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Participating in Greek life can force some to choose between parts of their identity

As you walk around campus, you’ll see bold Greek letters embroidered on some students’ apparel. These letters show which Greek organization one belongs to and may also highlight how membership in a...


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Is sharing cultural dances with others an act of cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation in performing arts has long been debated, especially in cases where cross-cultural borrowing teeters on stealing for economic gain. The most outlandish examples of cultural appropriation in dance, such as...


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The best way to cope with holiday stress may be to focus on yourself

“Blood is thicker than water” is a common expression people use when talking about family. It makes it sound like the blood bonds we have with our families are the strongest and...


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Bolivia's current elections are jeopardized by U.S. involvement

In the past month, the situation in Bolivia has changed from bad to worse. On Oct. 20, Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, won his fourth election by the necessary...


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Student protests in Hong Kong are more crucial than we're led to believe

The persistent protests in Hong Kong broke new ground when violence between police and student activists at The Chinese University of Hong Kong resulted in the suspension of classes and the subsequent...


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BU eliminating travel time for holidays is unsafe and unfair

According to the academic calendar for the fall 2019 semester, classes will recess at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 — the day before Thanksgiving. For many of us, especially those of...


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'Mom shaming' is further exacerbated by social media

It is no secret that new parents face all kinds of stress and sleepless nights. Even when they’ve read all the parenting books and done all their research, it’s still a brand-new...


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Virginity testing is harmful and medically invalid

On Nov. 5, the “Ladies Like Us” podcast aired an episode featuring rapper T.I. During a conversation about parenting and talking to children about sex, T.I. revealed that he has taken his...


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Blue books have no place in modern universities

Blue books are common testing utensils used to provide standardization to written exams, but they lack good incentive for their use and take more time for effective grading. Although some professors and...


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Four day workweeks are the future of the job market

In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek in the future. Approaching nearly a century later, there has not been a significant decrease in working hours. In America, the standard...


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BU students should confront their prejudices against local residents

My first hint of the on-campus attitude toward those who live in Vestal and Binghamton was when one of the student volunteers at my college orientation, in an attempt to emphasize the...