Generalizations about monotheistic religions should not warrant blame

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William Pan/Staff

David Gayton’s article “Religion slaughters 49” demonstrates flawed reasoning. Nowhere within it does the author prove his bombastic claim that “the main culprit behind the massacre that took place in Orlando this weekend was the irrational thinking that all monotheistic religions inspire.” He clarifies by saying that “religious fundamentalism” bears
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Crowdsourcing not efficient solution to budget crisis

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Food access is problem for many Bears

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Proposal for infrastructure repair should benefit citizens

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s proposal to introduce a fully-funded, five-year infrastructure plan during her first 100 days in office is good news for every American who uses roads or rails.  Rebuilding our transportation infrastructure is the most pressing necessity facing the United States. As general president of a
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Was It Yellow Fever?

The Privileged Protestor

Asian chicks. They got the brains, the looks, and the bod. Or so they say. “I can’t explain it—it’s just an attraction.” We had been dating for a few weeks and, until then, everything had felt like a dream. He was the fourth white man who had directly confessed his
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Choosing myself over white people

Melting into the pot

On the night of the summer solstice, I sat on my co-op’s lower roof with my new housemate Emily as we stared off into the fading sunset, admiring the rainbow haze that lingered after a long, overwhelming day of sun. Although Emily and I had only interacted a few times
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A rough start

Doing Okay (Kind Of)

It was the Saturday after my first week of college. I sat at home in my bedroom and dabbed my crusty eyes with a hot rag, Harry Potter on in the background. I was surrounded by DayQuil, Ibuprofen and a bottle of antibiotic eyedrops. As I coughed heavily, I thought,
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Food for thought during Ramadan

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Without homeland, but without owner

Off the Beat

When I was first learning to speak, I had a huge amount of trouble pronouncing the word “abuelo.” Not that I really remember, but so I’ve been told. My cousin got it just fine, but I never really had the verbal dexterity for it so I called my grandfather “Abo.”
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State ensures health of undocumented immigrants

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