Author Archives: Alex Madajian

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER Every year we hear the question: “Why do we celebrate Christmas?” Every year, I usually hear three basic responses. The most common is some generic and empty rambling about “giving” or “family,” fit to be…

THE FAILURE OF POLLS SHOULD REFOCUS US ON WHAT IS GOOD

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER The most recent election was very close, but one thing has been decisive: the death of polling. The polling industry needed a solid win on an election night, and it just didn’t happen. After many…

CHOOSE TO BE STOIC

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER Do you ever feel as though the pressures of the world are too much to bear? You may be stressed from election season or concerned about how many more may die from COVID-19. I often…

HOW DONALD TRUMP EARNED MY VOTE

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER I grew up in a conservative household where I learned to value hard work, personal responsibility, inherent value of the individual, and respect for God and country. I remember arguing against proponents of Donald Trump…

COURT PACKING WOULD BE THE WORST NORM VIOLATION YET

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER When asked what makes America exceptional, the late Justice Antonin Scalia responded by saying: “If you think that a bill of rights is what sets us apart [from other countries,] you’re crazy … the real…

Patriarchy? Depends on what we value

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER Many people believe we live in a patriarchal society. At first glance, there is plenty of evidence to support this view. Just look at the distribution of political power and wealth. Only 25 percent of…

Don’t follow California: keep gig work legal

BY ALEX MADAJIAN Think of all the services which are brought to us by gig work: Uber, freelance journalism, music in nightclubs, stand-up comedy, consulting and any other service provided by people who work irregularly for individual customers. In 2019,…

The Monastic Life During Lockdown

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER For better or worse, we must decide to accept our fate as modern monks. As you are no doubt aware, because of this virus, we have been spending a great deal of time withdrawn from…

My Family’s Story from the Forgotten Genocide

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER If you’ve met me in person, chances are one of the first things I’ll tell you is that I am an Armenian. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear me declare my heritage: “I am the…