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Clear the Haze: A Call for a Smoke Free Campus

By Emily Pizza Walking outside the library every day after my work shift I take a deep breath and half-sprint down the stairs towards my dorm, hoping that if I walk quick enough, the stench of cigarettes won’t cling to my clothing. I, along with many other students, cannot stand the amount of smoking that [...]

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StuComm’s Survey Results Show Need For Change

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By Darrin Camilleri   This past week, Student Commission surveyed 418 students on many different issues that the College has been wrestling with and that students have been pushing for, some new and some old.  Of the approximately 28% of the student body who participated, 63% were female, 35.5% were male and 1.5% did not [...]

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Dropping the Globe on Multiculturalism

Students Brand the Office of Multicultural Affairs as Absent and Ineffective By Ogden Wright In the past couple weeks, campus has been abuzz about the pervasive nature of institutional racism and the need to enact systemic changes to promote multiculturalism by creating healthy and productive discourse among all students. One can look to the Office [...]

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Reflections on Racism

Be Light or Be Disguised? By Marquise Griffin This past Saturday night, around 1000 members of the Kalamazoo College community crowded into Hicks for the annual Monte Carlo dance. This year’s Monte Carlo’s theme was Masquerade, a theme I think is very appropriate for us as Kalamazoo College students. In a sense, Monte Carlo, as [...]

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To Keep a Zoo Safe

By Sarah Glass As a part of an overall effort to strengthen the club’s initiatives, the members of ZooKeepers have been discussing their past actions and intended goals. Zookeepers is first and foremost focused around animal welfare. We generally support the morality of people using animals (for research, education etc.) as long as suffering is [...]

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Teach for America Deadline Approaches

By Tiffany Williams I knew I was exactly where I needed to be when Stephanie looked up after finishing her math exam and said, “I did it.” I had challenged my students with the ambitious goal of advancing two grade levels in math in one year. For Stephanie, it wasn’t enough. Even as a sixth-grader, [...]

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Reflections on Racism

Elizabeth Lenning

Engagement as Activists By Elizabeth Lenning   As an activist, my goal is to educate and teach people about my passions and movements I support.  However, I have learned that this is easier said than done. I’ve said things that were perceived as very judgmental and offensive, and I have learned the hard way that [...]

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Seeing Red

Brandon Siedlaczek

Russia’s LGBT Laws Cause International Uproar By Brandon Siedlaczek Over the course of the past few months, Russia has taken center stage in news outlets worldwide, in response to the passing of anti-gay laws less than a year before the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The bill, signed by President Putin, prohibits [...]

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Racism’s Catch 22

By Marquise Griffin “George Zimmerman wants to box rapper DMX in celebrity bout, but no deal yet.” I honestly can’t tell you how many times I facepalmed when I read that headline from CNN.  Zimmerman just can’t seem to keep himself out of the news. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the [...]

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Pizza’s Kitchen

By Emily Pizza Declare Your Major, Not Your Career  The banquet hall was filled with anxious-faced students wielding pink papers and looking at the tables with familiar faculty members passing out candy. While you may really like English, Physics seems really cool too, but you know you can’t manage both and study abroad. You decide [...]

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