A Stutterer No Longer, on Paper at Least

When does a secret become a secret? Is it when someone whispers into another person’s ear and begs them not to tell? Or maybe it happens more gradually, merely a result of choosing not to talk about an aspect of your life. I did not intend for my stutter to become a secret. But nonetheless,

Understanding the Importance of Opinions

When I began working for the forum section in the fall of this past year, I didn’t know what to expect. What would I write on? Who else would contribute to the section? Did my articles really matter if no one read the paper? Time and again, I was surprised by this section and by

Why a Canadian Team Needs to Win the Stanley Cup

I know, I know, at this point you’ve probably scoffed and switched to reading a different article, but hear me out. When you think of Hockey, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? A toothless Hoser in a tattered Canadiens jersey just playing a little pond hockey with some Timmies and an

All Walks of Life Are More Important than What Meets the Eye

The Guardian reports that President Trump stated ” I believe in clean air. I believe in crystal- clear, beautiful… I believe in just having good cleanliness in all. Now, with that being said, if somebody said go back into the Paris accord, it would have to be a completely different deal because we had a

Fake News, Real Consequences

  In an impassioned address to a joint meeting of Congress last week, French President Emmanuel Macron railed against “the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational fear and imaginary risks.” That tabloid journalism stirs public passions and tills the soil for erratic, knee-jerk political behavior is nothing new. Look no

Racism Is Embedded in Southern Food Culture

Most white folks who speak to me about Charleston, South Carolina tell me they’ve “heard so much about it!” “I’ve heard it’s really cosmopolitan, and the food is great, right?” they ask me. I’m not sure how to respond to that, in all honesty. I usually pause with hesitation, searching for a way to explain

Loving Yourself Even When You’re Loving Someone Else

We’ve all been there. You started out the night bursting out all of the lyrics to the classic Kelly Clarkson throwbacks and braved the frigid walk to a party. Then, you’ve spotted your Commons Crush—and things have gone from fun and flirty on the dance floor to hot and heavy in the dorm room. Or,

North Korea Agrees to Talk

The time is finally upon us. North Korea has agreed to have diplomatic talks with both South Korea and the United States. Kim Jong Un will meet separately with both South Korea’s Moon Jae in and Donald Trump of the United States. While the South Korea meeting date is set, April 27, the United States’

“Just Arm The Teachers”

We have all heard someone say it. At a time when our nation continues to ruminate on the debilitating legacy of the Parkland shooting – and the memories from Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and countless other tragedies have returned to haunt the American psyche yet again – the president, congressmen, and NRA-apologists hold their heads

Reflecting on Social Media and Virtual Communication

When you walk into Commons, how often do you see a table of people sitting together, yet each person in their own world? In class, how often do you see people with their heads stooped down attempting to slyly be on their phones or even rattling away at their computer keyboards even though the professor

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