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    OP-ED: The Gift(ed) That Keeps On Taking

    Specialized schools are quite common for those who live in New York City. Many of these schools serve to acknowledge students’ natural talents, ranging from music and art, to math and science. At first glance that seems like a wonderful thing for many living in New York, but Mayor de Blasio has a different outlook, one that stems from segregation.  De Blasio took note of how these schools and programs are, “geared to students… [that are] mostly white and Asian children. The rest of the system is open to all students and is predominantly black and Hispanic.” De Blasio has taken it upon himself to reduce this racial inequality —…

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    The City of Lights with a Cathedral in Flames

    On April 15th, 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France went up in flames. The cathedral served as a prominent symbol of France for a little over 850 years, and the people of Paris were devastated to see the iconic building become engulfed in flames. Thankfully, the fire didn’t destroy the whole cathedral, but there still was a large portion of building that was ruined. There had been renovations going on in the cathedral, as its Gothic architecture meant that the building was lined with wood and weak support beams that were almost 900 years old. Church spokesperson André Finot told French media that the entire wooden interior, which…

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    Queens chocolate festival sweetens up QC

    On March 24th, Queens College hosted the Chocolate Festival in the Fitzgerald Gymnasium. I had the pleasure of attending and checking out the festival. The entire gymnasium was filled with people rushing to and fro, from one stand to the next. Despite the affair being called a chocolate festival, there were some savory-oriented stands that served pretzels, pickles, crackers and tapenades. There was even a dumpling stand! I was able to check the savory-stands out as well, but I was primarily there for the chocolate. The whole gymnasium smelled like sweet chocolate; it was amazing! One really interesting stand I visited was the one sponsored by Roni Sue’s Chocolate Company.…

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    Priests confess their sins

    For years the Catholic Church’s views on homosexuality have been ambiguous. While there are many radicals that swear by the Bible and how “homosexuality is a sin,” the actual views from the Church are more complex. They recognize that homosexuals exist, yet they are against gay marriage. This belief held by the Catholic Church is often hypocritical and puzzling.   Many people have become conflicted when it comes to their beliefs as they feel confused on who to support: homosexuals or God. In reality, the root of Catholicism is about love and reaching out to the outcasts, just like Jesus did. Regardless of sexuality, Christ himself would have been accepting…

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    A Bittersweet Ending?

    Holidays have always been a time of year where everyone can pig out on indulgent foods and sugary treats. Whether it’s having some hot cocoa and candy canes during Christmas, jelly beans during Easter, or trying to find your favorite candy in a huge pile of other treats during Halloween, candy has found a way to somehow root itself into becoming a part of the holiday celebration. Now that the time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and both the solar and lunar New Year is over, it’s time to have our sights set on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is that time of year where we get to shower our loved ones…