Hans Halverson’s Senior Column

Hans Halverson, WEB Opinion Editor

May 19, 2014

I’ll put a full disclaimer at the beginning that this senior column doesn’t feel original in any way. After seeing a few from my friends and from previous years, they all start to blur together into a mass of shared emotions that everyone is going through at the same time: nostalgia, regret, sadness,...

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Hans Halverson, Opinion Editor

March 28, 2014

A few too many times these past few weeks, I’ve opened the newspaper to find some general update about the situation in Ukraine. Every time it reads the same - Russian occupation of Crimea... Putin and Obama refusing to cooperate... entire European community in crisis. You might think it’s naive...

Conformity is Underrated

Conformity is Underrated

Hans Halverson, Opinion Editor

February 18, 2014

Everyone wants to be special. From the hipsters to the hippies to the cat people, teens love to revel in their uniqueness and nonconformity. This stems from the fact that in recent years conformism has gained quite a negative reputation, becoming synonymous with “boring” and “uninteresting.”...

Don’t Let the Grinch Steal “Christmas”

Don't Let the Grinch Steal

December 16, 2013

With the courtyard closed, media center strictly monitored, and home too far away, I knew I couldn’t last all winter constantly skipping a meal. Beset on all sides by restrictive lunch policy, I unfortunately found myself sitting with a small group of friends in the midst of the bustling cafeteria....

The Case for More Casual Dances

Students show off their moves at Tucheze.

Hans Halverson, Reporter

December 3, 2013

In the midst of the sonic maelstrom known as this year’s Tucheze, an unhappy feeling lay at the edge of my subconscious. As the rhythmic, multicolored lights faded and the dance floor grudgingly dispersed, this feeling crystallized into an extremely depressing thought: from this point until the...


DJ Tyler Wessels practices for Tucheze.

Hans Halverson, Reporter

November 1, 2013

School dances: you know the drill. First there is the pressure to find a date, for females the scramble to get a dress, the neverending balance of who is going with what group, getting the customary corsage or boutonniere, deciding where to eat, and finally the hope that it all goes off without a hitch....

Farewell, Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad cast at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys.

Hans Halverson, Reporter

October 3, 2013

Last Sunday, the saga of Walter White’s “methspacades” finally came to an end in the series finale of AMC’s hit drama, Breaking Bad. Bogged down by threat of cancellation, hastily written scripts, and divided fan opinions, few shows ever achieve a truly satisfying ending. With Breaking...

Yeezus Christ Just Rose Again

Album art for Kanye West's new album, Yeezus.

Hans Halverson

September 24, 2013

This summer may have been the most important yet for rapper Kanye West, as he passed down the family name to his and Kim Kardashians newborn, North West, while yet again pushing forward the boundaries of hip-hop in his new album, Yeezus. Called both “majestic and inspiring” and “manic depressi...