Last week’s rendition of the politicking game on campus was a dismal show. Whatever evils did or did not occur, the events that transpired brought forth an interesting discourse on the ethics of politics.
Today in the American higher education system, school without debt is a rarity. Tuition at public four-year institutions grew 104 percent over the last 10 years, while federal student aid and scholarships have seriously lagged behind.
ASUW’s Experimental College (ExCo), established 1968, is one of only a select few experimental colleges in the nation today and part of the 1960s legacy of nontraditional education. It represents our campus commitment to not only diversity of thought and experience but also public engagement, fashioning itself as a valuable part of our educational community.
After being dominated for so many years by two-party competition, our political system appears as if it could not sustain any other structure. Mainstream American political ideology falls along one dimension, from Democrat to Republican, Liberal to Conservative. The public has been polarized, the media has been polarized, and perspectives that don’t fit into the one-dimensional spectrum are marginalized.
The first time I ever encountered a gun up close in person, it frightened me. I was about 10 years old, and back then I was still afraid of the dark. Now, many years later, I am proud to say I no longer fear the dark, but I still fear the power of a gun.