Erik Alexander

Erik Alexander is a College senior majoring in economics.

Calling for Content

Dear Readers, It is almost guaranteed you’ve read something in the Wheel’s Opinion section that you disagree with. The point of this section, and all Opinion sections for that matter, is for people to share their opinions in a thought-provoking and intellectual manner. Ideally, each piece published here will encourage open discussion and perhaps make [...]

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Businesses Can Discriminate, with Consequences

In 1983 Alfred Smith and Galen Black were fired from their jobs after testing positive for mescaline, the main compound in the illegal and hallucinogenic peyote cactus. As members of the Native American Church, they had not ingested peyote for recreational but rather for sacramental purposes. So they sued, and the case was brought to [...]

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UMass Incident Result of Iran Sanctions

Last week, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) issued a policy banning Iranian nationals from attending some of its graduate programs in science and engineering. After receiving a week’s worth of public backlash and consulting with the State Department, the University decided to reverse its new policy. In August 2012, Congress passed the “Iran Threat [...]

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Smoking Ban Leads to Vigilantism

Outside of the Michael C. Carlos Museum I met with a friend of mine. Out of the blue a stranger, without my friend’s consent, took his photograph. I have heard other students mention similar incidents happening to them since the beginning of the semester. To be sure, each of these students were doing the same [...]

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Congress Puts Economy at Risk

At long last, the economy appears to be improving. ​So who do we thank? President Barack Obama? The Federal Reserve? Oil companies? Mitch McConnell would have us thank the GOP, which took control of Congress on January 3. “The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in [...]

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