Author Archives: Allie

Looking Back

After re-reading Schmidle’s article after watching Restrepo and reading Tim O’Brien’s piece, my view on the New Yorker article is still the same.  Having read a lot of articles, I have learned to read anything that is not written as … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note

Reader, While reading Nicholas Schmidle’s Getting bin Laden, please keep in mind that this is not a first hand account of what really happened that world-changing May night. The word choice Schmidle uses may make the reader think that his … Continue reading

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Untitled and Anonymous

After hearing Masha Hamilton speak to the y:1 group, I was deeply moved by the work that she has done over the years. Not only is Masha Hamilton an activist and journalist trying to help Afghan women, but she is an … Continue reading

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“Take nothing, and give me your passport.”

Listening to Don Goodrich speak on Monday, October 10, 2011, and watching the documentary, evoked many emotions within me.  Because I was not able to watch the movie before he came to campus on Monday, I was fairly unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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American Government: The New Divine Right?

  According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the term divine right is defined as, “the right of a sovereign to rule as set forth by the theory of government that holds that a monarch receives the right to rule directly … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Reading an Author’s Work and Actually Meeting Them in Person

When reading books, readers get a slight glimpse into an author’s mind.  Some are dull, some are hilarious, and some are just the right mix of humor and seriousness.  When I read Reza Aslan’s Beyond Fundamentalism, I thought parts of … Continue reading

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Allie Raifsnider: Aslan Essay

Allie Raifsnider September 11, 2011 Reflective Essay In  his book Beyond Fundamentalism:  Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, Reza Aslan  describes multiple examples of religious extremism as well as ideas of how to  solve this growing phenomenon.  The … Continue reading

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