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Focusing on local change

The College of Wooster puts a lot of pressure on students to apply to the most prestigious internships and jobs and to generally only focus their efforts on large-scale projects. Wooster students want to eradicate hunger, reverse climate change and topple capitalism. While noble, this kind of rhetoric can also be paralyzing. How do you […]

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Asian Americans resisting oppression

On Feb 1, 10 days into the Trump presidency, a video entitled “Asian Americans offer advice to U.S. President Donald Trump” was posted on YouTube by the Asia Society, an organization describing itself as “the leading global and Pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the […]

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Preserve funding for the NEH and NEA

On Jan 23, I received an unnerving email from the Society for American Archaeology alerting its members that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) were proposed to be completely eliminated under the new federal budget plan. As The Hill reports, in addition to these cuts, the […]

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Progress requires engaging in civil discourse

A couple summers ago, my little brother and I went backpacking together in Virginia. One night, we stayed at a shelter with a middle aged couple and an older man who was a Navy veteran. As the evening progressed, we all started talking and eventually the discussion turned political. Rather predictably, our neighbors for the […]

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Say yes to reusable mugs

Wooster dining has made great strides in creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus. Salad dressing, which used to come in individual packets, now comes in bulk, trays have been phased out and food waste from Kittredge and Lowry are sent to Quasar, an anaerobic digester on the OARDC campus that turns food waste […]

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Living international under Trump rule

“If you do well in school, maybe one day we can send you to a college in America” is often the narrative many international students, especially those from South and East Asia, have grown up hearing from their parents. It was like our own version of the American dream. A lot of us who did […]

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