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    Government takes action to combat sexual assault

    By Kayla Miron Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz went through hell twice; once when a classmate violently sexually assaulted her, and again when a disciplinary panel dismissed her case. The panel asked her probing and inappropriate questions, suggesting that her assault was not physically possible. Eventually, they dismissed her case, just like they did many others this year alone. “Has anything ever happened to you that was just so bad that you felt like you became a shell of a human being?” said Sulkowicz after hearing the verdict. Situations similar to Sulkowicz’ have become alarmingly common. Of the 25% of college women who experience sexual assault during their academic careers,…

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    The importance of local activism in response to international crises

    By Kayla Miron “Violence against women is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world,” -Former President Jimmy Carter in his new book, A Call to Action Violent misogyny recently jumped into the media spotlight after the abduction of over 200 Nigerian girls, who have yet to be found. A North African terrorist group known as “Boko Haram” stole these girls from their school on April 14 to sell as sex slaves. The group’s name loosely translates to “Western education is sin.” It  has been referred to as the “Nigerian Taliban,” staunchly opposing the education of women and girls. It has been abducting girls from schools in North Africa…

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    A wordy senior rambles in the paper one last time: Kayla’s sayonara

    By Kayla Miron Of the four surfaces in my room on which it is possible to cry, I prefer the floor. The itchy polyester provides a hard detachment perfect for self-pity that neither my bed, desk chair nor closet can offer. On nights when inescapable dilemmas weighed me down, I lost some of my saltwater baggage to the red carpet.  Academic pressure, squabbles with friends, and family spats have pushed me to my crying spot. Oftentimes I look back on these tearful nights and cringe at my own fragility. I can’t believe that the SAT caused me that much mental anguish. I wince remembering how terrified I felt transitioning friend…

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    Reflective paint an alternative to deer hunting

    By Kayla Miron While the glittering antler-clad reindeer roaming the Finnish countryside this spring may resemble vestiges from a pride parade or a seasonally-confused Christmas celebration, they in fact represent attempts to curb traffic problems.  Each year Finland experiences 3,000-5,000 auto accidents related to reindeer. Many of these incidents occur because of the reindeer’s evolutionarily-significant camouflage coat. The Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association (FRHA) recently decided to use reflective paint to make these reindeer more visible, and therefore less likely to be hit. The painting trial began in February as the association varnished 20 reindeer with reflective pigment. The FRHA used water-soluble paint on the animals’ bodies and a more permanent…

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    Recent comments frame 2016 immigration debate

    By Kayla Miron Recent sympathy from Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush towards undocumented immigrants provoked strong reactions from both sides of the aisle. The renewed controversy that Bush’s comments provoked has illustrated what the sides in the 2016 election immigration reform debate will be. The former Florida governor deviated from the Republican platform of demanding border control, expressing sensitivity toward the concerns of the immigrant community. In remarks in early April, Bush asserted his belief that people who come to the U.S. illegally in search of opportunity for their children should not be demonized. “[These parents] broke the law, but it’s not a felony,” Bush said. “It’s an act of…