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Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

It has been six months — half a year — since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. It has been six months — half a year — since protesters shut down Old Concord Road, a stone’s throw from our University. The massive and impassioned protests that followed shook Charlotte’s establishment to […]

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Op-Ed: A Nation of Refugees

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: A Nation of Refugees

Our world is currently seeing the largest refugee crisis it has ever known. According to the World Bank and the United Nations, over 65 million people are currently displaced from their homes, 21.3 million of which are displaced because they have literally no other choice. Their flight is entirely involuntary. The report details these numbers […]

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Op-Ed: Double-Standard Patriots-ism

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Double-Standard Patriots-ism

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Super Bowl LI champions, the New England Patriots. A lot of people seem to have an issue with the fact that several African-American players do not want to go to the White House because they don’t feel welcomed. Tight End Martellus Bennet tweeted before the Super […]

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Op-Ed: A Conservative’s Report from D.C.

| February 3, 2017 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: A Conservative’s Report from D.C.

I voted for Donald Trump. I know, I know — I’m the worst — but you can hate me later. I recently visited Washington D.C. to witness the historic inauguration of President Donald Trump. I stayed with one of my friends who attends school in D.C.; the university will remain nameless, but I can assure […]

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Op-Ed: (Anti-) Social Media

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: (Anti-) Social Media

“Hey there, what’s your username or handle?” is perhaps one of the most if not the most common way nowadays to socialize with people. You find a random person, like their face, sense of humor, or anything of that sort and boom — you ask their name on Facebook and add them. At least, that’s […]

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Op-Ed: Religious Myth

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Religious Myth

I wrote a piece at the beginning of the school year that promised to be “the first of several in a series in support of Palestinian liberation.” The latter half of 2016, however, had different things in mind. Between the Charlotte uprising, Standing Rock, and the presidential election, my largely personal reflection on last summer’s […]

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Op-Ed: Commercials give television a bad name

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Commercials give television a bad name

As I’m sure many of you have experienced, often when I arrive at my home after a long day of classes, I like to unwind by watching a little television.  For many of you, this may mean you will spend a couple of hours binge-watching the latest fad on Netflix. However, since I do not […]

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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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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: 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: 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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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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Op-Ed: From Bethlehem to Haifa

| September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: From Bethlehem to Haifa

You can always tell when something really hits Rabbi Joseph Berman, one of my two delegation leaders on our trip to Palestine, who works extensively with Jewish Voice for Peace. Our two weeks in Palestine were emotional and heavy, but there were certain moments when a tear or a pained closing of eyes betrayed those […]

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