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To reduce terrorism, we must understand it

March 24, 2016

Tuesday, barely four months after the Paris attacks, terrorists attacked the Brussels airport and a metro station. The reaction to Tuesday's events were similar to last November: calls for solidarity,...

Follow your bliss

February 12, 2016

Joseph Campbell, the great American mythologist, wrote, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought...

Don't fear a change of course

January 29, 2016

There are many stressors for the modern college student: student loans, grades, social life and of course, your major. Many students are under immense stress from their parents and themselves to choose...

Terrorists have guns. We have champagne.

January 15, 2016

The Tuesday after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, as I was exiting the Metro, I passed a magazine stand. One headline in particular caught my eye. It was the cover of the French satirical magazine, Charlie...

This Thursday, celebrate 150 years of Lincoln's impact on the nation

April 8, 2015

This Thursday marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. An event of such significance calls for our observance and reflection. So does the man who led America through it all, President Abraham...

Students should not spread themselves too thin

April 6, 2015

When I was preparing to begin my first semester of college, I remember one piece of advice nearly everyone told me: make sure you get involved. While I think that was wonderful advice, I wish I had been...

It's time to talk about racial equity

March 24, 2015

It is no secret that America is increasingly becoming a salad bowl rather than a melting pot. We are one of the most diverse nations on the planet, yet we are very divided racially. Even at The University...

Students have no reason they should not vote

March 3, 2015

Students at The University of Alabama should care more about Student Government Association elections. Voter apathy across America is a problem, and our campus is certainly no exception. The voting process...

MLK Day should not include Lee recognition

February 17, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. was a martyr for human rights for all Americans, not just African Americans. His insistence on non-violent protests had profound effects on the American Civil Rights movement, and...

Support marriage equality, stand for progress

February 10, 2015

As of Monday, some Alabama counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. As for the other counties, judges are refusing by using tactics eerily similar to those used in the Jim Crow era. Alabama’s...

The US has some of the world's best universities, but only for some

February 3, 2015

America is undoubtedly home to the best universities of the world. Eight of U.S. News’s “Top 10 Universities in the World” are located in the United States, along with eight in Times High 
Education’s...

Terrorism should not impede on daily lives

January 13, 2015

The recent events in Paris have sparked inspiring actions throughout the world, especially in Paris, to defend what we consider one of our basic freedoms: the freedom of speech. However, one of the most...

Positive thinking is key for finals

December 1, 2014

Dead week is here and finals are all too rapidly approaching. If there is a time of year to be stressed, the next two weeks are it. One way to manage the stress of these final days is positive thinking....

Language preservation is necessary for maintaining cultural identity

November 17, 2014

Crêpes are one of my favorite delicacies. In fact, they may be one of my top reasons to travel to Paris. What I was surprised to learn, however, is that crêpes are not a symbol of French culture, but...

Death with dignity sensitive yet relevant decision

November 3, 2014

This past Saturday, Brittany Maynard, the face of the death with dignity movement, ended her life. Last spring, Brittany was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After her diagnosis, she and her family...

College students should try to find more sleep

October 20, 2014

With the heavy schedule that most students face today, there is little time left for sleep, especially good sleep. College students should be getting eight to nine hours of sleep per night. However, most...

Discussion on mental illness needed

October 15, 2014

We all know the girl or boy who does not return to college after freshman year, or even fall break. Maybe they had an anxiety attack, became too depressed or too stressed to handle their coursework and...

Classical Music is enjoyable for all

September 23, 2014


 For me, nothing is more powerful than the opening of “Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.” The sense of power the orchestra and piano create is simply unparalleled. Classical music, like the...

We are disconnecting from our connections

September 8, 2014

In the 1950s, families started bringing television sets into their dining rooms. Consequently, mothers began to notice a decline in etiquette, and away went the TVs. A similar phenomenon is occurring...

Interdisciplinary education should extend beyond the classroom

August 25, 2014

In college, students must focus their efforts and studies to one particular area of study. While that is great, you can miss out on learning many great things and challenging your brain. Creating an interdisciplinary...

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