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Those Living in Poverty Should Not be Held Accountable for the Environment

There has been evident progress regarding the environmental movement in the United States. Initiated in the 1960s, this modern initiative has been ingrained into society and has spurred debate over issues such as climate change, veganism, etc. Inherently, this movement is most prominent in more affluent communities. Unequivocally, it is quite difficult to be within the reigns of poverty and extensively contribute to the global urge to “Go Green!” in a world that does little

International

Guam Youth Congress: The Importance of Youth Politics and Policymaking

The Guam Youth Congress was created in 1975 by then-Senator Carl T.C. Gutierrez as a training ground for Guam’s future leaders. Today, representatives from the island’s villages and schools gather to discuss and debate issues that plague our island. Christian Valencia, the Speaker of the House of Guam Youth Congress, believes that the organization provides the youth with an avenue to voice their concerns about issues that affect them and their communities. It gives them

Op-ed

Can The Green New Deal Actually Be Considered Socialism?

In the past few months, the creation of the Green New Deal has sparked a debate across the country. Climate change and its mitigation have finally become hot button discussion topics, which greatly adds to the momentum of the Sunrise Movement and the climate action movement in general. But at the same time, the Green New Deal has received widespread criticism both as a document and as a doctrine. Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

Real Life

What It Feels Like To Be Plagiarized

Plagiarism is something that is widely performed by students around the world. It is simple to carry out, and is quite helpful to those that don’t get caught doing it. Many people tend to get higher grades and are commended by their classmates for not being apprehended. That made plagiarism sound really good didn’t it? Tempting? Amazing? Getting a better grade with no effort and no consequences? Well, the truth about it is much uglier

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Jay Inslee

Personal Background: Inslee grew up in Seattle Washington, where his father was a high school teacher and his mother, a sears sales-rep. He attended the University of Washington as an undergrad student, and then Willamette University for Law School. He worked as an attorney and then a prosecutor for several years before he became involved with grassroots organizing. His activism began when he became involved in the fight against funding cuts for rural Washington Schools.

Politics

Hello, Mr President: John Delaney

Personal Background: Born on April 16, 1963, John Delaney was raised in eastern New Jersey to a working-class family. His father was an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and worked tenaciously to support Delaney and his sister throughout their childhood. This situation translated directly into Delaney’s contemporary campaign, which emphasizes the need for employment opportunities amongst the middle and lower classes. Despite his family’s financial constraints, Delaney was accepted and ultimately able

Real Life

Five Success Tips for Online Learning

According to Bill Gates, the best education in five years will be on the Internet, so now’s the time to get a head start on knowing some success tips for online learning. Chances are, that if you attend university or college, you have already taken an e-course or two. It won’t be too long until your entire program will be delivered in an online format. Here are some strategies to improve your learning through the

Mental Health

How Self-Harm Addictions Start

I want to use what I’ve gone through as a way to help other people who struggle with self-harm and self-harm urges. I especially want to help people who may be considering self-harm realize that it’s not the answer. A self-harm addiction makes your life a living hell and brings pain to those close to you. Yes, you’re in pain, and self-harm might seem like a way to relieve that pain. But do you really want to sell your life away to self-harm? There are more effective ways to...

Op-ed

From Denim Day to Every Day: Why “Small Scale” Advocacy Matters in the #MeToo Era

Jeans are a staple of my daily life. They’re the first thing I go for when I don’t know what to wear. They match with a lot of my shirts and sweaters. They’re familiar. Some say that denim is too constricting, but I think it’s comfortable. The cottony, flexible fabric feels almost natural at times, especially when it’s worn out from years of walking, dancing and all sorts of movement. American blue jeans have become

Feminism

Workshop on Women’s Studies Discusses Feminism, Hijab and Objectification of Women

Exploring themes as important in today’s world as feminism, the neo-liberal and radical kinds of it, capitalism and how it exploits women’s labor, a nine-day workshop was held in Qom, Iran at the University of Religions and Denominations. This program was organized by the international department of URD by the joint efforts of the Director General of the International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Mahdi Salehi and the Director of International Short Courses, Dr. Zahra Sharif.

International

Not Your Slumdog Millionaire: How India’s Dehumanization in Film Fuels America’s Desensitization in Politics

For every macabre snake charmer that has appeared inexplicably out of thin air, there are three boys playing soccer in the dirt, clothed in tattered rags. And if there isn’t an unsolicited tragic backstory ascribed to an illiterate rickshaw driver, then the peculiarly strange slums—littered with gasoline lights, will make up for it. From unrealistically unintelligible accents to curry overkill, Hollywood seems to sift through the most misrepresenting stereotypes to see which facet of a

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Pete Buttigieg

Personal Background: Mayor Pete Buttigieg was born and raised in South Bend Indiana by a Maltese immigrant father and local mother, both of whom were professors at Notre Dame University. Buttigieg was class president and valedictorian of his high school. During his senior year he won the “JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest” where he was honored at the JFK Library in Boston. He had written his essay about his now opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Politics

There Needs to be More Action Regarding Reparations

In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a compelling piece titled “The Case of Reparations” that was published in the Atlantic. Intended to be an eye-opener to the necessity of compensating the descendants of slaves, Coates ignited a national fervor for advocating the potentiality of an economic system that aims towards redistributing wealth in the America. Recently, extended conversation on reparations has reached political platforms and has been promoted through social activism. Though mentioning the subject is a sign of initial support,

Mental Health

The Remnants Of The Parkland Shooting Continue To Affect Its Victims

The days following the Parkland Shooting are still vivid memories. I remember talking about it, seeing the videos of the incident on social media and having to ‘prepare’ for a similar situation that could occur. I remember feeling like this ‘what-if’ situation was becoming more of a reality, a burden faced by high school students across the nation and the families that had to deal with the pain left by it. Seventeen people lost their

Real Life

I Quit Social Media For a Month – Here’s What’s Happened

In the midst of my junior year of high school, feeling both overwhelmed and stressed with the decisions I would soon have to make – college, majors, roommates, financial aid plans – and all of the work it would take me to get there – perfect SAT scores, AP exams, a 4.0 GPA, stellar extracurriculars – I looked for a way to make it easier, and to take care of my own mental health during

Op-ed

Trump’s Threat to Close the Border is Desperate and Irresponsible

On Apr. 2, Trump claimed that he will close the border no matter what happens to the economy—it seems at this point he does not care. The president is determined to deal with the issue that’s been his biggest promise in his administration since it started, a solution to the so-called border problem. He’s pushed and pushed to get his supporters an acceptable solution and for much of his administration, it seems he has been

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