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Staff Editorial: Dr. Paul Farmer’s Convocation

Dr. Paul Farmer inspired the future doctors and activists among us while informing others on the current state of global health equity in his convocation, “In the Company of the Poor.” The ideals and strategies in the convocation were applauded by all in attendance. However, not all found his casual and personal method of speaking

Lawrentians in Contention: Registration and anarchy

By now, we’ve all experienced how the first few first days of classes go each term. As we finally choose our classes, professors call names off enrollment lists and drop students until the lists become Swiss cheese. For large classes, placement on a waitlist comes with higher stakes and the process feels more akin to

Is the U.S. government “Boston Strong?”

On Tuesday, April 15 in Boston, Vice President Joe Biden gave an inspiring (if occasionally poorly worded) speech to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Biden praised survivors and Bostonians, holding them up as an example of how Americans react to terrorism. He said, “They try to instill fear. That’s their objective, that’s

On season 4, episode 3: Game of Thrones

This op-ed contains spoilers. I originally wanted to argue that the rape scene between Cersei Lannister and Jamie Lannister was entirely justified because it had powerful narrative value, was as shocking as rape could ever be portrayed on film and because it contributed slight variations on the book. However, on Tuesday I read the interview

Besiege the pink dollhouse: Feminism and Femininity

Too often, feminists and non-feminists alike equate feminism with anti-femininity. The occasional devil’s advocate loves to ask how someone can identify as a feminist and still wear lipstick or jewelry. Real women don’t wear pink: \Aren’t we supposed to chop off our hair and strangle the patriarchy with our burning bras? No, at least not

Rape exists at Lawrence: Be Aware Campus Life

One bed. Two people. Too many drinks. One word is stated, no. Force is applied.  Rights are violated. This is the scenario of rape that occurs on many campuses, Lawrence included. Rape goes unchallenged on many campuses including Lawrence, producing a rape culture that needs to end. Rape Culture is an environment in which sexual

The joy of arguing

Arguing is underrated. Too many folks avoid their differences and see arguments as nothing but a source of stress. But why else would anyone read the Op/Ed section, peek at Youtube comments or study Plato? Disagreement does not always cause pain; we gain a certain joy from seeing others reaffirm or oppose our own views.

Transcend the blanket fort

Choosing a major and career path can be a concern for multi-interested and too-talented-for-your-own-good Lawrence students. The more opportunities for consideration, the more difficult it becomes to focus on fewer interests and pursuits, both during and after college. Occasionally I hear the advice from adults or peers that “You will figure it all out.” We

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