Freedom of the press essential to our democracy

Since his Jan. 20 inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America, tensions have escalated between President Trump, his administration and the mainstream news media. Over and over again the President has questioned the legitimacy of journalists’ reporting, and declared on several occa...

Women’s Rights: Humans Rights

Women in the United States and all over the world have been denied rights to their own bodies for centuries. Only after a long and difficult fight for reproductive rights in the last 50 years or so, more choices and freedoms have been given to women. After the election of now-president Donald Trump,...

Millenial stereotypes are untrue

Lazy, entitled, narcissists, materialistic, the worst generation yet: these are just a few of the many entries in the list of negative stereotypes to characterize Generation Y, or the millennial generation. These stereotypes are demeaning towards the generation, and an inaccurate representation of t...

The injustice of marijuana criminalization

There has always been a certain patriarchal paradigm in society, describing women as the lesser, making them disadvantaged in most cultures. The popularity of feminism has fallen in waves of enlightenment; as many of us are told, “history repeats itself”. As we become more aware of the prejudice, wo...

The Battle of the Century

It’s the battle of the century. Two titans vie for the adoration of millions of people. No it’s not Hillary vs. God-Emperor Donald Trump round two. It’s a more pressing issue. It’s Instagram vs. Snapchat. Two social media behemoths battle for the top spot The first contender, Snapchat. Known for its...

A Life Changing Experience

It was five days, many sleepless nights, and a whole lot of sightseeing and fun. The trip was a whirlwind, and most of the time we were on our feet from 5AM to 10PM with little to no rest. With such little time, we were still able to visit many of the nation’s greatest tourist attractions. New York ...

Student’s reflections on importance of being represented in the media

When I was four, I remember that my biggest dream, a higher priority than even becoming a princess (and also president of the United States), was to be blonde. More specifically, I wanted the long, cascading, shiny blonde waves that Barbie was blessed with in all the Barbie movies. I didn’t even car...

Student calls for change, sensitization of school shootings

We’ve all heard it before on the news. Some gut-wrenching story of a public shooting in somewhere-that’s-not-my-hometown, USA. High body counts with police involvement and mourners shouting slogans and saying it should never happen again. But eventually somewhere in the world there will be another s...

New year, [No] New Me

Everyone starts somewhere in life; usually this sort of opened mentality comes to us around New Year’s Eve when we come to think of where we are in life and where we want to get. The day when your whole family comes to your house for that not so amazing dinner that was obviously not cooked by your m...

Mental health destigmitization

I no longer remember what it’s like to live without a mental illness. The past two and a half years of my life have been ones full of struggling to learn and accept the changes that have reshaped my mind. It all began in 8th grade. I had been a dancer for my entire life and I had recently switched t...