Postcard from Abroad: Exploring the Mediterranean
Oct09

Postcard from Abroad: Exploring the Mediterranean

By Carter Hanson, Staff Writer PALERMO – On Sunday, I climbed up to the Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, a small, granite-grey church at the top of a cliff, and I leaned against the stone railing facing toward the Mediterranean, thinking about how ridiculously lucky I was to be there. The church and its landing protrude from the top of a terraced hillside, looking like something out of a Wes Anderson film, except for the modern,...

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Opinion: On Paid Sick Leave
Apr26

Opinion: On Paid Sick Leave

By Colin Hughes, Contributing Writer Reducing contact between individuals is critical in stopping the spread of infectious diseases. Achieving this can be difficult as many individuals do not have the financial luxury of being able to stay away from crowded areas—like the workplace. Therefore, it is the college’s duty to ensure that workers can stay away from close quarters when ill without being financially punished. According to...

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Opinion: Only Gun Control Will Help My Hometown Heal
Mar24

Opinion: Only Gun Control Will Help My Hometown Heal

By Carter Hanson, Opinions Editor, and Emily Dalgleish On Monday, I faced an all-too-familiar American experience: agonizing over the safety of friends, family, and loved ones after a mass shooting. The shooting in Boulder was at the grocery store where my family shops, which is two minutes from my high school, and that I have been to hundreds of times. I got the news that my family was safe and at home. Ten families this week and...

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Opinion: Want Healing? Abolish the Filibuster
Feb10

Opinion: Want Healing? Abolish the Filibuster

By Carter Hanson, Staff Writer The Republican Party has become, through the gradual rise of the far-right and its embrace of destructive conspiracy theories, the party of untruth and authoritarianism. Most recently illustrated by the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, this dangerous brand of politics directly threatens American democracy. President Biden and the Democratic Party have a rare opportunity and a solemn duty to right the...

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Opinion: The Case for a Student Senate Lottery
Aug25

Opinion: The Case for a Student Senate Lottery

By Carter A. Hanson In the most recent episode of my podcast, The Consent of the Governed, I argued that the purpose of democracy is to hold meaningful elections, open to all, with universal suffrage and opportunity to run for office if so desired. I still believe that, but I am not so sure about our democratic system’s efficacy. Recently I discovered, through Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History (which is one of my go-to’s...

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