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She Goes Down: Time’s Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

She Goes Down: Time’s Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

By Allison Hagan

September 12, 2018

Two weeks ago, and 10 months after he admitted to masturbating nonconsensually in front of five women, Louis C.K. took the stage for a surprise set at a comedy club in New York City. C.K., who made a joke about rape whistles during the set, received a standing ovation afterwards. The comedian follows a long line of men whose careers s...

LGBTQ Column: Logging on to feel less alone

LGBTQ Column: Logging on to feel less alone

By Andrew Stanton

April 18, 2018

As a confused, gay teenager, lacking any support from family or peers, I did what any other young member of the LGBTQ community would—I logged onto the internet. According to the Born This Way Foundation, 62 percent of queer youth go online to find relatable people, opposed to only 40 percent of non-queer youth. We use social media sites lik...

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

By Joseph Green

April 11, 2018

The history of hip-hop tends to focus on music from the coasts. When the genre was born in the 1970s, most of its early pioneers came from New York City. Later, in the 80s and early 90s, California artists unleashed their own take on rap music. After this, it became common practice to define hip-hop as a...

LGBTQ Column: Don’t forget the T

By Andrew Stanton

March 28, 2018

RuPaul, the drag queen who started the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, a popular drag competition, caused a stir within the LGBTQ community when he said he would “probably not” allow transitioning transgender people to compete on his show. “You can identify as a woman and say you’re transit...

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

By Andrew Stanton

February 21, 2018

This year, the world watched the first openly-gay Team USA athletes compete in the Winter Olympics. Many people in the LGBTQ community are celebrating figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy for their courage and shameless self-expression in the athletic spotlight, where the queer comm...

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

By Joseph Green

February 14, 2018

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and anxiety burrow into my brain for the rest of the winter. Given my attitude toward this time of year, ...

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

By Andrew Stanton

January 23, 2018

NBC’s new show Rise tells the story of how high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli transforms the theater department. The plot is based on the real life story of Lou Volpe, but many in the LGBTQ community have criticized the show’s creators for changing a pivotal part of Volpe’s characte...

Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

By Joseph Green

October 25, 2017

Music these days can be overwhelming. Dense production surrounds us with synths, reverb, and electronic effects I can’t even put a name on. Vocals undergo thick layers of distortion before they reach our ears. It seems the goal of production in modern music is to see just how big sound can get. Maximalism...

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October 4, 2017

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LGBTQ column: Out of the closet, into a box

By Andrew Stanton

September 28, 2017

I have a confession—I think Buzzfeed quizzes are fun. A few weeks ago, I found myself searching the site. One quiz titled, “You Won’t Get 100% on this Quiz If You’re Straight,” jumped out at me. Aware of how questionable this could be, I went ahead and took it. According to Buzzfeed, I am, ...

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

By Joseph Green

September 28, 2017

I was walking to the grocery store a week ago on the first chilly night of the fall. It wasn’t far, just a few blocks, but I plugged in my headphones anyway and hit shuffle on my summer of 2017 playlist. I had spent the last few months perfecting it, but I found myself skipping song after song. The...

Love column: Straight noise crowds LGBTQ+ space

March 29, 2017

Last Friday, my first weekend in D.C., I ventured out into the city for drinking, dancing, and the sense of adventure that comes with being in a new place. My friends and I spotted a rooftop bar with an American flag and a rainbow flag waving side by side and we skipped inside, delighted.   On...