The Rubicon

Iran accords worth the cost

Iran accords worth the cost

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

April 18, 2015

Increased American intelligence and inspection of Iran's nuclear program are worth the risk of creating an aggressive nuclear power.

Republicans search for candidate to reunite party

Republicans search for candidate to reunite party

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

March 20, 2015

Candidates for the Republican primary go neck-to-neck in polls for the first year in decades.

Catholic priest shortage caused by discouragement

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

December 16, 2014

Invigorated by a dynamic new pope, rapidly expanding in the developing world, and comprising over 1.1 billion members, the Catholic Church has entered the 21st century poised to remain a very relevant institution. However, in one important respect, the Church is facing a veritable crisis. Since the ...

Thanksgiving price cuts undermine the holiday spirit as Black Friday creeps backwards

Thanksgiving price cuts undermine the holiday spirit as Black Friday creeps backwards

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

December 2, 2014

Enabled by enormous public demand, Black Friday sales continued their backwards march into Thanksgiving last weekend. Many retailers, including Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kmart, JC Penny, Best Buy, and Target advertised Thursday sales this year—the latter to significant protest in the form of a petition on Ch...

Mid-term elections yield potential for immigration reform

Mid-term elections yield potential for immigration reform

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

November 14, 2014

After a national wave in the midterm elections, which saw Republicans build their majority in the House and recapture the Senate, they now effectively control what, if any, immigration legislation will turn up on President Obama’s desk. With Obama threatening executive action to delay deportations in anticipation of an uncooperative Congress, while record numbers of unaccompanied undocumented minors flood the border, the stage is apparently set for two more years of dysfunction and delay. However, Republicans have the means to preempt the undesirable prospect of piecemeal reform through executive order, by taking the initiative to pass common-sense enforcement measures that can pave the way for more comprehensive reform.

Legal euthanasia pressures patients and denies hope for recovery

Legal euthanasia pressures patients and denies hope for recovery

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

October 14, 2014

The story of Brittany Maynard, a twenty nine-year old brain cancer patient who plans to end her life on Nov. 1, has captured headlines nationwide and revived the debate over physician-assisted suicide. Maynard, who moved from San Francisco to Portland in order to fall under the jurisdiction of Orego...

Faith and science are deeply complementary

Faith and science are deeply complementary

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor

September 30, 2014

The Big Bang theory, besides being the widely accepted model for the beginning of the universe and deeply informing the scientific fields of astronomy and physics, has taken on a certain cultural significance as well. Along with Darwin’s theory of evolution via natural selection, the Big Bang t...

Fitzgerald’s appeal transcends iconic Jazz Age depictions

Fitzgerald’s appeal transcends iconic Jazz Age depictions

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist/Columns Editor

September 23, 2014

The work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul Academy’s most renowned alum, has recently made fresh rounds in the media, thanks to a new book by literary critic Maureen Corrigan. Titled “So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to be and Why it Endures,” Corrigan’s volume explores the content, publication, an...

COLUMN: The case for forming a National Service Bureau

COLUMN: The case for forming a National Service Bureau

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist

September 9, 2014

Many young Americans share a certain reverence for the achievements of our grandparents and great-grandparents. It’s nearly impossible to visit the Greatest Generation exhibit at the Minnesota History Museum or to read Tom Brokaw’s eponymous work without being overtaken by the bravery, unity, and...

Stronger American response necessary to contain ISIS threat

Stronger American response necessary to contain ISIS threat

Thomas Toghramadijan, Columnist/Columns Editor

September 2, 2014

Three months have passed now since the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria captured the world’s attention by making major territorial gains in northern Iraq, and yet the terrorist group has only continued to flourish and grow in plain sight. ISIS—which is known under a variety of other abbreviations...

Senior Nick Cohen finds passion for criminal defense on senior project

Senior Nick Cohen finds passion for criminal defense on senior project

Thomas Toghramadijan, Columnist/Columns Editor

May 28, 2014

The Class of 2014 has spent the last month working everywhere from television sets to hospitals to corporate offices, and each senior has seen or contributed to their own share of interesting endeavors over the course of their project. But only two of them can claim to have seen a Supreme Court case...

Libertarian influence on Republican Party corrodes realism and compassion

Libertarian influence on Republican Party corrodes realism and compassion

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist/Columns Editor

May 13, 2014

Libertarianism has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years. A 2013 Washington Post survey finds that 22% of Americans now identify themselves as Libertarians, or lean toward libertarianism. During the 2012 presidential election, former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party nominee Gary...