What Unites Us?

American values. We hear them talked about a lot. Politicians like to say that their legislative priorities uphold American values while their opponent’s legislative priorities…

Kris Jenner, Our Lord and Savior

As my group chat discussed the latest Kardashian scandal, Cate Johnson ’20 asked the simple question: “Is Kris Jenner … God?” A minor statement, sure,…

For the Love of NEDA Week: Please Don’t Instagram Your Skinniest Photo for Eating Disorder “Awareness”

Happy belated National Eating Disorders Awareness Week! Yes, a week late, but still relevant. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an incredibly important recognition of…

The National Cartel of Collegiate Athletics

By OWEN CARLSON Athletes can be worth a lot of money these days. That’s why it was such a scare when Zion Williamson, Duke University’s…

The Single-Payer Illusion

By HENRY RIGSBEE Support for introducing a single-payer health insurance system, once a fringe position, is now a litmus test for Democratic presidential candidates. Advocates…

Turn and Face the Strange

In Colorado, the weather is always changing.  Just this week, it was snowy one day, 60 degrees and sunny the next.  While this change is…

The Big Task Of Living Up To Our Environmental Ideals

By NICK PENZEL Environmentalism is fraught with contradictions. People genuinely want to help the environment but don’t want to give up their personal comforts. The…

The World Is Not Ready For Nuclear Disarmament

By COLIN SUSZYNSKI Last block there were a series of anti-nuclear signs in Worner Campus Center. These signs argued that nuclear weapons are amoral and…

More Than Just a Seasonal Slump

The stretch from January to March is what I imagine hell to be like. The cold weather chills you to the bone. Sick sniffles echo…

The Flaw in Sanders’ Free College Logic

In a statement about his proposed College for All Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote: “It is a national disgrace that hundreds of thousands of young…

The Mixed Feelings of a Texas Democrat on #Beto2020

In 2017, I saw Beto O’Rourke at one of his first official campaign rallies in Austin, Texas. He seemed like a smart and honest guy…

The Wrong Way to End America’s Longest War

Wars are like nice family dinners; you can’t up and leave without serious repercussions. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump’s grasp of foreign policy is as weak…

Colorado is Being Loved to Death — Do You Love it Enough to Save it?

By NICK PENZEL Colorado has a wealth of natural resources that have drawn people to the state for hundreds of years.  In 1859, a decade…

What Does Your Water Bottle Say About You?

Sitting pretty at 6,035 feet, our location at Colorado College not only makes it a struggle to get up the stairs, but also to stay…

The United States’ Unhelpful and Hypocritical Stance on Venezuela

By COLIN SUSZYNSKI On Wednesday, Jan. 23,  Juan Guaidó declared himself interim President of Venezuela. Just hours later, the United States recognized him as such.…

Cut the Cookie-Cutter Conversations

There are certain conversation topics that tactful people generally avoid — politics at Thanksgiving dinner, your glitzy new job in front of your unemployed friend,…

Remembering Mary Oliver

Growing up on the hundred acres of my family’s goat farm, I’ve always considered the natural world a key part of my life. Gardening with…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Media Bias in the Post-Truth Era

A few weeks ago, in a 60 Minutes interview, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her propensity to twist facts and outright lie, saying, “I think that there’s…

Love Your Neighbor as Much as You Love Beer

This New Year’s Day, a new Colorado law took effect, allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. While stores like King Soopers and…

An Informational, yet Steamy Take on Coal

By BERRY KEY PHILLIPS I believe in climate change, even though what the environment is experiencing, largely as a result of overconsumption of fossil fuels,…

The Normalization of Stalking in the Social Media Age

“Drop me a pin,” “share your location,” “tag me in that!”—my friends know where I am at any given moment. From Snapchat to Apple location…

Please, Please Don’t Claim to be from Canada

Like many students at Colorado College, I spent this fall abroad. I studied in Granada, Spain for three-and-a-half months; I lived with an inspiring host…

Do New Year’s Resolutions Matter?

Only 48 hours had passed before I caved. The sweet smell of BBQ chicken wings was intoxicating. Before I knew it, I had eaten roughly…

The Open Anti-Semitism of the American Left

By NATE HOCHMAN A month ago, CNN made the controversial decision to fire commentator Marc Lamont Hill in response to anti-Semitic remarks he made while…

Primer for a Progressive President

It’s difficult to find anything good happening in the world at large, good consisting of anything not destroying the climate, engendering bigotry, killing of journalists,…

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a Feminist Banger, OK?

As my third favorite holiday comes around (Fourth of July and Halloween are obviously first and second), the age-old debate of whether or not “Baby,…

Regarding the Dec. 7 Catalyst Editorial: “Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Wasn’t Really About #MeToo”

Putting aside, for a moment, discussions of sexual assault and the #MeToo Movement that were readily dismissed last week as “emotional mudslinging,” it is still…

America Runs on It for a Reason

Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. I know I will receive pushback for this article, but I don’t care. I am here to demonstrate, once…