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We must do more to support those affected by gun violence

A mass shooting happens, lives are lost, discourse on the cause is opened up, thoughts and prayers are sent and we slowly go back to normal. We go about our daily lives....


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Regulations on electronic tobacco products do little to deter usage

The tobacco industry has always had a polarizing effect on society. It’s criticized not only for the risks associated with tobacco usage, but also for the power of the companies within the...


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How does BU's meal plan system affect healthy eating habits?

At Binghamton University, students have a meal plan system unlike many other colleges. While most colleges rely mainly on a swipe system, allotting a certain number of weekly “swipes” to enter dining...


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It's important to be aware of privilege

As defined through sociocultural standards, privilege is the right or benefit given to some people, but not others. A contextually fluid definition rather than a fixed one, privilege can change and mean...


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The wealthy should not have an advantage in college admissions

A few years ago, I babysat an eighth grader whose mom had asked me questions about the college admissions process. The girl was 14, but her mom already planned for her to...


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Reclaiming slurs can be empowering

From their inception, derogatory slurs have been used to terrorize and abuse the groups of people they are hurled at. Words and phrases have been created or adapted to single out a...


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The Trump administration offers false support for LGBTQ people

The Trump administration is back at it again with manipulating real issues that affect not only Americans, but LGBTQ folk around the globe. A recent announcement by the administration, entirely reasonable at...


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Addressing the fallacies of Common Core education

On March 3, 2019, Andrew Foley, development director of Better Days Greece, a non-governmental organization that focuses on providing spaces that promote relief, healing and learning to those displaced during the refugee...


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Is it OK for artists to cover other musicians?

Artistic originality has long been a subject of critical debate. When it comes to musicians covering material from other musicians, performances are usually met with particular enthusiasm and acclaim from regular listeners....


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Real environmentalists are vegan

There are too many fraudulent environmentalists in this country proclaiming their noble pursuit of caring for the planet, but not actually succeeding in doing so. The environmental movement has rightly focused on...