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Why is our campus so boring?

Visionary architecture is essential in placemaking, engendering a sense of belonging, allegiance, and excitement that bonds the University community with the campus and the institution.

Think hard before intervening in Syria

Assad is a war criminal and monster, but to make the right decisions in Syria, Western leaders must compare his rule to the possible alternatives, and consider the costs of intervention.

The Two Trumps

When looking at Trump’s actions toward Russia, it’s a bad idea to consider them in isolation: They should be compared against the two other presidents who have dealt with Putin, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Gun Control Worked

In my state, California, we have some of the toughest gun regulations as well as an assault rifle ban, effective from earlier this year, that prevents the sale of assault rifles. Did our state legislation fail us?

We should have dealt with Russia sooner

It seems that the Russian regime is still based on threatening and oppressing its people and people outside of its country. They are still living with a nationalistic and xenophobic frame of mind.

Why Trump is good for democrats

President Trump may seem bad now, but what the Republicans could have done without him would have been much worse, and what the Democrats can do once he’s gone will be much better than if they’d won in 2016.
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Be patient with Facebook

A lot has happened with Facebook the past several months, so what should be our takeaway from all of this? Whether or not we want to admit it, Facebook is a central part of our society’s social fabric, so before we quit Facebook, let’s think about what happened this past week.

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.