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Hurricane Patricia: deadly, devastating, and not overblown

By Brian Le | Nov. 11, 2015, 4:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the case of Hurricane Patricia, there was no such thing as exaggerating, and we need to stop believing there was. In treating this storm as another example of overhyping, we risk complacency the next time a powerful natural disaster hits.


Testing our lives away

By Randima Herath | Nov. 6, 2015, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Just last week, The Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems, released the first comprehensive survey of testing.


Muslims Misunderstood

By Maniza Habib | Nov. 4, 2015, 1:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and six million in the United States. Despite it's popularity, the American public fears it.


There's never next year

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 13, 2015, 1:17 p.m. | In Humor »

The Nationals, the Redskins, the Capitals, and the Wizards. What do all four of these teams have in common? The answer is obvious if you're a D.C. sports fan – none of them have won a championship in over two decades.


Too much diplomacy

By Eleanor Cook | Oct. 11, 2015, 10:39 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While meeting with Jinping and maintaining relations China are important, the White House's grand reception of the Chinese president was irresponsible and should have been scaled down.


Test optional benefits students and colleges

By Lauren Frost | Oct. 10, 2015, 2:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Instead of measuring the merit of a student based on a single test, schools such as George Washington University, Wake Forest University and Hampshire College have reduced the impact of college entrance exams.


New words added to Scrabble dictionary include lolz, shizzle and twerk

By Charles Lott | Sept. 18, 2015, 8:36 p.m. | In Humor »

Featured are some of the hip new words that you can use to pull off an unlikely victory against your parents in Scrabble.


The contradiction that is mandatory volunteer work

By Lauren Frost | Sept. 17, 2015, 1:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Volunteer work implies a service that is done through the goodness of one's heart in order to give back to the community but mandatory turns it into something that must be done--or else.


Boys can play with dolls, too

By Maniza Habib | Sept. 3, 2015, 1:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Organizing products by gender is unnecessary, as gender doesn't dictate a person's interests. Gender is simply a social construct.


The crusade of deceit against Planned Parenthood

By Randima Herath | Aug. 26, 2015, 11:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Massive protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for its defunding, have exploded from the turmoil generated by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a prolife organization founded by David Daleiden.


Back to football: Peterson must let his play do the talking

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Aug. 17, 2015, 3:57 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The media scrutiny that Peterson has endured in the last year has been hectic. His problem is a family issue that should be solved by a mindset change, not a national legal issue.


Call an Uber

By Lauren Frost | Aug. 17, 2015, 3:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

"Call an Uber," is becoming a more commonly-heard phrase in this day and age. People want to be able to get places quickly and directly, and this need has increased the use of Uber and other ride services.


Greek bailout doomed to fail

By Sandeep David | Aug. 11, 2015, 3:57 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

However, with the short-term Greek economic stimulus plan and possible $96 billion in assistance come a multitude of safety measures that will ultimately be detrimental to the Greek economy.


A green light for the Pope's discussion on climate change

By Eleanor Cook | July 25, 2015, 7:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Pope Francis' actions should be celebrated as an effort that will bring one of the globe's most massive organizations, as well as millions of people throughout the earth, back onto the world stage.


Committing to commitment

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 25, 2015, 10:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

It's time we recognize a trait that is characteristic of our generation: our reluctance to commit to anything.


Where is the honor?

By Arthi Vijaykumar | June 21, 2015, 4:15 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Some aspects of national honors societies are beneficial, such as their tutoring and community service chapters. However, the positive qualities of these societies, to many students, are not the deciding factor for joining. For most, it's the way the words "honor society" looks.


For the good of the game

By Nicholas Shereikis | June 12, 2015, 2:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Just four days after winning re-election for a fifth term, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation. And it's about time.


Some thoughts on Belle Gibson

By Brian Le | June 2, 2015, 1:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Some may know Belle Gibson as the mastermind behind a revolutionary health app. Most observers, however, would call her a selfish liar and manipulative scammer.


'Plugging in' isn't detrimental

By Arthi Vijaykumar | May 29, 2015, 1:39 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As the number of new computer technologies increases, it's clear that our digital lives will become a much larger part of our overall lives. Rather than trying to hide from this fact, every person needs to figure out what balance of "real" and digital life works for them personally.


Privatized schools are a public problem

By Eleanor Linafelt | May 24, 2015, 1:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Charter schools are pushing the widespread movement for the privatization of education. But the effects are not better. In many cases, they're much, much worse.


Unplugging from our phones, reconnecting with ourselves

By Ellie Struewing | May 23, 2015, 8:19 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Digital technology can do just about anything. It is a pathway for procrastination and a blocker of boredom. But it's also a distraction from life itself.


#WakaForPresident

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 21, 2015, 12:53 p.m. | In Humor »

A bright light shines through the hopelessly entangled jungle that is American politics. I'm talking, of course, about rapper Waka Flocka Flame.


Driving humans away

By James Sleigh | May 13, 2015, 7:19 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Driverless transportation is projected to phase out human-driven transportation in the near future. However, with the move towards automated mobility, entire sectors of the U.S. economy will crumble.


Gender-segregated tables in Media Center cross a line

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | May 12, 2015, 1:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the Media Center staff separated its tables by gender for the good intent of creating a more peaceful and learning-conducive environment, the tables lead to gender discrimination and stereotyping.


Misrepresented

By Zewde Ingram | May 6, 2015, 9:21 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Despite Lubitz's horrifying act, news outlets continue to grant him an aura of humanity – a luxury black criminals, let alone black victims, typically do not receive in the U.S. This polarization in representation of whites and minorities is a testimony to the white privilege that permeates our society.

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