The Value of Debate at a Liberal Arts University

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During my freshman year at Drury, my communications professor convinced me to join the Debate Union. I was hesitant at first, considering I had zero experience in debate and no desire to participate. Debating had never seemed appealing to me, so I wondered what role I could play in this organization. My fears were assuaged, however, once I began working on filming the debaters, judging rounds at tournaments, and assisting the Director in running the…

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“Alternative Facts” and the Humanities

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I have been concerned about “alternative facts” even before that term got popularized in the last month or two. I have studied African American culture for the past two decades, and I have learned how the history of racism was (and is) built on a series of “alternative facts”: whites are smarter than blacks, blacks are lazy, black bodies are weaker or stronger, blacks are violent, etc. These alternative facts become the narratives that shape…

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Escape, Adventure, and Dystopias: Snow Like Ashes

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I have always found that books can be an excellent form of escape from the real world. When life gets too hectic or upsetting, they provide an alternate narrative for one to be a part of. Books allow us to forget our everyday troubles for a while by sending our minds on adventures that we might not ever dream of. I know that this year has not been easy for some, so I wanted to…

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#dresshowyoulike

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It’s eight in the morning. My alarm rings. I hit snooze a few times before I throw back the covers and roll out of bed. Then, I go through my morning routine to get ready for another day of classes. I usually pick an outfit to wear that makes me feel confident, comfortable, or lately, warm. Getting ready for the day is a habitual and rather thoughtless process that—until last week— I had not thought…

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