• News

    The MTA budget crisis: What does it mean for riders?

    For the past several months, the MTA of New York City has been under serious financial strain, as a result of a continued decline in ridership. Now in severe debt, the MTA is in the midst of talks of potential service cuts, hoping to dig itself out of a hole that seems far too deep. While talks of the MTA’s debt and its consequences have only recently started to really heat up, they were foreshadowed as early as three years ago. Public documents were released in July, 2016, stating the MTA’s budget and possible outlooks for the future. The document said that the financial plan is balanced through 2019 with…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “Leaving Neverland”: Exposing the king of pop

    This past January, a documentary exposing Michael Jackson for sexually abusing children was presented to the public at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, there have been countless debates on whether the accusations are true, with the Jackson family at the forefront denying the allegations. “I felt guilt this weekend like I let him down [by speaking up]. It’s still there. That shadow is still there.” These words were spoken by James Safechuck on Oprah Winfrey’s HBO special, “After Neverland.” Safechuck and another victim, Wade Robson, shared their stories of sexual abuse in the documentary, “Leaving Neverland”, that sheds light on the dark side of Michael Jackson, a late pop…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fashion phenomenon Karl Lagerfeld dies at age 85

    Karl Lagerfeld, a famous fashion designer who was the mastermind behind leading brands like Chloé and Fendi, passed away at the age of 85 this past February. On Feb. 19th, 2019, the fashion industry lost a world-renowned designer and visionary. Known for his platinum white hair and dark shades, Karl stood as an eminent, and partially intimidating, figure in the fashion community. Karl was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1933. Even as a young boy, Karl had a strong affinity for fashion. He would always keep up with the latest designs and collections in fashion magazines, and he spent a good majority of his time sketching out dresses that he…

  • Arts & Entertainment,  This Week's Paper

    The man behind the masks: Stan Lee

    On Nov. 12, 2018, Stan Lee, the face of Marvel Comics and the creator of several beloved comic book characters like Spider-Man and Iron Man, passed away at the age of 95.   Known for his famous comic book superheroes and movies, Stan Lee touched the lives of so many people, both children and adults. Lee once said, “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.” With all that Lee contributed to the worlds of dreamers and story-lovers…

  • This Week's Paper,  World News

    Hungary’s ban on Gender Studies education

    On Oct. 12, 2018, Hungary’s prime minister decided to officially start defunding and removing gender studies programs from all Hungarian universities in the 2019 academic year.   “Let us arm ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness,” said Malala Yousafzai, a well-known advocate for female empowerment and education, to the United Nations in 2013. Five years later, these words are still as relevant as ever. As bigotry and misunderstanding damage our world and hurt the people around us, the most prevalent solution is education. Yet, just this past month, academic education on identity and sexuality has been crippled in Hungary. The prime…