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Marielle Devereaux

Real Life

College Homelessness, Hunger and Lack of Healthcare are Epidemics

For students battling the ever-increasing costs of college tuition, many are forced to choose between higher education, and their physical wellbeing. It’s alarming that a growing number of students are opting for the less obvious choice, school, over livelihood. Almost as alarming as the fact that, on a systemic level, virtually nothing is being done to combat this. Too often college students have become the subject of jokes, usually for the way they have to

Op-ed

How A Society That Roots For White Male Underdogs Created Incel Subculture

Hell hath no fury like a single cis-het white man scorned. The Context One of the more dangerous trends to arise in recent years is characterized by the public sympathizing with and analyzing evil, sociopathic men. Specifically, ones that have targeted women. This is made evident by television’s overwhelming coverage of serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as Star Wars fans’ affinity for Kylo Ren that extends past just liking him “as

LGBT+

What Jussie Smollett’s Felony Charges Mean For LGBTQ Victims of Assault

Falsifying claims of homophobic and racist actions can lead to grave consequences for those who regularly face persecution. On the morning of Jan. 29, actor Jussie Smollett was approached in Chicago by two people in ski masks who yelled racist, homophobic slurs at him, beat him, poured an unknown chemical (rumored to be bleach) over him, and even fastened a noose around his neck before fleeing the area. Smollett fought back, and once his assailants

Politics

Kamala Harris Is Officially A 2020 Presidential Candidate “For The People”

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, California Sen. Kamala Harris has announced she will be joining the ranks of Democratic candidates campaigning for the 2020 presidency. Other women running for president in the Democratic Party include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who all hope to succeed where Hillary Clinton ultimately failed in 2016. I'm running for president. Let's do this together. Join us: https://t.co/9KwgFlgZHA pic.twitter.com/otf2ez7t1p — Kamala Harris

Politics

The Longest Government Shutdown In History Could Become Dangerous

Twenty-five days. That’s how long the U.S. government has been shut down over President Trump’s unmet demand that Congress supply $5.7 billion to be spent on a Southern border wall. These funds were expected by December 21, 2018 in order for the new federal spending legislation to be passed and for business to go on as usual. However, since Democrats, Republicans and Trump could not agree to any compromises concerning “The Wall” or its budget before this date, Trump

Op-ed

Why We Still Need Social Justice

It’s almost 2019, and with all the progress that has been made towards representation, equality, and human rights, some people (namely those who are white, straight and/or cis) have been wondering whether or not the fight for social justice is even necessary anymore in the U.S. While it’s true that America has come a long way, even in the last half century, we are still far from the finish line of a society where everyone

Real Life

Crowdfunding Medical Expenses Should Not Be The New Normal

The fact that thousands of Americans must rely on the generosity of their peers to scrape by shouldn’t be treated like a heartwarming phenomenon. We shouldn’t be glorifying stories of crowdfunding and normalizing the United States’ failure to provide for its citizens. Because this GoFundMe era is not a tale of goodwill; it is a horrifying chapter in a dystopian novel. In the U.S. today, it is estimated that over 27 million Americans are without

Op-ed

Charities You Can Support This Holiday Season Instead Of The Salvation Army

When you hear those silver bells ringing, walk the other way.  As Christmas draws nearer with each December day, it is necessary to remember the things most important in life. Not the soft snow, or twinkling lights, or the craze of last minute shopping in crowded, over-decorated malls, but goodwill, love and the holiday spirit of cheer and human connection. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the New Year, the following days are

International

Americans Still Haven’t Learned To Leave Foreign Tribes Alone

From the Crusades, to Britain’s colonization of India, to the Spanish Inquisition, and finally to the genocide and statistical extermination of Native Americans, the Western practice of conquering and forcing others to conform to its ideals has a long and sullied history. Missionary work in particular, which ultimately led to the recent death of a 26-year-old American on a hostile island, is a point of contention. It’s been speculated that evangelization had a hand in

Real Life

“Have You Tried The Frog?”: A Modern Look Into Alternative Medical Treatments

While Americans might be more familiar with the practices of modern medicine involving drugs, radiation and surgery to treat diseases, injuries and their symptoms, these are not the only methods that can be used to heal the body. Approximately 38 percent of adults in the U.S. have tried types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which is an umbrella term that includes practices like acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, naprapathy, herbal medicine and hypnosis.    Often times

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