Opinion

Opinion: Check Your Costume at the Door

How To Be Culturally Sensitive What’s scarier than cultural appropriation? When people do it consistently at the same time every year. Halloween features candy, children and costumes. The latter is what most people seem to enjoy the most: dressing up as something they’re not. Halloween is the peoples’ chance to become whoever they want because…

Opinion: Keeping It Respectful

Cultural Appropriation at Home and Abroad Halloween tends to come with laughs and a couple of innocent scares, but some costumes can be offensive to certain cultures, religions and ethnicities. One way cultural appropriation can manifest is wearing a specific culture’s attire that isn’t one’s own in an offensive matter or without addressing the fact…

Opinion: Love Thy Neighbor?

The Dangers of ‘Nextdoor’ Communities are meant to bring us together, but sometimes having a platform can bring out the worst in people. In 1960, an episode of the classic science-fiction anthology “The Twilight Zone” brought this concept to life. It was called “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” and it displayed the universal…

Fake News: A series of Trump “what-if’s”

What a summer for American politics! President Donald Trump has been in power for the better part of three years now and things haven’t calmed down. Actual fact: The U.S. president is currently undergoing impeachment proceedings. The president’s defense has been to muddy the waters of truth so that his supporters will claim the president…

Bummershoot

HOW A LOCAL STAPLE LET ME DOWN Sometimes for music festivals, the cons outweigh the pros and people are left empty-handed. Bumbershoot — Seattle’s biggest music, comedy and arts festival — takes over Seattle Center every year over Labor Day weekend. It is an event that many Seattleites look forward to every summer, featuring big…

This is Your Brain on Summer

HOW TO BE THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED Summer is nearly upon us: It’s time to relax, party hard and relax some more. But it can’t all be fun and games because you need to stay on top of your intellectual game or else you might end up returning to school having forgotten everything…

Game On

LIFE PLAYS OUT ON THE DIGITAL FRONTIER Video games can be a blast, but often get a bad reputation from certain… sometimes older… people. Despite their potential pitfalls, video games serve as a platform to practice skills that adults use to navigate myriad professional industries. The content and direction of video games is limitless, spanning…

Secondhand Suicide

HOW MY FRIENDS AND I FACED SUDDEN LOSS Disclaimer: If you or a loved one are facing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24 hours a day: 1-800-273-8255 Near the halfway point of my senior year in high school, one of my friends killed himself. He locked himself up…

The Impact of Tragedy

THE LACK OF SENSITIVITY TOWARD SCHOOL VIOLENCE Disclaimer: This story contains descriptions of violence and trauma. If you have post traumatic stress stemming from an act of violence, proceed with caution. Two weeks ago, a gunman opened fire at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, killing two students and injuring four. Last week, a pair…

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