Contributing & Guest Columns articles

South Africa: An experience abroad

South Africa: An experience abroad

MARIA RAPISARDA | CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST When you talk to most college graduates about their study abroad experience they’ll tell you one of three things: “Oh, I didn’t have time for that,” “Yeah, I went to Australia!” or “Europe was amazing.” A study abroad experience is supposed to open you up to new ideas and cultures

Black voices, black Pride: the introduction

CAMERON ALFORD | CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST Black students hold a certain level of significance to being Black at Butler, which creates a natural stigma about our place on campus. You cannot legitimately move forward if you do not know your history. Black students fall victim to many false stereotypes, categorizations, a lack of cultural awareness and

Racism takes a toll

Dr. Terri Jett | | Guest Column When I first started teaching here at Butler University, I brought my children to campus so they could see my new office in Jordan Hall.  When we entered the building, my son, who was seven years old at the time, said to me, “Wow, you work in

He’s not your accessory

ANNIE DEVOE | | Contributing Columnist The wind was filled with the savory smell of grilled food and beer, while music and loud cheers echoed between Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Butler Bowl. I looked around, past my little brother and best friend, and found myself surrounded by hundreds of new and familiar faces. All of them

Comfort at a cost

JUSTINA KAISER | | Contributing Columnist For an environment dedicated to future success, many Butler University students look a little too comfortable. Some students dress professionally, but, unless a group presentation is at stake, most appear to dress down rather than up. Students shuffle past in T-shirts and jeans. Some professors share the same

Valerie wants you! To be a diversity advocate

VALERIE DAVIDSON | | Guest Columnist From Butler University’s humble beginning, its leaders have believed that education should offer a global commons where all people can meet with respect and tolerance to foster individual aspirations and fashion a common destiny. In 1855, when race was considered an insuperable marker of superiority and inferiority, when women