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Absurdism on the Brain

Absurdism on the Brain

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04/01/2018

If you haven’t watched “The Eric Andre Show,” I don’t recommend starting now. Unless, of course, your definition of a quality talk show includes poop, random violence, uncomfortable guests, non-sequiturs, and lots of desk smashing and set destroying. It is truly amazing that a show in which both celebrity guests and audiences are consistently forced…

Gaudium et spes: The Meaning of the Crucifix

Gaudium et spes: The Meaning of the Crucifix

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03/30/2018

“I do not want to be in a religion in which I am ‘allowed’ to have a crucifix… In people who are Catholics, or call themselves Catholics, I want the idea not only liked but loved and loved ardently, and above all proudly proclaimed.” – G.K. Chesterton At Georgetown, unlike most universities in the United…

Gaudium et spes: When Anchors Make Worthy Vessels

Gaudium et spes: When Anchors Make Worthy Vessels

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03/17/2018

As someone who grew up in the island city-state of Singapore, from a society and community very different than Georgetown, I can attest to the claim that the Hilltop is home to an exceptionally motivated and pre-professional community. I’m grateful for this for a number of reasons, not least of which being that Georgetown pushes…

Solidarity Shouts: How I Became A Prison Abolitionist

Solidarity Shouts: How I Became A Prison Abolitionist

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03/16/2018

Most Georgetown passions begin with a student organization. One of the first clubs I joined upon arriving at Georgetown was Prison Outreach, a service program directed by the Center for Social Justice. In Prison Outreach, Georgetown students tutor incarcerated people in jails in Arlington and Alexandria, Va.  I joined because an influential high school teacher…

Open Access: Ties of the NHS to Mental Health

Open Access: Ties of the NHS to Mental Health

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03/13/2018

I spent my spring break in London this year—seeing family, mostly, but also doing embarrassing tourist stuff like taking pictures with the guards in front of Buckingham Palace. On a bus tour, the guide extols the virtues of the National Health Service (NHS), Britain’s socialized healthcare system. “It was set up for the people,” he…

Politics and LSD On the Brain

Politics and LSD On the Brain

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03/04/2018

As another mass murder of school children strikes the country, the fire of a familiar debate is reignited. Both sides accuse each other of apathy and disrespect for the victims as they push their own stances. Conservatives shame liberals for prematurely politicizing a tragedy and scorn establishment media sources for using it to feed their…

Gaudium et spes: Experiencing Community

Gaudium et spes: Experiencing Community

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03/02/2018

Pope Francis once said, “No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual, but God attracts us looking at the complex web of relationships that take place in the human community. God enters into this dynamic, this participation in the web of human relationships.” We enter Georgetown as individuals, new students seeking community. For many…

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