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GUVERCIN: Education critical for combating vaping epidemic

 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

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

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

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

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. There are a variety of issues regarding the behavior and performance of students that warrant professional guidance and intervention that teachers, administrators and sometimes even parents, cannot fulfill in the most effective way. That is why school psychologists have become a necessity within school systems and institutions and continue to impact the course of a child’s academic and personal life. 


GUVERCIN: Fundamental freedom of press is under seige across globe

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: Kanter’s standing up to Erdogan is laudable

After a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016, the Erdogan administration began a witch hunt that, to this day, targets innocent scholars, journalists, government officials, teachers, doctors, men, women and even children by removing them from their homes, jobs, schools, practices and families and putting them into prison. The reason? Their affiliation with the Gulen Movement, which is aligned with the Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan believes is the primary orchestrator behind the coup attempt which cost thousands of people their lives. 


GUVERCIN: Awareness of cognitive biases can empower us

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

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

On Sept. 24, internationally-recognized 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 group to address the United Nations General Assembly. 


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

“… 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 as to whether she expects a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton for an event that happened more than 20 years ago.


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

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. 

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