Drake: Hobby Lobby ruling is simple, but raises bigger questions

Drake: Hobby Lobby ruling is simple, but raises bigger questions

Some of us may be confused about the “Hobby Lobby court ruling thing” that happened June 30 and for good reason too. The case brought attention to various political and social issues and raised many questions concerning big business and government regulation. In Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, two for-profit corporations sought exemption from the Affordable […]

Kenney: Find appreciation for unconventional music genres

Kenney: Find appreciation for unconventional music genres

Trap music saved my music taste. The no-holds-barred party genre transformed me from cookie-cutter hipster to a legitimate music lover. I don’t think I’ll forget the moment of truth for a long time. We were cruising through the suburbs in the backseat of someone’s car, blasting “Yeezus” for the first time and had no clue […]

Editorial: Senate election process needs examination, reform

For the next year, the student government will be controlled by a group of candidates who, almost universally, received only a minority of the votes cast.  How did that happen?  How did the election rules allow that to happen?  Why were several thousand KU students disenfranchised? One thing is clear: the rules must be changed. […]

Wolfe: Line between church and state needs to be more defined

When the United States was founded, the founding fathers had a choice to make. What type of language should they use in the constitution? Should they say that our rights are God given? Should they include references to the Bible? Or should they take the path of secularism, separating the church and state and simply […]

Fugate: Religion and politics can co-exist

It is no surprise that American politics is not secular. This mixing of politics and religion usually gets ugly. In addition, for the religious, it can be quite embarrassing that the loudest religious voices are those that tend to support oppressive ideologies. With that said, I think religion still has a place in politics. Politicians […]

Vernon: What I’ll miss most is already gone

What I’ll miss the most is already gone. It’s been gone since freshman year. It’s staying up at 4 in the morning with people you met months ago sharing the moments you’ll always look back to. Here’s the scene: A packed dorm room of kids staying up as long as possible simply because they could. […]

Letter to the Editor: Cinco de Mayo event at The Hawk was offensive

Dear Jayhawk Café, AKA The Hawk, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and think the reason why you thought it was appropriate to create and post such an offensively racist photo for your “Cinco de Drinko” event (as well as call the event “Cinco de Drinko”) is because you are […]

Stern: Animals show grief similarly to humans

  G rief is a difficult emotion. Pain, frustration and dejection all intertwine to create a throbbing sense of loss. I have recently experienced this feeling of desolation and, as anyone who has ever lost someone can agree, it is one of the most unpleasant feelings of the human experience. But what about when it […]

Kenney: Keep an open mind when discussing world politics

  R ecently, I’ve come to my most radical conclusion in my time at this university. While still fresh, the basic idea is to truly not care about the world at large. Whoah whoah—whoah—whoah—what the hell? Coming from the liberal, probably communist-sympathizing pansy-ass that is Wil, what are you talking about? These have been a […]

Burbank: Public discourse is necessary for worldly understanding

  C aring about the world is a hard job. With a constant stream of bad news being relentlessly thrown at us, it’s easy to become beaten down by the weight of a hard world. So why do we still care enough to stay informed on events beyond our own lives? There are two main […]

Saha: Alternative medicine can have negative effects

  A s this year winds down I conclude my first year in pharmacy school with a module on biology based alternative medicine. Many Americans enjoy this type of medicine due to its natural properties. While these supplements do not seem harmful, they could potentially have harmful interactions with prescription drugs. Complementary and alternative medicine […]

Jackson: Tuition cost should reflect employment possibilities

Jackson: Tuition cost should reflect employment possibilities

The most important thing that we will ever do in our lives is go to school, or that’s what I’ve always heard. I just can’t decide if it’s worth it. According to affordability.ku.edu, the cost for a single credit hour at the University of Kansas is $307.50 for residents. Assuming we need roughly 120 hours […]

Uri: Alcohol laws must be re-examined, changed

Uri: Alcohol laws must be re-examined, changed

The minimum purchase age for alcohol has been 21 in nearly every state since the mid-1980s. It’s strange that the United States, where a strong drinking culture exists, has such a high purchase age. This creates an odd dynamic, particularly on college campuses. While nearly everybody in college is old enough to buy cigarettes and […]

Soper: Graduation means time for re-evaluating relationships

Soper: Graduation means time for re-evaluating relationships

College is over, your classes are done, your lease is up. But there is one thing left that hasn’t ended — your relationship. Chances are you both won’t end up with jobs in Lawrence, so what does this mean? Does one sacrifice and follow the other? Do you try out long distance? Or, do you […]

Reasor: Pledge to purity should be for self, not others

Reasor: Pledge to purity should be for self, not others

In middle school, one of my Catholic cohorts received a purity ring for her birthday. Looking back, only a few people in my friend circle believed she’d honor her chastity promise to God and her family. Sure enough, during high school her purity ring slipped away just as the Jonas Brothers’ rings did. She stopped […]

Bates: Consider graduate school before joining workforce

Bates: Consider graduate school before joining workforce

What are your post-graduation plans? The frequency of that question really ramps up the further you progress through your senior year. It’s not my intention to convince you that one path is better than the others; rather, my goal is to motivate you to understand, and fully explore, the options. I’d like to highlight the […]