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We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam shows the person behind the photo

At first glance, the new photography exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion seems simple. White space is used consistently throughout the exhibit, the empty walls displaying only a few black and white photographs each. Two short films are projected in a makeshift theater tucked away in the corners of the Pavilion, and four wooden tables in the center of the room display photographs, letters, books, music scores and newspaper clippings, all dating back to the Vietnam War era.

This simplicity is the true beauty of the exhibit “We Shot the War: ‘Overseas Weekly’ in Vietnam.” The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” seems to be the central focus of this exhibit, each brutally human photograph speaking for itself. While walking through the exhibit, one can see that these pictures do not aim to show the violence of the war, but rather to highlight the lives of soldiers and citizens alike.

Mental health is our Vietnam

Find student leadership that can have tough conversations with faculty about reducing some of the absurd workloads students can get stuck with. The hazing generation is over – it has caused too much damage to people we love. Most importantly, never be afraid to ask for help. If you have the courage, be open about your struggles and how you sought out help to get better. You can save those who are hurting too badly to build up the confidence to seek help.