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The Role of Affirmative Action at PWIs

Ollie Rhee, Contributing Writer April 13, 2022

It has reached the fateful time of the year at which wide-eyed high school students anxiously refresh their college application portals and flood your Instagram feed with cheery, albeit annoying, stories...

New Ghost Gun Laws and ATF Nominee Bring Hope Amid Slow Progress on Gun Violence Prevention

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor April 13, 2022

When President Biden took office, I was excited to see what would come of his campaign promises regarding gun violence prevention, specifically his goals of banning assault weapons and expanding background...

Dared to Dream: Ketanji Brown Jackson Is an Inspiration to Women of Color Across America

Aanika Patel, Assistant News Editor April 13, 2022

April 7, 2022, marks one of the largest days in history — a day that is, arguably, even bigger than the inauguration of the first Black and Asian American woman as the vice president of the United States...

Free Laundry on Campus?

Willa Wang, Assistant Forum Editor April 6, 2022

I received a laundry card on the first day of my first-year orientation. It’s from a company called CSC ServiceWorks, and the card reads, “Treat this as cash — Do not throw away!” That day, my...

“In the Mood” for Gala: A Much Anticipated Occasion

Anna Greenspan, Contributing Writer April 6, 2022

On Saturday night, like a good number of us, I attended Gala. I had the best time. It had been three years since my first — and, until now, only — Gala. It’s a tradition that goes back decades....

Republican Senators Use Judge Jackson’s Confirmation Hearings to Attack Progressive Ideologies

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor April 6, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court is historic, but her confirmation hearings were unfortunately upstaged by Republican senators’ ridiculous attempts to attack various progressive...

100 Years Later: How Does It End?

Noah Forman, Digital Editor March 23, 2022

When she was just 14 years old, my great-grandmother walked barefoot through the woods of Ukraine until she reached Poland. Now, exactly 100 years later, the people of Ukraine are walking the identical...

How the PRO Act Would Change the Labor Landscape: A Familiar Example

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor March 23, 2022

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) of 2021 would broaden the definition of employee, codify the legality of broad bargaining units, repeal all right-to-work laws, create harsher punishments...

Ukraine: In Response to “Ukraine Isn’t As Bad as X Crisis”

Gabriel Coffey, Managing Forum Editor March 23, 2022

At the beginning of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, I saw people posting about how the crisis pales in comparison to other crises — Yemen, China, Sudan, etc. These kinds of posts purport that the only...

Eileen Gu, a New Deified Human

Willa Wang, Assistant Forum Editor March 16, 2022

“Pretty much all of my excitement in life comes from fear … The uncertainty, I think, is addicting,” Eileen Gu told The New York Times in a video interview.“I admit it. I’m in love with fear.” I...

Gender Reaffirming Care Is Not Child Abuse

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor March 16, 2022

On Feb. 22, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to begin investigating “child abuse” in the form of gender affirming care.  This...

The Puzzling Popularity of Wordle

The Puzzling Popularity of Wordle

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor March 16, 2022

These days, it is not uncommon to glance at someone’s screen and find that they’re trying to figure out the daily Wordle. The craze for Wordle has become more and more widespread over the course of...

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