Aaron Bondar

abondar1@binghamton.edu

23 Articles


Columns

Acts of kindness often stay with recipients

In 1944, my grandmother was sent to a death camp in the Polish countryside. The name of that camp, Auschwitz, has now been branded into our collective memory as the physical and...


Columns

Though not flawless, John McCain was a hero to many

On Aug. 25, Senator John Sidney McCain lost his battle with cancer. In his last book before his death, “The Restless Wave,” McCain quotes his hero, Robert Jordan, from his favorite novel...


Columns

Be bold and take advantage of opportunities

Every year, Pipe Dream — the illustrious publication you hold in your hands — publishes a summer issue, invariably read by the incoming freshman class. If you’re reading this now, you’re probably...


Opinions

Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

In May 2014, I visited Poland to see the death camps on a trip that felt more like a pilgrimage. I wanted to see the places where my grandmother was imprisoned and...


Columns

Is it right for people to abort fetuses with Down syndrome?

Last year, a headline by CBS News declared that in Iceland, “Down syndrome is disappearing.” You would be forgiven if, upon reading the headline, you assumed that Icelandic doctors had discovered a...


Columns

Challenging our deeply held beliefs

It’s almost a cliche at this point to talk about how divided our country has become. Equally cliched is the subsequent, impassioned plea for something — sanity, reason, unity — anything to...


Columns

Reconnecting with the real world

When was the last time you built something? I don’t mean the hammer-and-nail kind of building, but it could be that too — when was the last time you made something with...


Columns

Denouncing political violence

Over the past few years, our country has plunged into a debate about free speech and tolerance. This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. Our country — dedicated...


Columns

Democrats should embrace federalism

Since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, liberal activists and politicians have broken from typical Democratic Party tradition and embraced, whether explicitly or implicitly, a new political philosophy. It...


Columns

Reaching refugees

In the early 1940s in Hungary, my grandmother and grandfather, then teenagers, were dating. By 1944, my grandfather had been sent to a forced labor camp and my grandmother to Auschwitz. They...