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Swanson: It’s Okay to Experience the Art of Terrible People

Swanson: It’s Okay to Experience the Art of Terrible People

By Gavin Swanson

September 5, 2018

Kanye West made headlines when he returned to the public sphere earlier this year. He made tweets in support of Donald Trump and infamously said that slavery was a choice in a TMZ interview. At the same time he also announced his line of short albums that he planned on releasing in June. In reaction to...

Swanson: Presidential Pardons Aren’t for the President

Swanson: Presidential Pardons Aren’t for the President

By Gavin Swanson

June 28, 2018

“My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” These were some of the opening words of Gerald Ford’s inauguration speech, in reference to the Watergate scandal that plagued the Nixon administration just weeks before. A month later he would announce a full pardon for Nixon in a tele...

Swanson: Consider Living on Campus your Freshman Year

Swanson: Consider Living on Campus your Freshman Year

By Gavin Swanson

May 31, 2018

During the summer before my first term at the University of Utah, I tried to find a cheap one bedroom apartment for rent close to campus. I remember thinking it'd be the best, as I was a huge introvert, and the thought of having to share a living space with complete strangers seemed like a special k...

Swanson: Another Day, Another Campus Event

Swanson: Another Day, Another Campus Event

By Gavin Swanson

May 22, 2018

It starts with orientation. It’s your first actual campus event as admitted students of the U. It can be scary and a bit of a shift and it can potentially turn people off the idea of attending future campus events or getting involved in them. This piece is here to put you at ease. Yes, there are lots...

Swanson: College Friends Aren’t Forever

Swanson: College Friends Aren’t Forever

By Gavin Swanson

May 2, 2018

Nothing lasts forever, and as I’m sure many of you have experienced by now, that includes the relationships you have with your closest friends. It’s a fact of nature we like to ignore and that catches us by surprise every time it happens, but rare is the case where a best friend forever is actually...

Swanson: Defend Your Taste and Choose What You Like to Enjoy

Swanson: Defend Your Taste and Choose What You Like to Enjoy

By Gavin Swanson

April 25, 2018

Criticism has always been a part of enjoying media. From hecklers at Greek plays to columnists writing weekly for a newspaper, people have made their opinions of film, music, writing and art publicly heard by others, whether they like it or not. In the age of the internet, this saturation of opinions ...

Swanson: Zuckerberg’s Congressional Hearing Only Helped Facebook

Swanson: Zuckerberg’s Congressional Hearing Only Helped Facebook

By Gavin Swanson

April 19, 2018

After his questioning from members of the Senate, the internet was saturated with memes making fun of Mark Zuckerberg for his behavior. Everything from using a seat lift, the way he drank water and his facial expressions were jumped on by the people of the internet. It might come to a surprise to those...

Swanson: The Ethics of Mocking the President’s Family

Swanson: The Ethics of Mocking the President’s Family

By Gavin Swanson

April 14, 2018

It’s a semi-universally accepted notion by the American media that the family of the president is off limits for satire. This, of course, has not always been respected, and there have been notable incidents where major media figures openly mocked residents of the White House. In 1992, Rush Limbaugh ...

Swanson: Examining Our Culture of Nostalgia

Swanson: Examining Our Culture of Nostalgia

By Gavin Swanson

April 13, 2018

Our childhoods are arguably the most important and integral periods of our lives. They define what we will come to like, dislike, find important and unimportant. As we become adults, the desire to throwback and experience nostalgia is becoming a popular trend. That’s not to say this phenomenon is exclusive...

Swanson: Child Marriage in America

Swanson: Child Marriage in America

By Gavin Swanson

April 11, 2018

It came as a surprise, to me, to hear that child marriage is still a problem in western civilization. It surprised me even further to learn that it was all legal and the people who engage in it do so with the law on their side. Generally, the legal age of marriage in America is 18. However, every stat...

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