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Free speech and college campuses: it’s complicated

Free speech and college campuses: it’s complicated

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm 0 comments

  Katherine Hazen ’18 Editor-In-Chief Free speech on campus is undoubtedly one of today’s hot-button issues. With protests of conservative speakers reaching from Middlebury to Berkeley, pundits and opinions pieces from outlets across the spectrum bemoan our safe spaces and trigger warnings. College campuses have become far more diverse inRead More

Berkeley, Coulter and the right to free speech

Berkeley, Coulter and the right to free speech

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm 0 comments

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Opinions Editor Ann Coulter was scheduled to give a speech at the University of California at Berkeley on April 27. Fearing backlash, the school administration cancelled the event, even though the speech was being hosted by two student groups – the Young Republicans and the Young America Foundation. TheRead More

David Dao: United we stand

David Dao: United we stand

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm 0 comments

Allison C.T. Wu ’17 Contributing Writer YouTube released a video of David Dao’s beating and forcible removal from United Airlines flight 3411. This is what I saw. This is what I heard. I see a black cop. He demonstrates his power upon Dao’s aged body. Did the cop’s brown, relentlessRead More

Halal dining at Smith: room for improvement

Halal dining at Smith: room for improvement

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm 0 comments

  Zoya Azhar ‘20 Opinions Editor In general, being a Muslim at Smith has been a positive experience for me. This is primarily because of how strong the Muslim community’s presence is on campus. Al-Iman is a wonderful organization, which holds regular meetings and provides plenty of opportunities to meetRead More

The Trump administration cuts funds for reproductive healthcare

The Trump administration cuts funds for reproductive healthcare

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm 0 comments

Jaycee Greenley ’20 Contributing Writer Many Americans anticipated great changes in budgeting under the Trump Administration. However, did they expect them to be this large? The New York Times reports that under the Trump Administration, the proposed budget would cut funding for the EPA, State Department, Department of Education, HousingRead More

ResLife’s themed and special-interest housing survey: a good ideas?

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm 0 comments

Zoya Azhar ’20 Opinions Editor Smith College’s Residence Life Office sent out a survey a week ago, wanting the student body’s opinion on adding themed or special-interest housing to the college’s residential living options. Smith’s housing system currently includes traditional houses, co-ops, themed housing options, student apartments and housing forRead More

Senate republicans utilize “Nuclear Option”

Senate republicans utilize “Nuclear Option”

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm 0 comments

Jemma Stephenson ’20 Contributing Writer The Senate Republicans have decided to utilize the so-called “Nuclear Option,” which allows them to break the Democratic filibuster with a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to the usual 60.   A precedent for this  alteration was set in 2013 when the DemocraticRead More

French elections may mean doom for the European Union

French elections may mean doom for the European Union

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ’18 Opinions Editor The upcoming first round of the French presidential election will take place April 23  and will likely have repercussions spanning across Europe and beyond. For decades, the French have been in a period of political and economic stagnation, experiencing little change or reform.  However, an upheaval of thisRead More

Divest Smith College calls on Smith community to demand divesting from fossil fuels

Divest Smith College calls on Smith community to demand divesting from fossil fuels

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm 0 comments

Eleanor Adachi ‘17, Mckenna Eckerline ‘18J, Eliana Gevelber ‘19 and Emily Hitchcock ‘19 Contributing Writers Spring is here, and if you have spent time laying out on Chapin Lawn recently, you may have noticed an installation of orange flags. If the display peaked your curiosity, you may have taken aRead More

The case of Bill O’Reilly depicts a larger issue of normalizing mistreatment of women

The case of Bill O’Reilly depicts a larger issue of normalizing mistreatment of women

Opinions April 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm 0 comments

Cassie Follman ’20 Contributing Writer Fox News’ inaction is astounding in light of recent reports of Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment history. Their behavior demonstrates the fundamental issue in normalizing this gross mistreatment of women by allowing important figures to keep their power after such charges. Five women reported of eitherRead More