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Graduation Jitters I’m not graduating next month, unlike many of my friends on campus. If all goes according to plan, I’m graduating in December 2019. However, some recent talk of graduation over the last couple weeks has triggered employment-related anxiety for me. I’ve met a

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Social Networking The Social Network is objectively a well-crafted film, though eight years after its release, it feels a bit dated. The film implied that the biggest issues at Facebook were immature, hard-partying executives and some casual misogyny. If the film were made today, it

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Crazy Uncle Joe I had trouble thinking of what to write about for the April Fools’ issue since political news is becoming increasingly indistinguishable from satire. I tried to think of news that’s at least funny to write about. Joe Biden sniffing women’s hair isn’t exactly

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Touchy-Feely Politics Democrats apparently can’t agree if sniffing someone’s hair is creepy. Former candidate for Nevada Lt. Governor, Lucy Flores, claimed in a piece for The Cut that at a political rally she attended with Joe Biden in 2014, the former Vice President approached her

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Beto Mania I  understand running for office is daunting. Besides the time and financial commitment, it opens one up to a level of public scrutiny that most people want nothing to do with. It’s impossible to come up with a policy agenda that pleases everyone,

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#MeToo and Congress On March 11, I was scrolling through the news and saw a headline from Politico that gave me pause: “Former Gillibrand aide resigned in protest over handling of sex harassment claims.” I reread the headline to make sure I understood correctly. Kirsten

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Scandal and Spectacle Someone asked me if I watched former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress last week. Unless you count highlights from comedy shows, no, I didn’t watch it. Did I want to? Not really. One of my friends asked me a few

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Lives of Servicemembers An acquaintance once said in a group conversation, “I don’t understand why we have to respect the military,” glancing quickly over at me and looking away. I was baffled. Did this person remember my husband is in the Air Force? Was the

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Creepy Political Fans Stanning is a term used for fans of certain celebrities acting obsessive and overzealous. It’s a phenomenon that tends to be particularly pronounced during celebrity feuds, as last year Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s fans were famously involved in their months-long public

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Workplace Abuse in Politics Last week, both Buzzfeed News and The Huffington Post published stories about Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s problematic interactions with subordinates. The Minnesota Senator, according to Buzzfeed, frequently “yelled, threw papers, and sometimes even hurled objects,” while The Huffington Post claimed