Category: opinion

Money in Medicine

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER When discussing the evils of big corporations, it is not uncommon for someone to put forth the conspiracy theory that pharmaceutical companies already have the cure for cancer but won’t release it because they make…

Mixing Politics With Comedy

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER At some point in 2015, a younger and more impressionable me watched a video produced by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver called “Ayn Rand: How is this still a thing?” In under four minutes,…

Me Too, Still

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER High-profile stories of alleged sexual assaults are continuing to play out on the national stage, leading us to face as a nation the question: “To what moral standards are we willing to hold the people…

Who’s Got It?

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER Crack. The batter tosses his bat to the ground in disgust and is kicking himself as he begins a slow jog to first base. He got under the ball and lofted a lazy pop fly to…

All-Nighters Have Value

BY ALEXANDER KOURMADAS, CONTRIBUTOR All-nighters get a lot of flack. They contribute to sleep deprivation, which damages our brains and reduces the quality of our work, as the argument goes. Why stay up all night to produce sub-par work when…

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, The news these days is often depressing. It can be difficult and emotionally draining to keep up with the political world. However, I would assert that staying politically active is one of the most important things you can…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editors, As directors of two units that provide direct services to students with active substance use and those who are in recovery, we want to express our concerns about the Fourth Estate article “Substance Abuse Rates Spike Among College…

Letter to the Editor

BY DR. LASHONDA ANTHONY On September 17th, Fourth Estate published a letter from an anonymous contributor entitled “Cheating is Not Immoral.”  It would be easy to see my role and assume that I am writing with expected responses such as…

All-Nighters Are For Owls

BY: SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard from a professor is that no perfect paper is ever written at three in the morning. A passable paper, sometimes. But a truly good paper?…

Why We Should Care About Student Government

BY CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT Whether you are a freshman or senior, are a commuter or on-campus resident, or have too much school spirit or none at all, Student Government works for you. Student Government is composed of three main parts: the…