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why i turned off auto-capitalization on my phone

I’ve always been aesthetically drawn to the singular lowercase “i,” so without much justification, I shut off the settings on my iPhone that forced the subjects of my sentences to stand tall as capitals. It was visually pleasing. Casual. An easy way of distancing myself

Looking back from Lookout Mountain

There’s a hill somewhere in Denver with a startling nighttime view. As a child, I’d hold my breath as we approached the crest of it, viscerally anticipating the moment when the dark pavement would drop out ahead of our car and give way to the

The demographics of squirrels

There are approximately 1.2 billion squirrels in the United States, a number that puts the squirrel-to-human ratio at about 1:4. These numbers likely don’t surprise anyone who’s tried to enjoy a meal in 9th Street Park—a space where squirrels handily assert their dominance with both

Transition of the Sentry

Student organizations on campus are entering a period of transition. SGA is preparing itself for a new election cycle, clubs are finalizing nominations for next year’s officers, and the Sentry is actively hiring its 2018-19 editorial team. Even though I was hired as Editor in

We were the children raised by gun violence

Psychologically speaking, it’s easier to dehumanize each other than not. A service industry employee who stands behind a counter is more likely to be treated poorly by customers than an employee whose entire body is visible—fragmentation leads to objectification, the reduction of a complexly lived

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

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

From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

NO, WE CAN’T SEPARATE THE ART FROM THE ARTIST The old adage about looking at a product independently of its creator held a lot more water when the stakes were as low as being morally opposed to drugs but still having an urge to catch

From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

HOMETOWN Small town America is a polarizing space. When small town also equals hometown, the phrase becomes even more charged. For some, small towns signify comfort, constancy, and a place that can’t be left behind. For others, it represents a vacuum. Stagnation. A place that

DACA | From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

96,000 What would you do if you won the lottery? is becomes the central question of In the Heights’ first act, and every character hypothetically spends their $96,000 differently. One dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, the very same country his parents left to