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The Legacy of a Moment: Wheaton bids farewell

Columnist Riley Wheaton bids farewell in his last column for The Observatory.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

June 6, 2016

Columnist Riley Wheaton explores the legacy of a moment in his final column for The Observatory.

Anthology of Answers IV (The Mic Drop): We close the book box on suggestions

Columnist Riley Wheaton answers the last questions of the suggestion box.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

June 1, 2016

Columnist Riley Wheaton's last installment of answers to the suggestion box.

Anthology of Answers III: We do not shy away

The suggestions box is located outside the Deanery.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

June 1, 2016

Columnist Riley Wheaton tackles the most difficult questions readers asked in the third installment of answers.

The Responsibility to Do Good: How far would you go to make the world a better place?

A trolley can either run over 5 people or 1 person if you pull a lever. What would you do?

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

May 17, 2016

Columnist Riley Wheaton explores the trolley problem and absolutism vs. utilitarianism.

The Courage to Pray: National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for open-mindedness

Today 55% of Americans pray daily and 79% pray at least occasionally according to a study by the Pew Research Center. In a nation of 300 million people those prayers must echo across the land but in so diverse a nation what form might those prayers take?

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

May 4, 2016

A national holiday devoted to faith: how do we handle National Prayer Day in a sensitive way?

The real truth about asking someone to a dance, with guest co-author Mary Grant

As part of a promposal this year, an SPA senior constructed this 3D prop and sang.

Riley Wheaton and Mary Grant

April 27, 2016

Riley Wheaton answers a suggestion box entry, "How to ask a girl (or anyone) to a dance", with guest co-author Mary Grant.

Anthology of Answers II: The Answering

Columnist Riley Wheaton answers suggestions from the suggestion box for his second installment of

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

April 19, 2016

Columnist Riley Wheaton returns to the suggestion box to discuss red hats, the high holy days, people museums, languages, and more. Read more to find out how to get candy from Riley Wheaton.

Are Democrats “the party of racism”?

Lord claims that policies like affirmative action that divide by race promote racism. “There’s a reason we don’t pass out tampons to men and we don’t give erectile dysfunction medication to women,

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

April 12, 2016

Jeffrey Lord, a former member of the Reagan administration and a political strategist argues that Democratic policies that target race make the

Diversity: How to fight stereotype threat in our world and in ourselves

Stereotype threat is a psychological term used to describe a situation in which a person is aware of a negative stereotype attached to a group to which they belong and they behave differently because of their understanding of that stereotype.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

April 6, 2016

Stereotype threat influences our actions and limits interactions. Diversity helps.

Anthology of Answers: Riley Responds to Slew of Suggestions

The suggestions box is located outside the Deanery.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

February 16, 2016

A column about corn, pine cones, and butts

(Part II) Caucus Kickoff: Please Not Iowa

Iowa should no longer be first in the nation. Rather, Illinois should begin the nomination process since it is not a caucus state, about the right size population, demographically representative of the country, and often predicts winners.

Riley Wheaton, Columnist

February 1, 2016

Iowa is far from the best choice for "first in the nation"for the nomination process. But who is?