Editorial: Improve mental health care

What one thing do Congress, the National Rifle Association, and the general public all overwhelmingly agree on? Mental illness is largely responsible for gun violence. Much of the discussion around gun violence in Congress in the aftermath of last year's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. focused on mental healthcare in addition to stricter gun control measures, though legislation addressing any of this failed to pass.

Overton: Skills over grades

Academia often proclaims that it will transform you into a well-rounded, enlightened individual, then promptly strips away everything unique about you, averaging all course grades and TA-DA: You now have your very own grade-point average, the quantitative totality of your college career.

Lee: Understanding microaggression

As a racial minority, I'm often told I think too much about race. I've been characterized as a paranoid, racially-conscious black person who is inept at recognizing "real" racism. Indeed, this is frustrating, considering it is mostly members of the dominant group who decide whether my experiences as a woman of color are valid.

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