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Depp v. Heard confirms that society loves creating a court of public opinion

Benjamin Joffe June 26, 2022
This opinion isn’t about the Depp v. Heard trial. It’s about the endless coverage and what that can do to a court case.
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Mold in dorms poses health concern

Benjamin Joffe February 25, 2022
Mold is one of the most common problems encountered in college dorms, and SBU is not immune to this. Students have long complained of mold in their dorms, but more concerningly, have also complained about a lack of urgency from Campus Residences. 
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Biden’s $1.2 Trillion infrastructure package has passed, but what’s next?

Benjamin Joffe November 14, 2021
On Nov. 5, President Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in Congress and will be signed by the President within the next week. The bill will provide billions of dollars to states for the improvement of roads and other transportation infrastructure, as well as the expansion of broadband internet service, endeavors which will hopefully stimulate the economy. 
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Photo of Sanger Hall in Tabler Community. President McInnis has announced that the controversial building will be renamed to Chinn Hall. SAMANTHA LANKOWICZ / THE STATESMAN

It’s past due time to rename Sanger College

Benjamin Joffe October 10, 2021
#OPINION: Understanding the legacy of Margaret Sanger, whom the building was named after, would demonstrate how having a building named in her honor would undermine the University’s mission of establishing an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion.
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Conflicting responses: Stony Brook’s COVID-19 policy should be re-evaluated

Benjamin Joffe September 8, 2021
#OPINION: With a student population 99% vaccinated, Stony Brook University must reflect the latest scientific data by pushing vaccination, allowing for a transition away from masks.
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The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan was unavoidable

Benjamin Joffe August 29, 2021
Since the outset of the conflict, the United States has spent $113 billion dollars training and equipping the Afghan National Army in preparation for them to westernize and democratize Afghanistan once U.S presence ends.  
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Growing fight against voting rights derives from historical disenfranchisement efforts

Benjamin Joffe April 29, 2021
#OPINION Voter suppression is not a new practice in the United States. Members of the political and economic elite within the U.S. have sought to limit the political influence of workers, women and racial minorities since the founding of the country. 
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How neocolonialism is killing our planet

How neocolonialism is killing our planet

Benjamin Joffe April 23, 2021
#OPINION Corporations and governments across the world are pushing the Earth deeper into the global climate crisis, and immediate action must be made to combat this.
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What a botched public health response can teach us one year after COVID-19 hit the U.S.

Benjamin Joffe April 15, 2021
#OPINION With all that happened in 2020, it's easy to overlook some valuable lessons we can take away from both our collective and individual experiences. We must understand how challenges that may seem independent from one another are connected. 
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The myth of cancel culture: Why racists have bestsellers

Benjamin Joffe April 3, 2021
#OPINION The cancel culture preached by right-wing press is a fallacy. When it comes to causing substantial consequences for those who abuse their high positions, social media outcry often has no significant effect.  
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People march with the LGBTQ flag at the Pride parade held on June 30, 2019 in Manhattan, NY.  GARY GHAYRAT/STATESMAN FILE

What can still be done to equally represent the LGBTQ community in the military

Benjamin Joffe March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Whether it be to prevent equal representation in the workplace or to block adoption and marriage rights, hateful legislation passed on all levels of government demonizes and diminishes LGBTQ people. 
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It’s time to up the pressure on Biden: a reflection on his first month as president

Benjamin Joffe March 4, 2021
#OPINION Jan. 20, 2021 was a momentous day for millions of Americans. It marked the last day for an administration that had done unprecedented harm to communities around the United States.
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