Sports can inspire, serve as agent of change

September 20, 2018

Kayleigh Fitzpatrick Online Editor “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they are crazy enough.” It’s a phrase that has been echoing through my head. It’s from a commercial. It’s the inspirational one, in honor of Nike’s 30-year anniversary of the “Just Do It” advertisement campaign. It’s the Read More

An Ode to Self Care

September 20, 2018

Shaun Jackson Staff Columnist Recommended Listening While Reading: “Give A Little” – Maggie Rogers What is a good way to break it off when he keeps calling after one awkward date? First, there’s no real ‘good’ way to break it off. Nine times out of 10 it’s probably going to Read More

Protecting the predators: DeVos withdraws Obama-era Title IX

September 27, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday she’s reversing Obama-era Title IX revisions and placing temporary rules for guidelines on handling sexual assault on campus. The biggest change to Title IX is moving from a “preponderance of evidence” to a “clear, convincing standard of proof” which essentially means raising the Read More

What we learned from last Saturday’s rallies

September 18, 2017

Maybe the biggest lesson we learned from, what might have been, the world’s most uneventful pro-Confederate rally is no matter how civil dialogue is during a protest, concrete progress can’t be made when no one is actually listening.   Protests do little to change public opinion. They’re all about shouting. Read More

Blue Isn’t a Race

August 28, 2017

The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association released a video on Aug. 20 titled “Blue Racism.” The video, complete with a blue tint, argues “a strange form of racism” is occurring in America that discriminates against police officers for simply being police officers. The video begins by giving viewers a personal look Read More

Social Media Activism Isn’t Activism

August 26, 2017

In June 2015, Dylann Roof shot nine people to death in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. In June 2016, gunman Omar Mateen entered Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, leaving 49 people dead and 58 others wounded. In May 2017, self-proclaimed white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Read More

I now pronounce you, Church and State

February 6, 2017

As I watched 11-year-old Florecita attempt to adhere a diaper to her screaming, flailing 2-year-old daughter on the dirt-laden floor of a Peruvian shelter, a faint chorus of guilt-ridden apologies rang in my ears like church bells. I could almost hear the redundant chants of those blinded by pseudo-nationalism, preaching Read More

Putting Trump’s executive order in perspective

February 6, 2017

In light of recent political events and VCU’s diverse student body, my attention has been largely focused on the Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from various Middle Eastern and North African countries. Most of the reactions in my insular social bubble have been that of stark consternation Read More

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