Arrival: A Plea For Understanding

On October 11th, the film Arrival made first contact with theatres. Its basic premise made up the majority of its marketing: Aliens have landed on earth. They are speaking to us. There’s just one problem: We have no idea what they’re saying.   Enter Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), renown linguist…

The Truth About Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, America’s first birth control clinic, opened its doors on October 16, 1916. Nine days later it was shut down by police for the first time and its founder, Margaret Sanger, was thrown in jail. She provided the inmates with information about birth control while imprisoned. This set the tone for the next 100…

Pull Yourself Together: A Reflection

Most nights start with the goal to wake up fine the next day but end with an ungraceful, drunken flop into the mounds of knitted blankets I call my bed—there’s usually a “Pull yourself together,” uttered somewhere in between the two. For the most part, these “pull yourself together”s are private, intimate moments, had in…

Concerns from a Conservative Kid

Last month, the United States elected contentious presidential hopeful Donald Trump to the presidency. Tensions are high, and people are mad. Many are categorizing all Republicans as die-hard Trump supporters—and that is simply not true. Trump has been a polarizing candidate not just for the country, but for the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton has done…