• Archived,  News

    Vaccinations as a public health measure, not as a personal choice

    By Julia Long It would be frightening for one to think that perhaps the greatest danger to human beings is a microscopic organism that can neither be seen nor controlled. For centuries, humans have grappled with disease, and finally, in the last century, the beasts that are virulent pathogens have been bridled by vaccines. This fear however has been diluted in the past 20 years. People living in developed nations with ample access to vaccines have become desensitized to the consequences of infectious diseases, and consequently, less importance has been placed on vaccinating oneself and one’s children. With the publication of a false study linking vaccines to autism in the…

  • News

    Saudi Arabia and Iran sever ties

    By Julia Long In the first days of the New Year, Saudi Arabia officially severed all diplomatic ties with Iran, after an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran. The attack was prompted by the execution of a well-known and outspoken Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, by Saudi officials. The majority of Muslims in Saudi Arabia are Sunni, whereas the majority section in Iran is Shiite, so it’s not as though the two nations have never been at odds. The Sunni-Shi’a divide has existed for centuries, nearly as long as the religion itself, but never before has the conflict between them become so inflamed. While each country has backed…

  • Arts & Culture

    In case you missed the Oscar nominations…

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich and Julia Long Best Picture (Isaac) This year was a particularly strong year in cinema, which is reflected by an incredibly diverse selection of best picture nominees. While the spectacle couldn’t get any bigger in films like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant,” nominees like “Room” and “Brooklyn” tell far smaller stories, making the selection this year an all encompassing look back at the year in cinema. Other nominees for best picture include “This Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” The Martian,” and “Spotlight” . Despite winning no Golden Globes, the favorite to win best picture is “Spotlight,” which tells the story of uncovering the child…

  • Archived

    Popular blog shares stories of refugees

    By: Julia Long Those familiar with the popular blog “Humans of New York” know that it not only functions as an exposition of stories, but as a platform to address issues facing our nation and world. Brandon Stanton, the man behind the camera, has taken trips around the world to document stories for the United Nations and hosted a few IndieGoGo campaigns for charities and schools run by people he’s interviewed. His most recent project on the blog is a trip to Turkey and Jordan to interview twelve families of Syrian refugees who have just been cleared for resettlement in the United States. The heart-wrenching stories of the difficulties of…

  • Archived,  Features

    Open Loop University Concept opens doors to students

    By Julia Long Universities in the United States may seem like a complex web of rigor and diversity, but most colleges offer the same types of programs at similar levels of intensity. Higher education in the U.S. is limited primarily by cost, and by the opportunity cost of devoting an additional four years to studies without gaining experience in the job market. The new “Open Loop University” model, introduced by Stanford University in 2014, hopes to change that. Instead of attending four consecutive years at a single campus right after high school as is typical with most students in higher education, the Open Loop University program would involve six years…