Rachelle Holdridge

Perspectives Assistant, The Pepperdine Graphic

Location icon United States of America

As a senior history major at Pepperdine University, I do a lot of writing. Topics span from St. Jerome to the causes of the Civil War to the post-modern effect on the historical enterprise, but I was born with a passion for politics. It is the constantly-evolving mechanics of the American system. Writing is the channel through which I express this passion.
This is a collection of op-eds written for my student paper, the Pepperdine Graphic.

Gorsuch Moderates Trump Administration ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

The first weeks of the nation's new presidency have been like an episode of the "Twilight Zone" mixed with a little "Man in the High Castle." All the extreme executive orders and bizarre statements from President Donald Trump and his administration are both ridiculous and alarming.

The Women's March Accepted all but Political Diversity ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

If there is one lesson that Americans learned in 2016, it's that we have failed at building political bridges. Less than 25 percent of Americans talk to people with whom they politically disagree, according to Jill Lepore in " The State of the Presidential Debate," published Sept. 16, 2016 by The New Yorker.

Open Your Mind to the Other Side ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Art/Graphic by Sybil Zhang Actress Meryl Streep's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes for the Cecil B. DeMille Award was a poignant defense of Hollywood and an articulate attack on President-Elect Donald Trump. Nearly everyone in the audience nodded in agreement, as did many of those who actually take the time to watch the Golden Globes.

Congress, It's On You ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Election night was shocking. As the media, political analysts and half of the American public waited expectantly for Democratic presidential nominee Clinton's victory and, maybe if they were lucky, a Democratic Senate, the other half of the American public had a very different plan.

When Sorry Isn't Good Enough ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Fox News' apo logy to former anchor Gretchen Carlson made national news recently. Its newsworthy value was not because the apology was long overdue, considering Carlson filed the lawsuits in July, but because it was even given at all.

Young Moderates Refuse to Settle for Trump ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Art by Peau Porotesano I should be a Republican. I'm fairly politically moderate, but my whole family is die-hard Republican. I even wore a McCain-Palin T-shirt in eighth grade after they had lost the election. However, this year is the first time I will vote in a presidential election, and I have found myself in some kind of political wasteland.

Sexism Still Thrives in America ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Sexism doesn't exist anymore. At least that's what more than half of men and about a third of women in America think, according to a study written by Hannah Fingerhut titled "In Both Parties, Men and Women Differ over whether Women Still Face Obstacles to Progress," published Aug. 16 by Pew Research.

Pro-Life and Feminist Beliefs Can Coexist ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Pepperdine culture is an interesting cross-section of ideologies. Though some students are textbook conservative or liberal, many fit somewhere in between. I have found this to be particularly true with the issues of abortion and feminism. Many feminist students I know hold a firmly pro-life stance on abortion.

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