Mike Smith


Jared Hunter should be disqualified

This Thursday, the Elections Board released one of the last, if not its final, SGA election violations report. In it, most alleged violations turned out to be nothing, even as two sorority houses were bribing sisters to vote and the Roth campaign broke a policy regarding social media use.

The Machine is getting ridiculous

For over 100 years, Theta Nu Epsilon, also known as The Machine, was an entity on Alabama's campus to be feared. The Machine used every scare tactic and committed every assault it could to instill dominance in the Student Government Association, from cross burning to phone tapping, bombings to stabbings. ...

Never accept the status quo

Ever since I was 16, I wanted to be a politician. I saw things that I hoped would change and didn't trust actual politicians to do it.

UA should allow ethical meal plan exemptions

Throughout my entire life, I have never really enjoyed eating. Sure, I liked fancy meals or home cooked comfort food, but the actual mechanical task of eating three square meals a day always proved bothersome.

Open textbooks present solution to book prices

Education is said to be one of the great equalizers in our society. Accessibility to quality education has been hailed as a solution to poverty, social injustices, and systematic oppression. As much as we might praise the idea of making quality education accessible, we fail at actually doing so.

Stop stigmatizing polyamorous relationships

During the debate over marriage equality, I heard a lot of liberal politicians say something along the lines of "whatever two consenting adults do in the bedroom is none of the government's business." 

Trump is the most dangerous candidate since Wallace

There has never been a time that I have agreed with Jeb Bush more than when he said "Donald Trump is a chaos candidate." While it may have been a last ditch effort by a dying campaign, that doesn't make the saying any less true.

Leave Benghazi in the past

Last week, Congress finished its investigation into the terrorist attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya... again. This investigation, led by Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), was the eighth of its kind. However, even after releasing an 800-page report, the most recent investigation ...