Opinion

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Tradeoffs and why trade is better on than off

Trade is an important subject. Big league. It occupied an especially prominent role in this election cycle, as proposed changes in trade policy made up a large part of Donald Trump’s platform. During his campaign, he conveyed the idea that globalization has generally been a bad thing, and we need to insulate ourselves more, except for when the Artist-of-the-Deal-in-Chief perceives […]

by Mirco Dinelli· · 0 comments · Opinion

Deconstructing the ‘liberal, alt-left, radical mainstream media’

The other day, I discovered the most delightful phrase. I was watching interviews with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who’s become known for his aggressive attitude towards the press. When Melissa McCarthy satirized him as spraying a water gun at a reporter, it was an exaggeration—but only just. The interview I watched was of Sean Hannity talking to Spicer […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why Trump is ‘not my president’

Yes, it’s true: the most recent presidential election has caused quite a bit of drama and turmoil. Donald Trump is our new president and I have witnessed a myriad of reactions and responses towards his victory. Personally, being a woman of color, I was devastated by the election. I’m inherently an optimist, so I had a lot of hope and […]

by Charlee Manigat· · 1 comment · Opinion

Berkeley burning and the growing culture of violence

This past week, the University of California Berkeley was to host the controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. The event never took place. Yiannopoulos had to be smuggled off campus by security as the campus was swarmed by a hoard of angry and violent protesters. Windows were destroyed, cars were vandalized, and property was set on fire causing an estimated $100,000 in […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
The $64,000 question: How to increase access without blowing the budget

The $64,000 question: How to increase access without blowing the budget

More Colby students come from families in the top one percent of income than from the bottom 60 percent, according to a recent New York Times article. There are 38 colleges where this is also the case, but Colby stands out as having a particularly disproportionate ratio. Twenty-one percent of Colby students come from the top one percent while only […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 1 comment · Opinion
Tales from abroad: Adjusting to Scotland

Tales from abroad: Adjusting to Scotland

I awoke from a halfhearted slumber to the rattle and crunch of our 757’s landing gear. I peered out the window, greeted by the clementine sun and misty Scottish landscape. Down below us airport workers carrying bags and tending to equipment shielded themselves from the early morning rainfall. “You’d better get used to this weather,” my seat neighbor said in […]

by Christian Sparacio· · 0 comments · Opinion
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The role of journalism in the age of Trump

The year is 2016, and President elect Donald Trump appointed an anti-Semitic white nationalist to be the White House’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Steve Bannon’s previous job as executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network made it abundantly clear that he is unfit to serve in the White House cabinet. During his tenure at Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law […]

by James Burnett· · 0 comments · Opinion
Against certainty

Against certainty

By now, you might have seen the video in which a CNN anchor asks a group of Trump supporters about voter fraud—specifically, their belief that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the past election. The evidence they cite is spurious and unconvincing. The anchor, Alisyn Camerota, challenges them with a tight smile, frustration evident in her voice. She even slaps […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
In defense of patriotism

In defense of patriotism

No one foresaw the results of the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s victory is the stuff of legend and will surely be talked about for decades to come. As a result, it is no surprise that those who didn’t anticipate it have reacted negatively. To watch a candidate who you have supported lose in such incredible fashion is certainly not easy. […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Is “unplugging” the right way to handle political anxiety?

The American presidential election has infused an apocalyptic energy in the political discourse that has enraged, confused, and divided the general public. To say this is overwhelming is an understatement. From the first Republican debate to the President-Elect’s latest tweet, people all over the United States and the world have become enthralled by the drama that now characterizes the nation’s […]

by Sam Kane· · 0 comments · Opinion