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The Sou’wester endorses AVI Fresh as new food service provider

The Sou’wester endorses AVI Fresh as new food service provider

Editorial Board

March 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As the student body votes for their preferred food vendor for the College to contract with next year, the Editorial Board of The Sou’wester would like to officially endorse AVI Fresh. Rhodes is currently considering Sodexo, Harvest Table, Bon Appetit and AVI Fresh as our dining services contractor for...

Yes, IFC must do better, but they cannot work alone

Yes, IFC must do better, but they cannot work alone

Jenna Faust '20, Contributor

March 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Today I read an article that compelled me to speak out about the standing of social life and the IFC community here at Rhodes. I thought long and hard about this decision, amongst the recent sexual assaults, my personal experiences, the changes brought on by IFC members thus far, and the most recently...

When ‘good enough’ is not good enough

When ‘good enough’ is not good enough

JD Deming '20, Contributor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day, I quit my fraternity. I quit my fraternity because I was tired of being a problem. I was a problem because I was part of a bigger problem, a problem that I’ve come to understand plagues all IFC fraternities. That problem is that all IFC fraternities support...

‘Truth is our master’: a note from Alice Berry, The Sou’wester’s new editor

‘Truth is our master’: a note from Alice Berry, The Sou’wester’s new editor

Alice Berry '21, Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When I accepted the position of editor-in-chief of The Sou’wester, I knew that I would follow editors Zoe Laulederkind ’18 and Jordan Hulseberg ’19, who strove to elevate the paper and provide serious student journalism. I am grateful for their service and example and hope to build on the standa...

The dark side of a student center: changes will gentrify, displace college life

The dark side of a student center: changes will gentrify, displace college life

Shelby Seese '21, Contributor

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Nearly everyone on campus has been pushing for a new student center ever since the petition for one. It feels like someone’s always talking about it, and our student government is the strongest supporter of a student center. We have seen so much positive propaganda about how a student center would...

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...

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