USS Silences its CUNY Constituents with BDS

The University Student Senate (USS) is a representative body of over 20 campuses under the umbrella of the City University of New York (CUNY). The CUNY website states, “the organization is charged with protecting the rights of the student body, furthering the cause of public higher education, and promoting the general welfare of its student…

Wake up and Smell the Coffee

October has barely left us, and holiday spirit is already in the air. Cool air, warm drinks, a Starbucks controversy. How is it that Starbucks finds itself at the heart of so many controversies? The uninspired Christmas cups, the Unicorn Frappe, the Trump Cups. CEO Kevin Johnson claims that he’s “not afraid of controversy”, which…

OP-ED Response to Ayah Aly:

FAY YANOFSKY On October 17th, I attended an interfaith event titled “Two Visions One Culture” hosted by Professor Robert Cherry. I experienced first-hand the way Professor Cherry uses his influence as a donor at Merchavim, a Non-Governmental Organization working to eliminate cultural barriers in Israel. Its Executive Director highlighted their five-year plan to integrate 500…

One Mississippi: A Single State (of Mind)

By: Joshua Bergstein In recent years, many of the best shows on television have come not from television itself, but from the ever-burgeoning world of the Internet. Through its incredibly popular streaming service, Netflix has introduced the world to one amazing show after another, from prison drama Orange is the New Black to surreal animated…

The Importance of Dialogue

By: Ben Hollander One week, Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the national anthem, stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” The following week, Kaepernick chose to kneel, where he was joined by teammate Eric Reid and…

First Steps, First College

Brooklyn College student Frederic Aurelie shares his first week experiences as a young freshman in a new environment. By: Nathaniel Butler As a freshman, the first week can always feel like the hardest when it comes to settling in, but that didn’t seem too much as the case for eighteen-year-old Frederic Aurelien,  who had quite…

Cut the Comedy

By: Joshua Bergstein A man walks down the sidewalk, his nose buried in a newspaper. He reaches the curb, yet doesn’t notice the red light. On he walks, out into the middle of the intersection. Cars swerve all around him as he obliviously continues to stroll on, his eyes never wavering from the paper. A…

Captain America: Civil War

By Joseph Beinhorn If you haven’t seen this film, no worries, I’ll be avoiding spoilers and just focusing on what we know before the movie was released. In the new hit film Captain America: Civil War, the heroes are posed with a substantial moral dilemma. The world is still dealing with the ramifications of the previous…

Underground: A True Period Thriller

By: Joshua Bergstein When it comes to entertaining television, one would not necessarily expect “slavery” to be an appreciably worthy topic. Certainly, filmic adaptations like Roots and 12 Years a Slave have vividly highlighted the horrors and brutality of 19th-century enslavement, but they were also designed as close-ended stories. A film or miniseries provides the…

A Night to Remember

By: Joseph Pudel Every now and again, the basketball gods torture even their most devout observers. Wednesday, April 13th, marked one of the most excruciating zero-sum-game basketball decisions in recent memory. Dubbed as one of the most intriguing regular season nights in NBA history, observers were forced to choose between the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit…