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Finally! Female professor responds to inequality in the campus bookstore

February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Co-authored by Megan Walsh, Elsa Roberts and Leah Humphries On Sunday, faculty and staff, in an event spearheaded by Professor Susie Amato-Henderson and Professor Amy Lark, gathered to distribute professional clothing to women on campus that they had collected over the course of the week from faculty and staff and anyone else willing to donate. ...

Knowing Deah, Yusor and Razan

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you are anything like me, you abandoned all hope of any other work yesterday that didn’t involve closely following the reporting and commentary on the Chapel Hill shootings of Deah, Razan, and Yusor. Since the man who murdered these young people was an atheist and I am too, I was paying special attention to my community’s response. That’s ...

The P.C. police are coming for you

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

In a recent article for Vitae, Professor Rob Jenkins entered the revolving debate on the ills of political correctness by pondering the scintillating question of “how do we decide what’s offensive?” Hmmm. On its face it’s just an innocent question, we all wonder from time to time how to determine whether something causes offense or is ...

On being irrationally embarrassed about learning guitar

January 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

I lived in Los Angeles over the summer and I am probably the only person who has ever moved to LA and found myself with a lot of free time. This is because I am a bit of a loner who absolutely does not want to go to the Lana Del Rey concert at the Hollywood Bowl “just for fun.” Anyway, I bought a guitar. It was actually like, a 12-year-old’s ...


December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

At Michigan Tech, feminism is still a scary word. Or rather, it is thought to be an outdated word. With the majority of the student body taking a stance that seems to say “feminism is over,” we have contentiously struggled at UNDER_WIRE to keep the conversation going. Because it’s not over. In fact, right now a whole new wave of ...

Women on the front line and how to #ShutItDown from miles away

December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The day after Thanksgiving, I was surrounded by hundreds of other Black Friday protesters in the middle of Water Tower Place in Chicago. We were calling Black Friday “Brown Friday” and demanding that shoppers don’t give one more cent to a capitalist society who cares more about protecting storefronts than protecting lives. We circled ...

When a sexual assault happens on campus… give thanks?

November 20, 2014 // 34 Comments

Last night at Michigan Tech, students were alerted via text message and email that a sexual assault had been reported outside of Walker Hall a couple days before. The email contained your typical police report qualities–a description of what the offender looks like, a time and place, and how to be safe in the future. The tips for women at ...

Inhabiting the struggle and the history of UNDER_WIRE

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back in early 2013 when my friend Katherine asked me if I wanted to be part of a new feminist publication at school, I barely knew what feminism was but I still said “absolutely.” I could sense that there was a problem at Michigan Tech even though I couldn’t articulate it yet and I knew that whatever that problem was, I wanted to be part of ...

What it’s worth: On loving games but hating sexism

November 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Vivian James, the Gamergate mascot and their example of what a “real” female gamer should look like. If you don’t know what Gamergate is I’m jealous since it’s been such a high source of stress in my life recently. Gamergate is a large, ongoing movement based around accusations and vague ideas that gaming is under attack. It has ...

Love, hate, women and technology

November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Illustration by Angie Wang, originally posted with story by Ann Friedman. Click quote below to read the article. “Tech’s gender imbalance is the result of a complex set of structural and cultural issues that are incompatible with the values it claims to hold dear.” I love technology. I love technology and how it’s made sharing and ...
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