Guest Columns

BU should engage with international students about Hong Kong protests

It continues to be the summer of unrest in the streets of Hong Kong as Hong Kongers enter their 13th consecutive week of protests. As an elite public university, Binghamton University and...


Columns

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,...


Staff Editorials

Bridging the Town-Gown Gap

In Binghamton, there are endless ways to engage with the local community, from shopping at your corner store to attending events like the recent Porchfest and the upcoming LUMA. With the city’s...


Columns

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...


Columns

Separating problematic politicians from their policies doesn’t work

When Dancing with the Stars announced the cast for the show’s 28th season, many were shocked and angered to hear that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be joining the...


Columns

Mindfulness should be implemented into our education system

We are never bored. We never run out of things to look at unless we lose signal, or — God forbid — our charger. We are either distracting ourselves during class, eating...


Columns

Traveling unconventionally is the best way to study abroad

This summer I had the opportunity to explore Spain via boat. For two weeks, I lived on a Hallberg-Rassy sailboat, sailing from port to port along the coast of Mallorca, an island...


Columns

Are we desensitized to the value of our money?

Today’s modern consumer culture thrives on material value — a world where we are buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people who don’t matter. The value...


Columns

Social media secures white supremacy’s role in gun violence

To state it simply: America has a gun violence problem. According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every incidence of gun-related violence, including deaths, injuries and crimes, this year to date...


Columns

Israel's barring of congresswomen is silencing free speech

Recently, the Israeli government denied visas to two U.S. congresswomen: Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. The action comes shortly after President Donald Trump stated on Twitter that “it would show great...