Student Speak

Improving our civic knowledge

By Samantha Savello | December 15, 2017

Last week, while investigating a politician using public records from the Rhode Island Superior Court and State House for a course, I made a startling discovery: I quickly realized my basic high school education about American government had slipped away from me. As I spoke to administrators who asked me what type of court case…

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Teaching tolerance

By Isabel Lichtman | December 9, 2017

When my sister told me she was trans, her eyes wide open for my response, I almost laughed. I told her that she should give it some time, that she was too young to make such a big decision. I didn’t understand why she took off in front of me when I suggested that maybe…

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Students should understand the benefits of getting involved

By Adrienne Dunn | November 25, 2017

Being active in your field of choice early on increases the likeliness of future success There is no denying that college life is busy. The average student’s planner is filled with lists of commitments, exams and work schedules. But college is also a time to grow, make memories and develop foundations for the future. Amongst…

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My mid-college crisis

By Fabiana Vilsan | November 18, 2017

As a junior who came into Brown thinking she had it all figured out, I’m more confused about what I want to do with my life now than I was as a bright-eyed freshman. In high school the choices seemed black-and-white: I imagined I’d spend my undergraduate years preparing for either law, medical or business…

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The importance of time to oneself

By Andrew Friedman | November 4, 2017

When I think back on my summer, some of my favorite moments were spent alone. Oddly enough, I really enjoyed my daily one-hour commute in Los Angeles traffic from the San Fernando Valley to Pasadena. My falsetto dramatically improved with all of the R&B music that I sang along to in the car, and my…

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Saving for retirement, now

By Louis DeFelice | October 27, 2017

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article in the News encouraging students to over-borrow for their education while simultaneously investing money for the future. This week, I want to backtrack and answer the question: “Why on Earth would I save for retirement during my bright college years?” As is so often true, the limitations of…

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Inbox anxiety

By Catherine Yang | October 21, 2017

There are a lot of things about myself that I expected to change once I started college — more friends, better classes, less junk food (a delusion and a failure, I assure you) — but one thing I didn’t expect was my newfound addiction to checking my email. Walking to class? Let me refresh my…

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Credentials over color

By Randi Richardson | October 14, 2017

This year has been a big one for women’s tennis. Serena Williams, arguably the greatest living tennis player, won a Grand Slam while pregnant and delivered a beautiful baby girl. Meanwhile, her rival Maria Sharapova not only returned to the circuit after fulfilling the conditions of her suspension for using banned substances but also authored a book. That book immediately…

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For God, for country and for friends

By Adam Krok | September 23, 2017

If you left Yale at this exact moment, how many people would you honestly still keep in touch with in a meaningful way? When I asked this question of myself, I recoiled at how few people would have made the list. I have many people in my life who are friendly. There are the smiles…

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A message from “dumb” athletes

By Paige Vermeer and Stephen Barmore | September 10, 2017

While some seem to believe that nothing athletes have to say is worthy of their time, we want to discuss why recent statements about student-athletes have underestimated just about every Yale student, in addition to shaming and devaluing a specific group within this community. The central message of these negative stereotypes is that student-athletes do…

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Growing up (wanting to be) white

By Jessica Li | September 1, 2017

On Hollywood whitewashing and why representation matters When I was younger, I wanted to be an author. I wanted to write short stories and plays and novels. I thought something was keeping me back, though — my name. I didn’t think the name “Jessica Li” would look good on a byline, underneath the glossy title…

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Dismantling Consistency

By Ioana Solomon | August 26, 2017

Our lives are fuller if we accept that our personalities are malleable. Stanford University researcher Walter Mischel’s “Marshmallow Experiment” has become a classic child psychology test. A group of 3- to 5-year-old children were given a choice between eating a marshmallow immediately upon receiving it or waiting 15 minutes and being rewarded with a second…

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More Than a Token

By Elizabeth Adetiba | July 31, 2017

Parting reflections on being black at UChicago. “If I were you, I would just go to whatever state school you’ve already been accepted to. The University of Chicago is really a tough institution, and I’m not quite sure you’d do well there, if we’re being honest.” I felt my heart beating fast, my mouth getting…

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What I (actually) wish I knew freshman year

By Ryan Dukeman | July 20, 2017

As of writing this, two weeks from now I’ll be sitting on a beach somewhere. Three weeks from now, I’ll be enjoying my last Reunions as a student. And four weeks from now, I’ll probably be at home, waking up and wondering if this was all a dream. Knowing this is my last column for…

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The art of opinion-making

By Rekha Kennedy | July 8, 2017

I love opinions—I energetically spatter them around with Pollock-like imprecision, with the Columbia student body as my canvas. And at a campus like Columbia, that is not a distinct characteristic; the campus is colored by our vehemently expressed viewpoints and opinions. However, before being an opinion columnist this semester, I honestly believed that my opinions…

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The exciting uncertainty of the future

By Janelle Tam | July 2, 2017

What do you want to do with your life? A lucky few Princetonians will be able to answer that question with certainty, knowing exactly their vision for their life and how they will make it a reality. Most will have at least a general idea, but may be less certain of the path that leads…

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Demanding respect for women in intramural sports

By Caroline Malin-Mayor | June 25, 2017

A few weeks ago, I played in an intramural soccer game in which I was the only woman playing. When I walked into the gym and saw four or five extremely tall, muscular men warming up on the other side of the field, I was a little intimidated. As a 5-foot-3-inch, 140-pound woman, I wasn’t keen…

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Why Young People Should Embrace the Whole Life Movement

By Jillian Veader | June 17, 2017

At first glance, the term “whole life” can conjure up numerous different feelings, depending on the context. There are those who believe it’s just another euphemism for the right-wing anti-abortion mob; there are those who see it as another movement in the Christian community that won’t actually take us anywhere. I believe it to be…

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The cult of eating disorders

By Jessica Magro | June 10, 2017

I was admitted to the eating disorder ward at a psychiatric hospital the day after my junior prom. By the time I decided to enter treatment, I had been struggling with anorexia for two years. Two years of disordered behaviors took a toll on my health: My medical complications included malnutrition, dehydration, lanugo, insomnia, hair…

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Combating intellectual laziness

By Jasmine Liu | June 3, 2017

I discovered the subreddit /r/changemyview two years ago. I was immediately fascinated by it, and it has charmed me ever since. Reddit gets a lot of flak for imparting a safe haven to anonymous, misogynistic, white male trolls. Change My View is special. It stands out as a forum that houses some of the most productive discourse…

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From 4,200 Miles Away: Real life doesn’t have an Instagram filter

By Teresa Turco | May 28, 2017

It’s cliché for a reason — nothing good comes from our obsession with picture-perfect lives I spent fall 2016 studying abroad in Seville, Spain. From across the ocean, I watched as President Donald Trump was elected. I listened to Spaniards quote satirical Simpsons episodes, making fun of Americans. I weathered all the American stereotypes thrown at…

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Ex-Stream Entertainment

By Fred Kardos | May 22, 2017

Netflix exploits and distorts serious issues to create binge-worthy shows. For a large percentage of students, exam procrastination takes the form of Netflix. I love Netflix. But it’s a love-hate relationship. While I appreciate the instant access to a wide variety of easy procrastination, recently released Netflix shows like 13 Reasons Why have capitalized on the addictive…

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Embrace failure

By Sarah Gathro | May 16, 2017

Steven Spielberg was a repeated failure. He received unimpressive grades in high school, and was rejected three times — yes, three — from the University of Southern California. Yet Spielberg went on to direct 51 films, win 3 Oscars and amass a wealth upward of $3 billion. It is no coincidence that before succeeding, Spielberg…

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The Era of Not Knowing

By Gabrielle Leung | May 6, 2017

I know enough about myself, and what I tend to write, that this final, end-of-the-semester piece will be reminiscent of this school year. I’m no longer the freshman who can write about the conflicting feelings of dorm life and the realization that everyone struggles, but never wants to leave Cornell. And I’m not a senior,…

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Peer Mediation as a Viable Option for School Conflict Resolution Programs

By Racheal Whiteside | March 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This is an interesting research article written by an undergraduate when she was attending the University of Buffalo. It is the voice of a student providing insight into adolescent aggression and conflict resolution. Albert Bandura (1977) developed the Social Learning (SL) theory to explain that people learn how to act from each other.…

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The Honor Code Vote – One Student Senator’s View

By Alyssa Vangelli | November 5, 2016

Should an honor code place one student against another? Is it the best way to ensure an honest and trusting atmosphere at a high school? Will it ensure moral action and thinking? In the Final faculty-Student Senate meeting of the winter term, we voted to adopt an honor code for Lawrence Academy. I left with…

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Getting Along with Others – Article

By Erin Donahue | September 9, 2016

As students we should learn to live with one another right now, because we’re going to have to do it the rest of our lives. By learning to live and accept that others are and will always be different, we take a step away from ignorance, and a step towards knowledge. Address to New Students…

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Supporting What We Don’t Believe

By Joel Rosne | September 9, 2016

– November 1999     Freedom of speech is not absolute, as Supreme Court decisions have told us. Yet what rights do we have about seeing our funds being used as we want them? The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will affect colleges and universities across the nation, including Columbia. In…

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Public School Reform: Innovation Not Renovation

By Michael Ricci Sophmore | September 9, 2016

– November 19, 1999       Public schools are in serious trouble: Standardized test scores have not increased while dropout rates, teacher turnover rates, and school violence rates have all increased. Students are more belligerent, curricula are less modern, and teachers are less skilled than ever before. Is there a cure? From Columbia Spectator,…

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The Rise of Gun Violence – Who Shoots Whom

By Ethan Perlstein | September 9, 2016

– November 16, 1999     What can be done to end the senseless mass killings? Are the Media to blame? Can the Media paint a more accurate picture? It was by chance last week that I caught wind of a breaking story of another shooting, this time in my hometown in South Florida. The…

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The Most Productive Third of Your Life

By Igor Rybinnik | September 9, 2016

– November 12, 1999    Sleep is needed to rejuvenate the body and mind. What is the most important part of sleep? Too little sleep can be very detrimental to your health. People spend one third of their lives in an altered state of consciousness. This is required for normal growth and development, and it…

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By Suzanne Dressler | September 7, 2016

Is boredom a factor in binge drinking? Is it a pressure relief, or a way to fit in? Ms. Dressler examines these and other possible causes of this dilemma. Many people are under the impression that Columbia University does not have a problem with campus drinking, at least not as much as the Big Ten,…

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