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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

From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

THE EYE OF THE STORM I lived in Tampa, Fl. for five years and uncountable hurricanes. Though we only suffered the calmer winds of Hurricane Katrina’s procession through the Gulf Coast, other storm systems hit us hard. Very hard. And still, my family never evacuated

From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

CAPTURING THE MOMENT I took over 2,000 photos when I studied abroad in South Korea. Sometimes, people in my class would leave their cameras at the hostel to “be in the moment” for whichever sites we were visiting that day. I never shared that impulse.

From the Editor | Taylor Kirby

TAKING A LEAP A dying heart must be stopped entirely before it can be restored to its natural rhythm. I learned this while becoming CPR certified for the annual Lynx Student Leadership Retreat, and as our instructor moved forward with the lesson, I was stuck thinking