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Letter to the Editors: April 24, 2015

Payne McMillan
April 25, 2015 • 46 views
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It’s always a comfort to learn that our (Minnesotan) Congressional representatives are standing in the way of damaging legislation. I write to express my support of Senator Amy Klobuchar in her fight to keep dangerous abortion restrictions out of the Justice for... Read more »

TED: structure similar to evangelical sermons?

TED: structure similar to evangelical sermons?

Sam Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
April 25, 2015 • 260 views
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Technology, Entertainment, Design: TED. Or as most of us understand it, the series of talks that has much of the world dazzled by its ability to present speakers who can speak on various contemporary subjects and give people either a firm direction on what they should change... Read more »

Flaking on friends gives millennials a bad rap

Ashley Belisle, Opinions Contributor
April 24, 2015 • 86 views
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In her March 18 op-ed piece published on mic.com, Katie Hakala argued that technology – specifically texting – has allowed young adults to become huge flakes, arriving late to events after sending a quick “be there soon!” text, and deciding last-minute not... Read more »

Baseball season canceled after hazing

Cole Hatzky, Opinions Contributor
April 22, 2015 • 176 views
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As many readers most likely know, the St. Olaf Men’s baseball team recently had its season canceled due to issues arising from the hazing of underclassman team members. This hazing involved harassment, ridicule and the consumption of alcohol by minors – all violations... Read more »

Letter to the Editors: second from April 17, 2015

April 21, 2015 • 52 views
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The coordinators of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) would like to make the student body aware of recent transphobia on campus. The week of March 15, during the GSC-hosted Preferred Gender Pronoun (PGP) Awareness week, several photos of students were removed... Read more »

Discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ state laws fail to protect LGBT community

Discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ state laws fail to protect LGBT community

Audrey Walker, Opinions Contributor
April 21, 2015 • 195 views
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The year 2015 marks a momentous time for the LGBT community and its allies. Thirty-seven states have legalized same-sex marriage, a law banning “therapy” that claims to convert queer-identified individuals into heterosexuals appears to be in the works and LGBT characters... Read more »

Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ a failed attempt at corporate-inspired social change

Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ a failed attempt at corporate-inspired social change

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
April 19, 2015 • 489 views
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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently instituted a new movement in his stores. He aims to combat racial inequality in the U.S. by prompting discussion between patrons and their baristas at Starbucks. With the slogan “Race Together,” employees have been encouraged to... Read more »

Letter to the Editors: April 17, 2015

April 18, 2015 • 175 views
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To the St. Olaf Community, We, the upperclassmen baseball players from St. Olaf College, would like to express our sincerest apology and regret to the entire St. Olaf community for the actions that have resulted in the cancelation... Read more »

Safe spaces in college discourage victimization

Safe spaces in college discourage victimization

Nina Hagen, Opinions Contributor
April 17, 2015 • 244 views
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Last fall, when Brown University announced it would host a debate between a feminist blogger and a rape culture skeptic about campus sexual assault, members of the school’s Sexual Assault Task Force responded by creating a “safe space” for survivors or those otherwise... Read more »

Yik Yak controversy sparks concerning user anonymity

Yik Yak controversy sparks concerning user anonymity

Sam Pattinasarane, Opinions Contributor
March 25, 2015 • 853 views
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It is not an unusual thing to hear people talk about the United States, or the West as a whole as the breeding ground for individualism, self-satisfaction and contempt. And yet, that assumption begins to crumble away when one sits in front of the constant curiousness and the ever-talkative character... Read more »