courtesy MSMSMSM

Ten albums I’ve listened to and loved this year

This is in no way a comprehensive list, because who has the time for that? Nevertheless, here are my favorites of 2018. It’s 2019, which means it’s time to squash 2018 into listicles. I wasn’t quite able to listen to every album dropped last year, leaving me in a position of explicit non-authority on the […]

American economists win Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Economists William D. Nordhaus and Paul Romer shared the Nobel Prize for their environmental and economic work. Two American economists have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The $1 million prize was divided equally between William D. Nordhaus and Paul Romer for their separate work into environmental and economic sustainability. “This year’s […]

Uruguay transgender law represents power of protests

Uruguay’s new law protecting its transgender population is a result of decades of political protest. While the Trump administration is working to legally and medically deny the existence of transgender individuals, Uruguay stands out as beacon of progressive laws for the protection of LGBTQ communities. On Oct. 19, the Uruguayan Congress approved a law that […]

Trump administration seeks to redefine gender

The administration’s potential new definition removes recognition of intersex and trans individuals. The Trump administration asks that government agencies define “sex as either male or female, unchangeable and determined by the genitals that a person is born with … Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing,” according to a […]

Chemistry Nobel Prize jointly awarded

The Nobel Prize was awarded to a team of three and, for just the fifth time in 117 years, to a woman The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Dr. Frances H. Arnold for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes. Dr. Arnold shared this year’s prize […]

graphic by Conner Maggio

A list of fresh beats for Halloween vibes

A playlist to listen to by autumnal candlelight. For whatever reason, this season always makes me want to go back a few decades in terms of my listening habits. This desire to look backwards for my autumnal soundtrack is probably because the production of ‘60s through ‘80s music wasn’t quite as slick as it is […]

Pictured in July 2018 from left to right, Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona senator Jon Kyl stand in the White House. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Brett Kavanaugh confirmed for Supreme Court

Following sexual assault allegations, a senate hearing and an FBI investigation, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. Last Saturday, United States senators voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, thereby creating a conservative majority within the court. Following Kavanaugh’s nomination, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford publicly voiced that Kavanaugh […]

photo by Emily Every

The Decemberists concert plays to all fans

An enthusiastic crowd and the energy of the performance more than made up for the lacking setlist. I’m probably the one person on this planet who got into the Decemberists through Colin Meloy’s one solo album, “Colin Meloy Sings Live!” It’s a romp through the band’s most well-known songs until 2006, sprinkled here and there […]

“The Office” style of comedy superior to “Parks & Rec”

“The Office’s” brutal realism makes for a more sophisticated sitcom. If you’re anything like me, then you’re no stranger to a perennial discourse over your preferred American workplace mockumentary. “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation”: which is funnier? Which series is more consistent in quality? Which has more rewatch value and is home to the […]