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Dancing with gender roles

Dancing with gender roles

February 18, 2015

“Repeat Stuff” video tiptoes weird line

James Wendt, Social Media Managing Editor

October 7, 2014

Filed under Blogs, Perspectives, Small Talk

Bo Burnham, a performer too dynamic to categorize as either a comedian or musician, released a hilarious music video for his song “Repeat Stuff.” The video tiptoes a weird line between comedy and social commentary, falling...

Not so black and white

James Wendt, Social Media Managing Editor

September 15, 2014

Filed under Blogs, Perspectives, Small Talk

Following the police shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri became a symbol of racism in America. Long-smoldering conversations about systematic racism were reignited in the violent days following Brown’s death, when...

Overselling the death penalty

James Wendt, Opinions Editor

May 26, 2014

Filed under Blogs, Perspectives, Small Talk

This month, a prison in Oklahoma “botched” the execution of an inmate on death row. So, I wrote an advertisement for the death penalty. It goes like this: “Do you find yourself constantly wishing there was a systematically...

Yoga-pants ban harms both boys and girls

April 16, 2014

Filed under Blogs, Perspectives, Small Talk

Haven Middle School's new dress code scarifies much more than comfort By Opinions Editor James Wendt Last month, female middle school students in Evanston, Illinois protested for the right to wear yoga pants after Haven Middl...

Newlympics

Newlympics

February 22, 2014

Small Talk: Justin Bieber is pop culture’s latest victim

February 3, 2014

Filed under Perspectives, Small Talk

Justin Bieber's DUI sparked nearly universal anger, but the reaction sounds like an old story with a new protagonist By Opinions Editor James Wendt Let me preface by stating that I did not give a rip about Justin Bieber u...

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