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Rhodes College Democrats: Republicans used shutdown to ‘shut out’ persons of color, impoverished

Rhodes College Democrats:  Republicans used shutdown to ‘shut out’ persons of  color, impoverished

Rhodes College Democrats, Contributor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

If you have been to The National Civil Rights Museum, you have most likely seen the exhibit titled “A Culture of Resistance,” which depicts slavery in the United States between 1619 and 1861. Written above, in big letters encircling the exhibit, is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:...

Rhodes College Republicans: both parties ought to improve negotiation tactics

Rhodes College Republicans: both parties ought to improve negotiation tactics

Rhodes College Republicans, Contributor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Last week, President Trump reached a temporary agreement to re-open the federal government through early February. Those who were paying close attention noted that the shutdown in January was the longest government shutdown in history. One point, perhaps that has been lost to political commentators on...

With mixed results nationwide, victory in Tenn., Rhodes Republicans ‘proud’

With mixed results nationwide, victory in Tenn., Rhodes Republicans ‘proud’

Rhodes College Republicans, Contributor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

After what turned out to be an incredibly heated election season, with record-level volunteer and turnout numbers, Tennesseans finally have results. For the most part, the nation has results – although in some areas we still await the vote tallies in places like Florida and Arizona. This op-ed was wri...

Aramark’s food: Getting to the root of the problem

Aramark’s food: Getting to the root of the problem

Jamarr McCain '19, Contributor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In April 2017, when I was first elected BSA President, one of my first (and ongoing) missions was combating Rhodes’ food vendor, Aramark - the multi-billionaire, for-profit prison supporter and provider that is notorious for profiting off of the enslaved labor of black and brown folx. While I question...

Diwali: More than just ‘the festival of lights’

Diwali: More than just ‘the festival of lights’

Arati Joshi '19, Contributor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

So, in American culture, Diwali is mostly known as the festival of lights. It is the easiest way that people in the Hindu culture can explain it. And it is a festival of lights. It is symbolic of the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. However, Diwali to me is so much more than that. ...

Rhodes College Republicans endorse Bill Lee, Marsha Blackburn, David Kustoff

Rhodes College Republicans endorse Bill Lee, Marsha Blackburn, David Kustoff

Rhodes College Republicans, Contributor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sou’wester contacted both Rhodes College Republicans and Rhodes College Democrats for midterm endorsements in op-ed form. After multiple inquiries, only RCR met our request in full. We are fully committed to publishing balanced political commentary wherever and whenever possibl...

Culture is not a costume

Culture is not a costume

Arati Joshi '19, Contributor

October 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With Halloween and parties swiftly approaching, I wanted to make a statement about Halloween costumes in general. Please remember to choose your costumes thoughtfully this weekend. Make it a point to avoid any outfits/makeup that would be considered a part of someone’s culture, identity, values, or...

Palmer’s legacy should be discussed in the classroom, a point of community discourse

Palmer’s legacy should be discussed in the classroom, a point of community discourse

Mat Diana '20, Opinion Editor

October 4, 2018


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The tone of opposition against the recently revived initiative to rename Palmer Hall has fallen in line with that of the larger conversation regarding the celebration of problematic historical figures across the country. Opponents warn against judging Palmer with our current convictions and standards rathe...

In response to Mat Diana’s ‘Marsha Blackburn’s snub is more than a disappointment, it’s disqualifying’

In response to Mat Diana’s ‘Marsha Blackburn’s snub is more than a disappointment, it’s disqualifying’

Rhodes College Republicans, Contributor

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Last week, members of the Sou’wester editorial staff released a piece titled, “Marsha Blackburn’s snub is more than a disappointment, it’s disqualifying.” Not only do the opinions featured in the article contradict the realities of the situation, they also come in the form of political rhetoric...

The celebration of black death

The celebration of black death

Adrian Harris '20, Contributor

September 25, 2018


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Pain has the capacity to linger. Trauma, however, has the audacity to linger far longer, and in the midst of settling my own pains, I held a conversation with a photograph a week ago today, a traumatic conversation I never thought needed to be had at a place so “accepting” as Rhodes College.  ...

Marsha Blackburn’s snub is more than disappointing, it’s disqualifying

Marsha Blackburn’s snub is more than disappointing, it’s disqualifying

Mat Diana '20, Opinion Editor

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) made a calculated political decision by declining to debate her opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), on the Rhodes campus this fall. She is the slight favorite in what is an uncharacteristically close Senate race, one with monumental significance as it c...

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