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We’re on the rise

You can see the tower of Rush Rhees Library from almost anywhere on campus. I think there’s one spot—if you stand directly in front of …


2015: A momentous year 

This has been a momentous year.

At the end of April, the community celebrated the grand opening of College Town, which now boasts approximately 20 retail …


Noose

An eye for an eye shouldn’t be our solution

 

Emma Guilfoyle – Staff Illustrator

On April 8, a federal jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on 30 charges related to his role in the bombing …


4-8-15 Bill

RFRA: More harmful than advertised

Christian Cieri – Staff Illustrator

In March 26th, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), into …


United States should stand its ground on GMOs

Arguably, the most underreported story in the media these days is the ongoing negotiations over the proposed United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership …


War-weary America doesn’t deserve another fight

This past Wednesday, President Obama sent a draft joint resolution to Congress. For the first time in almost 13 years, Congress will have the ability …


USA and Iran

Stiff sanctions should be our strategy with Iran

Christian Cieri, Illustrator

Over the last few weeks, dozens of UR students have contacted the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to urge her to co-sponsor …


(Don’t) do it for the Vine: Josh Peck and Rape Culture

Last week, the UR Campus Activities Board announced that Josh Peck will be coming at the end of February as a guest speaker. Peck is …


Obama Budget

The 2015 budget: A mixed bag

Christian Cieri, Illustrator

President Obama unveiled his latest budget proposal Monday, announcing a long list of programs and policies he’d like to see make it …


The State of the Union: The Democrats’ response

In the opening remarks of his State of the Union Address, President Obama proudly declared, “America, for all that we have endured; for all of …


The State of the Union: The Republican rebuttal

We are lucky to live in a day and age where we are able to see and listen to our president more than ever before. …


Autumn or bust: the story behind Earth’s superior season

You’ve probably had a lot of fresh experience comparing seasons, given that this is Rochester and we’ve had all of them these past few weeks. …


Latino summit offers space to reflect, connect

It’s the fall of my senior year, which means between classes and trips to Starbucks, a bigger question is always on my mind: Where will …


Food on campus: the delicious sequel

The best satisfaction after a long and hard day of classes, work, or sleeping through these things is a rich, nutritious meal. As a River …


Friendship across cultures

When I first entered the River Campus of UR, I was overwhelmed by everything around me: be it the size of the campus, the diversity …


The hunger games: memoir of a pizza guy

The thrill of the open(ish) road. The gentle, lingering smell of mozzarella and sauce. And the sweet, sweet dosh. This is the life of the …


Feminism, Republicanism, and you

Republican as a word in our society has a negative connotation – “wingnut” can be used in normal conversation without confusion.  Because of the actions …


Say no to Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 1970, Tom Wolfe wrote a rambling, seething essay on a party held at the home of Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein, then a member of the …


Emory University: A Devastating Continuation of Anti-Semitism

On Saturday, October 4th, Jews around the world celebrated the holy day of Yom Kippur, a day designated to repenting for sins and apologizing for …


The case for sleeping (in public) (kinda)

I don’t know about you, but I love sleep. A lot. But being a college student is right up there with meth addict in the …


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