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Why I won’t tell my daughter she’s beautiful

If I were an alien listening in on our cultural conversations, I would be completely convinced that the single greatest danger to Western civilization is a woman who doesn’t feel beautiful. Countless women and men have spoken out against an entertainment industry, a cosmetics industry, a fashion industry and a fitness industry that dare to … Continue reading

In defense of the homemaker

When you grow up, would you want to be a homemaker? Many would say no. It’s not a glamorous job. It does not come with a fancy title, benefits, insurance or even pay. It’s a job that has not seen growth in recent years, but instead has declined due to many women and men seeking … Continue reading

Power plays and pension funds

There are few things less sexy than pension funding and investment reforms at the municipal level. During the past half-decade, however, there also have been few things less concerning for Cincinnatians. Behind flashier discussions of streetcars and parking meters lies a $2.4 billion pension plan which is less than two-thirds funded. After several radical attempts … Continue reading

Basketball and the Xavier hierarchy

Last semester, I wrote an editorial about the nebulous role that Xavier basketball plays in relation to academics and other aspects of campus life. Since then, I have done some digging in an attempt to clarify this relationship. Both university president Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. and Athletic Director Greg Christopher were willing to sit down … Continue reading

Waiting for a hero: where change begins

The end of the year is a hectic time for students, but it offers us an important opportunity for reflection. The end of 2014 hopefully gave the opportunity to achieve academic goals, solidify personal achievements and prepare ourselves for what 2015 has in store. As I begin the new year, I want to share with … Continue reading

The problem with Charlie

One week ago the Paris office of a French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked, and 17 people died as a direct result of the incident and the ensuing hostage situations. France has insulated itself from the presence of terrorism in the last decade, unlike many other countries in Western Europe and North America. It … Continue reading

Wasson Way brings conflict: Balance of power thrown off kilter

The city of Cincinnati cannot even build a bike trail without accidentally shaking the foundations of its political structures and relationships. For years, the Wasson Way project has sought the means to convert a 6.5 mile stretch of unused train tracks between Xavier University and Newtown into a bike and pedestrian path. After innumerable snags … Continue reading

Ferguson: seeking solutions

Body cameras would help police, civilians On Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was not charged with any crimes. Protests turned to riots in Ferguson, Mo., and those riots were met by a heavily militarized police force. On Nov. 24, a grand jury decided that there was … Continue reading

Audiences snub great filmmaking

On Nov. 14, visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan released his most ambitious and groundbreaking film to date — “Interstellar.” The film — inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne — raised a lot of hype leading up to its release. People were excited: a cinematic experience rivaling the greatness of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A … Continue reading

Streetcar Saga

One year ago, if you had searched for the most recurring word in Cincinnati political news, the number one result, possibly before “the” or “a,” would be “streetcar.” Perhaps this is an exaggeration, but it can’t be too far off the mark; last year at this time, local politics and the streetcar debate were interchangeable … Continue reading

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