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Vargas: Don’t dismiss celebrities who speak out against Trump

Alani Vargas, Columnist
February 8, 2017
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Today’s political climate is anything but civil. President Donald Trump is hell-bent on keeping campaign promises based on his xenophobic rhetoric. So it should come as no surprise that many are speaking out and protesting against his presidency and against his executive orders that have already targeted...

Vargas: Protesting is a valid way to express frustration with status quo

Alani Vargas, Columnist
January 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Political protests and marches have raged across the country since Donald Trump’s election and have received more attention this week as his inauguration approaches. The Women’s March on Washington this Saturday will coincide with demonstrations in Chicago and other major cities. Protests and rallies,...

Vargas: Facing my return to a country under Trump after quarter abroad

Alani Vargas, Columnist
November 13, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tuesday was one of the worst night sleeps I have ever had in my life. Because I am studying abroad in Italy this quarter, I’m six to seven hours ahead of the United States and went to bed awaiting results in the morning. I woke up to my roommate sobbing “No.” I woke up to apologies, to fri...

Vargas: Feminism can benefit from conscious, aware male allies

Alani Vargas, Columnist
September 27, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve always had big groups of female friends and only meshed well with guys a fraction of the time. But when I reflect on my youth spent frequently with male cousins and classmates, there’s always a recurring theme: I was hardly ever treated as an equal, even among my so-called peers. This trend...

Vargas: Hollywood feminists are not focused enough on issues specific to women of color

Vargas: Hollywood feminists are not focused enough on issues specific to women of color

Alani Vargas, Columnist
May 24, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although the word was hardly used during my childhood, the notions of feminism and equality were the basis of the values my mom instilled in me. I’m fortunate to have been raised in an environment that didn’t impose gendered stereotypes on me and encouraged me to express my individuality. At my all-gir...