Pope Francis Celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden to Cap Off New York Visit

Crowds packed Madison Square Garden last Friday night to see a rock star who has graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine—a figure important enough to boot even Billy Joel from his regularly scheduled gig at the Garden. Like most global superstars, he goes by only one name: Francis. The first of 266 Vicars of Christ to choose the name Francis, the pope capped off … Continue reading Pope Francis Celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden to Cap Off New York Visit

Racial Justice Teach-In Held on Campus

In the wake of the ongoing debate about racism in the American justice system, a racial justice teach-in was held in Smith Auditorium last Wednesday featuring panels discussing the many facets of racism. The panels were made up of faculty, students, alumni and local community organizers speaking on topics such as the psychology of racial identification and the experience of race and racism. “Over the … Continue reading Racial Justice Teach-In Held on Campus

Young Folks: Sex and Age in Duke University’s Belle Knox Affair

BY PAMELA SEGURA SENIOR WRITER In February, Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks identified herself as the porn star that has gripped the imagination college campuses and various social media platforms. Using the moniker “Belle Knox,” Weeks reportedly developed this performative identity to pay off her college tuition. During Christmas break Weeks received a plethora of friend requests from male Duke students on Facebook, according to … Continue reading Young Folks: Sex and Age in Duke University’s Belle Knox Affair

SOS Venezuela: College Students’ Roles in Government Protests

While most college students in the United States are worried about getting their homework done, studying for a big test, or what their plans for the weekend are, Venezuelan college students are out risking their lives, protesting against their government, and rightly so. On Feb. 12, on Venezuela’s national Youth Day, thousands of students peacefully protested against their corrupt government. Students hit the streets to … Continue reading SOS Venezuela: College Students’ Roles in Government Protests

Closets Are Meant For Clothes

With the recent overturn of the bill in Arizona that would allow institutions to discriminate against the gay community, now the state supports legalizing gay marriage. The bill that was ultimately vetoed by Arizona’s governor would have allowed business owners, as long as they asserted their religious beliefs, to decline service to gay and lesbian customers. For a country that separates church from state, this … Continue reading Closets Are Meant For Clothes

#SochiProblems: A Malfunctioned Winter Olympic Games

BY CAROLYN QUEST SENIOR WRITER Sochi 2014 opened with a close. Literally. The now infamous malfunctioning Olympic ring in Sochi’s opening ceremony symbolized many of the debacles that took place at the games. More seriously, it represented Russian politicians’ closed-minded nature about equality and human rights that was discussed and protested throughout the games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chooses a country where the winter … Continue reading #SochiProblems: A Malfunctioned Winter Olympic Games

NYC Mayor de Blasio’s First State of the City Address

BY: AMBER CALABRO On Feb.10, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his first annual address to the city. De Blasio had a very liberal and progressive agenda which was consistent with the platform on which he ran. This contrasts greatly with past state of the city speeches given by former Republican mayors such as Manhattan College alumnus Rudy Giuliani and more recently Michael … Continue reading NYC Mayor de Blasio’s First State of the City Address

New Drug Laws Continue in Right Direction

These past few weeks have seen advances in the nation’s policy towards drugs, specifically marijuana. In Colorado, customers lined up on Jan. 1 to become part of the first segment of the population able to legally purchase state-regulated cannabis for recreational use, with Washington state set to do the same later this year. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced his plan to allow limited … Continue reading New Drug Laws Continue in Right Direction