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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.
Upfront, I'm not against Ring Dance existing or women making the choice to participate. I encourage those who feel that the evening means something to them to show up, if they can. They should be able to attend wearing whatever color dress, or even suit, they want. They should be able to choose who, if anyone, will walk them down the now infamous flight of stairs. (Yes, this is me throwing my hat in the ring after this weekend’s controversy with the new ceremony rules).
Sports are mostly an exercise in extreme catharsis. You rarely remember the times of mediocrity for your favorite teams. Fortunately, the ecstatic highs stay with you as joyful memories and happy associations of certain times of year. But the bitter lows stay with you much longer and more vividly than anything else in the realm of sports enthusiasm.
We all learned this rule in kindergarten: Don’t put your hands on other people without their permission. It seems that our administrators forgot this lesson Saturday night at Ring Dance when the deans and policemen crossed the line from strongly encouraging against to physically restraining escorts from walking down The Jefferson Hotel’s historic flight of stairs with junior women.
From Charlottesville to Stanford, sexual assault on college campuses has become nationwide news. Administrators, students and experts alike have weighed in on how to prevent sexual misconduct and how to increase safety on campus, particularly for college women. One suggestion that recently caught attention was to allow sororities to host parties.
With the start of a new year comes a renewed hope that perhaps this one will be a bit better for the world than the last. That statement holds especially true this go-around, as 2014 was definitely tough on the collective morale. It seemed like every day you came home from work or school to see that something horrible had happened while you were out. Misplaced commercial airliners, doomsday viruses and terrorist organizations named after Egyptian goddesses. You couldn’t have made this stuff up.
When I think about my time here at University of Richmond, I think about a whirlwind of incredible experiences: working as a barista, writing page after page of research papers until 4 a.m. and meeting the most amazing professors in the world. When I arrived at Richmond, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do after I graduated. But as I got deeper into my computer science major, I had second thoughts. The more I reflected on all the opportunity and privilege I had that helped me get to where I was, the more I wanted to give back what had been given to me and make an impact.
In Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Barack Obama showed a serious desire to implement his plan of two years of tuition-free community college for young people who are, as he put it, “willing to work for it.” His initiative has been stirring some controversy in Washington, D.C., and beyond ever since he first made his ideas public.
We live in a time where controversy is contagious, and the media outlets seem to have an unlimited supply of social issues to throw our way. One of the biggest recurring themes in news headlines is the subject of marijuana and its proposed legalization in the United States.
Skipped class this morning? Not only does your professor know, University of Richmond might know, too.
The Golden Globes possesses something unique in comparison to all other awards shows, which is evident in not only the broadcast itself – which is every bit as light and fun as a good Hollywood party should be – but also in the wide breadth of selections that the Hollywood Foreign Press selects as the best in film and television from the previous year. Sure, some say these awards are pretty much pointless and only a precursor for the “real” awards. But I think those people are missing the point of what the show stands for. The awards serve a purpose of highlighting the incredibly diverse landscape of film and television as we march onward into the 21st century.
People always tell me that I have a lot of valid insight about travel, being “out” and life in general. I think they’re right. Like many LGBTQs, I know not to walk down road "A" because the one time I did as a drunk college student I was catcalled – but not the names that would reaffirm you look good in your new skinny jeans. The calls were more like derogatory gay slurs that can make you feel like those great jeans were a waste because the only label people see on you is “gay.”
10 original and not-so-original ways to stay sane during finals
No matter what it is, it is your civic responsibility to develop an informed opinion about the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and what the United States should do about it. As our generation begins to enter the “real world,” the decisions being made about ISIS today will affect us for years to come. I am not telling you what to think about ISIS, I am saying to think about ISIS. If you are ill-informed now, then you will have no right to complain about the outcome in the future. Our generation is one that cannot be silenced, and being informed is the first step.
What does a group of people do when a figure that has been given the sole responsibility to protect them does just the opposite? What happens when an authority figure abuses his/her power, and the trust between the people and those who protect them is broken? Normally, the answer would be for the community to voice their concerns and call for the removal of said authority figure. This should indeed be the case, but throw into this mix a history of mistreatment and racial issues and you have the case in Ferguson, Missouri.
Run down the back staircase of the library. Hide in the gym elevator. Fight back with pots and pans in the dining hall.