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Be good for goodness’ sake this season

If you’re like me, the second after Thanksgiving ends a switch gets pulled. A switch that plays Christmas music even when you’re not actually listening to Christmas music. Sometimes you hear obscure songs like Gayla Peeve’s “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas,” or Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Good King Wenceslas,” but lately the songs in […]

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Names represent identities

One thing I have noticed on  campus is that some people go by two different names alternatively. As I used to go by my “picked up” English name, “Grace,” during my first year here and then reclaimed my Korean name as the one I chose to be called, I sincerely have gone through the irritation […]

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Homelessness should not be a crime

Aside from the illegality of criminalizing homelessness, it is deeply immoral, employs dangerous fear rhetoric and shows a great lack of sympathy. There is a crucial discussion about homelessness going on now in Wayne County, and all students should be paying attention to it, if not actively engaging with it. At 7:30 p.m. on Monday […]

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Palestinian solidarity is not anti-Semitism

This week, activist and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill was fired from his position as a CNN commentator only days after giving a speech at the United Nations to recognize the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In his speech, he spoke about the normalization of settler colonialism in Israel, the displacement […]

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U.S. intervention is at root of immigration crisis

Just when I thought I might finally be free from having to read hypocritical neoliberal bullshit from former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, it managed to drag itself back into view. Last week, her comments on immigration in an interview with The Guardian drew relatively widespread attention: specifically, that “Europe […]

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Migrants’ treatment is deplorable

My mother’s side of the family is Mexican, and my dad’s side of the family is Honduran/Palestinian. My grandmother on my mom’s side came to this country from Mexico about 50 years ago with no money in her pockets, her children and a heart filled with hope, which coincidentally is her name. My father’s family […]

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