Concrete Tradition By: Paul Quin When I was young, there was a newspaper strike. People noticed – partly because Tales of the City was serialized and no one liked to miss an installment. Of course, there was also unease about missing the weather report. On perhaps the second day of the strike, as I left [...]
Gone As We Know It! By: Jackson Howard Hip-hop was born in the boroughs of New York, the child of a looped Disco break-beat and a microphone. No Pro Tools, Auto-tune or Beats headphones — hip-hop in its heyday required four simple things: lyrical dexterity, tight flow, a good beat and some swagger. The wonderful [...]
Settle Down By: Grant Schroll The concept of dating has been around for hundreds of years. Dating is a form of courtship where two individuals partake in social activities in order to assess one another’s place within a possible intimate relationship. While the practice has evolved to keep pace with the changing cultural and technological [...]
The Never Branded By: Kristen Cleghorn Hipsters: love them or hate them (or you may be one of them), the classification has become a staple in defining prevalent subculture. Jokes about the ‘mainstream’ and hipsters defining what is ‘cool’ before the mainstream becomes popular are as common as society’s distaster for Nickelback or Nicholas Cage. [...]
Learning Through Critique By: James Paul Holloway University is necessary. It is necessary as an institution because of the value that it brings to students, and through them to society. The education it provides is necessary for young people because of the discipline and structure that a university provides for intellectual development. This provides the [...]
Log-In By: Stephanie Pappas According to three new studies, Facebook can be tough on mental health, offering an all-too-alluring medium for social comparison and ill-advised status updates. While adding a friend on the social networking site can make people feel connected, having a lot of friends is likewise associated with feeling worse about one’s own [...]
Fighting for the Franchise By: Scott L. Stabler, PhD Every adult American has the civic duty to vote in each election. And yet a plurality of Americans does not carry out this right despite it being achieved at a great cost of human life and hardships. Although the voter turnout rises to over 60 percent [...]
Steady Direction By: Dr. Ben Longmier Fifty-four years ago, NASA emerged from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and other military operations to remain a competitive player in an ever-evolving global space race. Over the next 15 years, NASA, funded with 4% of the US GDP, made giant leaps for mankind. This brought a [...]
Will Work for Skills By: Zachary Alexander Internship positions — whether paid or not — are an important component of a developmental process that, for many students, is an essential step on the path to a prosperous, fulfilling career. Networking, job experience, character building and the eventual job opportunity are all direct benefits of internships. [...]
Sharing Information By: Scott Campbell The rise of social media has brought about important transformations in the ways that people engage in both the public and private realms of social life. Lately, its consequences for social activism have been in the spotlight. High-profile events such as those associated with the so-called Arab Spring and the [...]
POINT: Prostitution is an inherently immoral and predatory institution. COUNTERPOINT: Sex work can be freely chosen and empowering... decriminalizing prostitution is a step towards a more peaceful, inclusive society.
Should medicinal marijuana be allowed on UM property?