Disney Must Represent Princesses of Color

By Nicole Hong Browsing through the directory at a mall near Foster City, California, I light up at the sight of “The Disney Store …… A-11”. Even at the age of 19, I dash into the Disney store, in awe of all the magical goodness that surrounds me. Starting from the racks and shelves on…

We Want Peace

By Kenshin Zhang  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leading his country in a dangerous direction. On January 20th, he opened the first session of the National Diet with a policy speech that was predictably Abe-like, offering a conventional outline of his conservative agenda. In it, he advocated yet again for a stronger Japan, alluding…

The Importance of Manga and Anime

By Keith Oliver Japanese anime and comics are the key to unlocking the minds of the younger generation, I make these claims because I have been changed throughout my life by indulging in manga and anime. Japanese style animation known as anime along with the Japanese form of comics known as manga, are two of…

Ending the Hypocrisy of San Franciscans’ Liberalism

By Sophie Goldman Last November, San Francisco adopted a bizarre stance on its homelessness problem. Fifty-two percent of voters chose to allow the City to remove tents from sidewalks (Proposition Q) as well as allocate $50 million a year to homelessness programs (Proposition J), though they voted against increasing sales tax to pay for said…

Punch Your Tickets For Creed

By Emily Barnard  Creed, the latest film in the Rocky series, depicts the typical adolescent struggle to forge one’s own identity in context of one’s parents and their legacy. Despite there being some references to previous films, such as Balboa’s wife’s death from ovarian cancer, the film can be understood as a separate entity, and…

Review of Rata Negra: “Oído Absoluto”

By Sophie Goldman During the 80’s, following Franco’s death and the end of Spain’s 36-year dictatorship, punk, needles and sex flooded Madrid’s brick streets. This movida madrileña, as the period of hedonistic rebellion was called, produced dozens of raw, angry punk bands. Las Vulpes released “Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra” (“I Like to Be a Whore”);…

Female Panthers Can Hunt Too

By Nicole Hong Ever since playing volleyball and basketball in high school, I’ve wondered why men’s sports at every level receive more attention—from the media, fans, and sponsors—than women’s. A study done by the University of Southern California found that in 2014, ESPN women’s sports received only 2 percent of the network’s coverage, while men…

Tips From a Waitress

By Kelly Coyle As I walk through the door, my watch reads 7:58—I made it with two minutes to spare. Patti and Morgan greet me from the kitchen, and waitresses Kelsey and Tara, whose shifts began earlier, are hard at work. I tie my apron around my waist, grab my order-pad, and begin my shift….

Middlebury Needs a Student Center

By Thomas Leaycraft I saw a segment on Fox News’s “On the Record” about the Middlebury SGA’s decision to fly the Black Lives Matter Flag several weeks before I saw the banner itself hanging over the entrance to the McCullough Student Center. Like most of my peers, I seldom go to McCullough. The name “student…

When Your Major Matters

By Hye-Jin Kim Headed into my final semester at Middlebury College, I’m an anthropology major with no plans for graduate school. I want to be a journalist. Eager to start my career, I spent last fall researching dream jobs and competitive fellowships, exhilarated by the possibilities as I applied to them all. For weeks in…

Barry Bonds Belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame

By Will DiGravio Fans and writers have debated for years whether players who use steroids should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball’s great players of the 1990s and 2000s  — Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Jose Canseco, among others — have been persona non grata in the world of baseball…

Two Tracks One Motivation

By Stefan Asamoah I hated running. This is the conclusion that I had reached by the end of my track season, junior year. My coaches, friends and family always had high expectations for me when it came to races because they all believed I was fast. I had competed in the sport since seventh grade,…