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‘Tis a season for homesickness

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Marjorie Meeks I’ll never get over the cruel irony of my best friend deciding against going to Linfield mere weeks before I settled my heart on attending Willamette. Though I understand she made the decision that was right for her, I’ll always pine for the adventures and mayhem that could have been. As it

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Pragmatism: discerning the truth

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Zack Boyden William James was an American philosopher, considered to be one of the fathers of pragmatism. As a philosophy, pragmatism declares that absolute truth is relative to the individual and that there are many ways of approaching the truth, all from different human experiences. James explained pragmatism as a way to discern the

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Non-white faculty at 17%

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

Faculty diversity remains a priority By Andres Oswill On Oct. 25, the Willamette board of trustees met to discuss an issue near and dear to many students’ hearts—diversity and inclusivity within Willamette’s faculty and curriculum. To frame the discussion, University President Stephen Thorsett and CLA Dean Marlene Moore presented material published by the Association of

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No such thing as too many laughs

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Kate Piluso Around Halloween time, I had an intense revelation: When I laugh, I cackle like a witch. This very distinct laughter comes from two very distinct factors. One: I have an obnoxiously loud and carrying voice. Two: I am an idiot, and, for this reason, I can almost always guarantee some kind of

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Letter to the editor

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Teo Ekstrom Dear Editor, I’m writing in about Zack Boyden’s article (“Rigid politics loses big on election night,” Nov. 12). While I thought it was a well-written article, its conclusion (in my mind) was completely wrong­—Tuesday’s election represented an enormous win for rigid politics. Under the leadership of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate

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GOP won a battle, not the war

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Colleen Smyth As those who follow national politics or the news at all surely know, Republicans came away from the midterm elections with a major victory. Gaining control of both chambers of Congress is no small feat, but it’s also not the ultimate, mandate-creating type of win that many have made it out to

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Don’t fear FOMO while studying abroad

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

EDITORIAL The semester is slowly drawing to a close, and most people seem to feel as if it simply can’t come fast enough. After months of tests and papers and endless amounts of homework, we are all ready for a break. But for the students preparing to go abroad, the end of the semester will

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Taking George Takei at face value

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Sam Hilburn This fall’s Atkinson lecture, arguably Willamette’s most buzzworthy platform for guest speakers, featured George Takei, to the delight of many students. People know Takei for many reasons, from his role in the original “Star Trek” series to his successful work as a human rights activist. I, however, only knew him as “the

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Sustainability in the bathroom

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Iris Dowd Tampons are gross. So are Maxi pads. And both toiletries affect everyone living on this planet, regardless of sex or gender. Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman (it should be noted that not all women have periods, and not all people who have periods are women) will spend $3,500

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Reality TV from a British perspective

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

By Molly Drummond When asked to compare American TV shows with those in England, I assumed that I wouldn’t have much to say about their differences. After taking a closer look, the examples of MTV and E! were pretty much what I expected, and in parts, much worse. That’s not to say there’s a lack

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