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Opinion


A generation growing into an understanding of 9/11

A generation growing into an understanding of 9/11

By Bridget Barry
September 12th, 2014

In 2001, I was in third grade. I worried about my spelling tests and restroom humor could have me on the ground laughing. I publicly loved Brittney Spears, and secretly still played with my American girl doll. I had never …
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Dancing with and missing Joan Rivers

Dancing with and missing Joan Rivers

By Martin Connell
September 12th, 2014

I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, where the state drinking age was 21 in my teenage years, yet a bike ride over the Delaware River was Camden, New Jersey, a state where the drinking age was 18, a delight to …
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A better plan than Teach for America

A better plan than Teach for America

By Terri L. Rodriguez
September 12th, 2014

Around the country, hundreds of college seniors and a handful of career changers are receiving letters of acceptance into Teach For America (TFA). Congratulations on being accepted into this prestigious program. You clearly have demonstrated intelligence, passion, and leadership to …
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Bring Americana band to campus

Bring Americana band to campus

By Mark Mack
September 5th, 2014

This summer I attended numerous concerts, but the American Scarecrows Yesteryear album release party was one that stuck out the most and left a lasting impression. I have seen the Minneapolis Folk Rock/ Americana band before in December of 2012, …
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The contemporary case for pragmatism

The contemporary case for pragmatism

By Ben Hutterer
September 5th, 2014

In the infant years of this country, George Washington effectively led the country through enormously difficult challenges while keeping excessive party alignments at bay. He certainly was not blind to the growing tensions between Democratic-Republicans and Federalists but was able …
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The difference between tolerance acceptance

The difference between tolerance acceptance

By Kyle Murray
September 5th, 2014

Tolerance and acceptance are two different things. Tolerating views and behaviors is what we should be aiming for as a society—actually, scratch that: we live in a tolerant society. That is precisely the difference between the United States and other …
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Valarie Kaur: What keeps you up at night?

Valarie Kaur: What keeps you up at night?

By Diana Elhard
September 5th, 2014

On Wednesday, September 3rd, Valarie Kaur came to our campuses. This woman, nearly 35, married, six months pregnant, a graduate of Stanford, Harvard, Yale Law School, a documentary filmmaker, and founder of Groundswell came to our community to discuss how …
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Success a result of effort, substantive activity & good habits

Success a result of effort, substantive activity & good habits

By Ben Leighton
March 21st, 2014

What do you define as “success” in life? Everyone wants to be successful in life in one way or another, but being successful requires a lot of time and work. Nobody praises the person on their death bed who gets …
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Sustainability mindset: the Edelbock decision

Sustainability mindset: the Edelbock decision

By Dan Wattenhofer
March 21st, 2014

The Year of Sustainability, that’s what my first year was marked as, a new chapter for the history of St. John’s University. So our school rolled up its sleeves, distributed some metal water bottles, set up a few hydration stations, …
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Marijuana: regulate instead of incarcerate

Marijuana: regulate instead of incarcerate

By Kyle Murray
March 21st, 2014

Marijuana is already legal, that is, unless you get caught. The debate for medical marijuana, total legalization, keeping it decriminalized, or having criminal penalties is a debate about control. Minnesota is following suit in the form of proposed medical marijuana …
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