Do I have an original thought in my head? That’s the opening line of “Adaptation,” and yes, the opening line of this piece. I’m not sure whether I I’m quoting the movie or just asking myself the question. The market is flooded essays about how this movie is the one to watch during our times, which, really, you could do with any movie, and I’m just contributing to the deluge. But it feels right. When I pitched the idea, the present societal reason I used as a justification was an interview in The Harvard Business Review with David Kessler, the…

An unassuming CIA analyst is never thrust into a dangerous field assignment and instead performs competent work in Virginia writing reports.


Synopsis: Jack has a second date with a woman he met on Tinder.

Plot: At the work gym, Jack’s stationary bike foot strap breaks, so he switches stationary bikes. In the cafeteria at lunch, Jack gets the tacos. After work, Jack picks up an Amazon package at the front desk of his Arlington apartment complex. Inside is a Brooks Brothers button up shirt he ordered online for 50% off. Jack wears it that evening to meet the woman…

China’s period of sustained foreign intervention and imperialism in the 19th and 20th century is known in China as the Century of Humiliation and has shaped how China has used international law “to protect and advance its state sovereignty.”[1] A clear comprehension of Chinese-Western historical relations is necessary to inform a prudent U.S. maritime strategy to assert U.S. interests in the South China Sea while reducing the risk of violent escalation between China and the United States. Although China’s “historic rights” claim is unfounded, the history of China is rich with lessons that can be applied to today’s problems in…

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. REUTERS/Ian Dudley/U.S. Air Force photo/Handout via Reuters

It was once my job to help protect the United States from a nuclear attack. From 2009 to 2012, I was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, serving as a flight officer aboard the E-6B Mercury. The plane can act as an airborne command post in case of a nuclear attack, and its crew members can relay orders to launch nuclear weapons. …

Georgetown Running Club after the 2012 National Club Cross Country
Championships in Lexington, Kentucky

In the sport of running, cross country is the closest construct to a team activity. This sentiment isn’t new. Every year, coaches across the country give motivational speeches to their athletes on the merits of running o’er hill and dale, jumping right into the pool of sentimentality and telling everyone to drink from it. They’re not wrong. If you’ve run a cross country race with teammates you care about, you know how right they are. Running is about the individual; cross country, their collective performance. You…

By Travis Weiner and Colin Raunig

As veterans, when we are thanked for our service, we don’t quite know how to respond. Social etiquette dictates that we say “you’re welcome,” but it feels like a passive gesture, as if we don’t have a role in society anymore. We prefer saying “thank you” in return, as a reminder that all Americans have the capacity and obligation to serve this country and its ideals. Like many veterans, we’ve felt strongly since taking off the uniform that we should continue to serve. Indeed, our service has simply evolved.

For us, we have committed…

By Colin Raunig

There’s a striking moment in “To Breathe Free,” a seventeen minute documentary about a Syrian family resettled in the United States. You see sheer gratitude on the face of a refugee. A Muslim, Syrian father (who is not identified by name) is saying thank you to the Christian American family that helped with their transition to America. He is grateful to be out of danger, and out of the refugee camp in Jordan, but he is also grateful for the relationships both families have built together.

“Merritt, I swear, she is like a sister to me. And…

Banners reading “Daughter Day Care,” “Thank You 4 Your Sons & Daddies,” and “Moms Drink For Free” hung in front of houses located along Laurel Avenue and Shields Street during freshman move in day on Aug. 16.

Dean of Students Jody Donovan requested that the banners, which were hung by Colorado State University students, be taken down since the banners were deemed offensive and sexist in nature.

According to students who live in one house along Shields, a CSU official from Westfall Hall requested that the students take the banners down an hour or two after they hung the banners.

In March 2017, the Facebook group ‘Marines United 3.0’ was found to have been sharing nude photos of female servicemembers without their consent[i]. A public outcry ensued, as well as an ongoing military investigation into which servicemembers shared these photos, and dismissal from the military for those who were caught. In the wake of this scandal, one would hope to see increased awareness and conversation among military males about misogynistic behavior in the ranks. There has been some, but in the day-to-day military culture, not much has changed. …

Colorado State University students will be able to commemorate the pets they lost at an annual pet memorial event.

The Argus Institute at the Colorado State University Teaching Hospital will host an annual pet memorial event on Sept. 10.

This is the 10th year of the pet memorial, which is for clients of the hospital who have lost a companion animal.

Erin Allen, a clinical counselor at the Argus Institute who works with clients of pet owners, says the event provides a space for pet owners that they would not otherwise have.

“A lot of people have a hard time…

Colin Raunig

Writer, humorist, Navy veteran, runner, person

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