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Black History Month: NASA’s human computers

Before the age of electronic computers, humans who did complex mathematical calculations by hand were called computers. The movie “Hidden Figures,” based on a book of the same name, tells the story of three Black women who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as human computers: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

Deb Haaland: Bringing history full circle

Democrat representative of New Mexico, Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of the Interior, began her confirmation hearing last week on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and completed it on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Conservative democrat of West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin, is the deciding vote in Haaland’s confirmation, and he has expressed support for her

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LU Environmental Organization

Junior Lauren Kelly and senior Jim Yang Photo provided by Lauren Kelly The Lawrence University Environmental Organization was founded by current senior Jim Yang in fall 2018 and has had a relatively consistent small group of devoted students ever since. Junior Lauren Kelly joined during Spring Term 2019 and is now the co-president with Yang.

On Framing Britney Spears

Britney Spears commentary artwork Image created by Astra Mederios A new documentary from “The New York Times,” called “Framing Britney Spears,” came out on Hulu earlier this month. Through interviews and footage of Spears’ past, it pieces together a sympathetic picture of her rise to stardom and the vicious culture that tore her down during

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Next week begins National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, from Feb. 22 – Feb. 28. Each year, the diversity of eating disorders and their realness is acknowledged in a special way by organizations across the U.S. Historically, media portrayals of eating disorders have misrepresented these sensitive medical conditions, which has perpetuated myths and misunderstanding of their

Let’s talk about counseling

Counseling Services could quite possibly be the greatest resource available to Lawrentians and could also be considered the one that is talked about the least. Approximately one-third of Lawrentians utilize Counseling Services in some capacity but, yet, it’s still something many of us struggle to talk about. Why? It’s probably tied to shame or, at

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Black History Month: Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde Photo by Salimah Ali Audre Lorde, born on Feb. 18, 1934, was a first-generation Caribbean-American feminist, womanist, librarian and civil rights activist. She described herself as “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Her life’s work was centered around the injustices of racism, classism, sexism, capitalism, heteronormativity and homophobia (Poetry Foundation, 2019). Lorde has remarkable

LU Reads

In an effort to bring students, faculty and staff together during the cold winter months, four faculty members have come together to create LU Reads, a weekly Zoom meeting open to all to come together and listen to read-alouds of children’s books. This event is the brainchild of Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator Gretchen Revie;