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#BlueLivesMatter is a racist response to tragedy

Officers need to be honored differently In the last two months, three Colorado police officers have been fatally shot in the line of duty. The tragic deaths of sheriff deputies Zach Parrish, Heath Gumm, and Micah Flick rallied the communities most directly affected—Highlands Ranch, Thornton,

The history of us

As someone who experiences anxiety with a physical regularity that is normally reserved for breathing and blinking, I don’t sleep much on Tuesdays. Producing an issue of the Sentry can keep us in the office as late as 4 a.m., but even after that, words

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Superhero fatigue is a false diagnosis

Long live the blue sky beam By the end of 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have released its 20th film and 11th television series; DC Comics is trying to keep pace with its own arsonal of projects in pre-production. There are no brakes to

The art of baptism

Lady Bird energized many weary tropes in its compressed 90-minute run time, but its most ambitious revitalization was that of the lapsed Catholic. Saoirse Ronan’s titular character moves through her private Catholic school with silent secularism—her attendance there isn’t a religious statement one way or

Women’s March moves in new direction

Organizers focus on diversity Last year, over 100,000 demonstrators bottlenecked the streets surrounding Civic Center Park to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The Women’s March was a mobilization of anger, a response to an election that many protesters believed would compromise the United

#TimesUp at the Academy Awards

Film critics take accusations into account Amidst ongoing revelations coming out of the #MeToo movement, the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 23—and the Academy appears to be taking recent accusations into account. While critical darlings like The Shape of Water

The politics of selling plasma

Over break, I ran out of money while applying to graduate schools and started selling plasma to manage the costs. Once that was done—the application fees and the transcript fees and the postage fees as well as all my other bills—I kept selling, and I

Hardest-earned vacation

OBAMA’S ADVENTURES IN KITESURFING Being a former president of the United States is a full-time job— one worth more than $200,000 a year. The Former Presidents Act protects ex-POTUSes from having to fly directly from Washington D.C. to their next job interviews by allotting them a

Hillary Clinton tells Denver what happened

SEXISM IN POLITICS AND WHAT COMES NEXT “This isn’t just about what happened—it’s about what’s happening right now,” Secretary Hillary Clinton said to a Denver crowd while promoting her new memoir, What Happened. “This book is as much about America’s future as it is about