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Students need more living options

Housing selection: a simultaneously terrifying and exciting time of year that leaves students frantically surveying campus and weighing the benefits of far-away, but upscale Gault Schoolhouse, to convenient, but depressing Holden. When my roommate and I discovered that our housing selection was in the early 60s, we were ecstatic. Unlike last year, we had the […]

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Pay our educators the salary they deserve

Since I was a little girl, education has always been something I’ve valued. I remember wearing a Spelman College T-shirt at age six and reading my first chapter book about the great educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. For me, education was the key to everything else in life, and I thought everyone […]

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Make gun control intersectional

Intersectionality: a term that is gaining popularity as progressive politics make their way into the mainstream political arena. Students here at the College have started to include this word in their vocabulary, but how often do legislators think about the impact their policies will make on people of identities different than their own? As we […]

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The U.S. needs a cultural revolution

The richest members of American society are ramping up class warfare. As time goes on, it is increasingly difficult for lower and middle class households to obtain healthcare, higher education, quality housing and financial security — all the result of specific policies enacted by the representatives of the upper class that control our government. At […]

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U.S. citizenship should not be based on luck

On April 5, after over 16 years of living in the United States, I finally had the privilege of becoming an American citizen. Along with 139 people, we, new citizens of the United States of America, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We stood up to represent our old countries as their names were read aloud one […]

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Look beyond the white standard

As a senior international student at the College, I spent more than three years acculturating myself to the standards and perspectives of my white domestic friends. It took some time to realize that the frustration I had didn’t stem only from their disappointing participation in discourse related to race, but with their refusals to engage […]

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