Brett is a sophomore studying Political Science, French and History as a member of the LSA Honors Program and the Residential College. This is his second semester writing for the opinion section, and he looks forward to exploring the possibility of becoming even more opinionated than he already is. An avid political junkie and sports fan, he can most often be found quoting the West Wing to no one in particular or explaining why his New York Mets will be winning the World Series next year. Originally from the great Garden State, he longs for a decent slice of pizza or an acceptable bagel somewhere in the Midwest.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 5:18pm
The Ten Commandments of Progressivism

Last week, the California Democrats convened in Sacramento to draft and vote on their statewide party platform in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. They adopted a platform not too different from the one Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ran on in 2016 — access to universal health care as a human right, a $15 minimum wage, corporate regulation and paid family leave. Other planks in the 28-page manifesto, however, were much less familiar.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:04pm

 Last week, Nancy Pelosi set a record. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, she stretched her so-called “magic minute” privilege as Minority Leader into an eight-hour defense of the DREAMers. This came in response to Senate Democrats agreeing to a budget deal that would have left millions of undocumented immigrants without protection.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 4:26pm

Former Secretary of State John Kerry surprised a lot of people last week, starting with his translator in a conversation with a high-ranking Palestinian official.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 5:11pm

As my roommates finally began to settle on something to watch, I smiled. They had chosen one of my favorite movies of all time, Disney’s “Hercules, and I would be able to hear it all in the background as I made dinner — or so I thought. Just as the title sequence began, one of them made an offhanded remark about the Muses, saying something along the lines of “Wow, I never realized when I was younger how offensive the portrayal of the Muses is!” The heated discussion that followed drowned out the vast majority of the movie after that.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 3:24pm

“Get out there, get in the way, get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble and make some noise,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. CNN anchor Jake Tapper chose simpler, more practical advice at Dartmouth College: “Always write thank-you notes. Be a big tipper. Always split Aces and Eights.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:36pm

I really just cannot bear it any longer. In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, and even somewhat before then, I had heard about this mysterious phenomenon by which Americans became unable to stomach another headline, another minute of CNN programming or another picture of Donald Trump. As a political junkie, though, this phenomenon had never affected me; the palace intrigue, celebrity feuds, party infighting, scandalous revelations, love and loss — I was tuned into all of it with laser focus. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 4:07pm

In four years here, I have never really played the role of outspoken critic as it pertains to University administration. That is, though I may have strongly disagreed with any number of decisions made by University President Mark Schlissel and the Board of Regents, I never truly questioned the fact that they were responsible, thoughtful public servants who had the best interests of the University community at heart. I trusted that they were doing their best.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:16pm

As a senior, sometimes it seems like talking about plans has become as mundane as talking about the weather. The question “Remind me, what are you thinking of doing after graduation?” with all its monumentally stressful implications, seems to weasel its way into conversations on a near-daily basis. To this point, one response has made me furrow my brow every time: “Consulting.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 4:12pm

If you’ve been following the developing story about the Trump administration’s response to the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger earlier this month, chances are you have some questions. After brushing up on your geography, you might ask, for instance, what were U.S. armed forces doing there in the first place? You wouldn’t be alone in wondering this. In fact, you would be in the company of at least two U.S. senators. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:52pm

“As a straight, white, cisgender man of relatively high socioeconomic status and having been raised in the Catholic Church …”