Category - Op-ed

Protect the pachyderms

Step away from the race to eradicate plastic straws and the mess of half-hearted attempts to cut back on fossil fuels and consider the living pieces of our fragile environment...

More than plastic straws

By now, you’ve seen that plastic straws or the lack thereof have become a poignant point in the discussion on how to save the environment. But as more and more companies and...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Involvement Fair is the prime example of what college can be, and in many ways, the Academic Quad on September 5 served as the perfect metaphor to the...

An honest roommate agreement

1: A Tidy Roommate Makes For a Happy Roommate I know you love that soup your mom made for you, and I’m so glad you ate it (I needed the fridge space), but maybe—just maybe—it...

Don’t think of elephants

A recent commercial for Arrowhead Sparkling Water opened with a young woman sipping on a bottle in an nondescript meadow. “Arrowhead Sparkling is made with real spring water...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, I witnessed a deluge of leaves fall onto High Street and quickly realized that my last summer as an undergraduate was coming to an end. There’s definitely a...

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...

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...