Rivalries and Reality

img_4172
In a time of division, is rivalry an escape or a blunt reflection of reality?

FROM THE DESK OF: Nina

A few months ago, I wrote about an annual tradition my alma mater carries on known as Blue and Gold Week. It’s that week prior to the UCLA vs. USC football game, when Bruins show their school pride and rally to face our cross-town rivals in football. Trojans call this week by a different name, of course, but however way you look at it, one thing is sure: it’s one week when both schools do not hold back in painting the town blue and gold and red. And it gets pretty nutty.

I’ve mentioned this before, but when I first started tinydeskwriters with Aiza and Deo, I always thought I’d for sure write a snarky little post (laced with USC burns) about why it’s awesome to be a Bruin when Blue and Gold Week rolled around. (Ideas for possible headlines: Questions for Trojans, or Did You Really Get Fooled By a Giant Toy Horse?; Brilliant Bruin Comebacks; Brown Bears Eat Gullible Humans… the possibilities are endless.) But now that it’s here, I’m finding myself at a slight loss of words. Not because I feel differently about my alma mater – I bleed blue and gold – but because I’m starting to question the merits of rivalries and their outcomes. In this age of politically heavy divisiveness, are rivalries an escape or a blunt reflection of reality?

Continue reading “Rivalries and Reality”

Unqualified Bullet Points On the Election

blackbox
.

FROM THE DESK OF: Deo

I’m still trying (and will be for a long time) to gather all my thoughts on what just happened. Until I can fully grasp all of these things, I’m going to just start bullet pointing some of my unqualified thoughts.

Continue reading “Unqualified Bullet Points On the Election”

Looking to the Future

l0myusdnzcsjrcfeq

FROM THE DESK OF: Nina

November 8th, 2016, 7:51PM

My Fellow Americans,

By the time you read this, we’ll have endured the nail-biting finale to this godforsaken thing we’ve unfortunately had to call Election 2016.

I – like many of you, I am sure – am watching the results roll in with a semi-permanent, blushing, wide-eyed emoji face… which, to be fair, would have been my face regardless of the results. We have endured months plagued with scandal and hateful, divisive rhetoric; to say that many of us feel like we’ve been stuck between a rock and a hard place throughout this whole year would be a serious understatement.

But as we enter this new era of… whatever we shall call it, I can’t help but wonder:

Where do we go from here?

Continue reading “Looking to the Future”

The Rise and Fall of Trump as Explained by Game Theory

bm-image-766312
Nope!

FROM THE DESK OF: DEO

Like pretty much all of you, I can’t take my eyes of this train wreck otherwise known as the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On a daily basis, I often find myself typing “trump” on Google news eagerly awaiting what terrible thing he will do next to further ruin his candidacy. Continue reading “The Rise and Fall of Trump as Explained by Game Theory”