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On the Chicago Statement: Recognizing nuance and encouraging collaborative conversations around expression

On the Chicago Statement: Recognizing nuance and encouraging collaborative conversations around expression
Editorial Board December 5, 2018

In recent weeks, a faculty petition has circulated, recommending that the College adopt the Chicago Statement, a series of policies regarding disinvitation of speakers penned by the University of Chicago....

We belong where we are: A love letter to Rice House

We belong where we are: A love letter to Rice House
Rocky Douglas December 5, 2018

On November 11, 2018, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a town hall in Griffin 3. What we originally intended to be a discussion on housing and the upcoming Davis Center renovations turned into the...

On artistic process and accountability: Reflections on the cancellation of Beast Thing

On artistic process and accountability: Reflections on the cancellation of Beast Thing
Liliana Bierer November 14, 2018

Pieces of this appeared quoted in last week’s news article (“Theatre department cancels ‘Beast Thing,’” Nov. 7), but here are my fuller explanations. There is no single narrative of how or...

A case for affinity housing: Why the College should reconsider the housing system

A case for affinity housing: Why the College should reconsider the housing system
Alia Richardson November 14, 2018

In 1969, members of the Williams Afro-American Society occupied Hopkins Hall, refusing to leave until College president John Edward Sawyer agreed to address their 15 demands. These demands included the...

Reconsidering heavy reading loads: The potential benefits of assigning less reading

Reconsidering heavy reading loads: The potential benefits of assigning less reading
Luke Valadie November 14, 2018

In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have taken three seminars in my first semester at the College. I got a bit overzealous in planning my classes, and might have taken on more reading than a person would...

On political participation: Making civic engagement a priority at the College

On political participation: Making civic engagement a priority at the College
Alexandra Pear November 14, 2018

The midterm elections were some of the most highly anticipated races in recent history. Voters turned out on Nov. 6 at higher rates than has been seen in a midterm elections in the past 50 years. This...

Word On the Quad: What’s the craziest snack bar order you’ve heard of/can think of?

Word On the Quad: What's the craziest snack bar order you've heard of/can think of?
Katie Brule November 14, 2018

"You should balance sweet and salty with hummus and ice cream!" Hailey Han ’22 "I heard that someone ordered PLAIN pasta  at ’82 grill once." Peter Knowlton ’21     "Pizza...

What I wish I had known: Reflections and advice on settling in at the College

What I wish I had known: Reflections and advice on settling in at the College
Dominic Madera November 7, 2018

There’s a lot I wish I knew before it happened. This thought seems to reappear in my life over and over again. What would I have done if I had known differently? What would life look like? Who would...

On improving accessibility: A case for making campus more wheelchair-friendly

On improving accessibility: A case for making campus more wheelchair-friendly
Melvin Lewis November 7, 2018

Before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, many people with physical disabilities simply could not function in society. For these individuals, a single step up to a door may...

How we can heal as a campus: The importance of standing in solidarity against hatred and violence

How we can heal as a campus: The importance of standing in solidarity against hatred and violence
Julia Mariani November 7, 2018

Etz Chaim means “tree of life” in Hebrew. It is the name of a place of worship, love and spirituality in Pittsburgh, Pa, the synagogue in which 11 Jews took their last breath. On that same day, two...

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