Category - Op-ed

New Year’s resolutions

Punxsutawney Phil called for six more weeks of winter. Ladies and gentlemen, we made it to February. How’s your New Year’s resolution coming along? According to Forbes magazine...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Welcome back! I hope all of your winter breaks were restful and fun, and that you’re ready to get back into the swing of the semester. We have a lot of exciting...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy holidays! Well, this is officially it—our eleventh and last issue of The Quad for the semester. As we’ve come to our last issue, I’ve been reflecting on...

Community policing

Statistics presented by USA Today show us that the number of officers “gunned down” increased by 167 percent in 2016. This surge becomes even more troubling as the Washington Post...

Home for the holidays

Your relatives are coming. I hope you read that with the same fervor of Jon Snow’s “winter is coming” and can imagine the incoming character death and gut-wrenching scenes that...

Police ticketing

After attending a Black Friday concert with my family last week, I was making my short journey back to West Chester from Glen Mills fairly late at night. 202 was pretty barren...

Callout culture

The internet has changed the way we communicate with each other, for better or for worse. The ability to reach out to anybody in the world in seconds is one of the greatest gifts...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy Thanksgiving! It’s that time we’ve all been waiting for: break! As the semester wraps up, I hope you’re all managing to stay on top of your school work...

Al Franken busted

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has come under fire since a photo surfaced last week of Franken appearing to grope and fondle an unconscious woman aboard a military aircraft. The woman in...

What Jesus revealed:

One of the central aspects of Christianity is where it locates good and evil. We often like to think that the world is made up of good and bad people, and that we could eliminate...

Adulting is hard

“I don’t know how you guys are going to survive in the outside world.” That is an actual quote from one of my professors after a couple classmates and I started freaking out about...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving already—I’m nearly in shock. Though it will be a much needed break from school and the mass amounts of work that have...

President Trump:

Since his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump and his administration have accomplished a great deal. Mainstream media reports, Facebook comment sections and family...

Envy and resentment:

There is something very troubling about the radical left end of the political spectrum and many of us sense it. I use the radical left here as an umbrella term which encapsulates...

Minimum wage and economics

A livable wage. These three innocuous words have shaped congressional Democrats’ and progressive city councils’ fiscal policies for time immemorial. “Everyone, regardless of job...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Hello and happy November! With Halloween behind us and Daylight savings time settling in, it must mean the semester is wrapping up…or so one would hope. I know...

Explaining Christianity:

In modern times, religion is on the decline. We are very skeptical, and often cynical, when considering the topic of religion, and we are quick to reject it entirely. We give...

Paul Manafort indicted:

Poor judgment is the apex of accusations against then-candidate Trump due to recent disclosures in the Mueller investigation. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy Halloween! I hope you all had tons of (but not too much) fun this past weekend what with Halloween and homecoming both being celebrated across town. I can...

War with North Korea:

Around 4 a.m. on June 25, 1950 over 75,000 North Korean troops marched into U.S.-backed South Korea with the goal of spreading communism to the entire peninsula. This would spark...

Retail mentality

If you’ve ever worked in retail, you’ve probably heard this phrase a thousand times over: “I want to speak with your manager”: the battle-cry of the unsatisfied customer—or more...

Video games: good or bad?

Who do you picture upon hearing the term “gamer”? An introvert who seldom emerges from the cavern of his/her parents’ basement? How about the fifth richest person in the world? An...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy homecoming/Halloween week and weekend! Yeah—homecoming and Halloween on the same weekend? It’s bound to be tons of fun, but make sure to be responsible...

Importance of small business

A small business represents someone’s achieved dreams. What was your dream as a kid? Did you want to be a ballerina or a doctor? Some want to make the best pizza around. Some...

#MeToo trend sweeps Twitter

Thousands of women and men across the country have been sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment alongside the hashtag #MeToo. Over the weekend, actress Alyssa...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful fall break; I know I sure didn’t. What with school work, catching up with friends and family and trying to fit...

Regulations on business

In a time of political polarization, it can be reassuring when the left and the right actually agree on an issue. One such consensus on a problem is the recognition of crony...

Weinstein disgraced

When news broke last week of movie mogul and Democrat mega-donor Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, the reaction from Hollywood and the entertainment industry...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Well, October is here and so is cool weather! I don’t know about you, but I’ve already put in an inordinate amount of time into planning out my Halloween...

The other side of Nixon

In the seventh of the biblical beatitudes, Christ told his disciples: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Quite rightly, this verse...

Why I stand

In mid-September of 1814, American lawyer Francis Scott Key sat aboard a British naval vessel right outside the Baltimore Harbor and watched as the enemy rained down “[bombs]...

The ideology of censorship

A recent study of college students’ views on free speech conducted by the Brookings Institution produced shocking findings. Of 1,500 undergraduates polled from four-year...

Letter from the Editor

Dear West Chester, Happy fall! I know I mentioned how excited I was in my last letter, but the excitement has doubled since it’s now official. Be sure to check out Casey Meyer’s...

Fighting ISIS

For over 25 years the U.S. has played its hand in the Middle East. First, we deployed troops and aid to defend Kuwait against Saddam Hussein, then as retaliation for 9/11 and now...

The war on the individual

Recent events in Charlottesville, Va. have sparked a lot of talk about identity politics. The usual narrative about Charlottesville is that the alt-right side of the violence was...