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America is not a democracy

The summer following my freshman year, I worked as an intern for my United States congressman. Part of my duties required me to answer the phones and hear constituents angrily complain about issues I could not control. Whenever I had an irate constituent on the phone, which was often, I was instructed by my supervisors … Continue reading

Understanding autism: sensory differences

Before spring break, there was a picture that made the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit. The picture was of a simple dress, which viewers saw as either black and blue or white and gold. Those with different opinions on the dress’s color argued vehemently, trying to find a reason for this baffling phenomenon. … Continue reading

An open letter to Xavier professor

Thoughts on hectic schedules, student loans and lackluster lectures Dear Xavier Professors, I know that a lot of you are very enthusiastic, motivated people who work hard each and every day to make sure that your students are learning important things about the world and themselves. This letter is not about those of you who … Continue reading

On Russian foreign policy

The foreign policy actions Russia has taken — whether in the days of the Czars, the Soviet Union or even the modern Russian Federation — tend to confound foreigners. “Paranoid Ivan” is a term that gets thrown around, reflecting the confusion Western policymakers experience at the siege mentality of their Russian counterparts. Why do they … Continue reading

Letter to the editor

Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Xavier University, We want to thank everyone in the Xavier community for the outstanding support during the March Gladness campaign. As chairs of the March Gladness Street Team, we were fortunate enough to witness the Xavier community, here in Cincinnati, across the country and even in multiple … Continue reading

On Brian Williams

I believed in Brian Williams. For those who do not know, Brian Williams was the managing editor and anchor of the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” Although almost everyone has heard Williams’s name recently, many young people only know Brian Williams as “the liar.” About three weeks ago, nearly every major news outlet ran … Continue reading

Same-sex parenting

Earlier this month Katy Faust, a blogger raised by same-sex parents, wrote an open letter to Justice Kennedy, a traditional swing vote in the Supreme Court. In the letter, which has been shared more than 270,000 times, she argues that same-sex marriage presents inherent disadvantages to children. Because same-sex partners cannot have children in a … Continue reading

God does not win elections

Republican candidates scare off voters with appeals to religion A couple weeks ago, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 (he has not yet announced, but there is much speculation), headlined a prayer rally in his home state entitled “The Answer,” at which he was quoted saying, … Continue reading

Fifty shades: celebrating unhealthy sex

Ana and Grey’s relationship isn’t romanic, so why do we love it so much? Let’s face it; we live in an age of a multi-billion dollar Internet porn industry, discreet naughty-toy shipping and hundreds of apps that far surpass Tinder’s sexual connotation. All these things provide outlets for our curiosity about BDSM. “Fifty Shades of … Continue reading

Staff Editorial

SGA elections endorsement Each year, the Newswire conducts thorough interviews with all approved Student Government Association (SGA) executive tickets and subsequently releases an official endorsement of the ticket we believe is the most qualified. This year, our decision was difficult, as both tickets had well-planned platforms and strong performances in the interviews. We were impressed … Continue reading

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