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The line of what is offensive should be redrawn

Last week, Pete Davidson performed at Binghamton University. Davidson, who is known for his dark sense of humor, made a few comments during his set that stood out from the rest. At...


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Watching a movie is not a substitute for reading a book

A feeling of anxiety, sadness and overall gloom takes hold of me; I dread what comes next. No, I am not referring to the start of the semester, but to the end...


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It's impossible to glamorize plantations

Several years ago, my family and I visited Thomas Jefferson’s plantation, Monticello, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout the tour, our guide shared countless tales about the life and...


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Corporations are taking steps our government won't

In the past few months, more mass shootings have shaken the United States. In August, a man walked into a Walmart in El Paso and targeted individuals based on their race during...


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Traveling the Middle East shouldn't be stymied by fear

The magnificent Hagia Sophia mosque in Turkey. The ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The timeless pyramids of Giza in Egypt. These wonders of the ancient world, dating back thousands of years,...


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Police officers still deserve our respect

A few weeks ago, I saw a video on Twitter depicting two NYPD officers being relentlessly pelted with water and jeered at by citizens at point-blank while making an arrest in Harlem....


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The perceptions surrounding tattoos have changed, but not enough

When I was younger, I told my mom I wanted a tattoo and she scoffed. “Tattoos are trashy, and you won’t be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery,” she said....


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Sound-bite culture compromises the integrity of online content

On Sept. 3, rapper Lil Nas X was a guest on the HBO show “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” The show, which is a collaboration between HBO Sports and LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s...


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The monopoly on eyeglasses needs to end

I have been wearing eyeglasses since I was three years old. Seventeen years worth of glasses have racked up quite the bill. And I’m not alone — according to the Vision Council,...


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The debate on climate change prevents nations from taking it seriously

The Amazon rainforest is known for its astounding biodiversity, size and importance to the rainforest ecosystem. In fact, the Amazon rainforest alone is responsible for 20 percent of Earth’s oxygen, thus earning...