Author Archives: Maxwell Craig

Make more cartoons

As a child, the only thing I did was watch cartoons. I did not like going outside or talking to people, so I filled my days with “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy,” “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Ren and Stimpy” when I was feeling scandalous. For years, the flashing colors on the box were my only refuge from

Cars are bad

This break, I drove a lot. I live in the Chicago suburbs and I have a lot of friends who live in the city. That means I spent a lot of time driving on highways and through the frenzied, potholed streets of Chicago, usually completing a commute of up to two hours both ways in

In defense of single majoring

As a single-major English major, I often feel inadequate compared to the double majors on campus, of which Lawrence has many. Our ten-week terms allow students to take more classes than semester universities, so getting an extra major as a “backup” can be attractive. Considering the number of people that take this option, anxiety can

The US is mishandling the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is, indeed, an epidemic. In 2017, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a record 47,600 deaths from opioid overdoses. The issue has become a much-talked-about issue among politicians, but they seldom approach it with any degree of nuance. Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, for instance, has introduced

Stop caring about collusion

In the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, the issue that has most consumed media coverage has been Trump’s supposed collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 election. There has been constant media speculation about Russia’s role in the election and even suggestions that Trump himself is a Russian agent. But in special