Kim Kardashian craze exemplifies obsession

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone ask, “Why is Kim Kardashian even famous?” I would be a very rich woman indeed. If I had another nickel for every answer, I could be even richer.  Some say it’s the boobs, the sex tape or the fact that her father was O.J. Simpson’s attorney. Any way you spin it, Kardashian and her sisters are famous for being famous. And they’re very good at it. So 72 days after her fairytale wedding, I find it hilarious that people...

Poor advice should not overturn rulings

The United States’ legal system is very much a result of trial and error. Some of the most important amendments to the Constitution were written into being because someone made a mistake. Take the Fifth Amendment, for example. If the police fail to read Miranda rights, a confession may be rendered useless. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Law and Order knows them by heart: you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You...

The changing significance of ‘racist’ terminology

Puget Sound is known for its tolerant environment; the school’s website even has an entire page dedicated solely to diversity on campus.  Yet the statistics showcased on the page show that the student body is predominantly Caucasian, accounting for a whopping 73 percent. An anonymous Caucasian student commented about racism on campus, “I haven’t noticed a problem – it’s not derogatory…Some people just have a heightened sense of what racism is.” The student has a valid point – one worth further investigation.  This “heightened sense” is certainly a worthwhile conjecture....
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