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New Study: Facebook “Rants” Incite Social Change

New Study: Facebook “Rants” Incite Social Change

Opinions March 29, 2017 at 8:31 pm 0 comments

Katherine Hazen ’18 Editor-In-Chief In a new study from the University of Southern California last week, researchers found that Facebook rants — posts of political views exceeding four lines of text with at least three exclamation points — incite social change. Researchers measured this by asking Smith students how theyRead More

Oprah Bails On Smith, President Trump Takes Duty Upon Himself

Oprah Bails On Smith, President Trump Takes Duty Upon Himself

Opinions March 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm 0 comments

Zoya Azhar ’20 Contributing Writer Oprah Winfrey’s sudden refusal to serve as commencement speaker for the Class of 2017 has been a devastating blow to the Smith College community. Oprah tweeted a seemingly casual “Taking a break from life, #out” three days ago. Naïve Smithies — extremely keyed in toRead More

Challenging The Myth of Asian Americans As The “Model Minority”

Challenging The Myth of Asian Americans As The “Model Minority”

Opinions March 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm 2 comments

Sophian Zhu ’18 Opinions Editor Americans were shot in a bar in Kansas on Feb. 22. The shooter was a white man who first asked their visa status and then shouted, “Get out of my country,” before he fired the gun. We heard little about the racial aggressions facing theRead More

Transgender Rights Are In Danger, Again

Transgender Rights Are In Danger, Again

Opinions March 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Opinions Editor The Trump administration has rescinded the protections for transgender students that the Obama administration put in place last year. These protections had allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identities. It provided guidance to school communities on how to protect transgender students, outlining the duty of schoolsRead More

How Many More Innocent Lives Will Fall Victim To Law Enforcement?

How Many More Innocent Lives Will Fall Victim To Law Enforcement?

Opinions March 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm 0 comments

Alex Mills ‘17 Contributing Writer When I first stumbled upon the Hernandez v. Mesa case, which appears before the Supreme Court this month, I felt a range of emotions: disgust at the unnecessarily violent actions of border patrol agent Jesus Mesa, empathy for the Hernandez family and frustration at theRead More

Potential Advancements of Gene Editing

Potential Advancements of Gene Editing

Opinions March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ‘18 Assistant Opinions Editor The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine recently published a report concerning a revolutionary human genome editing technique which could reconfigure sperm and egg cells in a way that would produce offspring. Genetic engineering, particularly the newly developed CRISPR technology, is an amazingRead More

Facebook’s Dilemma: Should Social Media Shoulder More Responsibilities?

Facebook’s Dilemma: Should Social Media Shoulder More Responsibilities?

Opinions March 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm 0 comments

Sophia Zhu ‘18 Opinions Editor Despite calling himself a “fake news fighter,” Trump, as many have argued, has taken advantage of the rising tide of fake news and extreme opinions voiced by alternative media sources during his campaign. In retrospect, some pointed to people’s increasingly extensive use of social mediaRead More

Disastrous Consequences Will Follow The Dismantling of Obama’s Gun Control Policies

Disastrous Consequences Will Follow The Dismantling of Obama’s Gun Control Policies

Opinions March 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm 0 comments

Cassie Follman ‘20 Contributing Writer Under the Obama administration, a rule was passed that restricted mentally ill individuals from purchasing guns and required more extensive background checks in the gun-purchasing process. The rule came as the result of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 elementary school students andRead More

We All Lie– Reflections on Jordan Axani’s Presentation

We All Lie– Reflections on Jordan Axani’s Presentation

Opinions February 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm 0 comments

  Dianna Herrera-Goudeau ‘20 Contributing Writer I want to begin by saying that I have a strong distaste for self-help presentations of any kind. It can be some talk by an award-winning doctor, or some peers sharing their tips to “living a better you.” Something about that puts a badRead More

What does Intersectionality Really Mean?

What does Intersectionality Really Mean?

Opinions February 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm 0 comments

  Sophie Wilson ‘20 Assistant Copy Editor “Intersectionality” is a term that has recently gone from being used mainly by academics to being a commonplace buzzword. Responses to the Women’s March have differed greatly, but that key term that has come up as a common thread. Some use it toRead More