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January 10, 2017

Merriam-Webster defines pandering as “to do or provide what someone wants or demands even though it is not proper, good, or reasonable.” Just by reading that definition, it is obvious to see how subjective the term is. It also has a very negative connotation. It is oft...

January 7, 2017

A large part of the nation has been troubled by the results of the presidential election. They fear for their rights, their safety, and their livelihood as well as the rights, safety, and livelihood of the ones they love. With the media firestorm keeping the panic aliv...

January 4, 2017

In July of 2010, pastor Terry Jones of the Christian Dove World Outreach Center threatened to burn 200 Qurans on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Despite protests from around the world, pleas from world leaders, and the deaths of over 50 people, he ended up putting the boo...

December 28, 2016

To keep everything straight, clear, and neatly color-coded in their brains, people tend to prune concepts down to their bare, dominant essence. We like simplicity, not complexity. People unfamiliar with Arizona, for instance, like to think of the state as one sprawling...

November 23, 2016

Theo Padnos is an American writer and journalist who was held prisoner between October 2012 and August 2014 in a Syrian prison ran by the al-Nusra Front. The al-Nursa Front, which was at the time the Syrian wing of Al-Qaeda, is a militant faction of rebels fighting the...

October 26, 2016

My desire to study abroad started the first week of German class in high school. My paternal grandmother had traveled across Asia and Africa up until she turned eighty. My maternal grandmother also traveled, though not as often. Hearing their stories filled me with won...

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