Opinion: Truth is not as easy or one-sided as communicated by social media

By Luke VanOverbeke – [email protected]

What happened on the Link two weeks ago undoubtedly shattered any notion of the 2016 election as a distant reality. It isn’t however the incident itself that concerned me most, but the nature of the conversation that took place and continues to take place afterwards.

The fact that students here—I’m thinking about primarily social media here—were viciously attacked and belittled for expressing their take on the situation and related issues really challenges our campuses’ image as a place of genuine listening, critical thinking and inclusiveness. (more…)

Our View: The editors’ romance tips

“Our view” is prepared by the Executive board and should be considered the institutional voice of The Record

Megan Flynn, Editor-in-Chief – [email protected]
Hope Mueller, Managing Editor – [email protected]
Ellen Bartyzal, Managing Editor – [email protected]
Brendan Klein, Opinion/Editorial Editor – [email protected]

Love is like the flu. It is spreading around campus faster than the basketball jerseys and sweaters fad.

With the warm weather approaching and the scent of the green grass returning to the air, it’s easy to fall into spring’s breezy trance. Our hearts are fated to reflect the nature around us. They sing and they melt. (more…)

Opinion: Institutions should support students’ bravery, courage

By Abdirizak Jama – [email protected]

Our community is bleeding. Harm has been inflicted on this community that sent shock waves through us all. It was disheartening to watch the students that were chanting divisive words on the Saturday night [Feb. 4] Link bus.

This harm was not caused by students who voiced their opinion and had the courage to stand up against the hateful actions that took place. This was caused by the misguided individuals whose values are in opposition to love, respect and inclusiveness. (more…)

Opinion: President’s relative view of world leaves void of justice, truth

By Hannah Kangas – [email protected]

Over the past few weeks, I have heard increasingly alarming relativistic rhetoric, both from Washington and from our own community at CSB/SJU.

Relativism is defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to be “the view that truth and falsity, right and wrong, standards of reasoning and procedures of justification are products of differing frameworks of assessment and that their authority is confined to the context giving rise to them.” (more…)