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Animal fur in clothing should be reserved for those who need it

t’s that time of year again — temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter and Canada Goose jackets are out in all their glory, ready to battle the frigid cold. Canada Goose...


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"Girlboss" culture disguises marketing tactics behind false feminism

Evidence of “hustle culture” seems to be everywhere. There are countless Instagram photos captioned with hashtags like #riseandgrind and #nodaysoff. Elon Musk’s tweet encouraging people to consider working in technology warns that...


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Our emotional detachment to farm animals makes it easier to abuse them

Every so often, some news organization will report on some atrocity another country commits by eating dogs or cats, or locking them up in crowded, dirty conditions. While horrible, why is this...


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The momentum of BU protests must continue after winter break

Needless to say, there has been a lot of political action on campus the past few weeks. New students must be overwhelmed by the pressure to take sides. Older students may remember...


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Right-wing attacks on free speech are hypocritical

Broome County has been a hotbed of political activity in recent weeks. With protests both on and off campus, tensions have run high. Local politicians such as State Sen. Fred Akshar have...


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A liberal arts education is essential — especially for those in the sciences

While waiting in line for my stir-fry to be cooked, I overheard a conversation between two undergraduate students, one of whom is in the School of Management (SOM). She was telling her...


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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...