Opinion

RENNER: Despite opposition, UN Paris Agreement step forward in fighting climate change

RENNER: Despite opposition, UN Paris Agreement step forward in fighting climate change

On Earth Day Friday, 175 world leaders and United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio met up in New York to do some good for our planet. They gathered to sign the Paris Agreement, a 32-page contract that calls for all nations to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions, The Guardian reported. This lofty yet unspecific goal becomes a precise yet […]

by Elise Renner· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
EDITORIAL: Virginia governor extends voting rights to felons, validates their humanity

EDITORIAL: Virginia governor extends voting rights to felons, validates their humanity

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order that grants voting rights to all 200,000 convicted felons in the state, The New York Times reported. The state’s constitution previously barred felons from voting since the Civil War. Virginia now allows all felons to vote, as long as they have completed their prison sentences or have earned probation. “People have served […]

by Editors· · 1 comment · Editorial, Opinion
YANK-JACOBS: President Barack Obama visits Saudi Arabia, must still improve relations with country

YANK-JACOBS: President Barack Obama visits Saudi Arabia, must still improve relations with country

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest holder of known oil reserves, first formed a relationship with the United States in 1933, when an oil concession formed between Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron) and the Saudi government created the Arabian American Oil Company. An important meeting between U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn-Saud in 1945 further […]

by Kobe Yank-Jacobs· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
OP-ED: The moral argument for BU to divest its fossil fuel holdings

OP-ED: The moral argument for BU to divest its fossil fuel holdings

Op-Eds do not reflect the editorial opinion of The Daily Free Press. They are solely the opinion of the author. Boston University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing recently announced that it was recommending divestment of BU’s fossil fuel holdings to the Board of Trustees. Now, the Board must take the only prudent, principled and responsible step: divest. The strongest argument […]

by Editors· · 1 comment · Op-Ed, Opinion
EDITORIAL: Rise in U.S. suicide rates caused by more than just medical factors

EDITORIAL: Rise in U.S. suicide rates caused by more than just medical factors

Suicide rates in the United States have increased by 24 percent after a steady decline in the 1990s, according to an April analysis run by the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate has specifically risen from 10.5 people out of 100,000 people in 1999 to 13 people out of 100,000 people in 2014. The suicide rate for girls aged […]

by Editors· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
BURSTEIN: “Game of Thrones” sexual violence excessive, desensitizing

BURSTEIN: “Game of Thrones” sexual violence excessive, desensitizing

When “Game of Thrones” first premiered on HBO in 2011, I was immediately drawn in. The show combined a world reminiscent of Medieval Europe with a fantasy world that had things like dragons, strange creatures and magic. It became the show that everyone was watching, from my friends to my high school English teacher. The show, which is based off […]

by Sarah Burstein· · 2 comments · Columns, Opinion
WILSHERE: Having “types” in love can be dangerous

WILSHERE: Having “types” in love can be dangerous

It is in our human nature to have a preference. Whether it is ice cream flavors or our favorite album to play at 2 a.m., we tend to have an inclination toward certain things. We like to stick with the things that we know, the people we know the best. We look for qualities, styles, looks and other things that […]

by Meredith Wilshere· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
EDITORIAL: Amazon wrongfully excludes Roxbury, minority-heavy cities from same-day shipping

EDITORIAL: Amazon wrongfully excludes Roxbury, minority-heavy cities from same-day shipping

Amazon excludes several neighborhoods with high-minority populations from its Prime same-day delivery service, Bloomberg reported in a Thursday article. Bloomberg compared Amazon’s services with U.S. Census Bureau data and found that the company does not offer its service within predominantly black zip codes within six cities. In Boston, Amazon offers same-day delivery service to all neighborhoods — except Roxbury. That […]

by Editors· · 2 comments · Editorial, Opinion
NADEL: Earthquake in Ecuador shows country’s strength

NADEL: Earthquake in Ecuador shows country’s strength

I sat in my living room Saturday night with my host mother and neighbor, watching the decorative balls on the table sway back and forth. My mom prayed to God that it would end, my neighbor consoled her and I clenched the wet towel I had just taken off my head after frantically running from the bathroom. Immediately after, I […]

by Olivia Nadel· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
GAMADES: New York primary rules frustrating, ridiculous but not voter supression

GAMADES: New York primary rules frustrating, ridiculous but not voter supression

New York had its presidential primary on Tuesday, and there are a lot of people who are not happy with how it went down. The state has a closed primary, which means voters must be registered as a Democrat or a Republican, not an independent, to vote in one of those respective primaries. This isn’t an uncommon practice, as there […]

by Lucy Gamades· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion