Please Leave Mr. Ansari Alone

When these women choose to equate their bad date with my very real assault, it degrades my experience. It puts what happened to me and to girls like me — who have genuinely been assaulted and harassed — on the same level as a photo taken in ill-taste or a date where he misread the signals.... Read More

Bureaucratic ASM Changes Term Length To a Year

Yesterday, the six current ASM representatives held an open meeting to discuss and vote on twenty amendments to the charter. Formalization and complication are creeping in. The meeting progressed for more than an hour amid lengthy discussions, including some around changes adopted having typos that could not be removed because representatives were unable to agree on whether it was acceptable to change the wording mishaps during the voting. ... Read More

When is never again?

This morning marks exactly 99 years since the end of the “war to end all wars. Except it wasn't the end, it never is. As historian Antoon de Baets explained, it's not “never again;” — it's “again, and again, and again.” ... Read More

Are Minerva Students Silent or is Communication Broken?

Only five students showed up to the first town hall last week, apart from the representatives. Applause to those who made it. If that is not your format, find another. It has to be possible for people to engage. Most students probably do not go because there are too many other things on their minds, too much to do in the constant rollercoaster of Minerva life, but is it really too much to ask to go to one input session to share ideas?... Read More

Seeking Exotic

Coming from "the West," there is a tendency to view all things "East" as "exotic." This intangible "other" that is distinguishably different from everything that we know and recognize walking down the streets of cities like New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris or Berlin. ... Read More

SXSWedu in Perspective

March began to near, and the summit became more and more real. We had to buy all the materials, scramble for last minute meetings, and, after several iterations, decide on the final design for the summit. It was continuous work, and now that I try to remember, a lot of it has blurred together, becoming a chunk of the memories from the first semester of my freshman year. ... Read More

The End of The Social Contract

If there was a social contract in America, it's over. The social contract operates on the assumption that we have a degree of mutual respect for each other and do not want to live in a society where certain social groups are marginalized because it could result in violence and general chaos, setting aside the basic principles of human rights and decency under which we generally suppose governments and individuals to act. ... Read More