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Our campus, like many college campuses across the nation, has been rocked by a number of upsetting behaviors in the preceding months. Look at any news outlet and you will quickly see that binge drinking and drug use are harming college students both on and off campus.

Women won’t save the world. Maybe a woman will. Maybe the efforts of many women will. But when we look at “women” as a singular entity, we ignore all of the many qualified, hardworking women who are individuals making up this collective.

In the months since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, various policy decisions and comments by the nation’s leader have called into question the country’s status as a role model for democracy.

2017 was an exasperating year for many of us. Challenges in our personal lives, coupled with the anxiety induced by our world’s headlines, made for a uniquely intense feeling of exhaustion by the semester’s end.

I want to set aside for a moment the question of race-based affirmative action. There are legitimate arguments for both sides of that debate, and though I do have my own opinion, it need not enter this discussion of a second, more pernicious form of affirmative action: legacy preference. 

I recently saw “Battle of the Sexes,” a movie about tennis star Billie Jean King beating self-proclaimed “male chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs in 1973.

What does it mean to be a good person? In a world full of difficult choices, I find myself grappling with this question daily. Are only those people who are truly good, whose bravery and strict moral codes have changed the world, allowed to be called good people?

I started listening to Kanye West in middle school. Hip-hop didn’t mean nearly as much to me then as it does now, but his sound still resonated with me. 

Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. I am not one of those people. When I started my first semester of college, the only thing I knew was I wanted to study a subject that would allow me to help and support people.

I really just cannot bear it any longer.