Catherine Taipe

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  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg reframes liberalism

    With the never-ending list of Democratic presidential candidates for the upcoming 2020 election, it is almost too easy to lose track of who’s who and what they believe in. I have found my Twitter feed drowning in news about Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, all candidates who have made quite the name for themselves. Despite my refusal to endorse any c...

    Forum | April 1, 2019
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Diamond Woman in A Rhinestone World

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known as AOC, is taking the nation by storm. From taking a stand on the broken system to making the complexities of American politics more accessible through viral C-SPAN videos and Instagram stories, Ocasio-Cortez is a disruptive tour-de-force, the voice of a generation ready to take action. We are just as ready and eager for her as we are completely terrified.

    Forum | February 11, 2019
  • Professor at Duke sparks controversy

    After her email to first- and second-year students at Duke University encouraging them to “commit to using English 100% of the time,” Professor Megan Neely has since apologized, and has been asked to step down from her position as director of graduate studies in Duke’s biostatistics master’s program. While she remains an assist...

    Forum | February 4, 2019
  • Misrepresentation of migrant caravans

    Time and time again, we see the bolded headlines and aerial shots of groups walking, each story starting with “BREAKING!” and ending with another update about the current Central American migrant caravan. Yes, it is considered one of the largest caravans to assemble and travel northward toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Yes, they are all seeking asylum. And yes, they are walking thousands of miles fo...

    Forum | November 5, 2018
  • Band Aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes: A Letter To America’s Sweetheart

    Dear Taylor Swift,

    It feels like just yesterday when “Teardrops On My Guitar” was blasting from my desktop computer while I did math homework, when I listened to “White Horse” while thinking about my fourth grade crush, when I listened to “22” while daydreaming of being older and cooler, and when I listened to “You Belong With Me” while sleeping through a long road trip. For a chunk of my chil...

    Pillbox | October 15, 2018