Trump and the Power of Language

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | NOVEMBER 10, 2016

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

George Orwell, 1984

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In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory, many mourners view the results not simply with regret towards a White House they will oppose, but as the impending validation of a society they have dreaded.

Trump did not create the racism, sexism, religious intolerance and xenophobia that may have won him the presidency. He merely gave a voice to the existent ideology whose intent was to disenfranchise various groups of people, fellow Americans, in order to preserve the delusion that the America that was great had expired, and that Trump could bring it back. Continue reading “Trump and the Power of Language”

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Administration Mishandles Sexual Harassment Case

SAM COPELAND, NEWS EDITOR | NOVEMBER 1, 2016

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All of the events in this article were described to me by first hand witnesses. The names of the students involved have been altered or left out at their request.

It was September 3rd–a Saturday night. Russell and his girlfriend, Mona, were walking through the Village to get the shuttle back home to Red Hook. They had just been at a party and were both drunk.

Russell and Mona were going through a rough patch. There had been some cheating in their relationship and they were both feeling the pressure. When Mona’s shoe fell off, causing her to lag behind, Russell yelled at her to hurry up and kept walking.

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