Time to Take Back America From Political Parties

Columns, Opinion

Kevin Lair Staff Columnist We spend so much time fighting for democracy in faraway nations and over massive bodies of water that we neglect the very anti-democratic, freedom-ripping leaders who plague our nation. Rather than eradicate these threats to our liberties, we glorify them, envy them, fundraise and vote for them. Our political parties frighten […]

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I Hear What You Did There: Assessing Situations and Avoiding Assumptions

Columns, Opinion

Jeremy Quintin Staff Columnist In a recent EDM competition to remix dubstep artist Zomboy’s new single, “Here to Stay,” an artist who goes by the name SM0R3S submitted a remix that gained some controversy amongst the voters. When uploaded, each remix when uploaded is presented with its waveform which, simply put, is a visual representation […]

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The Need for Women to Have it All: Reflection on Princeton’s letter

Columns, Opinion

Dana Panczenko Staff Columnist Even as a writer for a college newspaper, it can be easy for me to forget just how influential the work published by a school paper can be. This past week, I was reminded of just how powerful school papers can be when I was reading a very controversial letter to […]

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Death Penalty Debate: Columnists Respond – The Death Penalty Saves Lives, Go Figure

Columns, Opinion

Kevin Lair Staff Columnist Capital punishment may sound scary, but the sound of serial killers roaming our streets and prisons is far scarier. If a jury of one’s peers decides, the death penalty is a severe, yet reasonably earned punishment for individuals convicted of heinous crimes such as first-degree murder. The Criminal Justice Legal Foundation […]

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Nothing can Justify the Cost of the Death Penalty

Columns, Opinion

Chris Cronin Staff Columnist The United States stands virtually alone among developed countries for its continued use of the death penalty. Capital punishment has been completely abolished in every country in Europe except for Belarus, a bastion of Soviet-era repression. Most countries in Latin America have either abolished capital punishment or placed an unlimited moratorium […]

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Science for the Future: The Importance of Research

Columns, Opinion

Ian Barry Staff Columnist Scientific research can be roughly split into two categories: applied research and basic research. Applied science is conducted with a product in mind, such as the creation of a new drug or nanopolymer. Basic research, also known as pure research, is conducted with no particular goal in mind besides discovery. Funding […]

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Examining Relay For Life: Is There On-Campus Pressure in Fundraising?

Columns, Opinion

Emily Harris Staff Columnist This semester, Washington College students seem to be taking advocacy and awareness campaigns to a whole new level. The most eye-catching event was a brave group of students wearing bras outside of their clothes, and then donating them to former sex slaves in the secondhand clothing industry in Mozambique. Needless to […]

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The Many Faces of PETA: Examing peta2

Columns, Opinion

By Amanda Eldreth Staff Columnist We all know that sometimes People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) makes terrible life decisions. I’ve written an article in the past about how much I want to like PETA because they are capable of so much good, but they sometimes handle how they present their information in […]

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Columnist Asks WAC to ‘Keep It Classy’ on Confessionals Page

Columns, Opinion

By Emily Harris Staff Columnist At this point the secret is out: Washington College Confessions has become a full blown campus-wide issue that has engaged most of the student body. What started as an attempt to allow students to share their deepest darkest secrets and wildest Washington College tales quickly spiraled out of control into […]

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False Foundations: A Brief History of Economic Inequality

Columns, Opinion

By Chris Cronin Staff Columnist Part 4 in a monthly series on the falsehoods and misremembered facts behind some of America’s most cherished cultural touchstones. For the first article in the series, see the Oct. 26 issue of The Elm. A 2008 study by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, two leading experts on income inequality, […]

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