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Heidi Smith


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OPINION  |  STUDENT VOICES COLUMNS

You don't deserve to be here

As it happens, it all worked out in the end in what I’d like to think is a way that was meant to be—and I’m thankful for the hindsight-aided clarity—but the process disillusioned me, early and thoroughly. This is by no means a hot take, but the college admissions process is deeply flawed.


OPINION  |  STUDENT VOICES COLUMNS

Go to class.

Time and time again, we bemoaned the difficulty of paying attention, the induction of fatigue and the lack of quality in online instruction. Now that we are finally back to in-person classes, why aren’t people going?


OPINION  |  STUDENT VOICES COLUMNS

YikYak and the paradox of public anonymity

By choosing to post thoughts publicly, without the identification of a name or pseudonym, a YikYak user is exercising their right to be anonymous in a public online encounter. But, the subject of discussion–if it is indeed a person or a group of people—has no such privileges, unless the Yak is obscene enough to be moderated. 


OPINION  |  STUDENT VOICES COLUMNS

Lights, covid, action

It’s simply performative; the pandemic has become more about people and organizations maintaining their political façade of choice—whether that be of collective care, individual freedom or somewhere in between—than it has anything to do with the actual health of any person.


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