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The Psychology of Color

The Psychology of Color

Natalie Sommervold, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Colors influence our daily lives; 90% of snap judgments are made about products solely based on color alone. Although many people attach the same certain meanings to specific colors, the effect a color has on an individual is due to personal experiences, preference, upbringing, and culture. To say that...

The Problem with One-Size-Fits-All Clothing

The Problem with One-Size-Fits-All Clothing

Kate Sabre, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Over the last few years, the media and clothing industries have been portraying more diverse people in their campaigns to help customers understand that there isn’t one ideal body type. Well-known brands such as Aerie are using their platforms to represent people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds,...

The Power of Film in Political Commentary

The Power of Film in Political Commentary

Sadie Richardson, Executive Editor

February 25, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Our current era is one of astounding political controversy; we continue to achieve social progress, and yet, we still must resolve countless issues and inequities. Most people have their own outlet for the frustration or anger they might feel, and for some, that outlet is film. Movies and television...

Global Beauty Standards

Global Beauty Standards

Keenan Conley, Opinion Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Beauty is entirely subjective. What one person finds beautiful is derived from the cultural norm of beauty, and not often do someone’s perceptions deviate from these popular opinions. Beauty is dependent of the cultural context; what might be considered beautiful in one country could be ill-favore...

What Does It Mean To Be Like “Most Girls”

What Does It Mean To Be Like “Most Girls”

February 19, 2019


Filed under OPINION, Showcase

The phrase “I’m not like most girls” seems relatively harmless at first, but have you ever pondered the conclusions most people draw from this statement? Have you ever thought about how this phrase might be seen as a compliment to the speaker, but also has the power to insult the entire female...

The Challenges of Accent Bias

The Challenges of Accent Bias

Keenan Conley, Opinion Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In less than a second of meeting someone, your brain makes a snap judgment about that person. That judgement can be based on anything from the color of their skin, to what they’re wearing, or even how they speak. Your brain can determine if someone is speaking in an accent different than your own ...

A Return to Civil Discourse

Emily Rascher, Arts, Culture, and Style Editor

November 28, 2018


Filed under OPINION

With the midterm elections only a few short weeks ago, we have all been rushed into a chaotic whirlwind of politics. People take sides, emotions run high; those with whom you once believed you had so much in common now suddenly disagree with you on something you consider a firm part of your beliefs, an...

A Call for Unity

A Call for Unity

Edie Weinstein, Freelance Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Showcase

I walk past flags every day of my life.  They’re outside restaurants, schools, stores, and houses of worship, but I never gave them much thought until this fall, when I walked past countless flags at half-mast honoring a tragedy against my own people. It was blood-chilling. On Saturday, October 27, the morning of Shab...

On Using Your Voice in a Politicized World

Sadie Richardson, Executive Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

I live in Southwest Minneapolis, just a few doors down from R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a prominent member of the Democratic National Committee. I attended grade school a mile from my house, and, like those in my neighborhood, many of my classmates and their families were similarly...

Speeding is a Privilege

Sadie Richardson, Executive Editor

October 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

I was driving on Saturday night, right at the time when dusk is falling and fewer people are on the roads, rounding a curve on Highway 55. The car in the left lane was going just below the speed limit, and, somewhat annoyed, I changed lanes and accelerated slightly to go around them. The same thing happened...

Down to the “Basics”

Noelle Wang, Freelance Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Notoriety is often the flip side of fame, and many hugely popular foods, including the pumpkin spice latte, have well-known reputations for being “basic.” According to Vox, the word is “used to describe someone with average, predictable taste that’s usually reserved for women.” The article po...

Shopping for Change

Shopping for Change

Edie Weinstein, Freelance Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Showcase

Pro Pharmacy, Scuzi, Regina’s Fine Candies, the Randolph Griddle, Gypsy Moon, Shamrocks, Widmer’s, Highland Grill, Heirloom, St. Paul Corner Drug, Sift Gluten Free Bakery, and Moeller Jewelers. These are all stores, businesses, restaurants, that are family or locally owned in the Twin Cities, and...

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