The Optimist

Performative activism and how to avoid It

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

November 21, 2017

2017 has no doubt been one of the most controversial years in American politics, and everyone is learning more and more about the importance of getting involved and voicing their opinions. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware th...

Socioeconomic history of the beard

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017

 This month is No Shave November to support men with prostate cancer, and the beard is more fashionable than ever.    A recent study by the New York Times found that approximately twenty percent of men in the U...

#MeToo, a social shift

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017

“In the US, 99 percent of sexual perpetrators walk free. Just let that sink in.” About 3 weeks ago, #MeToo broke the internet.  The hashtag was meant to spark awareness of the scale of sexual harassment and assault to...

Banned Books Week

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

September 26, 2017

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual tradition that started in 1982. Judith Krug, a First Amendment and library activist, founded the week after the Association of American Publishers contacted her with the concern of more a...

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