Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 5:49pm
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Whenever I ask people at the University of Michigan what kind of music they like, I usually hear, “I listen to a wide variety of music. I like all genres except country.” After hearing this account dozens of times, I began to wonder if there was some intrinsic flaw in country music or if this was indicative of a demographic who believe it’s trendy to dislike country. After all, most people who condemn an entire genre lack a formal education in music.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 4:11pm
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Social media has evolved incredibly during my lifetime. Since originating with the social networking platform Six Degrees in 1997, a primitive Myspace, it has grown in both influence and dynamism. After solidifying its roots with the recognizable Facebook in 2004, the following iterations of Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat pushed boundaries in social media’s format and style.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 1:53pm
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Born in the last year of the "Disney Renaissance," I grew up watching animated childhood tales with my family. Far from mindless cartoons, these films explored meaning through narratives of love, betrayal, coming of age and more — solidifying themselves as archetypal stories for entire generations. In no small terms, these animated films are often the preeminent means of social education for young children.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:35pm
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It’s a Friday night in Ann Arbor and the promise of the weekend has students flocking to Main Street bars and clubs to engage in the great American pastime of intoxication. But with an undergraduate population of more than 29,000, some of these revelers are bound to be underage. In line, Zach, aged 18, fumbles for something in his pocket when he reaches the bouncer.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 5:12pm
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As a journalist, I often think about the best way to get stories and information to people. I try to lead with curiosity over sensationalism, and I try to posit two opposing ideas equally when I speak to someone who has come to a different conclusion. Recently, however, traditional media has been criticized for pushing agendas at the expense of honest inquiry.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:22pm
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On Jan. 13, Gillette, a titan in men’s razors that has toted the macho “The Best a Man Can Get” tagline for decades, uploaded an advertisement to YouTube titled, “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be.” The ad challenges men to be better in an age where people attribute bullying and harassment to “toxic masculinity” and the #MeToo movement saturates headlines. The backlash was instantaneous.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 7:03pm
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Scroll through the average news or social media feed and you’ll see exclamations about the end of times. Whether a claim about the incoming nuclear war, Trumpmania and the fall of democracy, or an indictment of children’s overconsumption of technology, many seem to be up in arms about the state of the world in 2019. But how bad are things truly? And how does the world today compare to the world just a few generations ago?

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 1:53pm
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When one refers to “free speech,” what exactly do they mean? When should speech be completely free, unfettered by restriction? When should certain types of speech be censored, restricted or prohibited altogether? What does a healthy exchange of ideas look like? How is it regulated? Most important of all, who gets to decide the answers to these critical questions?

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:46pm
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When I arrived at the University of Michigan at the beginning of freshman year, my friends and I discovered Bird electric scooters on the Diag. I’d never ridden e-scooters since they had not yet made it to my native New York City, where Citi Bike and Uber reign supreme. “Pick up and drop off anywhere,” the app promised, for only 15 cents per minute. We took them for a spin. Soon we were hooked. We used Bird to get to class on time, explore the Ann Arbor downtown scene and visit friends on North Campus, all for only a dollar or two a ride.