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"Must read opinion columns for college students." Illustration published on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

This week has proven to be a hub of socially charged and fiscally irresponsible news that brought ASU students to their feet defending the environment, and even their school, from Aunt Becky’s harsh words. 

The ‘Varsity Blues’ proved what many had already assumed about the college process for social elites, but resulted in multiple charges against their disregard for authority. Among calls by students to make actual changes to better the environment, tensions rise (more) between political party members.

Grown-Ups Get a Scolding on Climate | By the NYT Editorial Board

Youth advocates have continued to work to create a long-lasting planet, but little has been done by the government to work towards this vision. As young people have proven, when they get angry and their voices aren't heard, they take action. On Friday March 15, 2019, there are plans for a widespread boycott to bring attention to the long overlooked climate issues facing the planet. Maybe with action, there will finally be a reaction?

The college admissions scandal isn’t fair. Nothing about our social mobility system is. | By Elizabeth Bruenig

It’s the story that many couldn’t escape this week as news of actors, designers and more were charged in a college admissions scheme that made headlines and history. But even with all the moving parts and big names attached to this scandal, many couldn’t overlook the larger issue at hand. There is an ever-present importance placed on social status and elitist attitudes that plague the college admissions process, institutions and beyond. 

Luckily, the justice system has done their job, but the discussion still continues. Even the insults had privilege written all over them, as comments about ASU and its accessible admission rate sparked a debate on social media. The issues brought up and the problems that lie ahead are more about leveling the playing field and not using money, social status or backhanded comments to cheat the system. Students deserve a level of respect and regard that this situation lacks.

No Hate Left Behind | By Thomas B. Edsall

Whether it is government officials or extremists firing insults on Twitter, the tension between political parties is quite obvious. Research has proven that tensions are even higher than many previously thought. There is a demonizing of opposing political parties and their supporters that is not healthy nor productive. For college students, taking note of this blatant distaste and disregard for other opinions and beliefs can be a way to approach upcoming elections and, honestly, life after college.

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