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Op-Ed: Lessons in Hope

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Lessons in Hope

On Jan. 13, 2016, I penned an opinion-editorial for this newspaper on New Year’s resolutions and the need to do away with them entirely. In that piece I lamented that 2015 had been “an awful year for the world.” I wrote that “at the beginning of 2015 I held so much hope for the year […]

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Op-Ed: Standing Rock’s Stand

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Standing Rock’s Stand

Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. It is certainly my favorite secular holiday, though not at all because of the mythology and imagery around it. I love Thanksgiving in spite of its story, which attempts to normalize the colonization of this continent and genocidal actions towards the indigenous peoples of this land. I love every […]

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Op-Ed: The Death of Fidel

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: The Death of Fidel

  My grandfather has called many times with false news of the death of Fidel Castro, originating from who knows where. But on Friday, that news was finally real. I watched as CNN aired a pre-recorded segment about Castro’s life and the Revolution that he sparked, a segment they had probably been prepared to air […]

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Op-Ed: Marxism for Mary

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Marxism for Mary

In the week since the election, Hillary Clinton has said “we owe [Donald Trump] an open mind and a chance to lead.” President Barack Obama said that “we are now all wishing for [Trump’s] success in uniting and leading the country.” Even the AFL-CIO has come out and said that “if he is willing to […]

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Satire: Ruminations on dating

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Satire: Ruminations on dating

As Thanksgiving break approaches, there are three things I know I have to look forward to. An assortment of delicious foods, an assortment of delicious family arguments and about 85 people asking me how my dating life is going. “Are you dating anyone?” “Who’s the lucky girl?” “You know, I’ll bet you have all the […]

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Op-Ed: What do we lose when we settle?

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: What do we lose when we settle?

In rhetoric, the lesser evil principle extends back as far as the Greek myth of Scylla and Charybdis in Homer. In the story, Scylla is a monster who manifested itself as a six-headed rock while Charybdis materialized as a whirlpool, both of whom were located in the sea between Italy and Sicily. Odysseus had to choose […]

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Op-Ed: Bigotry and Nazism should not be tolerated by the First Amendment

| November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Bigotry and Nazism should not be tolerated by the First Amendment

As a proud student here, I love the diversity of our campus. As a Jew, I am nothing short of terrified when I see a Nazi flag displayed in a dorm room. The flag of the Nazi Party is a sign of hatred in one of its most triggering forms. It is a sign of […]

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Op-Ed: Sexual Assault in America through the Lens of Donald Trump

| November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Sexual Assault in America through the Lens of Donald Trump

So Election Day is a week away and what has seemed like an eternity of painful presidential campaigning is slowly sputtering to a stop. For most of us, it’s almost time to take a huge sigh of relief (or a huge swing at the closest wall) when the election finally comes to a close, but for millions of Americans […]

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Op-Ed: My Normality and Yours

| October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: My Normality and Yours

To the person who claims they know me, more than I know myself, you are right. I am pronouncing the word “pillow” wrong by calling it “pellow.” I don’t eat pork because I’m “foreign.” In fact, you actually nailed it when you shared your very considerate thought of how lucky I am to be in the United […]

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Op-Ed: Myths about Metal

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Myths about Metal

What image does Heavy metal music paint in your brain? Is it the growling vocals and ultra high distortion guitar? Is it the gross and scary album covers? Bonus points if you said yes to both! For the best or the worst, these images are being associated to metal music of today. What’s appalling is […]

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Op-Ed: Netflix and Ill

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Netflix and Ill

How many of us are there who do not have a Netflix account? How many of us imagine ourselves having “fun” watching television shows on Netflix, or perhaps even a movie? How many of us imagine fun as lying in bed all day and surviving on junk even while the sun is shining bright outside, […]

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The State of the Election

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
The State of the Election

A news story several weeks back that caught my eye was one about Minnesota Democrats attempting to kick Donald Trump off the ballot. Because in a shocking turn of events, they seem to be supporting Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.  And being members of the political party that believes so strongly in giving a voice to […]

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Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

There’s been a weird and hard to explain uptick in clown sightings the past few weeks. Late at night, on street corners or in the woods, and calling in threats to schools, a remarkable amount of attention is starting to be given to what the media is calling America’s “clown craze.” Just in time for […]

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Op-Ed: Fifteen Years Later

| October 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Fifteen Years Later

Another Sept. 11 has passed, and in its harrowing wake terrorism has once again taken the forefront of evening news and dinner table conversation. Each year this day holds an especially tender place in my heart. I was a New Yorker, my father worked for law enforcement, though I was only a kindergardener, the attack had […]

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Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

Two years ago this month, I wrote my first piece with the Niner Times. It ran in print under the headline “Ferguson Here.” That article explored racial re-segregation in Charlotte, and the militarization of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in the wake of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In it I spelled out just a few […]

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Op-Ed: It’s time for change

| September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: It’s time for change

A few days ago I set out to write an opinion-based article about the recent wave of NFL silent protests during the national anthem. As I sat down and opened my laptop, however, I quickly ran into an inescapable problem—I was not entirely sure what my opinion was. Always a huge believer in the right […]

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Op-Ed: Style at the cost of lives

| September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Style at the cost of lives

Life has a weird sense of irony about it; it has a way of driving in its point at unexpected times. A few days back my friend and I were discussing a trip he had once made to a particular race track for people to test-drive on. Apparently the only reason why he was denied […]

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Op-Ed: Free Speech Culture in the Classroom

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Free Speech Culture in the Classroom

A state of cognitive dissonance. College campuses have long been the birthplace of revolutionary social and political change. From the civil rights movement to the antiwar movement, students have led the way, engaging with ideas that were largely controversial, giving a platform for rational discourse, and creating immense societal value as a result. It is […]

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Identity At the End of a Gun

| June 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Identity At the End of a Gun

I am gay. I’ve said it a million times before, and I will say it a million times again. I am gay. I came out at the end of eighth grade before high school, as I wanted to start that next stage of my life with a clean slate, being my truest self. In reality, […]

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Op-Ed: NERF Control

| April 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: NERF Control

The phenomena occurs at the convenience of Murphy’s Law, always unexpected, but mostly when the daily bustling crowds of studious students subsides and dusk caresses the campus with its gentle curtains. Teams of students, literally armed with Nerf guns and colored flags delineating loyalty, go at it like the armies of old. Hoards, clans, cults […]

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