We Need More “Asian International Students Speaking Up” Events

On April 18, an event called “Asian International Students Speaking Up” took place at Unity House. It was hosted by JSA and CSA, aiming to give all Asian International students a safe place to share the troubling situations or questions they have while studying in a foreign country that is culturally different from their homeland. Dean Marianne Yoshioka from Smith College School for Social Work was invited as a guest speaker.

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Pet-A-Pet Day: The Good, The Bad, and The Furry

In the dark, stressful times of finals season, there was a light. We call that light “Pet-A-Pet Day.” Pet-A-Pet Day is a beacon of hope amidst a shore of dread. Will we pass that test? How will we finish that paper? Are we going to get that summer job? For that precious hour, though, our minds can be free of such pressure, in favor of far more pressing questions like, “Which of these animals is the cutest?” Is Pet-A-Pet Day truly all puppies and kittens, though? I think that question is worth pursuing.

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Where is the Hype for Liz Warren?

The polls are showing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the preference for democratic candidates lies with affable old white men. While it’s true that as long as Donald Trump is in the White House, the Democrats have a fair reason to want to “play it safe” with candidates who are palatable, we should try to unpack why palatable in the twenty-first century is still old, white men.

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The Perks of Being Single

Roughly around this time last year, when I told my friends that I was going to a women’s college, almost all of my friends asked me the same question: “You sure? How are you going to find a boyfriend at Smith?” As a straight prospective student at a women’s college, I am pitied by my friends for not being able to date in my college years.

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Why Active Minds has been a long time coming

Chantelle Leswell ’20J | Opinions Staff Writer

Last week, I attended a movie night ran by a new student organization, Active Minds. We watched the equally poignant and comedic “Lady Bird”; there were only four of us in the room, but I was so grateful that we were spending time together. Active Minds is a nonprofit that works to “utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.” According to the Smith Social Network, the Active Minds chapter at Smith is a mental health education, advocacy and awareness group. Learning of its existence brought tears to my eyes. Tears because we need it, tears because Smith has already failed me multiple times in this area, but most importantly, tears because something like this should’ve been implemented much, much sooner.

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Video games: Exercising body, mind and social skills

Kelly Coons ’22 | Assistant Opinions Editor

When the weather outside is frightful, staying inside can be delightful. It’s February, but as all New England winter veterans know, that does not mean that spring has arrived. Thus, whether we are being treated to buffeting winds, torrential rains or snow showers, we are still in the season for indoor activities. There is a myriad of things to do indoors, ranging from social events in your house to quietly working on your own, but I would like to recommend something that combines the worlds of extraversion and introversion: video games.

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