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    OP-ED: A reflection on anti-semitism

    When I was in high school, I always thought college was a place where everyone could be themselves. Where there was a spot for everyone from all corners of the world. What I never dreamed of learning is how anti-Semitic some schools are. Shortly after I became a college student, I learned that many schools are guilty of condoning hatred and bullying, as long as the acts are directed at the Jewish population. For whatever reason, I and so many others have become the scapegoats for thousands of xenophobic attacks, both inside and outside of the classroom, all of which have pretty much never been punished. But it seems hypocritical…

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    OP-ED: Heroin’s line of addiction

    I grew up in a suburban part of northern Queens, NY. It’s a pretty picturesque place for the most part with a mixture of family homes, small businesses, local churches, and lots of greenery. But there’s a dark side to this place that a lot of people don’t discuss, or maybe don’t even know about. I have lost multiple childhood friends or acquaintances this year alone to the heroin epidemic which has been raging through my neighborhood and many others these past few years. Every time it happens, I’m less and less shocked. It’s almost like we are all becoming more desensitized to it, but I can’t help but wonder,…

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    OP-ED: Raising the student activity fee should be the last resort

    If the student activity fee were increased, would the benefits to student life on campus outweigh the financial burden this would put on students? That question is not so easily answered. Queens College’s student activity fee is currently $162 per student. With approximately 20,000 students attending QC, this means there is an estimated amount of $3.24 million dollars devoted to fund over 100 clubs at QC. The money also covers organizations such as the Committee for Disabled Students, the Child Development Center and services for students such as the QC shuttle bus. Clubs and student life are vital to the college experience and important resources that all students should have…

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    OP-ED: Sanders leaves other candidates in the dust during third Democratic debate

    “I’ll tell you what I believe in terms of democratic socialism,” said Bernie Sanders (D-VT), 78, and Democratic candidate in differentiating his conception of democratic socialism from that of Venezuela.  “I agree with what goes on in Canada and in Scandinavia — guaranteeing healthcare to all people as a human right, said Business Insider.  “I believe the United States should not be the only major country not to offer paid family leave or medical leave.” After watching the third Democratic debate last month in Houston, Texas, I could not help but think that Sanders was the clear winner.  Sanders was the first candidate to advocate for free health care. Unlike…

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    OP-ED: Streaming services, the future of television

    I am terrible at binge-watching because there’s too much to watch on television, but I still love to have options; the new streaming services rolling out over the next few years will only add to my inability to choose what to watch. With the dawn of a new era coming through streaming television and movies, the creation of new and more diverse television shows is exciting to me. I am most excited for Disney+, Disney’s new service mostly dedicated to creating new MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) content. Among the host of new shows, including The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, the one I am most excited for is…