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Political engagement does not end with voting

Another election cycle has come and gone, and the implications are clear: In general, it seems that Democrats overwhelmed Republicans in suburban America to the point where they have gained an outright...


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Thanksgiving is a holiday for immigrants

As Nov. 22 comes around, families across the United States will be gathering around their dining room tables, weighted under the plethora of steaming dishes fragrant with spices, of hopes and high...


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Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and President Trump are scarily similar

In September, Brazil had a severe corruption probe exposing its nationalized oil company Petrobras; it was seemingly the largest graft investigation in Latin America’s political history. The operation allowed Petrobras to funnel...


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Buying used goods can help combat climate change

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change left us with a bleak forecast of our near future, projecting a 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius increase in global temperature from preindustrial levels, unless...


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Adderall is not a long-term solution for ADD

I grew up under the misconception that the technology and knowledge in our day and age was limitless, short of time travel and curing cancer. It was this utopian perception of our...


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Is "canceling" culture toxic?

It’s no secret that celebrities are just like us. They go grocery shopping, pay taxes and even struggle with issues like mental illness. One other way that celebrities are just like us:...


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Does the right adequately react to anti-Semitic acts?

Following the massacre of Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, it has been heartening to see the empathy and genuine solidarity on display across many faiths and backgrounds. It gives me hope that...


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Florida's Amendment 4 is a step in the right direction

While everyone was encouraged to vote on Nov. 6 in the past few weeks, not everyone’s ballot looked the same. Candidates and open positions varied from state to state, and depending on...


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Catcalling can evoke conflicting emotions

When I got harassed on the street for the first time, one of my first thoughts was, “Finally.” I breathed a sigh of relief. At long last, I was considered attractive enough...


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The United States should not ignore human rights violations

There is an Orwellian state in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China. It is filled with a network of more than 7,300 police monitoring stations that appear every 500 meters in...


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Maybe the environment is not as doomed as we think

I’ve recently been reading a book about climate change by Geoff Dembicki called, “Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change,” because, truthfully, I’ve been feeling pretty...


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Politically correct language is polite language

What does it mean to propose a ‘PC,’ or politically correct, culture? Is it a way to silence people, to rid them of their opinions or to infantilize a population for wanting...