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In the last few weeks, I think it is fair to say that practically anyone you talk to is not happy about the two major party candidates for the presidential election. At this point I want to make it completely clear that I think the nagging rhetoric that "Americans deserve better" should stop immediately.
I am an immigrant. My family traces its origins largely from Belarus. When the failure that was the Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991, my family, like millions of Ashkenazi Jews at the time, emigrated to Israel. I was born there in 1997, and two years later, my parents decided to move to America on work visas. It would take 13 years before my parents and I became citizens in 2012.
After Polina Goryunova’s "response” to my article last week (the word response necessitates quotation marks, because, although it was addressed to me, it didn’t address any of the points I made), I’ve made it a personal goal to make as many communists as angry as possible. Little does Goryunova know that satire is my favorite genre of literature, and since her column imitated it so well, I’m going to keep “perpetuating Cold War myths” like saying that Joseph Stalin killed people and that the state-sanctioned killing of people is bad — I can only imagine how shocking that statement is to Marxists on campus. When student leftists have gone beyond progressivism, have gone beyond socialism, have even gone beyond theoretical Marxism and have become apologists for full-fledged communism, it’s worth noting why capitalism isn’t that bad of a system after all.
If you walked down College Avenue this week, surely you would have noticed the massive wall in front of the College Avenue Student Center. This wall, built by your humble author and my fraternity brothers, represents an often-undiscussed notion of prejudice: perception. My fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi, prides itself on our philanthropic endeavor to eliminate prejudice through respectful conversation about sensitive topics involving the entire community. After several hours of Home Depot trips and trying to move this behemoth wall from a minuscule backyard, it was finally up and ready for use.
Millennials are lambasted on a day-to-day basis for many futile and arbitrary matters. I have seen articles blaming millennials for the state of the economy, decline in marriage rates, the rise of the Kardashians and even for the vanishing of bar soap.
In December, 2015, Michigan Radio reported that the water at a Flint resident's home returned a lead content of 104 parts per billion (ppb) — almost eight times higher than the action level of 15 ppb set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Flint Water Crisis has been well-covered by the national media but even with the resignation of numerous Michigan officials and a federal class-action lawsuit currently underway, many Americans are only beginning to realize how pervasive our country's lead problem is. Despite federal regulatory decisions that addressed lead in paint, soil, air and water, the current reality tells a story of a nationwide problem that was never fully solved.
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end and all of the bright-pink banners slowly come down, it seems as if the fervent support for the cause passes as quickly and quietly as the page on the calendar. But was is ever really there to start with?
A month ago, during an intimate conversation with a friend who I have not seen for a couple of months and who I was not particularly close to, asked me, “Can I touch your hair?”
Today’s topic of discussion: Pokemon. For those of you who have been living under a rock and lacked anything that remotely constituted a childhood, Pokemon are fun animated creatures and critters created by Japanese gaming company Nintendo.
Like a train barreling through a brick wall at full speed, the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump has completely crashed and burned.
“Islam has always been part of America.”
I have met loads of people from all over. In my experiences so far being an international student in London and traveling throughout England and its neighboring countries, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and mingle with a fair mix of people from all over Europe and elsewhere. Many of the people I meet in London naturally happen to be from the U.K. and sometimes even the City of London itself, but I do meet tons of international students as well, who are navigating the city just like myself but from a different background.
I’m going to take a break from the usual lambasting of the two worst presidential candidates in modern history to take a look at the deep-rooted societal epidemics that the United States is contending with. These will not go away if either the Orange Man or the Wicked Witch of the West takes the throne.
On the morning of Homecoming, the freedom on the College Avenue campus was tangible. You could feel it along the off-campus houses as students blasted pre-game music into the early New Brunswick morning. You could feel it as those same fully inebriated students cheered along the main and side streets. You could feel it as students smiled as the New Brunswick Police Department peacefully shut down "dages." Within their freedom was a keen sense of fearlessness. The disturbing of the peace, the litter along New Brunswick streets, the public intoxication, all occurred with little to no fear of any real consequences. As I pushed my bike along the sidewalk, I couldn’t help but wonder how the atmosphere and the stakes would be different if the majority of these students were black or Latino? And as I watched a Latina New Brunswick mother pick up the Friday-night trash from her lawn with her child in her other arm while Rutgers students in red stormed by, I couldn’t help but think of President Barack Obama and this year’s presidential election.
Although Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments have instigated a national reaction, it is hard to say whether it was focused more on lewdness versus the presidential nominee’s threat to women’s bodily autonomy. With Republican leaders pulling their endorsements in the name of their mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, the conversation seems more focused on attacking male kinship extensions rather than on the assault on women’s agency. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's response to Trump’s remarks on the debate stage were not reassuring. Instead of opening up a broader discourse on a need to address sexual violence, she used the opportunity to bring down Trump’s credibility by pointing out past discriminatory rhetoric he spewed against minorities. Her missed opportunity also highlighted Clinton’s failure to address that within the minority populations Trump has denigrated, the racist and sexist rhetoric affects women in an intersectional way.
This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the tragic reveal of the most notable corporate accounting scandal of all time, Enron. Enron was a world-leading energy company in not only the oil and gas industry, but had significant ties to the electricity and mining industries within the U.S. as well.
Because of the unconstitutionally abused War Powers Resolution, one of the few powers the President wields almost entirely unchecked is the command of the military, and so a candidate’s foreign policy is one of the most important positions they can take. With that in mind, I urge every reader to consider the ramifications of electing the warmonger Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as president, lest we find ourselves at war — possibly nuclear war — with Russia.
I take a sip of my third cup of tea for the day. Black. No sugar. Excessively hot. The tip of my tongue burns. My hands search for the box of tissues I have been carrying around with me all day for the past three mornings and evenings. Earlier this week I was visited by an old friend. One who tends to swing by at least once or twice each semester. We know each other quite well but each time my door is knocked, our friendship develops and at the end of each visit I am left in a state of reflection and gratitude. Though always unexpected and unsolicited, and hardly ever purposefully invited, my dear friend, sickness, is loyal and consistent.
I will preface this column by asserting that genocide is bad. Columbus, by both intentionally and unintentionally killing the Lucayan, Taíno, and Arawak and Cigüayo tribes, ruined their societies. Native American citizens in the United States today have had to endure systematic injustices for centuries because Europeans decided to intrude on their land, extract their resources and enslave their populations. I see this as unjust because, as a libertarian, autonomy is one of my most fundamental beliefs — but I’m also a history major, and so I find some of this week’s criticisms of Columbus less valid than others.
The arguments made by Mr. Aviv Khavich in his piece, “Unsettling Consequences of settling Syrian Refugees” are poorly written and situated on a shaky foundation. The op-ed uses scraps and sound bites to thread together a quasi-coherent, Frankenstein-like argument.