The truth about your well-intentioned volunteer trip
April 14, 2014
As residents of the United States, we're all afforded a certain amount of privilege.
This isn't to say that we've never faced difficulties in our lives — that's not what privilege is — but there certainly are some advantages that come with living here.
For us college students ...
Redskins' 'tradition' blurs line between appropriation, memory
April 07, 2014
What's in a (racist) name?
On principle, I think there's something a little bit wrong with using a stereotypical ethnic caricature as a mascot for a sports team — or a racial slur for its name — but that's just me.
But, you know, what can I say? I ...
Low minimum wage threatens American Dream and economy
March 31, 2014
It is an unfortunate truth that over the past few decades, prices have increased at a rate far higher than wages have.
It's troublesome that we have such a high unemployment rate in our nation, but it's even worse that some of the people who are employed aren ...
Keep calm and carry on through final stretch — or not
March 26, 2014
To put it bluntly: sometimes, college sucks. We're just now back from break and I'm already ready for the next one.
Wait, do we even have one left?
I'm certain that amid the never-ending classes, assignments and stressful late nights spent at the library or at a ...
Black actress’ portrayal of Little Orphan Annie causes dissent
March 10, 2014
So, if you didn't already know, there's a remake of the Broadway musical "Annie" in the making. Except, instead of being set during the Great Depression, it will be set in modern-day New York.
Additionally, Quvenzhané Wallis, a 10-year-old black girl, is playing Annie. And Jamie Foxx is ...
Find the feminist in you – we're not as bad as you think
February 17, 2014
We really should all be feminists.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, "We should all be feminists." But really? We should.
Come on. Come to our side. It's cool. I promise that we do not hate men.
However, there are a few things about the society in which we live in ...
Plenty of work to be done regarding racism in US
February 10, 2014
Last week, I was one of the many students who crowded the Alumni Memorial Building to hear the amazing Angela Davis speak.
She spoke about our country's history of slavery and slavery's modern incarnation: our nation's prison industrial complex.
"We should seriously question the fact that punishment ...
Cultural appropriation: America still doesn't get it
February 03, 2014
I have written about cultural appropriation before. I'm writing about it again because it seems like a lot of you guys just don't get it.
It seems like 2013 was the year of cultural appropriation in pop culture: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Macklemore, Katy Perry — I ...
Women's health care goes well beyond abortion debates
January 27, 2014
Women's health is more than just the right to an abortion.
Last Wednesday commemorated the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that established the right to abortion in the U.S. Over the course of my life I have encountered a great many opinions ...
It's time to raise the bar in cinematic gender equality
January 13, 2014
Originally conceived in 1985 by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel and friend Liz Wallace in the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For," the Bechdel test has taken on a life of its own.
It asks of a movie, "Are there at least two female characters? Do they speak to each ...
Honestly, Thanksgiving just isn't that important
December 02, 2013
As I departed from this dearly beloved campus last week, I heard much about inclement weather affecting Thanksgiving traveling plans across the country, especially in New England and along the East Coast. One reporter, commenting on the ruined plans of many, likened missing Thanksgiving Day to missing a graduation or ...
Diversity in feminism needed now more than ever
November 18, 2013
I don't really like Miley Cyrus, and I'm not particularly fond of Lily Allen at the moment either. Don't even talk to me about Lena Dunham.
There, I said it. It seems that in conversation I can't get my points about them across without someone accusing ...
Homeless people are not a problem, homelessness is
November 11, 2013
This Saturday, a group of UT students is hosting an annual 5K to raise money for Redeeming Hope Ministries, an organization which provides assistance and support to homeless people.
It seems in today's society, selfishness is seen as a right, disguised as individualism. We feel little obligation as far ...