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RENNER: Firefighters deserve workers’ compensation for cancer risk

RENNER: Firefighters deserve workers’ compensation for cancer risk

A presumption law is one that will protect you no matter what — even if you don’t have any proof. This kind of law is especially important when it comes to doling out disability benefits to chronically ill workers. Any Google search containing the words “presumption” and “cancer” will turn up results about firefighters. As the heroes who risk their […]

by Elise Renner· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
PILLEY: An exercise in gratitude

PILLEY: An exercise in gratitude

“I think it’s more of an exercise in gratitude,” Ali said. We were at Speak for Yourself, the spoken word poetry group I’m in, and someone had pointed out how sad the writing prompt about saying goodbye was. Ali reassured us that it was not meant to be a sad prompt. I immediately wrote about my childhood dog, Jazmine, who […]

by Katelyn Pilley· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
WILSHERE: I see myself in Meredith Grey

WILSHERE: I see myself in Meredith Grey

After my parents got divorced and my mom began investing in digital streaming, I hid myself in different medical shows. I had fostered a probably unhealthy relationship with “Grey’s Anatomy” and its characters. I fell in love with the characters as they fell in love, I cried when they cried, mourned the loss of its doctors and patients alike and […]

by Meredith Wilshere· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
BURSTEIN: Hanukkah deserves more attention

BURSTEIN: Hanukkah deserves more attention

This year, I won’t be home for Hanukkah, and I’m pretty bitter about it. I won’t be there for my mom’s homemade latkes, or to watch my family open all their gifts. And I won’t be there to beat my brother in an intense dreidel competition, which is the biggest tragedy of all. But life goes on, and I, along […]

by Sarah Burstein· · 3 comments · Columns, Opinion
BENNAIM: Venezuela’s election marks stark change in history

BENNAIM: Venezuela’s election marks stark change in history

I remember sitting in synagogue in Caracas, Venezuela, one night when a presidential candidate walked in. It was Hugo Chavez and the year was 1998. At this point we had no idea that Chavez’s government would eventually storm the Jewish community center in Caracas looking for Mossad weapons (obviously none were found). Nor did we realize the area where the […]

by Amid Bennaim· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
KING: Instagram transcends traditional news media

KING: Instagram transcends traditional news media

The platform that is most well known for selfies is becoming increasingly important in another field: reporting breaking news. Instagram is reaching its unique potential as a photo sharing social media site to captivate viewers and tell stories in single images. The wide reach of the platform has influenced news outlets to use it to source images and cover stories […]

by James King· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
MINTZ: In which I abandon the worst parts of my life

MINTZ: In which I abandon the worst parts of my life

Before a couple of days ago, if you were to ask me: “Casey, what’s your favorite book?” I would have answered without hesitation a book called “Wasted” by the journalist and author Marya Hornbacher. The book illustrates Hornbacher’s struggle with anorexia and bulimia, and it’s written with a sort of artistry I could only dream to write with. The beautiful […]

by Casey Mintz· · 4 comments · Columns, Opinion
GAMADES: Rojava deserves our attention

GAMADES: Rojava deserves our attention

When I sat down to write this, my last column of the semester, I struggled for the right words. I imagined all the really distressing things I could throw at you. The United States is privileged enough to be a country that could halt mass shootings, but it doesn’t. There was destructive flooding in one of the largest cities in […]

by Lucy Gamades· · 2 comments · Columns, Opinion
SARNA: Exploring pace of life across cultures

SARNA: Exploring pace of life across cultures

“You’re always so laid back about things,” my mom pouts as my brother kicks his feet back and continues glaring at the TV screen. “You’re 25 years old, when will you become more responsible?” This scenario is commonplace in most Indian households. Whether a person is 20 or 50, the pace of life of Indians is rather relaxed and easygoing, […]

by Rhea Sarna· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
PILLEY: In opinion, experience is learning

PILLEY: In opinion, experience is learning

Two weeks ago, I sat in my Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean class, nodding my head along with the professor’s statements like I was a dance mom at my child’s recital. As my professor went over the movement that led to the creation of the state of Israel, my mind would fill in his pauses with facts before he […]

by Katelyn Pilley· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion