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#SendASign to Support the Rights of Refugees

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. In response to this ban, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) called on their community supporters to come out and help protect the rights of refugees and other affected travelers. This executive order resulted in one of the most significant examples of resistance against the Trump administration as a widespread

International

First Group of Afghan Women Graduated From a Women’s Studies Program

On Nov. 5, the first group of Women’s Studies Graduates received their degrees at Kabul University in Afghanistan. In Afganistan, Kabul University is the first university to offer a masters degree in women and gender studies. This two-year program, which is funded by South Korea and is run by the United Nations Development Programme, offers a variety of courses on feminist theories, media, civil society and conflict resolution. Among the 22 students who are the first

Real Life

College Discounts For The Broke College Student

College can be really expensive. Most of us college students fit the “broke college student” stereotype. With high tuition and pricey textbooks, we need all the discounts that we can get. Lucky for us, many companies understand how tough it is to be a student and they’re nice enough to provide us with discounts. Now, instead of having to spend a ton of time searching on Google here’s a list of some places that you

Race

How To Help the Victims in Charlottesville

If you’ve been watching the news or been on any social media accounts in the past 24 hours then you are probably aware of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yesterday afternoon, James Alex Fields intentionally drove into a crowd of pedestrians after violence erupted between white nationalists and counter-protestors. This incident left 19 people injured and one person dead. If yesterday’s events have made you feel furious, upset or even hopeless then here are some ways

Race

Signs You May Be Racist and Didn’t Even Know It

A lot of us tend to believe that we’re all perfect human beings incapable of causing harm to anyone. We believe that we’re kind, generous and especially not racist. However, even if you don’t think you’re racist because “you have a friend who’s black” you most likely are.  There are so many subtle words or actions that can be counted as racism and you should definitely be aware of them. Although we might have the

Real Life

‘TechGirls’ From the Middle East and North Africa Head To the U.S. to Participate in Summer Exchange Program

Twenty-eight teenage girls ages 15-17 from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia have been chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls exchange program. TechGirls is an international exchange program that was launched by Hillary Clinton in 2011 as an educational initiative for young girls from predominantly Muslim countries interested in technology. The TechGirls program aims to empower young girls from around the world in the science, technology, engineering and math

International

Kenyan Government is Promising to Provide Free Sanitary Napkins to Girls in School

In Kenya, about 65 percent of women and girls are unable to afford sanitary napkins. “One package of sanitary napkins costs the equivalent of the daily wage of an unskilled worker, and most women need two packets per cycle.” Unfortunately, in many third world countries including Kenya the discussion of menstruation, is a taboo topic that should never be talked about. Due to this, Kenyan girls already struggle with having to go to school while

Real Life

How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

A lot of us and probably most of us look forward to summer break after a stressful school year and thankfully for most people this is a soon to be reality or it may already be a reality for you if you’ve already finished school for the year. Whatever the case may be, we all tend to use summer for two main things: Sleep and Tv shows. Although these two things are super fun, they

Real Life

How To Survive Finals Right Before Summer Break

Finals are always stressful, but they can be even more stressful and unmotivating right before the holidays. People are starting to discuss their summer plans, and they’re watching the days go by before they’re released from school. However, whether you actually have something planned or not, finals can be a very hard thing to study for because, in all honesty, we all want and deserve a break from all the stress that school has caused us.

International

Malawi Outlaws Child Marriage

This news has been long awaited, after many years of campaigning, parliament voted to change the constitution on February 14th. Now, Malawi President Peter Mutharika has signed a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18.  Previously girls as young as 15 years old were able to get married with consent from parents. However, thankfully now this is considered illegal and it will prevent many child marriages from happening. Good news! Malawi President has

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