Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis
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Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

By Abigail Mengesha Racial identity was never a problem when I lived in Ethiopia. I recognized and understood my ethnicity, and that was enough. However, once I moved to the United States to receive higher education, questions regarding my racial background and the meaning of the term “Habesha” resurfaced. This spark in curiosity can be … Continue reading

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Godlessness: are church and state really separate in the law?
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Godlessness: are church and state really separate in the law?

By Michael Alban As easy as it is to comment on the spectacle that is Donald Trump,    we seem to have forgotten that he does not have a monopoly on the curious and sometimes questionable aspects of our presidential race. While much of Trump’s antics are unique to him as an individual and his attempt … Continue reading

Politics or Reality TV? Debates are nothing but profit motivated media spectacles
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Politics or Reality TV? Debates are nothing but profit motivated media spectacles

 by Aelya Ehtasham and Yana Makuwa   The stage. The bright lights. The crowds that conduct themselves like they’re, according to Bret Baier, “somewhere between a library and a Red Wings game.” These elements of the debates seem to call for an introduction like “This season, on the Presidential Race!” After all, the news media … Continue reading

The New Nest of Campaign Donations
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The New Nest of Campaign Donations

Twitter forces its way into the political funding game By Sarah Chekfa This past September, Twitter took a decisive step towards politicizing its platform, introducing a function that allows users to directly donate money to candidates’ political campaigns with a solitary tweet. Before I begin criticizing Twitter for its subliminal destruction of the rationalistic foundations … Continue reading

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Just Say No

Opting out of the tyranny of testing By Aurora Rojer Across the country, hundreds of thousands of parents are sending letters to their superintendents informing them that standardized testing has gotten out of control, and enough is enough. They are taking direct action in the form of civil disobedience: Their child will not be taking … Continue reading