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Before leaving for Morocco I got a lot of mixed reactions from friends and family. "Are you going to have to cover your head there?" "Is it dangerous for an American woman?" "Aren’t you worried about a terrorist attack?" My answer to all of these was a resounding no. I could not wait to get to this exotic and mysterious country, to learn about their culture and heritage and immerse myself within the community I would be living in.
We go to the University of Richmond, a school people call the hidden ivy of the South, and with that comes pressure. Pressure to do well in school, pressure to make a name for yourself at a young age, and generally just a lot of pressure to succeed. However, there are times in life when something happens and you realize that it’s not one thing that determines your life, but everything. Life is made of infinite moments that can take you anywhere, and it is better to try and fail than to have never tried at all.
It is easy for the majority to tell the minority not to question or take offense to the status quo.
Do you know what it feels like to be a female? What it feels like to not feel safe walking home alone at night with your key tucked, the jagged edge jutting out between your fingers and your pepper spray concealed in a side pocket of your bag. This is the world we live in—a world of fear.This is what it means to be a female.
Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Charleston and most recently Umpqua are the sites of some of the most infamous mass shootings in American history. Year by year, this list continues to grow. When will it stop?
Jacqueline Mone, junior studying abroad in Madrid who was visiting Paris when the attacks took place.
It doesn’t take much more than a quick Google search to find instances of college campuses reacting poorly to students in mental health crises. Mentally ill students are often demonized, blamed and condemned for their health problems, and sometimes end up kicked off campuses.
College campuses no longer champion intellectual space. Instead, they fixate on providing conflict-free, ideologically-homogenous “safe spaces” that are quickly becoming more dystopian than utopian.
Recently, several American peers and I visited two elementary schools in Bangalore, India for a class about primary education. We entered a private school to a warm welcome from one hundred young students, dressed in pristine white uniforms. This school is privately run, and the headmaster spoke proudly about the school’s academic and extracurricular offerings. I watched as the students performed prepared songs and recited facts about important figures in Indian history. The students from this school are by no means wealthy, especially by American standards, and the school compensates when parents cannot afford the fees, but their educational program is nevertheless far stronger than most in the country.
With the race for presidential nominations underway, terms used to categorize people of Spanish-speaking descent have been tossed about freely in both the media and during conversations with the candidates themselves. Is this new or surprising to anyone? It shouldn’t be.
Prominently featured on my desktop background is my favorite word, sonder (n.). By some accounts (e.g. Merriam-Webster), sonder is not a word with enough validity to exist in the dictionary, and in this vein, Microsoft Word is boldly underlining it in red as I type this article. Fortunately for me, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows believes that it merits an entry and defines the word as, “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”
Fall is finally here! From the colorful leaves to the chilly temperatures to the anticipation of the holiday season, this time of year brings out the best in everyone -- fashion included.
There is a basic calculation involved in taking out a student loan: (1) borrow money to pay for school, (2) get a better job with your degree, and (3) with some of the largesse from that awesome job, pay back your student loans. It’s called leveraging your investment. Unfortunately, that calculation too often breaks down and leaves student borrowers unable to pay down a crippling debt load.
Any healthy democratic society fosters discussion among constituents, but I think our national “discussions” have morphed into something completely and entirely unproductive.
Fall is one of the best times of the year. The weather is ideal, the autumn colors make for picturesque landscapes, and the holiday seasons are just around the corner. Lucky for you, there is no shortage of fun activities in the Richmond area during the fall season. Whether you enjoy looking at art, trying new food and craft beer, or getting active and being surrounded by nature, there is something for you to enjoy.
Halloween at Richmond is a great weekend-long event. That being said, getting several costume ideas ready can be tough work. So, if you don’t want to spend countless hours crafting a costume or coming up with coordinating ideas with all your friends, here is the guide of no-effort costumes that you could put together with just an extra large white tee shirt; They even sell them in four packs so you will have enough to use a different one each night.
Registration day, D-day, The Hunger Games: Students call the day of class selection many names, and that day that many students dread is fast approaching.
Adam Lanza. James Holmes. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Chris Harper-Mercer. Elliot Rodger. Recognize any of these names? I certainly do. All are perpetrators of mass shootings at schools or other public places. All of them have had their faces and names plastered across television screens, smartphones and newspapers. All stick in our minds like glue.
The biannual Richmond Restaurant Week is happening from Oct. 19-25, and there are definitely some restaurants that you will want to visit.
Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich’s town hall forum at Richmond gained a significant amount of attention due to a comment he had made toward an undergraduate student during his Q & A. Though a small moment during the town hall forum, Kayla Solsbak wrote an article addressing Kasich’s comment, focusing upon his disrespectful language -- requesting mutual respect -- if nothing more than as a voter interested in politics. Dylan McAuley, an undergraduate student and a member of the Young Republicans club that had helped bring Governor Kasich to campus, responded to Kayla’s with an opinion piece designed to denounce and silence her. Though the situation can be perceived as minor or as a “joke,” it was one that was significant for others. All those who have experienced similar situations of microaggression, whether it be due to their gender, sexuality, race, ability, or ethnicity, understand this form of marginalization. Dylan’s article can be read both as a response to Kayla and it can stand alone. It must be read with a less biased level of critical analysis than was used on Kayla’s original article.