Category - Op-ed

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, I always enjoyed dramatic beginnings, almost as much as I enjoy dramatic endings. Lauren Detweiler set an impossibly high standard with her last letter as...

Revealing white victimhood

Academics, political commentators, journalists, students and opinion writers all have an obligation, inherent within their disciplines and practices, to accurately represent the...

Young voter turnout

It is without a doubt that our most recent election was a turbulent one to say the least. With many contrasting beliefs among the population, our country is in limbo wondering...

Don’t touch our hair

Black hair is magical. It defies gravity, dances against the wind and grows high above our heads towards the sun. Its texture takes on multiple life forms. Its tenacity resembles...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Wow, this is going to be a hard one—this is officially my last issue as editor-in-chief of The Quad. Reflecting on this last year, I am so incredibly proud of...

My experience with sisterhood

I do not have biological sisters. As life would have it, I am the only granddaughter of seven grandchildren on my mother’s side of the family. Yet, I was introduced to the concept...

Evolution and you

Understanding evolution is vital to understanding  what it means to be human. For as long as we could ask questions, we have puzzled over our origins. Today it seems necessary to...

Wage-ing war:

Last week, in an editorial entitled “Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts (Young) Workers”, my colleague Michael made some valid arguments regarding the current state of the minimum...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Hello! I hope you’re all still riding the high of this 80-degree weekend we just had; there’s just something indescribable about finally being able to walk...

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: My biggest disappointment in reading the recent “Rethinking White Privilege” is how much it coasts on tribal stereotypes of progressive political activism and how...

White feminism versus intersectionality

As the current political climate heats up with the latest marches and advocates for women’s rights, the media’s attention on white feminists becomes more obvious. White feminism...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy April! I can’t believe this semester is coming so close to the end… especially when there are days still calling for snow. With this being our seventh...

Guns in America

The United States is home to nearly 328 million people and 350 million guns. The debate surrounding the Second Amendment, gun violence and supposed “common sense” gun reform is an...

Seven days of self-care

The spring 2018 semester is coming to a close. We’re almost out for the summer but first, we have to get past the assignments piling up on our desks, the deadlines that haunt our...

Rethinking white privilege

An explicit goal of the radical leftist ideology is the “liberation” of the oppressed. What that essentially means is revolution. In two previous articles (“The Ideology of...

Is your data safe?

As we live our lives every day, we continually post updates for all of our friends to see. Until now we we’re all under the assumption that our friends were the sole receivers of...

Breaking the orthodoxy

Whether speaking about West Chester University or about college campuses in general, it is a well-established fact that college faculty tend to lean considerably to the left end...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Hello! It’s been quite a while since we’ve published an issue of The Quad. I hope this new issue finds you in good, well-rested spirits following spring break...

March For Our Lives

You know what makes powerful Washington leaders shake in their boots? Teenagers who are able to see through their political bull. That’s why the Parkland, Florida school shooting...

Thrifting beats shopping

Whenever someone asks me to tell them an interesting fact about myself, one of the first things that comes to mind is that I am a thrift connoisseur. I fell in love with thrift...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, We did it—one more week until spring break! I know I’m personally counting down the days until I fly out of Philly and head down to New Orleans for some much...

Diary of a barista

February 5— A customer yelled at me today for not making their drink fast enough, which isn’t all that unusual but is not a situation that happens too often. Most customers are...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, I wanted to start off my letter by giving a huge thanks to everyone who contributed this week along with all of our great section editors who have been working...

Being and alienation

In an examination of the underlying philosophical issues of our times, philosopher and theologian David Bentley Hart wrote, in a 2011 article for First Things, “all of modernity...

Life after religion

When religion is lost, more life may be found. In fact, it should be. But in the process of turning away from belief there is usually a fear that the opposite will happen. I have...

Gun control

Another school shooting? Maybe I should repeat that a little slower: Another. School. Shooting. According to a Feb. 15 article on CNN, this is the eighteenth school shooting of...

A call for action

After any and every tragedy in the United States there is inevitably a draw on what should be done. That draw always comes down to what a person believes in and what they value...

Healing crystals

Growing up in a crunchy granola, hippie household, I have had my fair share of run-ins with many a healing crystal. Within the last few years, I have begun to see the growing...

Just breathe:

As the fifth week of school is approaching, I bet you feel tired, stressed and anxious. Especially after the exciting win for the Philadelphia Eagles, I bet you pushed off some of...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, I hope you all enjoyed our five seconds of spring this past week; those two 65-degree days were nice, but of course mother nature doesn’t decide these...

Diversity is not our strength

Whether we encounter the phrase through the media, the classroom or from celebrities and politicians, we now frequently hear that “diversity is our strength.” West Chester...

Take it easy

It’s the beginning of the semester and for a lot of West Chester University students things seem pretty mellow. However, the workload creeping around the corner will soon leap out...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Well, quite a lot has happened since we put together our previous issue last Sunday. Or, more appropriately, one huge thing happened: The Eagles won the Super...