DAVID YANDA | OPINION COLUMNIST They say college is where you find yourself. Well, through my life there have been two noteworthy transformations of self. The first let’s call “Intuitive Mimicry,” and the second “Skeptical Suspension.” The first transformation took place throughout high school, peaked in early college, and was primed by the innumerable conflicts… Read More Gray World
DAVID YANDA | OPINION COLUMNIST We crave the upset. We long for the results that prove the probabilities meaningless. We recklessly pour our emotional stock into the unlikely winner. But why do we find ourselves caught in the charm of the underdog, even when this habit surely leads to frequent disappointment? How have we not… Read More Romanticizing the Underdog
DAVID YANDA | OPINION COLUMNIST Our campaign finance system is bullshit, defunding Planned Parenthood agitates me, a single-payer healthcare system sounds ideal, capital punishment turns my stomach, I’m down for euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research and while lack of immigration amnesty gets me down, June 26, 2015 was a damn fine day. I have… Read More Living in My Liberal Echo Chamber
DAVID YANDA | OPINION COLUMNIST Emotional invalidation: an infamous and infuriating junction between the misunderstood and judgmental where identity-erosion inadvertently emerges as an aversive guest. Although often immediately received as scornful and uncompassionate, invalidation, when executed properly, compensates for its irritable nature with fruits of selflessness and maturity. Obnoxious as it is unreasonable, rejecting an… Read More Self-Invalidation: Setting the Record Straight
DAVID YANDA | OPINION COLUMNIST The mourning of the recently deceased superstars Alan Rickman and David Bowie had rendered my social media feed temporarily mutilated, littered with fictitious lacerations bleeding inauthentic dismay. The majority of posts and tweets lamenting Bowie’s or Rickman’s death came from individuals who had never met the deceased celebrities; they only… Read More The Misguided Mourning of Celebrity Deaths
DAVID YANDA, OPINION WRITER The final few minutes of the Bengals-Steelers wildcard game left me with a sunken stomach. As the boiling aggression turned to malicious tackles resulting in unnecessary concussions, it was difficult not to acknowledge that football is an avenue that trades humanity for entertainment. Disgust in the game and dismay for the… Read More Should I Stop Watching the NFL?
DAVID YANDA, OPINION COLUMNIST College has proven itself to be a mostly reliable financial investment, but if that’s the lone reason you decided to enter into an academic institution, then I think the college is failing in its academic mission. I find it defeating that almost all college anecdotes overwhelmingly ooze with starry-eyed accounts of… Read More Removing the College Wool