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I was raised in a part of Georgia as saturated with conservative ideals as it was speckled with farms. And there were a lot of farms. Large, mud-covered trucks dominated the roads, and you had a better chance of seeing a horse trailer than a sports car. Now, my home may sound uncultured and simple, but Atlanta wasn’t more than 50 miles away. I am always reminded of Atlanta’s proximity when I return home to find the city chasing our rural surroundings further and further away.
Every March, the country is consumed by an obsession with the basketball tournament we’ve come to know as March Madness. As someone who is mildly obsessed with basketball year round, I usually find the exponential increase in attention fun and refreshing. Over the past few years, however, I've began to notice a disturbing trend.
Courtesy of the Virginia Young Democrats
Last Wednesday, Spiders for Life held a display that consisted of several features that the group has become associated with in recent years – large displays, various brochures and flyers.
Only a year ago it would have seemed impossible. The tyrannical reign of the Triceragoose is as closely associated with University of Richmond as a ten figure endowment or a terrible Wi-Fi connection. But could it be that the influence of the Triceragoose is on the decline? I initially found it hard to believe, but in the past year there is no denying a downward trend.
Photo from UW Digital Collections/ Wiki Commons
This Tuesday, University of Richmond will welcome Edwin Meese III to speak at a special event held at the Jepson Alumni Center. His topic, the role of law enforcement in today’s society, is one that he is well qualified to address. As the attorney general of the United States under President Reagan, Meese was responsible for tackling societal issues on the largest scale possible in this country. However, none were likely bigger than what he encountered while still working for the state of California.
Imagine a teapot full of boiling water that is placed on a back burner to cool down. What happens when the water is left on the back burner for too long?
Minimum wage law makes for a widely debated and complex topic. Much of the focus on legislation today revolves around the effects of a minimum wage increase. While there is still room for debate, there are compelling signs that raising the minimum wage offers economic benefits.
Let’s keep this brief – you’ve got midterms this week, and, let’s be honest, you’ve read enough. My name is Matt Logan, and I would be honored to serve as the Richmond College Student Government Association (RCSGA) president. Elections are online this Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at https://wwws.richmond.edu/vote. If I’ve already convinced you that I’m your guy, you can go ahead and get back to studying, and I wish you the best of luck in surviving this week! If not – please keep reading, because there is plenty more you should know about me.
To my fellow Spiders,
“Soaring inequality isn't about education; it's about power,” wrote Paul Krugman in a New York Times op-ed last week. Krugman cited the declining acceleration of production, the absence of skill gaps and the stagnant inflation-adjusted earnings of highly educated Americans. However, not only does his evidence contradict the article’s thesis, Krugman also fails to acknowledge that education is essential in generating the conversation and sympathy necessary to break power-based income inequality.
I don’t have a Facebook.
America has been at war for most of its existence. Our predecessors fought wars all over the planet, and our generation is no different. Many of us are too young to remember the start of our ongoing involvement in the Middle East, but we’ve certainly grown up with it constantly playing in the background. I am too young to remember well an America at peace, but with Iraq “finished” and Afghanistan drawing to a close, that prospect appears to be returning. Or so it would seem.
Change is hard, right? Trying something new can be frightening. We often choose to stick with favorite activities, words and behaviors that feel safe simply out of familiarity. We, individually or culturally, are accustomed to such safety. These metaphorical safety nets often get labeled as “traditional” in contrast to unfamiliar practices or ideologies that get marked as “modern.”
As alumnae, we have both served on Westhampton College Government Association, and last year we were the WCGA president and chair of senate. We are disheartened and saddened by some of the responses to Ring Dance 2015.
Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” featuring Bradley Cooper tells a dramatized version of the story of Chris Kyle, who served in Iraq and is, reported to be, the most successful sniper in American history. The film is a proven major success at the box office, netting over $100 million in its first weekend, and over $250 million as of Feb. 2. In addition to its box office prestige, the film has generated an enormous amount of discussion, with critics of all political stripes diving into what has quickly become a national conversation.
I seem to be one of the few women at Ring Dance who voluntarily walked alone during the ceremonial procession.