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Mistry: Why we still cannot wait

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and even though I was unable to attend the convocation that bears his name, I tried to take some time to reflect on King’s legacy and how we collectively discuss the work that remains. In 1964, a year after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freed...

Pietrow: Turning it off and on again doesn’t work

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you have been following the news, you know that our government has been shut down yet again. It almost happens like clockwork now, and each president has had their own reason for initiating  a shutdown. Former president Barack Obama shutdown the government for 16 days to negotiate legislation on ...

Du: Thoughts regarding the China-US trade war

Erya Du, Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The China-U.S. trade war came to a temporary stop in December. At the G20 summit on Dec. 1, 2018, the leaders of the two countries, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, reached a consensus. They agreed to a 90-day negotiation period and will suspend new trade measures for the duration of the agreement. ...

Wilson: Keep the census constitutional

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution outlines who can serve in the United States House of Representatives and how many representatives each state should be allotted. In this article, the Constitution states that the “Enumeration shall be made…every...Term of Ten Years, in such Manner as...

Smith: Shutdown woe

Smith: Shutdown woe

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

There’s something seriously awry when around 800,000 people aren’t able to go to work despite their eagerness to do so. It is impossible to frame this occurrence as ethical or even a means to an end. Before delving into why our government has been shut down, we should recognize and agree that ...

Reif: Safe injection sites, syringe exchange programs should be more prominent

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Life expectancy has historically been used as an indicator of a population’s health and development. While the United States has consistently rested in the top quarter of all countries in this regard, our life expectancy has decreased in two of the last three years. The decline from 78.7 years in ...

Kim: Difficulties with winter break housing

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Securing housing for winter break can be confusing and scary, especially for underclassmen. You live on campus for a large part of the year, creating a home for yourself, and then you’re told to get out without access for about a month. I remember when I was a first-year student and not wanting to go...

Wilson: NASA funding can reignite national pride

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 1969, NASA landed the first humans on the Moon. This feat was the culmination of the so-called “Space Race” during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Starting in the late 1940s, the Space Race was a major scientific endeavor, and the United States’ success was ...

Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

With the sudden rise of the “subtle Asian traits” phenomenon, the Asian immigrant community across the world has never felt more united. However, the development of the “subtle Asian” community has also emphasized more than ever the seemingly unbridgeable divide between Asian immigrants and th...

Reyna: The president’s visit to my home

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Jan. 10, President Donald Trump visited McAllen, Texas, my home. Trump’s visit brought McAllen to the national spotlight again as he made his case for a wall between the border of the United States and Mexico. Accompanied by both Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, as well as some of his White H...

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