, most students probably agree that it is important to at least be informed about a wide range of topics.

Don’t forget Syria

I know that we are only human and that we are programmed to get used to events as they recur. But we should always remind ourselves of what is beyond numbers, any numbers — people. Behind each number is the destruction of the hopes and dreams of thousands of people.

A dissent against Senate’s decision on Equestrian

Senators, readers, and anyone else who gives a damn about extracurricular activities at this school: All the team is asking you for is one more yes vote. It’s asking you to let it increase its own dues to pay for a sport that its members love. It’s asking you to give it the time to implement a sustainable funding solution. It’s asking you to let it keep existing. It’s asking you to give it a chance.

YellowJackets’ service trip strikes a dissonant chord

The Yellowjackets trip is voluntourism at its very worst. It is a group of well-educated, primarily white men, traveling to a developing country so that they can take an Instagram picture with poor children, brandishing the hashtag #musicsaveslives. I'm sure the kids they “saved” will love the post.

American pastures: reflecting on factions in U.S. society

Plato’s “Republic” is set in a seaside courtyard down at the port of Piraeus. There, in the shade of an…

Dear undergraduates interested in graduate studies

It’s a symbiotic relationship, where you’re just starting your career and they’re trying to maintain theirs. They’ve made it, and you have everything to gain under their appropriate guidance.
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In defense of being mestizo

If there is something that is certain for most of us who are mestizos, it is that when we think…

You were wrong about Ted Pawlicki

“It takes a special kind of student to thrive at Rochester,” read my acceptance letter. Thus, I expected a special…

Reclaiming gender from the grip of flimsy science

The other day, I was reading the Google manifesto that former employee James Something-or-Other (his name is not worth repeating)…