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Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

More than 5,500 miles of land and water separated our ancestors in Poggiomarino, Italy and Yongdong, South Korea. They spoke different languages, ate different foods, danced different dances, and prayed different prayers, but both families eventually came to the United States as immigrants. Living in a country of open doors, they raised their families, teaching

Point-Counterpoint: The Fine Line Between Protest and Pandemonium

The American dream has perpetually been fueled by an unabashed willingness to protest. Voicing dissent is arguably not just a right, but a duty we hold as citizens. Demonstrations throughout history such as the March on Washington of 1963 and the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913 opened the eyes of the public, opposed immoral legislature,

The “Anti-Vax” Movement

Medical improvements have improved public health throughout the last century. Vaccines in particular are partly responsible for decreasing mortality rates and occurrences of diseases such as polio or meningitis C. According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, the meningitis C vaccine decreased cases of meningitis in people under 20 by 99 percent. In the

Point-CounterPoint: Valuing Activism Over Apathy

A sea of pink hats engulfed the streets of Washington D.C. as the protesters gathered on January 21. Signs read, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” “Nasty Woman,” and “Refugees Are Welcome Here.” Some targeted Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, proclaiming “Ikea has better cabinets.” As the march became a movement present in 60 countries and the

Science: An Exercise in Privilege

A little over a year ago, I spent my entire holiday break stalking professors. As a freshman, I wanted to get involved in molecular biology research and move beyond labeling the parts of a flower. So I started keeping tabs on local labs, poring over research papers, and eventually sent out e-mails to a handful

A Beautiful Thing: Sex and Sexual Ethics

Two weeks ago, I put on a suit and walked to a wedding ceremony. When the best men starting walking up the aisle, I began to realize how special this event was. No other parties or ceremonies could replicate this intensity of emotion. When the bride began to walk, I started to cry. I understood

Clump and Brexit
Art by Klaire Geller

How Bad Was 2016?

Following the turn of a new year, magazines and newspapers are filled with years in review, social media is flooded by various images and memories, and discussions often turn to the highlights of the previous year. This year, however, there is a noticeably less upbeat tone. We are speaking less of new innovations, new achievements,