Local woman realizes she just slept with Trump voter

Junior Andrea Greene woke up on Sunday, Feb. 11, to discover that the 22-year-old guy she’d slept with the night before had voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. “I thought he was just your usual, run-of-the-mill fratty asshole, but apparently, he’s a Republican,”said the 21-year-old woman, suppressing a shudder. Greene, treasurer for the College Democrats, frequent Hillary Clinton donor and feminist laptop sticker-sporter, happened upon the damning evidence by chance. After waking up around 9:00 a.m., Greene decided to get dressed and walk home. While rummaging through the mess of t-shirts, Natty Light cans and discarded papers...

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Local man still isn’t totally sure what a period is, and at this point he’s too afraid to ask

holleranNoPeriods Senior Evan Busch still isn’t entirely sure what a period is, and at this point, he said, he feels like it’s too late to ask. “I’ve been dating my girlfriend since high school, and I have two sisters, so I definitely know a little about . . . periods,” the 22-year-old said, hesitating before the word itself. Busch said he took a mandatory sex-ed class at Harker Middle School in Columbus, Ohio, but that his teacher didn’t delve too deeply into the topic. “He just kinda said it lasts for a week and girls get it every month, but he didn’t actually, like, talk about what it was,” said Busch. “And it’s not like we were gonna ask.” He said the school distributed “free stuff” to girls after the class in which they briefly touched on menstruation. It was allegedly all colorfully wrapped and appeared to be some type of candy. He and the other boys, Busch said, got nothing. “They just gave us deodorant,” he said. “Which was kind of rude.” In high school, Busch and his classmates were also required to take health for one semester, but he said his teacher never broached the subject at all. Busch said he really has no way of knowing whether his girlfriend, 21-year-old Erica Strasser, is on her period or not unless she turns down sex with him for...

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Raising the bar for men’s sexual conduct is necessary, not an overreaction

A story published on a couple weeks ago, detailing a 22-year-old woman’s troubling date with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari, has gained a reaction unprecedented in scope for the site. This is mostly due to the subject’s celebrity, but also because of the encounter’s ambiguously consensual nature. In the story, the woman (under the pseudonym “Grace”) recalls going home with the actor after a dinner date. At his apartment, a pretty unsettling night ensues of him trying to coerce her into various sexual acts, despite her “verbal and nonverbal cues,” until she ultimately leaves. At least, that’s how I read it. A lot of people disagree. Many have shared a Jan. 18 Atlantic article criticizing the Ansari story. The author questions the integrity of’s reporting, details how it’s inferior to the New Yorker’s viral “Cat Person” and accuses the site of naming Ansari in the story for the purpose of “attracting extra clicks.” One of the people who shared the Atlantic article was the guy I reported for sexual misconduct. I wouldn’t know this, because I’ve removed him from all my social media, but my friends still like to alert me when he posts things that piss them off. This usually doesn’t faze me, but he shared that article a few days after our OESCR hearing, which found him not guilty. I wrote an op-ed last fall...

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‘The Post’ effectively defends the importance of a free press

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” This phrase was written by U.S. appeals court judge Damon J. Keith and used by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in reference to his reporting on the Watergate scandal. Today, it serves as the Post’s slogan as well as the theme for Steven Spielberg’s new movie “The Post,” which tells the story of one of the paper’s most pivotal moments in history. Set in 1971, the film focuses on Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Her Royal Highness, Meryl Streep) and Editor-in-Chief Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) who obtain the Pentagon Papers and publish them in order...

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The Five Best Films of 2017

I watched around 200 films this year. Most of them were, admittedly, ones I already loved, but a few were new ones released in 2017. Here are my five favorites, ranked in no particular order — after “Lady Bird” (which is, indisputably, number one). “Lady Bird” After “Lady Bird,” there should be no more excuses for depicting teenage females dishonestly or inaccurately onscreen ever again. Greta Gerwig’s inherently (and, at times, terrifyingly) relatable film follows a particularly troubled teen (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her last year of high school. It’s hilarious, aesthetically pleasing and remarkably iconic, fashion-wise. But what’s truly...

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