Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:20pm

Easter morning stands out in my mind from all the collected memories of my childhood. My parents would take my five siblings and me to church. In a sense of quiet reverie, we would listen to the grief of Jesus’s rejection by mankind, and how his ultimate love overcame it all when He rose from the dead. As I sat in that hard pew, fully embracing the love I felt from the story of Jesus’s resurrection, I dedicated my heart to always being full of love and acceptance like Him.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:17pm

On April 18, the Los Angeles Police Department adopted new rules that require police officers to try to defuse situations before firing a weapon. Regardless of how disturbing it is that police departments were previously not operating under these guidelines, one would expect this to mitigate police brutality. With this new rule and growing backlash toward law enforcement agencies, police are surely on their way toward reformation and improvement, right?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:08pm

Exactly one month ago, while standing on the Diag at around 4 a.m., I felt at ease listening to the gentle song of birds around me. The warm glow of the streetlights illuminated the 950 empty maize and blue chairs positioned throughout the grounds. I assumed I would be the only one there at this late hour, but I wasn’t. A few rambunctious guys sauntered out from around the Undergraduate Library pushing and kicking at the chairs, standing on top of them while laughing and shouting.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:39pm

Nowadays, I feel that we are out of touch with true kindness. Kindness is seen almost exclusively on phone screens through social media, where selfless people feed the homeless and leave extra-large cash tips at restaurants, where abandoned puppies are adopted by strangers and giant teddy bears distribute roses on the streets.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:58am

Nobody’s perfect. It’s an age-old mantra that lets us find a bit of comfort in our shortcomings. Our mothers, friends, teachers and coaches have hammered this basic pillar of humanity into our brains. Imperfections, we are taught, are universal and part of what make us human.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 1:07pm
That time of the year

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 1:04pm

The end of the semester is a hectic time. If there’s anything indicative of this, it’s the fact that I’m writing this column in the notes app on my phone as I walk to my next class. Whether April is plagued with exams, papers, projects, internship searches or good old-fashioned showers, this month is incredibly stressful. I myself have been struggling with balancing my finals and pre-final exams — don’t ask — so I asked myself what I would want to read if I were procrastinating studying, on the verge of tears or both.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:37pm

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. 50 people were killed and 53 others were wounded, marking the shooting as the greatest act of violence against LGBTQ individuals and the largest mass shooting by a single shooter in the history of the United States. While dozens of victims lay in need of blood, the LGBTQ community mobilized to help support them.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:37pm

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. 50 people were killed and 53 others were wounded, marking the shooting as the greatest act of violence against LGBTQ individuals and the largest mass shooting by a single shooter in the history of the United States. While dozens of victims lay in need of blood, the LGBTQ community mobilized to help support them.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:33pm
Renaissance rock bands