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Understanding the Importance of Opinions

Understanding the Importance of Opinions

Sarah McCarthy

May 2, 2018

When I began working for the forum section in the fall of this past year, I didn’t know what to expect. What would I write on? Who else would contribute to the section? Did my articles really matter if no one read the paper? Time and again, I was surprised by this section and by the importance opinio...

Reflecting on Social Media and Virtual Communication

Reflecting on Social Media and Virtual Communication

Sarah McCarthy

April 4, 2018

When you walk into Commons, how often do you see a table of people sitting together, yet each person in their own world? In class, how often do you see people with their heads stooped down attempting to slyly be on their phones or even rattling away at their computer keyboards even though the professor ha...

Understanding Marlon Bundo

Understanding Marlon Bundo

Sarah McCarthy

March 28, 2018

On March 19, Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, released a children’s book she wrote, and her mother illustrated entitled Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President. The book outlines a day in the life of the Pence Family rabbit who is cleverly named Marlon Bundo. In ...

Have We Become Immune?

Have We Become Immune?

Sarah McCarthy

March 21, 2018

Since Trump took office, it feels like every week another high-ranking official gets sacked for menial offenses such as disagreeing with the president or not showing enough loyalty. After the first 100 days, I deleted the news apps on my phone seeking solace from the unstable reality. But silencing the c...

“Overlooked” and Correcting Past Injustices

“Overlooked” and Correcting Past Injustices

Sarah McCarthy

March 14, 2018

On March 8, 2018, The New York Times unraveled a new series of obituaries dedicated to important figures from the past for whom they had neglected to publish an obituary when their natural lives came to an end. The Times acknowledges that the majority of the obituaries they have published and continu...

Critiquing Trump’s Hasty Regard for Policy

Critiquing Trump's Hasty Regard for Policy

Sarah McCarthy

March 7, 2018

In a meeting with important representatives of both the American aluminum and steel industries this past Thursday, March 1, President Trump announced he would be levying harsh tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, some products may see up to a 25% tax tacked on. This announcement came suddenly and...

Navigating the Gym at Bates

Navigating the Gym at Bates

Sarah McCarthy

February 14, 2018

Walk in to the Bert Andrews Room (BAR) in Merrill Gym at 4 p.m. on a weekday, and you are bound to become annoyed. People jocking for treadmills, looking over your shoulder as they are on the elliptical eagerly awaiting you to finish your workout; or worse, not being able to use the machine you wante...

Responding to the State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union

Sarah McCarthy

February 7, 2018

Last Tuesday, President Trump delivered his 2018 State of the Union address. In this speech he highlighted the need for unity in the government, immigration reform, veteran benefits, investments in infrastructure, and the threat of North Korea, oh and the reopening of Guantanamo Bay. Throughout the speec...

Banning The New Jim Crow in Prisons Stirs Unrest

Banning The New Jim Crow in Prisons Stirs Unrest

Sarah McCarthy

January 31, 2018

Freedom of information and the ability to advance oneself socially are two pillars that defined the founding the United States. The idea of The American Dream depends on a citizen’s ability to take advantage of the resources of the nation in order to build a better life for their children. Censorship of...

Are Tide Pods a Delightful Snack or a Detergent?

Are Tide Pods a Delightful Snack or a Detergent?

Sarah McCarthy

January 24, 2018

Lately, it seems every two months or so, the social media world embraces a new viral challenge. Some of you may remember the cinnamon challenge from way back when or, more recently, the water bottle flip or the mannequin challenge, but few seem to have infiltrated the college world as deeply as the Tide P...

C.T.E. and Cutoff Dates: Inside the NFL Settlement

C.T.E. and Cutoff Dates: Inside the NFL Settlement

Sarah McCarthy

January 17, 2018

Imagine this: your loved one experiences a rapid mental and physical decline, raking up doctors bills and draining family funds, and suffers an untimely death, which allows doctors to make a groundbreaking discovery, but you are forced to deliver pizzas to make ends meet. This is the story of Garrett...

The Royal Engagement

The Royal Engagement

Sarah McCarthy

December 11, 2017

On Monday, November 27, Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. After noting the fact that Harry designed the engagement ring himself and even asked his fiancè’s parents for their blessing, it is important to understand what their engagement means in the larger so...

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