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What if America can’t be great again?

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

October 19, 2016

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All great powers fall. It is the lesson of all history that the nation who holds sway over all the world, who commands the greatest respect, who imposes its will with greater force than any other can bring to bear, will sooner...

The things we don’t talk about

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

October 12, 2016

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When we see each other during the day we ask “How are you doing?” And we answer, “I’m alright, how about you?” It’s not a real question; it’s a script we all agreed to perform in order to simulate actual conversation...

“Make America White Again”

Erik Thulien, Columnist

October 12, 2016

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I’ve been resistant to writing about Trump. Nothing about the man inspires me and none of what comes out of his mouth feels worth wasting my keystrokes to address. However, in light of Trump’s recent ludicrous support of...

Don’t vote for Gary Johnson

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

October 5, 2016

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I know what you’re thinking, you crazy, bitter millennial, you. You’re thinking that Trump is dumb and Clinton is corrupt, and that the only choice is to vote to shake things up by voting for someone fresh and new to bring...

Its okay to see color: The misguided idea of racial colorblindness

Erik Thulien, Columnist

October 5, 2016

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White privilege is a topic that angers many and confuses others. A large reason for the contentious attitude many have toward social justice is how many of us white people were taught not to see race as children. We were taught...

We need to talk about Trump

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 28, 2016

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Please, friends, no matter your party allegiance or preconceived notions of ideological bias, I urge you to consider the following things about the man who may very well come to control the most powerful government office in the...

You don’t actually believe all lives matter

Erik Thulien, Columnist

September 28, 2016

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A couple weeks ago I wrote about Colin Kaepernick, and why he was justified to sit during the National Anthem. Writing that piece made me realize something. To all of you who post #AllLivesMatter, or #BlueLivesMatter, or whatever...

What are you thinking? Part II

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 21, 2016

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“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.”-Frank Herbert. Nothing happens without warning. An event, no matter how shocking or unexpected,...

Perpetuating terror: You can’t fight an ideology with guns

Erik Thulien, Columnist

September 21, 2016

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For the past 15 years, the beginning of fall has been a little different than it used to be. The leaves still change colors and gradually fall off the trees, the weather still starts to get colder, and soon we will all be ready...

What are you thinking?

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 14, 2016

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Thinking is hard. I don’t say that like a college student who’s been up for three days writing a term paper (though I have), but as a person making an observation. When you think about it, it seems fairly straightforward:...

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