Ariel Hoffmaier Training Manager

Class of 2017


  • Fighting fascism with ‘niceness’ is idealistic, ineffective

    Last week, I made a terrible mistake: I engaged in a political debate on Facebook. My opponent was a family friend with a familiar and increasingly frustrating argument. Basically, she expressed her unhappiness with how polarized and angry everyone has gotten since the election, and argued that everyone should just try to get along and “choose love.” I argued that was a load of unproductive, ideal...

    Forum | February 6, 2017
  • GaysforTrump shows wider acceptance of LGBT people

    This election cycle has left me, like many liberals, wondering why any LGBT+ American could possibly support Donald Trump. Surely, anyone who tweets #GaysforTrump must be either self-loathing or seriously deluded to stand behind this presidential candidate: a man who has appointed as his VP the architect behind Indiana’s infamously discriminatory “religious liberty” bill, and who represents the mo...

    Forum | October 31, 2016
  • Tales from Abroad: China

    So I missed the first week of classes to go on a family trip to China. When I tell people this, the most common response I get is “why?” Why did I, the history nerd, want to visit one of the oldest and most culturally rich countries on the planet? Why did I, the college senior in respectable academic standing, opt for a once-in-a-lifetime experience (or if I’m lucky, twice) over yet another syllab...

    Pillbox | September 19, 2016
  • Purnell hosts The Plague in Venice

    Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is a playground of old styles and fresh experiments, and The Plague in Venice was a bit of both. Directed by guest Sasha Iliev, and based on a story by Flaminio Scalia, The Plague in Venice premiered on the Chosky stage this month as a spectacular reimagining of a 400-year-old form of Italian theatre. The Plague in Venice, a comedy about a plague that killed...

    Pillbox | April 25, 2016
  • Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Carnegie Mellon

    On Wednesday March 6, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally in Skibo Gymnasium. The space was filled to full capacity, holding over 1,500 people in the gym with many others left outside in a line stretching well around the block. Clinton addressed the large crowd that was stuck outside before giving her speech. Meanwhile, inside Skibo, a selection of songs, includ...

    News | April 11, 2016

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