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Could Beloit College divest from fossil fuels?

This article was originally published on Nov. 23, 2015. A shorter version appeared in the print edition. Since Swarthmore College started the first campus campaign to divest from fossil fuels in 2011, over 450 institutions around the world have committed to some level of fossil

Life in Chapters: A life in and out of prison

Author’s Note: Some of the information in this article could not be independently verified Life has never been easy for 62-year-old Talib Akbar. Born in Mississippi (town unspecified), he was the youngest child in a family on the run from an abusive stepfather. They made

Panel discusses Pope Francis’ radical vision for ecojustice

In between classes, students, staff and faculty received a dose of faith-based environmental reflection at the panel, “Laudato Si: Pope Francis’s Radical Vision for Ecojustice.” The event, on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Science Center 150, featured Associate Professor of History Ellen Joyce, Reverend Neddy Astudillo

Defectors and death camps: a glimpse into North Korea

Recently, a high-ranking North Korean intelligence official defected to South Korea. He is the second highest-ranking official to have defected in the country’s history. Since Kim Jong-Un came to power, North Korea has seen more defectors than ever. The consequences for defecting are gruesome. The

Rock County facing heroin epidemic

At first glance, Rock County, and Beloit in particular, probably does not strike many as a likely stronghold for drug trafficking in the United States. But when one considers the county and city’s proximity to Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee and the interstate, Rock County and Beloit

Presidential election thrown into whirl by Scalia death

The death of 79-year-old Antonin Scalia, an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court, is set to throw the already turbulent presidential landscape into further hysterics. Scalia’s death (which is covered within this week’s “Beyond the Bubble”) comes with less than a year remaining in Barack

Health and Wellness Committee discusses plan for new fee

This article was originally published on April 6, 2015. Starting fall 2015, a new health and wellness fee of $80 will be charged to all students per semester. Dean of Students Christina Klawitter and Director of Residential Life John Winkelman initiated a Health and Wellness

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Transcendentalists aim to make campus friendly to all genders

This article was originally published on March 16, 2015. The student group known as Transcendentalists is not a reading group, but they are trying to transcend the cisgender-normative and trans-phobic culture on campus. Formed at the beginning of this semester by members of SAGA, the

Peace and Justice Club hosts Really Really Free Market

This article was originally published on Feb. 28, 2015. On Saturday, Feb. 26, the Peace and Justice Club held a Really Really Free Market from noon till 4 p.m. The Really Really Free Market movement emerged during the protests against the Free Trade Area of

Co-op series: Big Spoon Dining Coop

This article was originally published on Feb. 16, 2015. With butter bubbling in a pot, Hugo Alvarez’16 adds onions and garlic, letting it sizzle. Chopped zucchini, dotted with black pepper, waits on the counter, and his cooking partner Kyndall White’17 measures out rice from a