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Black, American, and Catholic

Black, American, and Catholic

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03/02/2018

The Catholic Church defines itself as a welcoming home for all believers. In fact, the word “catholic” comes from the Greek adjective katholikós, which literally translates to “universal.” As a Catholic, this idea of universality resonates deeply with me as a notion of truth and sharing in love and faith with all. However, as an…

What This American, From Eastern Ghouta, Knows about Syria

What This American, From Eastern Ghouta, Knows about Syria

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03/01/2018

For the past seven years, Syria has been filled with carnage beyond the imagination’s reach. The headlines—about sarin gas, refugees fleeing in hoards never before seen, and children, covered in blood, quietly taking in these scenes—persist. Over the course of the last eight days, more than 500 civilians have been killed outside of Damascus, and…

A Viewpoint on D.C. Statehood

A Viewpoint on D.C. Statehood

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02/23/2018

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, democracy is “a government by the people; rule of the majority.” A government in which, ideally, every citizen is represented and the majority rules. Why should these principles not apply to Washington, D.C. citizens?  D.C. lacks representation in Congress, and to rectify this, citizens like myself want statehood. D.C. currently…

Starbucks Refuge

Starbucks Refuge

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02/18/2018

I’m sitting in a Starbucks thumbing through a World Bank report on education. My cold, numb hands clasp a coffee cup for warmth. “64 million primary and 72 million lower secondary school children in lower-income countries are not in school.” In the margins I scrawl “by the time we figure out the next moves, we’ll…

When Terrorism Hits Close to Home

When Terrorism Hits Close to Home

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02/16/2018

I remember when the news broke about the shooter at the Bataclan concert venue and the explosions at the Stade de France. I didn’t handle it well. I’m French, and most of my family lives in Paris. For hours, I was shaking and checking the news and my phone every other minute—even after I had…

What’s in a Diss?

What’s in a Diss?

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02/16/2018

Dissing yourself is a form of humor familiar to most. Moments of vulnerability and confidence alike often oblige us to defer to joking about everyone’s easiest target—themselves. But in what sense should devaluing yourself ever be a source of humor? All too often, attempts to jokingly self-deprecate come across as either attention-seeking or pity-inducing. Personally,…

Friendship Send Failure

Friendship Send Failure

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02/09/2018

There’s something raw about being a freshman in college. I liken my first week at Georgetown to the feeling of getting lost in a supermarket as a child, running down what feels like a mile of fluorescent aisles, each overcrowded with products yet somehow empty. I eventually found my place here, just as I eventually…

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