Aren Torikian

Aren Torikian is a senior majoring in Economics and International Relations. He can be reached at [email protected]

Op-Ed: The Observer, Alex Jones and the danger of conspiracy

Alex Jones is a despicable human being. In 2014, he infamously accused the government of staging the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut as a way to advance gun control policy. For years, he has touted that the government has poisoned the water we drink and the food we eat. He uses this […]

The Arena: Closing time

I remember sending in my first column for “The Arena” last September. When the Daily accepted my proposal, I think I let it get to my head. I figured I would drop knowledge bombs and be the campus Nate Silver crossed with Jon Stewart crossed with Brad Pitt. But this election process made me feel more […]

The Arena: Mr. Worldwide

The framers of this country were pretty smart. Beyond leaving a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence for Nicolas Cage and Justin Bartha to follow centuries later, they also set up a pretty neat system of government. In it, checks and balances from Congress and the court system limit the president’s […]

The Arena: Turnout for what

Throughout this campaign cycle, I reminded my readers to go vote on Election Day. Regardless of my noble efforts, voter turnout remained disappointingly low; according to the U.S. Elections Project, roughly 58 percent of eligible voters voted in the 2016 election. The U.S. voter turnout rate is actually one of the lowest in the developed world. Of […]

The Arena: Constructing the cabinet

Aristophanes once wrote, “under every stone lurks a politician.” Politicians say and do whatever is necessary to win; oftentimes, these promises mean little. Usually this annoys me, but in the case of President-elect Donald Trump, I was almost rooting for him to break his promises. In the immediate aftermath of the election two weeks ago, […]

The Arena: The Democratic blues

Who would’ve thought it would be the Democrats in such disarray after these elections? Coming into Tuesday’s elections, the talking heads (and your favorite columnist) were predicting the inevitable schism of the Republican Party. Instead, we have a president-elect who has never held office and a Democratic Party on the ropes. There is no two […]

The Arena: I love (the Electoral) College

One more day. One more day until America has its new president and “Saturday Night Live” loses its only funny material. We are nearly 20 months into a process that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but I still could not tell you who is going to win tomorrow. Right now, the numbers still favor Democratic […]

The Arena: Carlos Danger’s last hurrah

This election is the terrible Christmas gift that just keeps on giving. At about half a dozen junctures in the last few months, I was ready to throw up my hands and call the election over. But I knew better after writing off Donald Trump earlier in this campaign. With the FBI re-opening its investigation […]

The Arena: Majority rule

Short of slapping a baby or some crazy WikiLeaks scandal, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks a pretty good bet to close out this election. Recent polls give her a better chance of winning Alaska, where a Democrat has not won since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump does of winning […]

The Arena: From across the pond

If you have been following my Instagram lately, you will have noticed that I am studying abroad in the United Kingdom this year. To be honest, it’s a bit of a bummer to miss out on the last month of the presidential campaign. It’s even more of a bummer having to wake up at 2 […]