Opinion Archive

  • By Gabriel Kogel   Imagine you’ve spent the last six years practicing long meditation sessions, grueling yoga practice, and an acetic starvation diet, all in pursuit of deep spiritual truth. Nearing death from pushing your body far beyond its limits, but no closer to your goal, you break your fast...

    Lessons of Siddhartha Gautama

    By Gabriel Kogel   Imagine you’ve spent the last six years practicing long meditation sessions, grueling yoga practice, and an acetic starvation diet, all in pursuit of deep spiritual truth. Nearing death from pushing your body far beyond its limits, but no closer to your goal, you break your fast…

  • By Jess Gamari   Of the many admirable qualities of Tyrion Lannister, my favorites are his witty comebacks and ability to find a loophole in any grim predicament. Which got me thinking, what is an actual loophole? Loopholes, as we know them today, are conditions that have been left out...

    Scoop on loopholes

    By Jess Gamari   Of the many admirable qualities of Tyrion Lannister, my favorites are his witty comebacks and ability to find a loophole in any grim predicament. Which got me thinking, what is an actual loophole? Loopholes, as we know them today, are conditions that have been left out…

  • Now that the sun is ready to bring North Adams some warmth, it’s a good idea to broaden your exercise routine. For a start, you could do some or all of it outside. Some people prefer to run outside only, and that’s fine, and actually better for the muscles. As...

    All of the options

    Now that the sun is ready to bring North Adams some warmth, it’s a good idea to broaden your exercise routine. For a start, you could do some or all of it outside. Some people prefer to run outside only, and that’s fine, and actually better for the muscles. As…

  • By Nick Arena   I have come to terms with the fact that I have an addiction. From what I’ve been told, the first step towards correcting a problem like this is admitting you have one. I spend a good couple of hours everyday surfing websites like BuzzFeed and Zimbio...

    Identity Crisis

    By Nick Arena   I have come to terms with the fact that I have an addiction. From what I’ve been told, the first step towards correcting a problem like this is admitting you have one. I spend a good couple of hours everyday surfing websites like BuzzFeed and Zimbio…

  • By Shannen Adamites   It can be argued that any form of art, from composition, to creative writing to performance, is not completley finished, even after the work has been published, debuted, or exhibited. There is always room for improvement, even when the artist or mentor deems it worthy of...

    In the defense of art criticism…

    By Shannen Adamites   It can be argued that any form of art, from composition, to creative writing to performance, is not completley finished, even after the work has been published, debuted, or exhibited. There is always room for improvement, even when the artist or mentor deems it worthy of…

  • By Jesse Collings   Instant replay has become one of the biggest features in sports over the last decade. Fans have complained about subpar refereeing since the inception of organized sport, but over the last several years, technology has been gradually instituted into aiding the officials to make their decisions...

    Death to replay

    By Jesse Collings   Instant replay has become one of the biggest features in sports over the last decade. Fans have complained about subpar refereeing since the inception of organized sport, but over the last several years, technology has been gradually instituted into aiding the officials to make their decisions…

  • By Jess Gamari   From can openers and punch bowl ladles to proper dining techniques and adjusting videogame set up, the struggle of being left handed in a predominantly right handed world is something about 15 percent of the nation faces every day. Each morning as I walk into class,...

    Southpaw Struggles

    By Jess Gamari   From can openers and punch bowl ladles to proper dining techniques and adjusting videogame set up, the struggle of being left handed in a predominantly right handed world is something about 15 percent of the nation faces every day. Each morning as I walk into class,…

  • By Jesse Collings   Part of the thrill of the NCAA Tournament is that stars that are made during the tournament will soon be seen playing at the next level. With the 2014 NBA Draft supposed to be the most star-studded draft in the last several years, the NCAA Tournament...

    The kids are alright

    By Jesse Collings   Part of the thrill of the NCAA Tournament is that stars that are made during the tournament will soon be seen playing at the next level. With the 2014 NBA Draft supposed to be the most star-studded draft in the last several years, the NCAA Tournament…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   If you’re anything like me, it’s this stretch of the semester when pressure begins to rise and worry becomes an unwelcome companion. When I worry, I often think about the old expression: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I’ve always wanted to be...

    Worry and stress: tough it out, or accept it?

    By Gabriel Kogel   If you’re anything like me, it’s this stretch of the semester when pressure begins to rise and worry becomes an unwelcome companion. When I worry, I often think about the old expression: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I’ve always wanted to be…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   The term “willpower” can mean anything. To me, it is the ability to keep going and refusing to quit. It is your energetic determination, and if there’s one important characteristic to have, it is willpower. Unfortunately, willpower goes hand-in-hand with the desire to quit. During a...

    Too quick to quit

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   The term “willpower” can mean anything. To me, it is the ability to keep going and refusing to quit. It is your energetic determination, and if there’s one important characteristic to have, it is willpower. Unfortunately, willpower goes hand-in-hand with the desire to quit. During a…

  • By Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Avenue Q” is one of the more popular plays to hit Broadway and the theater community in a long time, and it is easy to see why. The play easily combines feel-good charm with the veneer of ironic detachment and “edgy” humor to create a play that...

    “Avenue Q” carried by easy chemistry and quick dialogue

    By Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Avenue Q” is one of the more popular plays to hit Broadway and the theater community in a long time, and it is easy to see why. The play easily combines feel-good charm with the veneer of ironic detachment and “edgy” humor to create a play that…

  • By Jesse Collings   Every single season during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, upsets have lower-seeded teams from tiny conferences besting traditional powerhouses from the largest conferences in the nation. The upsets appear solely random, as it is hard to predict which tiny private school will defeat some...

    Let the madness begin

    By Jesse Collings   Every single season during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, upsets have lower-seeded teams from tiny conferences besting traditional powerhouses from the largest conferences in the nation. The upsets appear solely random, as it is hard to predict which tiny private school will defeat some…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   Taking on a new lifestyle of eating well and exercising doesn’t always have to be a dramatic change in one’s life. There are plenty of things you can sneak into your daily routine without realizing that, slowly, you’re bettering your body and mind. Some examples of...

    It is the little things that count

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   Taking on a new lifestyle of eating well and exercising doesn’t always have to be a dramatic change in one’s life. There are plenty of things you can sneak into your daily routine without realizing that, slowly, you’re bettering your body and mind. Some examples of…

  • By Nick Arena   Recently, Sony unveiled its plans to unleash “Project Morpheus,” another attempt to step into the world of virtual reality in video gaming. I like video games as much as the next guy, and I am looking forward to seeing what Sony can do with this, but...

    Disconnected

    By Nick Arena   Recently, Sony unveiled its plans to unleash “Project Morpheus,” another attempt to step into the world of virtual reality in video gaming. I like video games as much as the next guy, and I am looking forward to seeing what Sony can do with this, but…

  • By Shannen Adamites   We are living in increasingly more progressive times. Every day, more people become aware of important social issues and become more conscious of individuals who may not necessarily fit in to mainstream society’s rigorous standards and expectations. While we have come a long way, we still...

    Representation matters

    By Shannen Adamites   We are living in increasingly more progressive times. Every day, more people become aware of important social issues and become more conscious of individuals who may not necessarily fit in to mainstream society’s rigorous standards and expectations. While we have come a long way, we still…

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