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GAMADES: Election season takes focus off bigger issues

GAMADES: Election season takes focus off bigger issues

There was another pre-election pageant on Wednesday. The U.S. Republican presidential candidates took the stage for the third time, and as usual, there was extensive commentary everywhere on the Internet: Ted Cruz gave a monologue about the media, Ben Carson looked sleepy, Marco Rubio finally hit his mark and Jeb Bush did not. Normally, I love this kind of post-debate […]

By Lucy Gamades· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
SARNA: China’s two-child policy a step in the right direction

SARNA: China’s two-child policy a step in the right direction

China made headlines Thursday after declaring it will lift its one-child policy by allowing its citizens to have two children. The one-child policy was implemented in the late 1970s by the core Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping, who wanted to ensure that “the fruits of economic growth are not devoured by population growth,” he once said. As I hail from […]

By Rhea Sarna· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
BURSTEIN: Minors cannot consent if they don’t know what it means

BURSTEIN: Minors cannot consent if they don’t know what it means

On Friday, authors Douglas Wight and Jennifer Wiley released their new book, an unauthorized biography of pop singer Rita Ora, entitled, “Hot Right Now: The Definitive Biography of Rita Ora.” According to its Amazon description, the book gives a detailed view of Ora’s life, starting with her beginnings as a refugee in Kosovo to her successful career as “the hottest […]

By Sarah Burstein· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
PILLEY: Small talk and pleasantries are pleasant

PILLEY: Small talk and pleasantries are pleasant

“Are you spiritual?” an over-enthusiastic club member asked me Monday night as I left my own club meeting — which in his defense, I am also probably over-enthusiastic about. I took one headphone out (because it’s Boston and everyone has a soundtrack for going anywhere) and managed to gargle out a “what?” “Are you spiritual?” he asked again, this time […]

By Katelyn Pilley· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
SARNA: Does food appropriation exist?

SARNA: Does food appropriation exist?

An interesting question was raised in one of my classes this week: what is the typical American food? I hate to say that I reach for the stereotypical answer of burgers and fries. A bunch of other kids had responses that mostly roamed around the safe neighborhood of pizzas, shakes and apple pies. According to a piece published Monday by […]

By Rhea Sarna· · 3 comments · Columns, Opinion
BONADIES: A response to music criticism

BONADIES: A response to music criticism

Everybody’s a critic. The words have never been truer than in today’s digital age. Every product at every online marketplace — be it Amazon, Zappos or Etsy — has a rating system. This feature is simple enough. Shoppers use the space to let others know that the shoes you’re about to buy don’t fare too well in water, or if […]

By Ben Bonadies· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
MINTZ: “Anna Rexia” isn’t a joke

MINTZ: “Anna Rexia” isn’t a joke

Whatever the reason may be, we as a society love horribly offensive Halloween costumes almost as much as we love sexy Halloween costumes. Take, for example, Wal-Mart’s Israeli Soldier costume for kids. Or last year’s sexy Ebola nurse costume — also available for men. And then there’s the “Call Me Caitlyn” costume, a way to wear someone’s transgender identity, something […]

By Casey Mintz· · 3 comments · Columns, Opinion
KING: Breaking BuzzFeed: Raising the trending bar

KING: Breaking BuzzFeed: Raising the trending bar

“These Ten Photos Perfectly Describe a Problem in the World.” We’ve all seen articles that cover enticing, disturbing and complex stories in that limited, compelling style. We can access a plethora of information faster than ever before on modern web outlets and social media. News as an entity has become a crowded, disorderly space with more voices than ever screaming […]

By James King· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion

BENNAIM: It’s time for a change in military spending

U.S. President Barack Obama did something that he doesn’t usually do on Thursday: he vetoed a bill, which he has done only five times since taking office in 2008. The defense policy bill aims to fund the armed forces and came with a $612 billion price tag, according to The New York Times. The bill is part of a bigger struggle […]

By Amid Bennaim· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
EDITORIAL: Obama’s push to limit testing in schools may improve test culture, education

EDITORIAL: Obama’s push to limit testing in schools may improve test culture, education

We’ve all been there: sitting in a windowless classroom with our Number Two pencils, waiting for that dreaded standardized test to begin. They happened once every few years, or maybe every few months, but they always took a little spring out of our step the morning we realized a test was on our schedules. But according to The Boston Globe, […]

By Editors· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion