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Pinal-Alfaro: Suggestions for a better semester

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

January 19, 2018

As the fleeting days of break gave way to the inevitable return to campus, I became increasingly anxious about returning to school. I was excited to meet up with friends and enjoy the second semester of my freshman year. However, I was wary of the increased coursework, inevitable late nights and the...

Pinal-Alfaro: The US needs to start caring about Puerto Rico

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

November 10, 2017

More than five weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, conditions on the island have improved marginally. As of Oct. 25, 2017, the official death toll stands at 51, though the number of casualties is believed to be much higher due to unaccounted deaths that have yet to be processed by the government....

Pinal-Alfaro: Diane Guerrero teaches self-care

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

October 13, 2017

Actress Diane Guerrero, best known for her work on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black”, shared words of wisdom with the Case Western Reserve University community on Saturday, Sept. 23. Under the ornate ceiling of the Maltz Performing Arts Center, Guerrero spoke to the crowd—comprised ...

Pinal-Alfaro: Why you need to know about DACA

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

September 8, 2017

Over five years after its implementation by former President Barack Obama and after months of speculation, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was officially rescinded by the Trump administration this past Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Introduced as an executive order in 2012,  ...

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