My brother: a political commentary

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On Tuesday night, conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter posted the following to her Twitter: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” In response, reporter Alex Herz writes about his brother. He often stands at a crooked angle: two hands crossed in front, head cocked slightly to […]


Spare the pedestrians, don’t strike them out

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When a teen finally gets his or her license, they’re overcome with excitement – the rest of the world isn’t so happy.  California law permits teenagers to drive without parental supervision as early as age 16, giving irresponsible, reckless teens the privilege of driving potentially lethal three-ton hunks of metal. Provisional licenses restrict many aspects […]


Editorial: We are what we eat

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Thanks to the widespread popularity of the movie Super Size Me, we all know that eating too much fast food will lead to the “McTummy.” But other than this, most of us simply don’t know very much about the food we eat, including the “healthy” food offered in grocery stores. While most apples won’t give […]


Lack of religious identity prevents cultural literacy

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Ask me any question regarding religious history or religion in general, and I will most likely answer incorrectly. I’ve never had any sort of religious education in my life. Other than the rare occurance I went to temple for friends’ bnei mitzvahs, and a few times to get out of going to school, I’ve never […]

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Creativity sinks in a pit of public’s demands

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When I first heard that lead singer Justin Vernon was leaving the musical group Bon Iver, I was stunned. For the man who had ruled my eardrums for the past year to call it quits on his musical comrades felt like he was quitting on me too. I wanted him to take it back, to […]


Witt and sass: our most powerful defenses

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As a babysitter, I’ve been told tales of kindergarten Prince Charmings, magical made-up games, but most of all, playgrounds plagued with the evil of bullying. Every time a child tells me about a bullying experience, I wisely reply that the hurtful things that other kids say do not matter because the things bullies say are […]


For better or for worse, robots have arrived

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Last month, Jerry Brown legalized Transformers. With minds and personalities of their own, the cars have left the realm of human-powered machinery and have entered a scary and unpredictable class of automatic machines. Casually referred to by their creators as “driverless cars,” the Transformers – it turns out – have been secretly living among us […]

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Comics: Hallway occurrence

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Have you ever spotted a friend or classmate while walking through the hall, thinking you’ll greet them, only for an awkward aversion of eyes to ensue?

The College Tourist: Bacchus breaks down the college essay

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In this installment of Alexandra Bacchus’s latest column, she tackles the challenge of crafting a well-written college essay.  The college essay. For many, those three words have the ability to strike fear and dread in an applicant’s very core. Maybe it’s the provocative prompts we’re given or the weight they hold in showing an admissions […]


Paparazzi zooms past privacy boundaries

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When I read the Yahoo! News headline, I went through a string of emotions: denial, anger, disgust.  Didn’t the paparazzi understand what they had done 15 years ago?  Hadn’t they learned anything? The topless pictures of Kate Middleton, published first by the French magazine Closer, angered me. I thought about what had happened to Princess […]