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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

Why practice yoga?

As college students, we often find ourselves at a crossroads…of a 20-lane intersection with no real concept of which way will make us happiest, benefit us most or give us the best chance to achieve our dreams. It’s stressful. We are in a tug-of-war between “this is the best time of your life, enjoy it,” … Continue reading

Loyalty versus ambition What ultimately brings happiness?

My grandfather worked as an engineer for General Electric (GE) Aerospace his entire adult life. He would always tell me, “I never woke up and dreaded going to work.” He genuinely loved his job, and they loved him. Most of his work was confidential. However, what we do know is that he and a small … Continue reading

Addiction

When people think of addiction, they generally think about smoking, alcoholism and maybe even caffeine. The typically talked-about addictions, such as smoking and caffeine, are generally caused by chemical dependencies that affect a person’s body. If someone is addicted to nicotine, going too long without a cigarette makes him feel anxious and irritable. If a … Continue reading

“Death with Dignity” debate

Living with quality when faced with tragedy Joe Neyer was driving home early one November morning in 2012. He had been having frequent headaches throughout the week but thought nothing of them. However, three blocks from home, he got completely lost and couldn’t remember where he was. Joe had a seizure and passed out. An … Continue reading

Common Core wrong for schools, students

No one is ever happy about education in this country. There are incalculable flaws and disparities, insurmountable polarities in philosophy and unimaginable bureaucratic barriers embedded in the United States’ public education system. In the past few years, there has been talk about the most recent idea for education reform, termed the “Common Core.” Much ink … Continue reading

Balancing basketball: priorities at Xavier

As I am writing, Xavier and the world around it are in a time of change. The leaves are falling from the trees, Ebola has reached our hemisphere and midterm elections just ended. While all of these are newsworthy, they are not what I would like to address today. Instead, I would like to talk … Continue reading

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