So many women have experienced an event similar to the one “Grace” experienced with Aziz Ansari. Whether it’s a date that just gets out of hand or something more sinister, a lot of us will find ourselves with our boundaries pushed, uncomfortable and not sure if we should speak up. Perhaps it’s due to fear that saying a firm “no” will escalate the situation into something scarier. Perhaps it’s because so many of us are people-pleasers, and letting people down or upsetting them is upsetting to us. Maybe it’s because we’re overwhelmed or we just freeze. …

Being in Lexington, you’re not entirely shielded from poverty. There are panhandlers begging on the streets that edge UK’s campus, homeless people that hang out in Cheapside Park, dilapidated houses and entire neighborhoods near the heart of historic downtown. But alongside these examples of poverty there are also beacons of wealth: UK’s shining new student center and campus landscaping brightens the area; gentrification has brought fancy coffee shops and brunch restaurants to downtown in the middle of poor neighborhoods.

When you live in Lexington, it’s hard to believe there’s a place remotely close where poverty is so rampant that it’s…

Something that’s really frustrating for me to hear during debates about immigration is the idea that people can come here legally from certain places with ease. The phrases “get in line” and “wait your turn” and “do it the right way” seem straightforward, but they prove how little one actually knows about the immigration system. This rhetoric is leaned on heavily by people with anti-immigration views; they claim it’s not the immigrants themselves they don’t like, it’s the fact that they’re here illegally. I heard it in the Ear Hustle podcast from Wayne Boatwright, I hear it from people in…

Recently I had an uncomfortable experience in my personal life which involved the n-word. This is not a word I often think about, and it’s certainly not one I say. I was on a date with a guy, who up until this incident in question had seemed perfectly fine. I don’t quite remember how we got on the subject, but he told me without one ounce of embarrassment or shame that he and his buddies all said the n-word when they were hanging out. Um, what? I asked. He repeated it, explaining how they used it interchangeably with the word…

Rachel Crick

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