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Racist representations in the media needs to change

Racist representations in the media needs to change

Black and white, two hues usually set to depict opposites. From films to one’s own reality, these shades alone hold the power of how we view each other in society. In many films and TV shows, black people are primarily depicted as the drug dealers, the thugs or the hardcore convicts. In the meantime, white […]

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Supreme court indecision fails to put a hot topic to rest

Supreme court indecision fails to put a hot topic to rest

Thanks to the Supreme Court, same-sex couples in much of the United States still won’t be able to get married. On Monday, the court decided not to hear cases involving same-sex marriage for five states: Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the New York Times. The ban on gay marriage had already been […]

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Questioning the ethics of checkbook journalism

Questioning the ethics of checkbook journalism

Last month celebrity news website TMZ released a video showing Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancée and current wife Janay Palmer in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel. The video sparked a huge discussion on domestic violence and as soon as TMZ released the video, Rice was suspended […]

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ISIS and the issue of free speech

ISIS and the issue of free speech

Given the now periodic headlines that instill disgust and anger, ignoring the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not an option. The recent video released Oct. 4 (Oct. 3 in the US) shows captive Alan Henning, wearing Guantanamo-esque orange clothes. The British aid worker is kneeled beside the same reported executor, “Jihadi John,” […]

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iPad classes: A key to the future or a waste of time?

iPad classes: A key to the future or a waste of time?

    We live in a time where just about everything is done via one or more of our smart devices. We rely on them to tell us what we’re supposed to be doing, for research and for simple, often mindless, entertainment. It’s safe to say much of our lives are run and organized by […]

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Time for a new Free Speech Movement

Time for a new Free Speech Movement

In the beginning, there was the idea that “power” was with the people. Social change was to be the defiant byproduct created by swaths of citizens collectively creating a larger voice. This aim would make the dominant institutions tremble into submission. Those were days of hopeful visions of civil and social equality. We’ve fallen short […]

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Watering down California’s drought crisis

Watering down California’s drought crisis

This world is going to hell. Each generation’s elders, aged to perfection, have claimed this as their swan song, presumably since the dawn of time — each believing their predecessors have defiled what they so diligently created. But for this generation, our generation, it’s tough to pass the buck. Baby boomers not only saw man […]

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Addiction to pills for depression needs to end

Addiction to pills for depression needs to end

  “I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. There’s no purpose to this, I just want to die.” I know, that’s such a cliche line to introduce the topic of depression. But everyday I come home, I hear my mother speak those lines. In fact, for as long as I remember, my mother has always […]

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Rise in MTA fares will not benefit students

Rise in MTA fares will not benefit students

  It looks like many students who ride on the Metro are going to have to find new means of transportation starting Sept. 15. Unless riders want to empty their pockets even more, it is best to get out while they still have the chance. How will these changes in prices benefit Metro customers? The increase […]

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Understanding the ice bucket challenge

Understanding the ice bucket challenge

    The ALS ice bucket challenge brings up the question: Is it really charitable or is it just a trend?   By Leah Arzu It’s hard to miss the social media phenomenon that has become the “Ice bucket challenge.” The challenge, which began at the end of July, was started in an effort to […]

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The fable of a college education

The fable of a college education

This fall, more than 20 million new college students will be shipped off to their respective campuses for bright futures and fulfilling experiences, according to numbers from the Department of Education. Mommy and Daddy will wave their children off to what they perceive to be a better life than they had, making all their sacrifices […]

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Send planes, not people, to Iraq

Send planes, not people, to Iraq

From a distance, the more fresh disasters seen in Iraq would make any reasonable person’s jaw drop. Let’s acknowledge that the United States’ unspeakable actions in 2003 had inevitably led to a conquest of Iraq at the hands of a jihadi network, taking advantage of a weak government there. So far, that all came true. […]

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