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GUVERCIN: Education critical for combating vaping epidemic

(09/27/19 4:00am)

Particularly on college campuses, e-cigarettes, vapes and juuls have become some of the most common sights and have virtually eliminated the presence of traditional cigarettes. For our purposes, we can define e-cigarettes as “battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals,” including vaping tools. 

GUVERCIN: Social media influencers need to promote positive change

(05/04/19 1:25am)

YouTube. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Facebook. All of these platforms have birthed a wave of socially-integrated, extremely rich, young and trendy group of people who widely self-identify as “influencers.” These people regularly post videos, pictures, tweets, commercials, brand deals and more from which they are able to make a large profit as they build their way up the social ladder. 

GUVERCIN: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to Green New Deal criticism

(04/05/19 10:29pm)

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Green New Deal, which has been a highly controversial and prominent topic in politics for the last few months. Many people, including people within the Democratic Party, have criticized it for being radical, unrealistically ambitious and simply impossible. Just as we all thought it had been beaten to death, during a House Financial Services Committee meeting on March 26, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the critics who called the deal “elitist” and pointed out its very obvious shortcomings. 

GUVERCIN: College experience is fundamental to our development

(03/14/19 4:00am)

Throughout our lives, we have been exposed to an abundance of opinions regarding college and what it entails in a person’s life. We have heard people say it is the best four years of our lives, the worst four years of our lives and even the four years of our lives that we will never be able to remember. Despite our personal opinions regarding how fun or horrible college is, it is incontrovertibly one of the most critical points in life in the context of both academic and personal development. 

GUVERCIN: School psychologists are vital for education

(03/02/19 5:00am)

The pivotal role of mental health professionals is becoming more and more evident within our current social environment and is being recognized as not a suggested, but mandatory element within any operation involving people. Schools in particular have demonstrated a need for mental health professionals, as they are the primary environment within a child’s social, academic and internal life. 

GUVERCIN: Fundamental freedom of press is under seige across globe

(02/15/19 5:00am)

Journalism, the press and media have been at the forefront of democracy and human rights ever since sophisticated civilizations and legal systems have surfaced around the world. In just societies, journalists are the channels through which citizens are kept informed about national and global affairs that may not necessarily be disclosed by the agents in power who make decisions for them. Furthermore, freedom of the press is explicitly protected in the constitutions of numerous democratic countries due to its imperative nature and role in the context of justice and human rights. 

GUVERCIN: Awareness of cognitive biases can empower us

(12/07/18 1:53am)

If you truly want to witness how capable humans are of distorting their own realities, succumbing to subjective and ungrounded notions and diminishing their own rational thoughts, simply take a psychology class. One of the biggest areas of research within the psychology community, particularly in the field of social psychology, is the prevalence of cognitive biases, which refers to the “systematic ways in which the context and framing of information influence individuals’ judgment and decision-making.” 

GUVERCIN: South Korean laborers are heavily overworked

(11/09/18 1:01am)

Gwarosa, is a Korean term that denotes one of the most harrowing epidemics prevalent in South Korean society: overworking. According to recent statistics quoted by The New York Times, South Koreans work an outstanding 240 more hours per year, or an extra month of 8-hour work days, than Americans do. Furthermore, the average number of hours a week South Koreans worked last year came to approximately 38.9 hours, making South Korea the country with the longest work hours among the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rivaled only by Mexico.

GUVERCIN: BTS gave good advice at UN convention

(09/27/18 11:47pm)

On Sept. 24, internationally-recognized South Korean band BTS was invited to deliver a powerful speech at the 73 session of the United Nations General Assembly. The goal of the conference was to collaborate with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and respected world leaders to establish a new partnership — Generation Unlimited — that aims to fight to give young people access to quality education, training or employment by 2030. The conference was significant not only because of its humanitarian endeavor to abet the welfare of global youth, but also because it marked BTS as the first ever Korean band to address the United Nations General Assembly. 

GUVERCIN: Monica Lewinsky has had strong, impactful, silent strike

(09/14/18 12:15am)

“… It is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative,” said Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying activist and former White House intern. These powerful words accurately sum up the primary objective of modern efforts to empower women and are even more significant coming from an individual who has been targeted for her entire adult life. On Sept. 3, Lewinsky was asked during a conference in Jerusalem whether she expects a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton for an event that happened more than 20 years ago. Lewinsky’s face spelled disappointment as she said, “I’m so sorry I’m not going to be able to do this,” and proceeded to walk off the stage. Lewinsky told reporters that she had established with the anchor beforehand that it was an “off-limits” topic and that there were “clear parameters about what (they) would be discussing and what (they) would not.” The conversation was clearly supposed to center around Lewinsky’s advocacy efforts rather than an irrelevant event in her past, so one would definitely expect a reaction like that of Lewinsky’s in response to such an act of disrespect.

GUVERCIN: Making sure to set summer goals is important for students

(04/27/18 1:20am)

With finals week just around the corner, many of us are already in the summer vacation mindset and have started making plans with our friends and families for exciting events. Especially for those who are graduating, summer 2018 is a time for relaxation and freedom from school-related stress. Although we should definitely dedicate time in our end-of-year plans to our friends and families and enjoying ourselves after a long semester of stress, exams and existential crises, we should also devote a significant chunk of our schedules to pursuing intellectual and personal growth. 

GUVERCIN: Turkey’s dictatorship seizes Kosovo teachers

(04/12/18 11:06pm)

On March 29, five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor in Kosovo were secretly deported against their will by order of the Turkish government. The teachers were working at the Mehmet Akif College, an institution affiliated with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which is a group that has been the target of constant ostracization and scapegoating by the Turkish administration and media. Their arrest is being justified simply by their affiliation with the movement. These six innocent men are just one case of an expansive and hostile manhunt that has been enabled by the Turkish administration since the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, whose motives rest on capturing individuals involved with the Gülen movement. Students of the abducted teachers led protests in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, defending the teachers' innocence and seeking justice for an illegal and unfounded deportation.

GUVERCIN: Knowing multiple languages can be extremely valuable

(03/29/18 10:35pm)

It is the year of 2018, and speaking more than one language has become an expectation rather than a fun fact to add on a resume. In a country as diverse as the United States, bilingualism is an extremely valuable skill that has engendered cultural awareness, adaptation and competition among all Americans. But, despite the convenience of using “bilingual” as an umbrella term to refer to people that speak two languages, it is essential to recognize the significant disparity between people who have simply learned a second language and people who have carried a language with them for generations. Individuals who fall under the latter category are subject to many more obstacles and are under significant pressure to protect their language and continue its legacy within their family lineage. What does this mean? People with immigrant parents and a culturally rich background are expected to maintain fluency in both English and their native language largely out of necessity rather than interest, unlike the individuals in the first category. When someone is born into a language, he or she is also born into an entire culture and community that is ingrained into their simultaneous American identity. That being said, many bilingual people face a set pattern of obstacles during their journey of cultural identification — the consequences can be summed up with either disposing of one of the languages in order to be fully immersed into that of residency, maintaining partial fluency in both languages or maintaining native fluency in both languages. The most unfortunate consequence is the disposal of one language, which is generally one’s native language. There are many individuals who cannot speak their native language despite their parents not knowing English or despite coming from a very culturally rich lifestyle, which is engendered by what can be called “the bilingual dilemma.”