Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:43pm
Margot Libertini

On Feb. 14, much of the world celebrated Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday: holidays that honor love and peace. In the U.S., we mourned the deaths of 17 high school students and faculty who were brutally murdered in the 30th mass shooting this year. Of course, a school shooting that resulted in 17 deaths is much different than other mass shootings, some of which resulted in no fatalities.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:16pm

The 2018 Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars, will be held on March 4. As the awards ceremony approaches, I have been trying to see all of the highly-anticipated nominees, as they are generally considered to be the most important films of the year.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:10pm
Ali Safawi

When I first decided to write columns on mental health, I knew I would eventually have to write one in the wake of a mass shooting. In fact, it was the only column I was positive I would write, because, like clockwork, mass shootings keep happening again and again. Last year in America, a mass shooting — which is defined as an attack in which four or more people are killed indiscriminately in a public space — occurred about once per month.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:46pm

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:43pm

Every time a classroom door opens in the middle of a class, I momentarily freeze. I look toward the door, no longer able to hear my professor’s words, only coming to a place of relaxation when a student or somebody else who’s meant to be there meets my eyes.

I’m scared of it being someone who has come to shoot my peers and me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:28pm

This evening, the University of Michigan’s Department of History is sponsoring “Disrupting White Supremacy,” a teach-in on the global history of white supremacy, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Mendelssohn Theatre in the Michigan League. The teach-in’s mission reads in part: “White supremacy uses history to fuel its fictions. Its promulgators anchor their vision of a racist future in mythical depictions of the past.  But the past is not the place that white supremacists imagine it to be.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 3:01pm

My friends always complain that I know my teachers by first name. They scoff when I wave to my Spanish instructor in the hall. They complain about their own professors, nameless bodies who occupy a lecture hall for an hour and then disappear into space, their purpose fulfilled.

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 5:33pm

A couple of nights ago, I was clearing my dishes in the dining hall when I realized that I had finished all of my work for the day. Feeling satisfied, I walked up to my dorm room and thought about how I would seize this opportunity. I could have gone to the gym, hung out with my friends or if I had really felt up to it, gotten started on a project due the following week. Instead, I pulled out my phone and cycled through the same three apps for a number of hours. Wait, how did that happen?

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 6:20pm

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 6:16pm

I hope I speak for a lot of people somewhat left of center when I say that the Republican Party’s capability for hypocrisy can be amazing — we’ve spent years listening to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY., grumble about spendthrift Democrats, and those of us from the South and Midwest have heard a thousand different ways the communist, Muslim, socialist, President Barack Obama was going to waste our tax money.