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The Big Connection Between The Lorax and Flint, Michigan

The Big Connection Between The Lorax and Flint, Michigan

Clare Pryor, Co-Executive Editor

May 14, 2019

After five years, the citizens of Flint, Michigan remain unable to rely on clean running water. Though the two may seem unrelated, the city’s water crisis is comparable to the storyline of Dr. Seuss’s beloved book and movie, The Lorax. Recalling the premise of The Lorax, a greedy corporation exhau...

The Lyrical Genius that is Frank Ocean

The Lyrical Genius that is Frank Ocean

Jane Gustafson, News Editor

May 14, 2019

Christopher Edwin Breaux, more commonly known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter who shatters musical barriers. Ocean is a man of mystery, wisdom, and ineffability; that being said, he is the complete and utter manifestation of the words “lyrical genius.” Ocean...

When is it Moral to Break the Law?

When is it Moral to Break the Law?

Isabel Brandt, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

In October 2018, fifteen environmental rights protestors were arrested in London after blocking off roads outside of Parliament. The non-violent group did this as an act of civil disobedience. The term “civil disobedience” seems to have quite a bit of misinformation surrounding it, yet it prevails...

The Psychology of Color

The Psychology of Color

Natalie Sommervold, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

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

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

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

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”

Clare Pryor, Co-Executive Editor

February 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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...

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