Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:24pm
Sean Tran and friends

Before I began college, my dad told me that I’d end up being friends with those who were like me—that I’d stick to my “own kind.” What he meant was that the people who I’d surround myself with would all be Asian, a stark contrast to my high school best friends. My high school friends were made up of a handful of white boys and one Vietnamese girl, all within a high school class of 450 where I could count all the Asian students on my hands. I didn’t believe him at all. However, as parents often are, he ended up being right, for the most part.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:19pm
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Throughout most of elementary school, my parents and I lived in a tiny one-bed, one-bath unit tucked away on the top floor of a house. My parents and I often took turns sleeping on the floor, since there was only one bed, and only room for two; it was a space I often felt ashamed of, a place I never invited my friends over to, a place I pushed away in the recesses of my memories.

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:29am
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Whenever a relative from India can’t understand my broken Gujarati and says to just speak English, the thought comes up. Whenever I go to mandir to pray and don’t know what to say or think, the thought comes up. Whenever an international student from the Motherland makes an offhand comment about how I’m not really Indian, the thought comes up.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:35pm
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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 2:03pm
Haleemah Aqel

My name is Haleemah Aqel. I am a graduate of the class of 2018. I am a Palestinian Muslim American woman. I serve as the current program coordinator at the Program on Intergroup Relations. I am one of the founders of the Islamophobia Working Group. I was the head organizer of the New Zealand Mosque Vigil on Saturday, March 16. I’ve spent the last few days processing the events of Saturday.

 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 9:02pm
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On Saturday, March 16th, at 4P.M., a large crowd of students, faculty and various community members gathered on the diag to perform a candlelight vigil in wake of the tragic terrorist attack on two New Zealand Mosques that left 50 Muslim men, women and children dead and many more severely injured. An attack that was premeditated, recorded, and live-streamed by none other than a cold-blooded white supremacist.

 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:08pm
Sean Tran

When skyscrapers and Chicago cityscapes begin to give way to hanging lanterns and stone statues of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs, we’ve arrived again in Chinatown. At two hours and thirty-one minutes away from my hometown, Chicago’s Chinatown Square has been my family’s favorite travel destination since I was in elementary school. I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve been there. Still, I never tire of going. There’s a unique quality about it that’s timelessly familiar yet fresh, making me feel like that same child with each visit.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:04pm
What Men Want poster

“What Men Want”, a new film directed by Adam Shankman and starring Taraji P. Henson, is a mixture of slapstick comedy and an exploration of gender bias in the present day. Henson plays Ali Davis, a Black female working as a successful sports agent in an industry almost completely dominated by white males. After being surpassed for a promotion that she deserves several times and being told to “stay in her lane” by her white male colleagues, Henson drinks a potion that allows her to hear men’s inner thoughts.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:53pm
Wetried

 

WeListen is one of the hottest new clubs on campus. Purporting to be a “grassroots, campus-based organization bridging the American political divide” by hosting talks on various topics from immigration reform to abortion, and marijuana regulation to environmental policy, the group hosts weekly talks about nothing, and changes the opinion of no one.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
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In fifth grade, a random peer asked me if my name was Bea. When I told her no, she replied with a familiar: “Oh, well, you know, you guys all look the same.” This is an illustration compilation of how that’s just not true! Every individual has a unique, personal narrative and we mustn’t let others use our physical attributes as a scapegoat to generalize these experiences.

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