Samantha Rigante

srigant1@binghamton.edu

13 Articles


Opinions

FAFSA needs to go

Perhaps the most irritating experience of the school year is having to fill out the FAFSA, the Department of Education’s “Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” that students must fill out if...


Columns

Hostages in Gaza need to be brought home now

On Thursday, Jan. 18, gatherers at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, held hundreds of orange balloons to commemorate the first birthday of the youngest hostage still being held in Gaza, Kfir...


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Your Jewish friends are not okay

As I was preparing to go to sleep during the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, I received a stream of alerts from Israeli news sources, identifying a barrage of rockets...


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Public funding of Oklahoma Catholic School is dangerous

Should religious schools be fully funded by government and taxpayer money? According to the state of Oklahoma, the answer to that question is yes. After months of heated debate, Oklahoma approved St....


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Texas judge's attempt to ban abortion pill endangers women

On April 7, a federal judge from Texas issued an extremely controversial ruling claiming that the drug mifepristone, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 20...


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The Willow Project will exacerbate climate crisis

On Monday, March 13, President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would be signing onto an oil drilling program in Alaska known as the Willow Project. Completed by Texas-based oil company ConocoPhillips, the...


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Medical tourism is indicative of U.S. health care inadequacy

On Friday, March 3, four American citizens took an unexpectedly common journey to Mexico, one of them hoping to obtain a medical procedure across the border. Soon after driving through the Mexican...


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Benjamin Netanyahu's proposed judicial reform threatens Israeli democracy

For weeks, Israeli citizens have been marching consistently across the country, protesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government’s suggested changes to the judicial system. Netanyahu, who is currently on trial for corruption...


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Teachers should work with ChatGPT

The development of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chat system created by OpenAI researchers, has been one of the most widely discussed topics in recent news and media. Released in November of...


Opinions

Comedians should be tactful when using stereotypes

Nearly as soon as comedian Dave Chappelle ended his Saturday Night Live monologue on Nov. 12, the backlash was swift. Accusations that Chappelle’s monologue contained anti-Semitic remarks flooded the media, with people...