There are several things that repeat with the generations: war, recession, trends. Skirts get shorter, then longer, then shorter again. There is a measurable trend cycle in fashion, with fads repeating themselves every few years. There are many experiences in this short life that the generations in America share; fear is one of those things.
In 2021, Lawrence University was reported to have an endowment of $487 million. A university’s endowment refers to financial assets donated by individuals, foundations, corporations and other invested entities. A major way universities grow their endowment is by investing the funds they receive. While universities invest in a range of industries, they continue to face scrutiny for investing in companies and industries that profit off of war and environmental destruction.
Call of Duty (CoD), arguably the video game industry’s premier first-person shooter, is mocked by many for its formulaic gameplay, its shallow themes and stories and economically predatory business practices. Many have accused the games and their stories of being pro-war, but frankly, in most of the recent games war is not even some dark but noble cause to take up to lay waste to villains; rather, it’s simply a backdrop to show off braindead unintentional parodies of once-classic characters.
The wage increase for student on-campus jobs was celebrated by many as a sign that our voices were being heard, that we were changing the system for the better. As someone who works three on-campus jobs, I was certainly interested in the new wage system, but for a very different reason.