By Will Webber

Will Webber

Associate editor of digital media

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The reviews are in for Will's first year as a Kansan staffer: "Actually I was going to say that it was biased, lacking of any fundemental knowledge of history or politics and I am sure that you will go far in journalism." Calvin O. "Have a nice day, you embarrassment. And by the way, the bloggers in CA are putting morons like you in the government cheese line where you belong." -advisor. "Poor Mr. Webber. You are not a 'journalist' by any stretch. You are terribly naive and willfully ignorant." -Robert Birdwell. "You sir, are a massive fraud. And furthermore, there doesn't exist an intelligent person on planet Earth that takes opinions of journalists seriously." -advisor. Thank you all for reading.
Webber: Offensive language only hurts if we let it

Webber: Offensive language only hurts if we let it

I guess the first time I was called a “wetback” was about six years ago in middle school, but the last time I heard it was from Republican Rep. Don Young on a radio show a couple weeks back. I know you all are probably expecting me to throw on my luchador mask and enter […]

Webber: Political parties a lot like supporting family members

Webber: Political parties a lot like supporting family members

“Conservatives want to be your daddy, telling you what to do and what not to do,” said David Boaz in his book, Libertarianism: A Primer. “Liberals want to be your mommy, feeding you, tucking you in and wiping your nose.” And libertarians are like your uncle. Your uncle is cool. He drives a two-seater coupe […]

Webber: North Korea's plans are unclear

Webber: North Korea’s plans are unclear

After the British Empire fell and the Soviet Union dissolved, the world had only one superpower left. We called it America. The last country with immeasurable influence over a planet that could be blown halfway to hell by a single nuclear weapon. America has served as a watchful protector that champions diplomacy and justice over […]

Webber: Equal visitation rights still under attack

Webber: Equal visitation rights still under attack

I’m not going to be the guy who convinces you that homosexuality is perfectly natural. I still sometimes use the words “gay” and “lame” interchangeably. I wince when I see two men kiss. I hate that I still have some homophobic tendencies, but it still just seems so weird to me. And then I get […]

Webber: Conspiracy theorists fear facing the truth

Webber: Conspiracy theorists fear facing the truth

Somewhere at Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies in North Korea, a precocious student is questioning whether his late-great leader, Kim Jong-Il, actually scored 11 “hole-in-ones” in his first ever round of golf. What if he wasn’t so great after all, but was actually a manipulative dictator who controlled every word in the newspapers? What if […]

Webber: Guns bring fear to everyday life

Webber: Guns bring fear to everyday life

The previous three weeks left ten murdered and three wounded, but no gunshots were fired on Oct. 23, 2002. It was just my ninth birthday. I lived in Centreville, Va., where a 20-mile ride down the Beltway led to the nation’s capital. And there, in the suburbs of freedom, I learned fear. But no one […]

Webber: Beating the freshman blues

Webber: Beating the freshman blues

I’ve been distracted from politics lately. I won’t call it depression, but I’ve been stuck in a happiness recession ever since I made the ill-advised decision to leave home and get a proper education. I’ve only slept eight hours total in the past three days and I can feel the medicine creeping out of my […]

Webber: Election sparks pride in Mexican roots

Webber: Election sparks pride in Mexican roots

Long before I learned the advantages of being white, I spoke my very first word in Spanish. It was “bola,” meaning ball. I had pretty much the same scope of interests as any little boy, but I had a different way of voicing it. My mom was born in Mexico and always stressed the importance […]

Webber: Election results are not the end of the world

Webber: Election results are not the end of the world

Today is election day. But more importantly, it’s my girlfriend’s birthday. That’s right. After all the hours I spent bickering over economic policy in the cafeteria, shushing chatty viewers at my convention/debate watch parties and subsequently scouring Politifact.com to see which candidate lied more, ignoring my professors as I read every new poll and election […]

Webber: Islam misrepresented in media

Webber: Islam misrepresented in media

It turns out that not everyone views things the same way. I used to look at other cultures through my own narrow lens of comfort, relating everything to my own familiar experiences and values. I looked at Hanukkah as Jewish Christmas and crepes as French pancakes and a Quinceañera as a sweet sixteen (except the […]

Webber: A face behind health care, more than just finances

I’m not a freedom-hating commie or a lazy freeloader suckling ‘neath the red, white and blue teats of hardworking Americans’ tax dollars – I’m just trying to survive without bankrupting my family. For a few weeks of this past summer, I joined the ranks of the nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance. My mom […]

Webber: Change is possible with dedication

I couldn’t seem to keep up with fads as a kid. I was busy enough trying to get used to writing in cursive and reading books without pictures to notice what was trending in the world of fourth grade fashion. I was still wearing crew socks when everyone else switched to those risqué no-show ankle […]