“Nobody has the right to gamble with your future.”
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“Nobody has the right to gamble with your future.”
When Donald J. Trump announced that he would be running for president in June, I thought, “Well, this should be amusing.” I figured he’d join the rest of the anti-tax, anti-abortion, anti-regulatory, anti-immigration and other anti efforts in the run to the extreme right. In a presidential field that began with more than a dozen hopefuls, distinguishing one’s self has been paramount. Trump has done just that. Garnering support from conservatives, he has enjoyed a consistent lead over the other GOP candidates. This support is concerning.
“I think I want to intern for Preet Bharara.”
The American political landscape has become dangerously polarized. Most social, economic and other issues are starkly divided across the aisle — just identifying as being liberal or conservative leads to an assumption that you hold various beliefs that might have nothing to do with actual policy. While religious beliefs and identities fall prey to these generalizations, the very place of religion in politics is rarely questioned across the political spectrum. It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat — in order to be a good, moral leader, the American narrative all but states that you have to be religious.
Once again, I find myself in the unfortunate, but necessary position of justifying the existence of the state of Israel and Israel’s right to defend itself.
Students tend to think about opportunities like studying abroad in terms of how they contribute to their major. Going to Spain obviously benefits someone studying Spanish, just as studying abroad in China benefits someone interested in East Asian studies. A student’s interests, however, do not have to be internationally related for a term abroad to be valuable; studying abroad is useful for a student of any major. As an English major and writer, I know that travelling can help me discover creative possibilities that would be impossible if I simply stayed on campus every term. This discovery does not depend on travelling with the English department. Many writers who I respect took inspiration from visiting other countries, such as Zora Neale Hurston, whose “Tell My Horse” was spurred by a visit to Haiti and Jamaica. And collaboration between scientists from multiple countries to develop new theories and experiments is common, therefore taking STEM courses in another country helps a student grow accustomed to a globalized world of science. Studying abroad also has benefits outside of the academic as the experience leads to adaptability in new situations, independence and, most importantly, open-mindedness.
We asked our opinion staff: "Do you plan on voting in the upcoming New Hampshire primary? Why or why not?"
To the Editor:
In Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel “The Bluest Eye,” the young black female protagonist, Pecola Breedlove, longs for a pair of blue eyes. She sees white features à la Shirley Temple as inherently more beautiful and valuable than hers. Pecola’s self-loathing is made all the more heartbreaking by her mother’s reminders that she is an ugly, unlovable child. The internalized racism and colorism portrayed in the novel are topics seldom discussed among people of color in the United States and abroad. Yet I have seen how these destructive sentiments permeate the fabric of American and Korean societies, and no doubt they affect many others as well.
Islamic terrorism has reared its ugly head once again, and indeed in spectacular fashion. The Nov. 13 attacks in Paris — the heart of Europe, a jewel of art and culture and a birthplace of modern democracy — gave the world a startling and unambiguous wake-up call. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and its accomplices, who seek to destroy all that Westerners hold dear, will not be content to lead the Middle East into ruin. They want to and have the capacity to take the fight to us, knowing full well that the relative complacency of the United States and Europe has made them easy targets. The failure of Western governments to decisively eradicate the nascent infestation of ISIS years ago — and their idiotic policy of “containment” that followed — have come home to roost.
To the Editor:
On Friday, terrorists attacked the city of Paris. One hundred and twenty nine people were murdered, and hundreds more injured.
The recent changes in the College’s housing policy have incited quite a passionate outflow of responses. From the outbursts of indignation and despair on Yik Yak to the loud, frustrated chatter in the lines for dinner, to even the calmer, more controlled and more intellectual conversations I have had with peers and classmates, I have come to one conclusion — it seems few, if any, are happy about the new residential communities.
Last night, hundreds of students stood outside Dartmouth Hall and chanted, “Black Lives Matter” in unison. These students marched around campus, imploring others to join them. At times, the demonstrating students singled out individuals — individuals who, they said, were failing to support their movement and their lives. Some were offended by this method.
For all the criticisms launched against our school recently, foreign language study is one area in which the College excels. Perhaps it is because of drill, the professors’ teaching styles, the language study abroad offerings or some combination of all of these. Whatever it is, I have never progressed so quickly and confidently in a foreign language than I have at Dartmouth, and I know many students who feel similarly. Still, the inflexibility of some of the College’s language programs is severely limiting. Administrators should strive to make foreign language study more flexible so that more students can access this experience that I so cherish.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Though Voltaire never actually wrote this famous line — Beatrice Evelyn Hall did — seldom has there been a more important time in the flow of our national discourse to open a column with these words.
On Nov. 3, the pro-Latino and pro-immigration PAC Deport Racism published its first video on YouTube. For a bizarre two minutes, the political ad features Latino children hurling profanity at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A boy who introduces himself as Ricardo accuses Republican candidates of using “offensive words,” and then goes on to offer some of his own. Flipping the bird at the camera, the boy calls Trump “a racist f--k.” His counterpart Rosa quickly follows up, calling the 2016 contender “a racist d--k.”
Yale University has been in the news a lot lately. When I typed “Yale” into Google, the first four auto-fill results were “letter protest,” “Halloween,” “Halloween email” and “safe space.” All four make reference to the recent controversy at Yale over an email sent by Silliman College associate master Erika Christakis to Silliman residents. Her message commented on a campus-wide email from Yale’s intercultural affairs committee that urged students to be culturally sensitive with their Halloween costumes.
Every college student should have an opportunity to pursue music, no matter the level and genre of experience. Though I am not training to be a musician — as I once thought I might — some of my fondest high school memories are about music. I enjoyed playing the piano for ballet class, taking weekly lessons with my teacher for 12 years, jamming to Bob Marley and Jackson Browne tunes with my cousin and learning West African drumming at a music summer school. Music does not have to just be for musicians. It can provide community, stability, inspiration, relaxation and passion, which means musical experiences translate well to other disciplines.
Walking across the Green in athletic shorts and a long sleeve shirt on a November day worried me. It still worries me that despite climate change being so real — so easy to see and feel — we just do not care enough. This planet could become inhospitable within our lifetimes, yet we still do almost nothing.