Taking a Closer Look at Literary Production

Personally I find it overwhelming to enter a bookstore. Obviously the cultural productions of any given bookstore are highly variable. Bookstores, like books themselves, can be read in many different manners. Yet, even as there is a degree to which bookstores have great variation, there are some fairly constant dynamics within most western bookstores. For

Navigating the Gym at Bates

Walk in to the Bert Andrews Room (BAR) in Merrill Gym at 4 p.m. on a weekday, and you are bound to become annoyed. People jocking for treadmills, looking over your shoulder as they are on the elliptical eagerly awaiting you to finish your workout; or worse, not being able to use the machine you

Are You a Racist?

“Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Blacks folks don’t have that choice.” In Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, she illustrates how white privilege is like a shield for white people when it comes to oppression, because their white skin grants them opportunities that other races can never have, due to

Situating Race in Gun Control Debates

On Thursday morning, there was another school shooting in the United States–this time, at a Los Angeles middle school. The count for school shootings this year has climbed to twelve and it’s barely been over a month since the year started. Conversations around the time of school shootings are generally varied and contextual, but they

It’s Two Minutes to Midnight

It seems like Doomsday is almost here. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand of the influential Doomsday Clock on Thursday, January 25. We are living the closest to midnight the world has been since 1953, the height of the Cold War. A common threat underpins all the reasons for the change: hateful

Responding to the State of the Union

Last Tuesday, President Trump delivered his 2018 State of the Union address. In this speech he highlighted the need for unity in the government, immigration reform, veteran benefits, investments in infrastructure, and the threat of North Korea, oh and the reopening of Guantanamo Bay. Throughout the speech he continuously referred to members of the audience

We Need Affirmative Consent and We Need it Now!

If the last six months has taught me anything, it is that America has a rape problem. But even more than that, it’s a consent problem. While this is far from a new problem, it continues to horrify (but sadly not shock) me on just how deeply unaware people are of how to treat others

Tax Breaks for Amazon Represent Dangerous Trend

When we think of Amazon, most of us picture buying something from the internet and going to pick it up a few days later at Post and Print. But Amazon has expanded far beyond the realm of a simple internet retailer. It has become a corporate giant on the level of Facebook, Google, and Apple.

Reflecting On Tolerance and the “Cool” Marginalization

People react in a variety of ways to microaggressions. Many remain relatively silent when and after they occur. This can be for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, confusion, exhaustion, and anger. Justified responses can be ignored, rebuffed, and generally gaslit. Replying or voicing any type of dissent can be difficult, especially

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