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The Big, the Blue, and the Beautiful

The truth is, whether we’re ready to accept it or not, us humans are singlehandedly shattering the biodiversity of our environment. The time until our current ecosystem and our own expiration date is dwindling. The primary component of the diversification of the Earth’s ecosystem stems from that of the oceans. …

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Those pants are tight, yo.

Yoga Pants. Not the most modest form of pants, but do they really require rules banning female students from wearing them? Supposedly, yoga pants are “distracting” to the learning environment, according to the male faculty at Devil’s Lake High School in North Dakota. In addition to the ban on yoga …

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I pledge allegiance…

“I pledge allegiance to the flag…,” We all recite this most mornings at the beginning of third period. But do any of us really remember or care about what we are saying? As high schoolers growing up in the United States, most of us learned the pledge in kindergarten or …

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The girl with the mattress

Emma Sulkowicz is a senior at Columbia University this year, and she is carrying her mattress everywhere she goes. Why? It’s where she was raped sophomore year, and the rapist still remains on campus. Sulkowicz later reported the incident to Columbia, along with three other girls who had been sexually …

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The myth of international freedom of press

Czech Republic – Czech Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms Denmark – Grundloven France – Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen Germany – Article 5 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany The Netherlands – Dutch Grondwet United States of America – …

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Dear White People

Dear White People is a satirical film that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college. The main character, Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio show “Dear White People” by calling out the white people on campus. “Dear white people, the minimum requirement of Black …

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Thirteen years after 9/11

Thirteen years ago, when I was 3 years old, a terrible gloom settled over our nation as countless lives were lost. New York was filled with screaming civilians blinded by fear they had never identified with before. The freedom we so frequently take for granted will be never free. As …

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A biased world view

One thing that most people can agree on is that everyone has a bias. This bias differs from person to person and can affect them significantly by influencing their writing or actions. This inadvertently means that the media is biased. What do I mean by bias? In my humble opinion, …

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Con

In recent months, almost everyone with an Instagram can’t scroll down their feed without escaping an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge posted someone whom they follow. The Ice Bucket Challenge entails this: Pour a bucket of freezing ice water on yourself and nominate several people to do so as well. If …

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Wasted Water

The drought in California has been getting steadily worse as the snow caps shrink and water consumption rises, resulting in a theme of cracking down on water waste for the past few months. Yes, millions of gallons are being wasted by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and yes, having huge …

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