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Letter to the Editor: Islamophobia as an Opportunity

As-salamu alaykum,

My fellow Muslims, I write this letter to you all ten minutes after finding out that multiple Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offices needed to be evacuated due to the fact they all received “suspicious packages.” The packages carried white powder and in some cases, a message. One of the messages reportedly read, “die a painful death.” Many say that the amount of Islamophobia we are seeing in America today has reached an unprecedented level as hate crimes against Muslims have continued to rise these past few weeks with each incident becoming progressively worse.

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Greek mythbusting

By: Ali Hinman, Columnist

Greek Life proverb: From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.

Greek Life is unlike any other organization you can join. Everyone knows what it’s like to be in a club or on a team, but only those who are in a Greek chapter know what it is really like. Here are a couple myths that I can bust from personal experience.

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Closeted racism is not cute, think before you speak

By: Sey Elemo, Columnist

We see your closeted racism and it’s not cute.

You thought you had us…but you don’t.

I guess I should preface this by saying that I’m currently watching “Flavor of Love 2” and Krazy, a white girl who wears cornrows, just called Bootz, one of the resident confrontationists “ghetto trash,” because she called her out on her lies in front of the whole house.

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The importance of black spaces

By: Sey Elemo, Columnist

Have you ever googled the words “beautiful woman,” “beautiful man” or “beautiful kids?” I suggest that you do so before you begin reading this article.

In the world we live in, whiteness is the standard for beauty, wealth, prosperity, and… everything else. It’s all we see in the mainstream. It sends the message that if you aren’t white, or if you don’t look white, you aren’t worthy. It’s hurtful, honestly. Especially for myself, a young, black (in fact, very dark skinned), woman.

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The best worst time

By: Ali Hinman, Columnist

Did you know that you can sweat from almost anywhere on your body? I found that out as I was standing in a room full of beautiful strangers, asking me what my hopes and dreams are as beads of sweat barreled down my entire being. My makeup, that I had crafted at 6 a.m. that day, was no match for the amount of body heat that had accumulated in the room. I had a sweat mustache, nay, goatee, and even my calves and eyelids were sweating.

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Process of unnatural selection

By: Annie Sragner, Arts and Life Editor

When you’re in college, there is an ever-increasing amount of pressure to figure out “the plan” as graduation approaches. This process requires analysis of who we are on an individual level. Although there are counselors and other people around to talk to about the everyday things with, the big decisions must come from you.

This process may feel a little unnatural, because it is. As man-made industry grows around us, this decision-making becomes more relevant to our lives and turns into a higher priority.

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Make a difference by educating yourself

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

As the presidential election creeps closer and closer, a lot of us young adults are being bombarded with information about the candidates and suggestions on who to vote for. We look at Hillary and think that it’s totally and completely awesome that a woman could potentially be our next president, that feel we should applaud her for making it this far past the glass ceiling. We see Bernie and think that all of our friends seem to really like him, and we kind of collectively wish he was our grandpa. Then we see “the Donald” and think there’s no way that human cheese puff could ever become the next president of the United States.

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