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The I

“I, I, I, I,” Sharon Olds writes in her poem “Take the I Out.” To Olds, the I acts as one’s “girders of identity.” The I “is a pine,” that, in crisis, “throws its cones as far as it can.” On January 19, 2015, the day the nation paused to remember the birth of Martin […]

A Plea for Passion

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A Plea for Passion

In choosing a word for this article, I was torn. Passion seemed the most fitting word for what I wanted to convey—in English, we use the word passion when we seek to describe what drives us, what makes us wake in the morning. I will admit that the word has been beaten bloody by its […]

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Pope Francis: A Year in Review

A year ago, Pope Francis entered the papacy with the world’s eyes fixed on St. Peter’s Basilica. Believers and non-believers alike waited for the new leader of the Catholic Church, hungering for change, hopeful or skeptical that now, things would be different. Soon, the pontiff appeared, dressed in simple robes, smiling from bespectacled eyes, greeting […]

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Existential Crisis: The Modern Student

Modern education is number-driven. In our competitive, globalized world, numbers matter. Scores have come to be associated with success, and this success has come to be the cornerstone of our collective self-worth as modern American students. Is this satisfying? To be defined by a number and to identify with it is inherently dehumanizing. Suddenly, our […]

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The College Conundrum

Our contemporary notion of the college process is absolutely foolish. Presumably I can speak for myself and my fellow peers by saying that there is nothing in comparison to the unparalleled anxiety that we encounter regarding college. Personally, I find it so bizarre that our entire future depends on the actions of our sixteen year […]

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Imperialism and the Washington R******s

“Now presenting, the Washington Blackfaces…” This phrase, uttered in the neo-gladiatorial arena that is the American football stadium, would render assembled fans cheerless, the populace aghast, and advocacy groups scrambling to rid the name from the presence of the public sphere. Why then does the country not stand together in unanimous protest as the Washington […]

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A Mate on the Pequod

As families embark on summer road trips, they invariably find themselves in rest stops, hallmarks of the American highway. Here, travelers encounter Sbarro, Starbucks and other institutions with which Americans have become all too familiar. The money and time devoted to marketing these brands has added their names to our permanent lexicon. But what is […]

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Matthew Igoe: Pope Francis and the Future of the Modern Church

After the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the suspense of the Conclave, the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics took notice as a plume of white smoke billowed above St. Peter’s Basilica. With this sign, the Catholic world was informed that their new leader had been chosen. Pope Francis I, standing above the cheering crowd […]

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