• Sexual Assault Awareness
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    What’s the Point: A Reflection on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Written by Eliza Lee Author’s note: I acknowledge the topic of sexual assault is often repeated, cliche or in general incorrect. However, I am not here to talk about my own story of sexual assault. I am aware of the depravity left after encounters of assault and even more aware of how listening to another “survivor” can do nothing for healing. But for those of you reading this who have also been impacted, I pray you know how deeply validated and whole you are and that this is a journey that will never end for you, but you will grow to appreciate yourself because of it. The first time I…

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    Visual Listeners: The Importance of Sign Language in the Modern Church

    Written by Laney Ribota Cassie has an outgoing and lovable personality, which she expresses through her dancing, drawing, and chatting with people in the grocery store. She loves learning about the Lord, but has one problem. None of the churches in her area provide sign language during the service. This deaf 12 year old solely relies on reading lips and sign language to communicate. God made her this way — special, loving, kind and strong — yet she yearns to listen in church and join in worship with other believers. However, she regularly feels excluded from the body of Christ because American Sign Language is slowly being offered less and…

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    Small businesses pursue representation

    Written by Rose Borrero “They say the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots,” – Tupac Shaku Winding down the streets of Inglewood, going past the Skittle-colored houses done in Spanish adobe style, past the corner markets and bodegas with signs stating, “Milk, Eggs, and Liquor,” bopped a festival celebrating Black History Month. It was nestled neatly in a predominantly Afro-Caribbean neighborhood, bragging of African and Jamaican food, niche afro-centric shops, and hair salons. Despite the abrupt windiness and the looming threat of rainfall, an entire block was lined with Black-owned businesses, natural food stands, and musicians and artists…

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    Ted Talk: Color blind or color brave?

    Written by Jana Eller In this Ted Talk, finance executive Mellody Hobson explores the difference between colorblindness and color bravery and how such bravery can improve businesses, companies, and lives. Using statistics and data revealing the environment of many board rooms across America, she explains how colorblindness ignores a problem, rather than addresses it. For example, despite white men taking up 30 percent of the population, they hold 70 percent of board seats across thousands of companies. “Imagine if you walked into a room and it was of a major corporation… and every single person around the boardroom were black, you would think that were weird. But if I walked you into…

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    Prada: Bridging The Gap Between Vintage And Modernity

    Written by Sarah Elizabeth Jones PRADA, South Coast Plaza, CA—Curving glass windows and glass columns adorn the Prada storefront. A pale, fluorescent green light glows from within. Mirrors line the edges of tables and shelves: it is a place of reflection, of self-remembrance, for Prada orients itself towards fostering the individuality of its clientele. Being couture, its clientele are generally individuals of the elite, yet as I walked through Prada, looking at the pieces almost as if in a museum, I realized its audience is not its clientele—its audience is every individual with an eye and appreciation for artistry. The storefront is reminiscent of a mod style—retro, yet modern. From…

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    Washing Out Hollywood’s Whitewashing

    Written by Jubilee Pham With the release of Marvel’s latest blockbuster “Doctor Strange” the term “whitewashing” has appeared in numerous examples of headlines alongside social media posts concerning the film’s casting choices. Tilda Swinton’s acting really isn’t relevant to the race/whitewashing issues of Doctor Strange. Like there aren’t good Asian actors? Sheesh. — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 6, 2016 doctor strange had so many opportunities to be a superhero movie with asian leads but here we are with eggs benedict and tilda swinton — Trang Dong (@tranganhdong) November 6, 2016 The issue also concerns the live-action adaptation of the manga series and anime “Ghost in the Shell.” Most recently, the…

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    “But You’re a Girl”

    Written by Rachel Bicha “But you’re a girl.” “We just need some strong boys to help us move this table.” “You’re so thin.” “Have you gained weight?” “You’re so emotional.” “You’re so serious.” “You seem angry. Are you on your period right now?” “Have you found any boys yet at college? Are you dating someone?” “So, tell me about your boyfriend. You are dating someone, right?” “I think boys would be more interested if you weren’t so intimidating.” “Are you sure you’re not gay?” They say words are less weighty than sticks and stones but I beg to differ. Words are weighty. They carry the weight of a dozen ideas.…

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    The Intersection of Sacred and State

    Written by Heather Pape When it comes to politics, Christians are all extremely staunch, conservative Republicans – right? The world operates under this assumption, but Christian ideas, especially about the role of the church in society, do not fit neatly into just one category. Many would argue that the Christian worldview allows for both Democratic and Republican views. The difference in opinion lies with whom is responsible for certain issues – the church or the government. According to junior political science major Shaefer Bagwell, a self-proclaimed Christian Democrat, the liberal position is justified by the biblical mandate to take care of the poor and downtrodden, the widow and the orphan.…

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    What’s the point of the Electoral College?

    Written by Tim Seeberger President Donald Trump stunned the world when he defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election. Shocking many media outlets and democratic voters, Trump won 270 of the 538 electoral votes quite easily through gaining key swing states early on. Although the Republican candidate won the electoral vote, Trump lost the popular vote by over 2 million. Many Americans now question the legitimacy and need for the electoral college because of the disconnect between the popular vote opinion and the results of the Electoral College. With political tensions rising in the time after the collection the questions is: What’s the point of the Electoral College? The Electoral…

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    Public Access TV’s “Never Enough” – a strong debut

    Written by Tim Seeberger Hailing from the East Village in New York City, indie rock band Public Access T.V. warp the idea of New York City rock n’ roll and revitalize it in their debut album “Never Enough.” The album gives a sense of comfort and familiarity to rock n’ roll fans everywhere in the form of simplistic songs that depict a caring for the craft of creating honest music. In the ironic track, “End of an Era,” Earthly declares “the kids these days don’t like rock n’ roll.”  Public Access T.V. give a realistic effort in convincing listeners that, although the music scene moved away from the golden age…

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    COED

    Written by James O’Hearn In the parts of the world privileged enough to thoughtfully discuss society, again and again we keep coming back to the questions of equality and gender. Any and all can agree that men and women are different, biologically if nothing else. Does this mean that there are roles in society that one side can never have? Most cultures have certainly thought so for hundreds of years. But then again, most cultures have also oppressed women, often to a stomach-turning extent, for an equal span of time.In the parts of the world privileged enough to thoughtfully discuss society, again and again we keep coming back to the…

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    Coming to the Table

    Written by Candace Guereque For years evangelicals have been reaching both near and far by serving the impoverished, educating youth and meeting people’s needs. While this type of ministry receives much attention, another more complex side of ministry is rarely talked about: ministries that convey the truths of the Bible in a more relational approach where friendship is the only agenda.For years evangelicals have been reaching both near and far by serving the impoverished, educating youth and meeting people’s needs. While this type of ministry receives much attention, another more complex side of ministry is rarely talked about: ministries that convey the truths of the Bible in a more relational…