The Power of Plants

Is a friend’s birthday coming up? Would you like to send a family member a cute gift? Are you lonely? Are you bored? If you…

Review of Shane Dawson’s “The Mind of Jake Paul”

By PJ HEUSTED Over the course of three weeks, Shane Dawson published his eight-part YouTube documentary series titled “The Mind of Jake Paul.” The series…

Breathe Easy

Republicans still control the White House and will until at least 2020. There’s a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and who knows how long…

Devil’s Food: Baked in Deceit

By BERRY PHILLIPS Red velvet cake is a lie. Honestly, the only fitting name for it is devil’s food cake, by which it is commonly…

Chapstick? More Like Crapstick

By BERRY PHILLIPS As the weather changes from warm to cold in Colorado Springs, a seasonal nuisance especially prominent in the West has begun to…

One Million Votes, One Voice

About two years ago, I was out to breakfast with my grandparents and my brother when the conversation turned political. At the time, I didn’t…

Trumped-Up Trickle Down Hate Crimes

Last week, major politicians and liberal Democratic figures, all of them open critics of President Donald Trump or strong supporters of the Democratic Party, were…

I Am Jewish and I Am Afraid

The deadliest attack against the Jewish community on American soil occurred on Oct. 27. Perhaps it seems like there is a pattern here as we…

Purchasing Power as a Sustainability Tool

I walk toward the trashcan to dispose of the remnants of my dinner and find myself deeply contemplating where to place each item. Does this…

My Religion Is Not My Faith

When I was last in Israel, I was asked by a tour guide if I am Jewish. When she heard me respond, “Yes, I am”…

An Open Letter to the People Who Called Me a Square

Time is money. You get out of things what you put into them, so when you put more time into a job, and all goes…

Stepping Through the Mire of MBS

A year ago, I was two things: the opinion editor for this newspaper, and not paying attention to Saudi Arabian affairs. The knowledge I had…

Public Lands or Stolen Lands?

By BERRY PHILLIPS “The President Stole Your Land” was written in bold letters on the main page of Patagonia’s website during December 2017 when President…

Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Sidewalk

Based on my roommate’s advice, I feel I should lead this with a disclaimer: I have strong, deeply-ingrained opinions about foot traffic that may be…

What We Owe to The Good Place

Look, “The Office” is a great show. Jim and Pam are arguably the best TV couple of all time. But for the life of me…

The Notorious RBG: Everyone’s New Best Friend

Perhaps day-to-day life feels depressing right now. Perhaps daily tasks seem menial right now. And, just maybe, life is not cutting you any breaks. For…

Voting Is Your Duty – Do It!

We’re a few weeks out from Election Day. For lots of folks, this might be a day that’s been circled on their calendar for the…

Romance on the Block Plan

With the rise of technology, people have complained that interpersonal relationships and social skills have become increasingly lost in translation —  you can’t read tone…

5 Tips on Getting By and Staying Fly

Before I begin, I must acknowledge that I write this from a place of privilege, a fact that plays into how my opinion likely will…

Mindfulness Beyond Meditation

When the word “mindfulness” is dropped, people sometimes picture a hypothetical human lightly pressing their middle finger and thumb against each other as beaming lights…

A Letter to First-Years: Why you should run for student government

By ZAC SCHULMAN Congratulations on completing the first half of your FYE, your first block ever is officially in the books. Regardless of how you…

Neat Sheets Don’t Mean Neat Freak

For almost half of my life, I went to a summer camp in western Massachusetts. Every morning as a camper, we had to make our…

NARP: A term thrown around by athletes to describe their “non-athletic, regular person” friends

By ANNIE BRONFMAN There is a phenomenon on our small campus wherein athletes travel in packs. Their schedules are filled with rushed meals before practices…

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Fifteen years ago, Starbucks poured joy down the throats of millions of consumers as they rolled out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, commonly trending as PSL.…

Progressive Candidates Need Proactive Constituents

In my article last week, I tried to take a brief look at the reasons why it is unacceptable to be complacent about anything happening…

First-Years Fall into Herds: A First-Year’s Journey Toward Being OK With Being Alone

By KEY MACFARLAND You can tell who the first-years are by how they walk. I noticed it on the first day I was here. As…

A 14er by Any Other Name

By PI HEUSTED If you were to ask your hiking buddy to choose between two mountains to summit this weekend and one is a 14er…

NSO Leaders are More Than Curriculum: NSO Leaders are More Than Curriculum

In this past week’s issue, Caroline Williams argued that “NSO Fails to Orient” students because basic programming does not include specific, technical answers to questions…