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Asian Monologues returns for a third year

On Saturday, students and faculty came through the mist and rain to attend the third production of The Asian Monologues, a performance piece created and directed by Sydney Mercado‘19. The show was held in the black-box Bunge Theater, filled to the brim with an eager

Earnest “Shitposiums” celebrate pet-passions

The air in the lecture hall was heavy with the smell of Domino’s pizza. It was 5:00 p.m. and a group of students had gathered in the tiered rows of Science Center 150. Munching politely on pizza and other snacks, including mac and cheese, pretzels

The Crisis of Our Century

Sunday marked the 100-year anniversary of the grinding conclusion of World War I. The First World War was a human catastrophe. It upended everything the Western world had come to believe. It was a mindless, mechanical, and meaningless war that swallowed an entire generation and

Doctor Who’s 11th season off to a good start

In its 11th season Doctor Who has been reborn yet again. There’s a new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, the first ever woman to embody the character, and a new showrunner, with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall taking over for Steven Moffat, who has been showrunner

Warren’s DNA Test Plays Into Trump’s Hand

To be frank, it is a mistake to presume facts still matter. That the Democratic Party continues to behave as though they do is a serious tactical blind spot, and indicative of a failure to grasp the political reality in which we currently live. Last

Artificial Intelligence and the U.S-China Tech Duopoly

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most significant technological development of our century. Its applications are broad and its effects profound. AI technologies are poised to wipe out an unprecedented 40 percent of all human jobs, and will usher in a flush of innovations, complications and

New Faculty Profiles: Prof. Nahir Otaño-Gracia

“I found out that my strength is that I don’t give up,” Professor Nahir Otaño-Gracia explained, remembering the difficulty she had when learning Old Norse, Old Irish and Old English. Otaño-Gracia has translated texts from each of these languages, is proficient in French and Creole

How YouTube helps the Alt-Right’s Recruitment

Indoctrination always begins innocently. Do you feel isolated, directionless, angry or depressed? Go to YouTube and search “depression” or “depressed.” It won’t be long until you stumble upon some lecture on self-empowerment. The video has thousands of views. The speaker seems professional and balanced. Unbeknownst