Op-Eds

Nobel by blood

For a prize that’s considered to be the pinnacle of achievement in any field, there’s a conservative distribution among extremely similar looking people.

What’s in a euphemism?

Since Reagan, the American right wing has used euphemisms to disguise cruelty under nonsense phrases, shift public discourse, and couch unacceptable actions in a kind of abstract political mystique.

URMC’s Anti-Racism Action Plan ignores health care’s discriminatory history

URMC has missed one of their best opportunities to come to terms with how they might be perpetuating medical racism.

Restorative justice isn’t always just

The criminal justice system doesn’t only exist to punish the accused. It offers victims an opportunity to exorcise our rage through a more objective, institutional campaign of state-sponsored violence.

COVID-19 steals the spotlight from performance ensembles

We’re jigsaw pieces of the same ensemble that don’t quite fit as well as they used to. Cues and chord changes are lost in translation, and sometimes I just feel lost in general. 

The marginalizing power of Unemployment

I can take care of myself well enough. I’ve always believed that. But so often the people who are supposed to help me take care of me haven’t done so.

Absentee voting matters

If you’re eligible, you can participate in something larger than yourself.

Computer science education needs a reboot

What we need is the best of both worlds: a university CS curriculum that incorporates the tactics of coding boot camps.

Consider a social media detox. Seriously.

It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch with people, but sometimes I wonder if we’re losing touch with ourselves in the process.

What does it really mean to pray?

Back then, I thought prayer was talking to God. Now, I think it’s listening to myself.