Staying on Top of Staying on Top of the News

Over the past few months, I‘ve become intimately aware of just how much I don’t know. If it’s not a shocking headline (of both the wait-when-did-this-happen-this-is-the-first-I’ve-heard-of-it and I-can’t-believe-this-is-actually-happening varieties) making me feel like I’m out of the loop, it’s my sheer lack of knowledge of how to respond to said headlines making me feel powerless. How…

I Went to Madrid and All I Got Was a Huge Reduction in Crime Rates

During orientation for my semester abroad, we were told that the biggest danger to us here in Madrid is pick pocketing. During orientation for my first semester at Hamilton, we were told that one of the biggest dangers to us was sexual assault. Honestly, I’ve felt physically safer here, in a foreign city speaking my…

how do i phrase this

I really don’t know what to say. It almost feels wrong to sit here and attempt to write another thing about what’s going on, and especially to write something that won’t be entirely new or particularly useful. However, I believe words are powerful. In a lot of ways, words are what got us to this…

On Orlando

(Content warning: mass shooting, terrorism) After waking up to the news today, I feel that it would be wrong to write today without addressing it. Because my computer is broken and I’m sure the Internet is full of other, better-informed opinions, I’ll keep it brief. Despite the fact that the attack took place at a…

Hard Times

The attacks on Paris, the bombing in Beirut, and the earthquake in Japan that occurred this week on the tail end of a series of protests and heightened racial tensions in this country and on my campus led me to do a lot of thinking. First I, like many people, wondered why these things happen,…

Hear Me Out: The Culture of Silence on Campus

Let me start by saying I know that the world is an unkind place. I’m perfectly aware that there are cruel people who go unpunished and kind people who suffer needlessly. But that doesn’t stop me from being disappointed when I see those truths in action. This semester, multiple friends of mine shared with me very…