Arts & Culture

on October 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM / in Arts & Culture

Swashbucklers and Scallywags: A Closer Look at a Pirate’s Life

By: Irina Plaks On Sept. 6, a ship full of Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian, and Sudanese migrants left the port of Damietta in Egypt and set sail for Europe. A few days later, smugglers on a smaller ship demanded that 500 men, women, and children aboard switch to the smaller vessel. When the captain refused, the smugglers rammed their boat into […]

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on September 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM / in Arts & Culture

The College Student’s Great Depression

By: Chenee Tracey Actor and comedian Robin Williams took his life on August 11, 2014 due to his prolonged battle with depression. His death sparked an unprecedented nationwide debate about the state of mental health within the United States. The National Alliance on Mental Illness published a survey in 2013 that found that about 25 percent of the adult American […]

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on September 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM / in Arts & Culture

Miss America: The Feminist Conundrum

By: Kathleen Wilson Founded in 1921, the Miss America Beauty Pageant was originally intended to attract more businessmen to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. As the pageant developed in the coming years, rule number seven was soon instituted, stating, “contestants must be of good health and of the white race.” Much like the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, pageant participants were […]

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on September 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM / in Arts & Culture, National, World

OPINION: Cabbie Lobby’s Uber Anger Fair But Misguided

By: Garrett Herrin Last week, two big things happened in Athens, Georgia. Georgia beat Clemson 45-21 to kick off the college football season. And ridesharing service Uber launched to wild success, bringing to Athens what is already one of the most popular forms of transportation in major metropolitan areas like New York and Washington. First, a little bit about Uber. […]

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on August 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM / in Arts & Culture

The Invisible Orientation

By: Carson Aft and Michael Land “I started using the word ‘asexual’ when I was about 13 or 14. … Everyone around me was experiencing things that I wasn’t, and it was scary and disorienting. I assumed there was something wrong with me. Something broken.” –David Jay According to modern understanding, human sexuality is best understood as a spectrum. Alfred Kinsey first proposed […]

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on July 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM / in Arts & Culture

Majoring in Eligibility: How NCAA Policy is Harming the Student-Athlete

By: Chris Lewitzke  In 2014, over 600,000 fans will pack into Sanford Stadium to watch dozens of 18 to 23-year-olds play a football game. These so-called “student-athletes” will generate the majority of the $100 million the UGA Athletic Association expects in revenue for fiscal year 2014. Across the country, college football and basketball programs generate billions of dollars for collegiate […]

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on April 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM / in Arts & Culture

Out of this World: Explaining the Success of Adventure Time

By: Andrew Peoples The show has won commercial success, widespread critical acclaim, and three Emmy Awards. Exploring themes ranging from moral philosophy to gender identity to the certainty and nature of death, it has attracted millions of dedicated fans with its brilliant writing and diverse cast of characters. No, it’s not an HBO drama or Netflix original series. The program […]

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on April 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM / in Arts & Culture

(Un)reality Television

By: Chenee Tracey “You’re going to Hollywood!” Cut to the excited “American Idol” contestant who has just discovered she has advanced to the next round. She hasn’t even performed in front of the judges. Instead, the show’s producers decided she could advance to the next level. Reality shows are designed to be entertaining. Cameramen follow reality television subjects with hopes […]

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on April 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM / in Arts & Culture

The European Union, Netflix, and Net Neutrality

By: Bruce Li On April 3, 2014, the European Union voted in favor of measures that would promote equal access to the Internet by preventing Internet providers from charging for “preferential access” to their networks. The EU was lauded by net neutrality advocates for its effort to progressively shape Internet policy for the future. Meanwhile in the United States, the […]

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on March 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM / in Arts & Culture

Don’t Ban Bossy, Embrace It

By: Shuchi Goyal “Your daughter is creative and constantly engaged around the classroom, but …” My first-grade teacher hesitated, and my parents waited anxiously for whatever horrible truth would be revealed next. “Well … she’s a little bossy.” It was said as though this was the worst thing a little girl could be: not lazy, not rude, not a bully, […]

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