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A living wage can pay for itself

Before I make the economic case for paying our college’s hourly workers a living wage of $14.08 per hour, I want to get two points out of the way. First, the moral argument for a living wage should supersede the economic argument. Our college’s graduate qualities include commitments to justice, civic responsibility and global engagement. […]

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Men must check each other

I still remember the first time I was harassed at a college party. After kissing a woman I was seeing at the time, half the room went up in wolf whistles and we were quickly surrounded by random guys. Most of them were strangers. More upsetting to me, though, was that a few of them […]

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Trump’s protectionism disadvantages everyone

When it comes to trade, Donald Trump is a protectionist. During his rise, he gained wide support by calling for a smaller trade deficit, meaning he wants the U.S. to export more and import less. But a basic understanding of economics shows that protectionism hurts the average American while only benefiting the heads of domestic […]

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We must be conscious consumers

It is hard to deny just how delicious Chick-fil-A is. Whether it is the 12-piece nuggets dipped in the eponymous sauce or a spicy chicken deluxe sandwich washed down with a sweet and tangy lemonade, it is a great place to get a fast-food meal that is a step above McDonald’s or Wendy’s. On top […]

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Sex Ed house fosters inclusive learning

As someone who went to a Catholic high school for three years and a public school in Missouri for one, I have received little to no education about safe sex outside of my own research. To provide some perspective: 36 states require abstinence-only education and 11 states have no mandate regarding sexual education. Even in […]

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U.S. cannot aid Israel’s expansionism

Two months ago, I stood at the northwestern-most tip of Jordan in the historic town of Umm Qais. From our vantage point at the top of a hill, we looked down to see Israeli occupied territory to our left, the Golan Heights of Syria directly in front of us and the mountains of Lebanon in […]

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