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A fond farewell to Trinity: Cheers to class of 2022

A fond farewell to Trinity: Cheers to class of 2022

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist April 28, 2022

Here it is everyone, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: my final send-off. Now that sounds like I’m going to war, but really I’m just graduating. Yes, I know. The lack of my presence at Trinity...

Times up, Instagram — TikTok is here to stay

Time’s up, Instagram — TikTok is here to stay

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist April 14, 2022

With roughly one billion monthly active users, TikTok is everywhere nowadays. It could be a total stranger dancing to songs, someone talking about their day or an expert sharing life hacks, and most of...

Lost friends: complacency is dangerous

Lost friends: complacency is dangerous

In an individualistic culture focused on success, we take friendship for granted
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist March 31, 2022

Many see friendships as a comfort blanket: a shoulder to cry on, a reliable soul to confide in. Yet, the atomized nature of our lives causes us to inevitably fall victim to selfishness and crave discomfort....

The scary good sides to LinkedIn

The “scary good” sides to LinkedIn

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist March 17, 2022

If you’re a college student, you’ve probably heard of LinkedIn. It’s the world's largest professional network and a place where one can find jobs or internships, strengthen professional relationships...

Overdue for An Asian American reckoning

Overdue for An Asian American reckoning

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist February 24, 2022

Despite 2020 being popularly characterized as a year of racial reckoning, Cathy Park Hong’s book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” received little fanfare outside of Asian America. Hong’s...

Squid Game: Its More than a Macabre

Squid Game: It’s More than a Macabre

Warning: The following article contains spoilers from “Squid Game.” Reader’s discretion advised.
Mai Vo, Opinion Coumnist November 18, 2021

“Squid Game” just happened. Whether you love it or hate it, there's a lot to digest in this nine-episode Netflix series, from its visceral storytelling to its nuanced portrayal of contemporary South...

How the sustainability movement can save itself

How the sustainability movement can save itself

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist November 4, 2021

Sustainable development has been a buzzword in international politics since the mid-1980s, and a self-defined sustainability movement has been active since at least the early 90s. The idea of living within...

How did we get from bubble tea to boba liberalism?

How did we get from bubble tea to boba liberalism?

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist October 19, 2021

Food is a tangible product, made for consumption. In more sentimental terms, it has been frequently described as a “universal language” that transcends borders or backgrounds. In the U.S., a land in...

The harsh reality of the tortured artist

The harsh reality of the “tortured artist”

Great pain makes great art — but at what cost?
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist October 7, 2021

Great pain makes great art. There is no doubt about it. At some point in my childhood, I spent several hours a day practicing the piano in preparation for competitions and examinations, squeezing that...

Cà Phê Sữa Đá: A Vietnamese delicacy

Cà Phê Sữa Đá: A Vietnamese delicacy

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist September 23, 2021

If you know me, you know that I’m more of a juice and tea person than a coffee person. But I would drink Vietnamese coffee (cà phê sữa đá) in a heartbeat, and by that I mean the flavors, taste...

Face filters, plastic surgery and social media

Face filters, plastic surgery and social media

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist September 9, 2021

To be honest, I thought that the pandemic situation would have improved by now, but sadly I must admit that, like during quarantine, I still spend an embarrassing amount of time staring at myself in the...

Is there a recipe for survival in the music industry?

Is there a recipe for survival in the music industry?

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist May 5, 2021

As the semester comes to a close, I feel it necessary to talk about endings — hopefully this won’t be my last article. I’ve always thought of the “beat” as something that represents not only...

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