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Articles by Johnny Ren (11)

Ren ’23: Andrew Yang is wrong: Asian Americans do not have to prove their “American-ness”

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: Andrew Yang is wrong: Asian Americans do not have to prove their “American-ness”

April 7, 2020 0 comments

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang ’96 leads a rallying cry against racism. Only instead of simply denouncing the recent rise of anti-Asian sentiment in America, he goes one step further. 

Ren ’23: The power of saying “I don’t know”

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: The power of saying “I don’t know”

March 4, 2020 0 comments

I am guilty of it — giving opinions on things I know little about. Most of the time, the stakes are low. I argue with friends about sports teams that I never watch, music that I rarely listen to and shows that I have only ever seen once. My limited knowledge does little to prevent me from crafting oversized arguments.

Ren ’23: Why not take a math class?

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: Why not take a math class?

February 19, 2020 0 comments

I was chatting with a friend the other day when I accidentally unearthed a source of deep psychological trauma — I asked her how math class was going. All the joy left her face in an instant, replaced with a curious mix of fear, panic and anger.

Ren ’23: First-Years can get a lot from a job search (that’s not a job)

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: First-Years can get a lot from a job search (that’s not a job)

February 4, 2020 0 comments

One day at the start school year, barely a month into my first year of college, I scurried off to the library in a dress shirt and trousers to print out ten copies of my resume, which I had only scraped together the night before.

Ren ’23: No more New Year’s resolutions for me

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: No more New Year’s resolutions for me

January 24, 2020 0 comments

For the past few years, I have made New Year’s resolutions. For the past few years, I have also failed my New Year’s resolutions.

Ren ’23: The kids are alright

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: The kids are alright

December 6, 2019 0 comments

Growing up, I would often hear complaints, usually from adults much older than myself, about the sorry state of modern songwriting.

Ren ’23: On feeling cold

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: On feeling cold

November 21, 2019 0 comments

I am your California stereotype: a warm-weather weakling who cannot handle any temperature under 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I shiver at the slightest breeze. A beanie is perpetually glued to my head.

Ren ’23: Ask more stupid questions

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: Ask more stupid questions

November 8, 2019 0 comments

The other day during a math lecture, I raised my hand, and I asked a question — a stupid one. It was one of those questions that you regretted as soon as the words came out of your mouth.

Ren ’23: The persistent problem of college rankings

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: The persistent problem of college rankings

October 22, 2019 0 comments

With college application season in full bloom across the country, many university applicants will come into contact with college rankings. US News, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal publish some of the more well-known lists, though many more exist.

Ren ’23: We should all go see a show

Columns, Opinions

Ren ’23: We should all go see a show

October 9, 2019 0 comments

On the fourth floor of Emery-Woolley Hall, I have met a great number of artists, whose sheer abundance seems to defy the limited space of the narrow residential hallways. A glance into the floor lounge may not reveal it.