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Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in New York State during his inaugural speech on Jan. 1. Ending the prohibition of this substance is a welcomed change by many. However, I worry about certain consequences of this decision. The rise in DUI-re...

The Message Behind Covington Catholic Vs.The Indigenous People March

The Message Behind Covington Catholic Vs.The  Indigenous People March

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As readers and writers, we’re responsible for the stories we read and how exactly we choose to interpret them. We can either take one story as it is, without further question, or we can aim to know more. On Jan. 18, when students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky traveled to the Lincol...

The Misappropriation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Misappropriation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kennisa Ragland, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Vice President Mike Pence invoked King’s words in an attempt to drum up support for the Trump administration’s unjust and expensive border wall. Before writing this article I avoided this misappropriation of King. I avoided it for a number of reas...

The Recent Gillette Ad Is What We Needed

The Recent Gillette Ad Is What We Needed

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

This ad and the way it addresses toxic masculinity is what I have been looking for in advertisements for a while now. Even though this commercial is geared toward men, I think that women can learn from it as well. This commercial advocates for men to do better by respecting women, treating their children ...

The Power Behind an Ad

The Power Behind an Ad

Christa Calabretta, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Although this new concept of asking men to seriously consider the consequences of their actions is being interpreted as emasculating them, I think that the Gillette ad was a brave step to address the issue of hyper-masculinity. In today’s society, young men are under pressure to portray themselves ...

The Power Behind an Ad

The Power Behind an Ad

Jill Ortiz, Chief Copy Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As a woman, I feel that this advertisement is what millions of men needed to see. Men need to be reminded of what masculinity is not. Those that felt attacked by a commercial that demonstrates that bullying, catcalling and harassment among other things are wrong, fail to realize that they believe th...

Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression

Christa Calabretta, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Every year when the temperatures drop, so do the spirits of millions of people. As the holidays approach, about 10 million people in our country find themselves in low spirits and genuinely depressed as days get shorter and colder, according to Psychology Today magazine. These 10 million people, in...

Is the weather affecting my mental health?

Is the weather affecting my mental health?

Nina Stefanelli, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Do you ever feel your mood changing for absolutely no reason when the winter time comes around? SAD is a disorder that affects your mood seasonally. In the most common type of SAD,  your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months. During these months, you experience sympt...

Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Ever have that feeling where you want to stay in bed and hide under the covers? For those who suffer from seasonal depression, such as I do, it can be a constant feeling. College exacerbates my SAD as I struggle with the transition from the stress of finals and excitement of the holidays to endless da...

Kamala Harris is Democrats’ Ticket to Victory

Kamala Harris is Democrats’ Ticket to Victory

Dara Burke, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

On January 21st, Kamala Harris announced that she will be running for President in 2020. The Democratic Senator of California served as attorney general and, according to NBC News, is the second black woman to serve in the Senate. She has joined a growing list of female candidates, including Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, Senator...

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Dara Burke, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Nov 8, Jesuit priest Reverend James Martin, who was appointed as a consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications by Pope Francis, visited campus to give a talk. During the lecture, titled “Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to LGBT Catholics,” Martin discussed his similarly-titl...

How I Chose The Right Major for Me

How I Chose The Right Major for Me

Dana Livingston, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I’ve always thought of myself as a risk taker. I love trying new things, exploring new places and seeing where new paths may take me. So when it came time to choose my major, it’s no surprise that I took the same approach.                                                                                                                            For as long as I can remember, I’ve been o...

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