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Contextualizing criticism

Surely everyone has experienced the following situation: You hear a song in one context and make a judgment, but then you hear it in different space and time, and change your opinion. It is a tale as old as time. Music critics have often had

Anti-vaxxers could cause global calamity

There are many problems with Trump. His racist remarks, lousy policies, and abrasive twitter have spurred great controversy, but one of his most dangerous ideas thus far has not received proper attention. Trump is of the belief that there is a connection between vaccines and

Billboard Hot 666: Satan and the evil in popular music

He may be a troll, but a Twitter account attributed to a man named “Gregory McDowell” has recently targeted Blink-182 concertgoers for their unholy ways. “You need Jesus in your life,” he wrote on Sept. 11. “Blink 182 is a satanic band and you should

Emmanuel Baptist hosts third mass incarceration forum

This article was originally published on Sept. 21, 2015. On Saturday, Sept. 19, community members filed into the Emmanuel Baptist Church to hear a number of local leaders address mass incarceration at the forum “A Travesty in Wisconsin,” the third in a series of four

Explosion in New York City leaves 29 injured

A powerful explosion rippled through the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people. So far, no major terrorist organizations have claimed responsibility for the blast. Authorities were going through surveillance footage, speaking with witnesses and examining components of

Panel offers insight into Islamic head covering

Amid rising tensions over worldwide multiculturalism and religious fundamentalism, Islamic head covering remains a complex and often misunderstood issue. Four professors offered their cultural, political and historical knowledge on the controversial topic at a panel called Burkini Blues in Richardson Auditorium the afternoon of Monday,

Why you should care about the California drought

I used to absolutely love flying home to California. It was magical to see flat cornfields of the Midwest suddenly become a view of vast oceans, lively mountains and healthy pine trees. But recently I stopped fighting for the window seat when I fly home,