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Screening decreases risk of heart attacks

Rahul Kumar, Guest Contributor

February 20, 2020

We often engage in preventative measures only after a car crash. Typically, we blame the driver for not wearing a seatbelt or being ignorant enough to check a notification on the highway. But for heart disease, preventative measures can mean the difference between life and death. In the United States...

The Citizenship Amendment Bill poses a threat to a secular India

The Citizenship Amendment Bill poses a threat to a secular India

Aditi Praveen and Drishti Upadhyaya

February 19, 2020

On Dec. 11, 2019, the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper-house Parliament, passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The bill intends to fast-track the citizenship of Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The bill stands in support of all refuge...

Why my hijab does not define my faith

My hijab does not define how I practice and follow my religion.

Shereen Ahmed, Journey Manager

February 17, 2020

There I stood, with the hijab in my hands. My head was itching and my mind was struggling, debating whether to wrap this piece of fabric around myself. It was an early November afternoon and in the back of my mind ran two scenarios. The first included me being myself and going to the Muslim party witho...

Historical simulations bring real-life tension into classrooms

Vivian Kuang and Kavin Kumaravel

February 13, 2020

In social studies classrooms around the nation, students are assigned to participate in debates or simulation activities touching on sensitive subjects.  Despite controversy, many teachers pursue simulations to help students understand the experience of living through historical atrocities and to impart k...

Commercialization of summer programs excludes low-income students

Jade Wang, Opinions Editor

February 9, 2020

Last summer I spent three weeks in downtown Boston with more than 500 students on the scattered campus of Emerson College, researching and debating for 12 hours a day at one of the most popular speech and debate camps in the country — the National Debate Forum (NDF).  But the heavy price tag of going to that cam...

Meme culture and sympathy

Drishti Upadhyaya, Features Editor

February 8, 2020

On Jan. 2, Donald Trump declared Iranian general Qasem Soleimani dead on American orders. A potential war — possibly even a third world war — became a new threat in the present.  World War III quickly became a hot topic throughout the world. Articles, videos, and media quickly began focusing on the c...

Academia: it’s time to “write” the way

Riya Bindlish, Features Editor

January 12, 2020

Literature held to the highest esteem is that which portrays characteristics of concision while simultaneously maintaining brevity. In other words, the best writing is clear and to-the-point.  When I first started reading lengthy research reports, I was amazed (and simultaneously confused) at th...

One size fits thin

Megan Dhillon and Helen Kang

January 10, 2020

Nearly a century ago during the Roaring Twenties, the “Gibson Girl,” created by Charles Dana Gibson, was the ideal woman for physical attraction with a symmetric face, a slim waist and tall hair. Now, almost a century later, there is a new feminine ideal. The “Brandy girl.” Strewn all over Brandy...

Artificial intelligence exacerbates inequity

Sanjana Ranganathan, Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

Health care? An algorithm decides health care access for over 200 million Americans. National security? An algorithm decides who should be flagged as a suspicious individual. Economic equality? Algorithms have become incredibly prevalent in the banking system for deciding loans of all kinds. Employment?...

Indian government perpetuates violence against women

Handcuffed Woman

Drishti Upadhyaya and Mahika Arya

December 30, 2019

The following article contains extremely sensitive content concerning rape and sexual assault.   Priyanka Reddy was brutally raped and murdered by four men in India who noticed her alone at night. They deliberately gave her scooter a flat tire, trapping her to do what they would please. The ...

Striking down sexism in sports

Vivian Kuang, Public Relations Editor

December 10, 2019

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a Bleacher Report post announcing that Elena Delle Donne had won the WNBA MVP award. “Unreal numbers,” the caption said, citing her 97.4% free throw percentage. “1st to win MVP on two different teams.” But as I scrolled through the c...

Colorism leaves a dark stain on India

Fair & Lovely advertising campaigns emphasize paler skin, reinforcing beauty standards.

Drishti Upadhyaya and Mahika Arya

December 9, 2019

Time stands still in India as people continue to judge others by the color of their skin. Colorism, or discrimination on the basis of skin tone, continues to be an issue fueled by both beauty and film industries. India’s hatred of dark skin, rooted in years of colonization, haunts naturally dark-s...

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