Op-Eds

Get off campus!

Like a lot of people reading this, I came to UR with the impression that I was somehow going to a “good school” in a “bad location.”

Facilitating difficult conversations through debate

When I first joined debate, it didn't seem anything more than a senseless word crossfire for people who love to win arguments so much that they created a sport out of it.

Recovering from a mental cold

My demons grew a lot louder when the sun went away. Since I wasn’t partying as frequently anymore, I had the time to feel everything I’d ignored before.

A diet cherry Mountain Dew experience

The international mixture at my school made its community embrace our differences. There was neither isolation nor judgment.

Letter to a first-year

It is imperative that you focus on what is important, and refuse to allow less important activities to distract you. Ensure there is a hierarchy for what you do, and work from top to bottom.

Enough with the collective blame

The left in America is less identitarian than the EFF, but still operates on many of the same principles.

Trump and the space force

If the idea of a space force was indeed harmless, it would just be another stupid, inconsequential Trump meme like rocket man or inventing the word “fake” (my favorite one).

Recognizing my musical privilege

Sure, music schools give out nice scholarship packages occasionally. But what goes into earning that scholarship? Money is a huge factor in getting the training and opportunity to be even considered.

Lack of an Iran deal means war

My grandpa was drafted during the Korean war but was lucky enough to be stationed in Alaska as a sharpshooting instructor, far from the fighting. My dad went to community college during Vietnam to avoid the draft. I fear that I might be unlucky enough to be alive during another draft, for an Iranian war.

Let’s talk about campus hate speech

Today, in a world of blatant racism and white supremacy, college hate crimes are on the rise. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of reported hate crimes on college campuses has increased by 25 percent.