The Rubicon

THE VENT: The Boogeyman of the American Left

Spencer Allen, Columnist

September 29, 2016

Debate over the morality of political correctness has misconstrued its definition.

Policy or Personality? Students deliberate over candidates for the presidential election

Students selected the candidates they identified with most at this point in the election.

Sophie Jaro, Opinions Editor

December 29, 2015

When deciding which candidate to support for the upcoming presidential elections, students consider both the policies that candidate advocates for (or don't) and their personality. Their decision making process is influenced by party affiliation and social media presence.

Column: Economic theories need reform

Column: Economic theories need reform

Nick Cohen, Columnist

April 21, 2014

With the crisis in Ukraine continuing to unfold, Cold War divisions are again entrenching themselves throughout the world, pitting, among other things, economic theories against each other. As in the past, communism is fighting capitalism and democracy, trying to determine once and for all which syst...

Column: Mitigation of climate change requires global cooperation

Column: Mitigation of climate change requires global cooperation

Nick Cohen, Columnist

April 14, 2014

A recent study conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sanctioned by the United Nations, revealed both good and bad news regarding global climate change, but most importantly sent out a message that all nations need to heed. This panel found that global climate change is at or ne...

Column: America heads down a plutocratic path

Column: America heads down a plutocratic path

Nick Cohen, Columnist

April 7, 2014

More than ever, America is showing disturbing signs of plutocracy, growing further and further away from the representative democracy that the Founding Fathers envisioned. In the past week, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) determined to eliminate the cap on private campaign donations in their case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. After this ruling, the only limitations on campaign financing is a simple $5,200 pe...

Obama talks transportation

President Barack Obama spoke about  public trasporation and infrastructure in the United States during his recent visit to St. Paul’s newly restored Union Depot on Feb. 26.  “We’ve got a lot more roads we got to travel. Let’s get going, Minnesota,” Obama said.

Hannah Johnson, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2014

When President Barack Obama visited downtown St. Paul on Feb. 26, it was inevitable that he would mention one of Minnesota’s claims to fame: hockey. “It is not shocking that Minnesotans might be pretty good at the Winter Olympics. What is particularly interesting is that, once again, the tiny...

Column: Downsizing the military would bring financial benefits

Column: Downsizing the military would bring financial benefits

Nick Cohen, Columnist

March 11, 2014

The Pentagon recently made an order to reduce the size of the United States military to pre-WWII levels, raising large-scale national debate on the role of the U.S. military in future conflicts worldwide. As it stands, the military is set to reduce from around 520,000 active members to somewhere between...

Students take part in the marijuana legalization debate

Junior Eva Zaydman (right) and freshman Drew O’Hern (left) discuss legalization of marijuana. “I think that marijuana should be legalized, but regulated,” Zaydman said.

John Wilhelm, News Editor

March 10, 2014

The legalization of marijuana is an understandably debated topic, with convincing arguments for and against legalization. Marijuana’s parallels to other already legal substances have lead many to say that it might as well be legalized, but the topic is tied to a number of issues that makes it diffic...

Student Political Union offers space for passionate debates

From left to right, junior Eva Zaydman, senior Connor Allen, and junior Jordan Hughes participate in a Student Political Union meeting. “Being able to argue with people about politics; that’s why I go,” SPU president Lowell Naas said.

Katrina Hilton, Sports Editor

March 5, 2014

Earlier last month during a Student Political Union meeting, a student stormed out of the intense debate. SPU talks about a wide variety of topics every week: “[In early February] we talked about Obama care, gun control, and the Olympics,” SPU president Lowell Naas said. The topic that sparked the most d...

Column: Lessons from Cold War should guide American response to crisis in Ukraine

Column: Lessons from Cold War should guide American response to crisis in Ukraine

Nick Cohen, Columnist

March 3, 2014

Events in Ukraine have escalated extremely quickly in the past week, going from an ousting of now-former President Viktor Yanukovytch to the deployment of Russian troops in Crimea, setting the stage for a Russian military takeover of at least portions of Ukraine. Despite President Obama’s warnings...

Column: Other countries should determine their own freedom

Column: Other countries should determine their own freedom

Nick Cohen, Columnist

February 24, 2014

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled from his Presidential quarters in Kiev on Feb. 21, following nearly three months of violent protests against him and his administration. Protestors have overtaken his quarters and have allowed the Ukrainian Parliament to set up a new election for late May. T...

Column: Media-fueled public perception prevents progress

Column: Media-fueled public perception prevents progress

Nick Cohen, Columnist

February 18, 2014

If one were to look at a map of the United States charting reform, innovation, and collaboration, there would be a stark dichotomy the likes of which has never been seen before. In Silicon Valley, innovation blossoms, with young thinkers bringing every possible creation to life in what is one of history’s...