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Look at Sweden’s reality, not Bernie Sanders’ version

Look at Sweden’s reality, not Bernie Sanders’ version

Adrian Tolstoy, columnist

January 23, 2020

You have most likely heard that the United States has a presidential election coming up this year. One of the most enthusiastic front-runners for the Democratic Party is Bernie Sanders. His political platform promises solutions to complex societal problems, and many of these proposals involve expandi...

Column: Northeastern must invest in its students’ health

Column: Northeastern must invest in its students’ health

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

January 23, 2020

When a Northeastern student gets sick, it’s likely that one of the first things they will do is visit University Health and Counseling Services, or UHCS. That’s exactly what two of my friends did during one of the cold/flu outbreaks last October. First-years Elena Plumb and Madison Xagoraris bot...

Column: America should restructure its capitalism, not change it

Column: America should restructure its capitalism, not change it

Adrian Tolstoy, columnist

December 4, 2019

Many Americans feel as if the system is rigged against them. In fact, only 17 percent of the population trusts the U.S. government. What might be the reason for this distrust? Partially the unreasonably staggering inequality: while some people within one corporation struggle to make ends meet, people wor...

Column: Low U.S. election turnout rates demand reform

Column: Low U.S. election turnout rates demand reform

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

November 20, 2019

As an American citizen who has lived most of his life abroad, I braced myself for a culture shock when moving back to the United States for college. I thought this shock would materialize in forgetting certain American mannerisms, slang or etiquette. I didn’t realize it would appear in the most bas...

Column: Working for spending money is different than to stay in college

Column: Working for spending money is different than to stay in college

Brittany Mendez, opinion editor

November 20, 2019

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 43 percent of undergraduate students are employed and nearly 20 percent of those students work full-time. Given the rising cost of tuition in America, it’s no surprise that many college students work while attending school. However, the motiv...

Column: Long-term economic benefits result from plant-based diets

Column: Long-term economic benefits result from plant-based diets

Adrian Tolstoy, columnist

November 14, 2019

As a student, I always look out for cheap prices when I go grocery shopping. That recently changed when I began buying alternative plant-based meats. Even though my food budget has gone up slightly because I now pay a small premium for my new protein source, the societal impact is absolutely worth the ...

Column: Academic major stereotypes impair gender equality

Column: Academic major stereotypes impair gender equality

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

November 13, 2019

“Wait, let me guess. You’re a computer science major, right?” a fellow first-year asked me during orientation week. When I told him I was an international affairs major, I was greeted with a look of surprise and a subtle eyebrow raise.  On the one hand, I’m not surprised by the first reaction. This...

Coloumn: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation?

Coloumn: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation?

Poon Singhatiraj, columnist

October 30, 2019

I, an Asian-American, often grapple with the concept of cultural appropriation. The term, defined in the broadest terms as the “adoption of cultural elements by people not in that culture,” has come into the forefront of Western consciousness in recent years. Many argue that cultural appropriation...

Column: NYC ban on “Illegal Alien” sets a double standard

Column: NYC ban on “Illegal Alien” sets a double standard

Brittany Mendez, opinion editor

October 9, 2019

As of last month, it is a crime in New York City to use the term “illegal alien” in a discriminatory manner or threaten to call immigration officials on someone based on their actual or perceived immigration status. However, no legal consequences have ever existed to deter people from using more severe deroga...

Column: Calls to rebuild Notre-Dame set example of global unity

Column: Calls to rebuild Notre-Dame set example of global unity

Melissa Wells, news staff

April 17, 2019

At 6:43 p.m. Monday, the historic landmark, monument of faith and heart of Paris that is the Notre-Dame began to burn. The cathedral took nearly 200 years to build after construction began in 1163. Home to many of the most important works of art and relics in Christian history, Notre-Dame is a symbol of France that...

Column: Assange arrest spells trouble for the First Amendment

Column: Assange arrest spells trouble for the First Amendment

Matt Hersey, columnist

April 17, 2019

Last Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy by British officials on charges of failing to surrender to the court and was convicted. Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but made international headlines when he leaked a video of a Unite...

Column: Southern border is not a dilemma, rather an opportunity

Column: Southern border is not a dilemma, rather an opportunity

Matt Hersey, columnist

April 10, 2019

Two weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump threatened to close the southern border, blaming Mexico for the increased number of migrants seeking entry into the United States. In a series of tweets, Trump blamed Democrats for what he considered “weak” immigration laws and billions of dollars lost to ...