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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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As Texas attacks trans youth, solidarity remains vital

Christine Kelley March 6, 2022
#OPINION: Trans liberation movements are globally active. Our mere existence proves that Gov. Abbott is wrong. Come look for us. We aren’t going away anytime soon.
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Why newsrooms must reflect the public in order to properly serve it

Steven Keehner April 17, 2021
#OPINION: I preached how transparency was the way of the future for the industry, so I would be a hypocrite if I failed to mention how, as an opinion writer, I didn't do my last piece justice.
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What it’s like to live on campus with COVID-19 regulations

Sam Lange August 30, 2020
#OPINION A Stony Brook senior recounts their first two weeks back on campus amidst the global pandemic. They discuss not only the limitations of physical space and interaction, but the emotional strain the virus can have on students mentally.
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History-related careers begin to bounce back

Sam Lauria March 8, 2020
Since the recession of 2008, the number of students looking to pursue careers in the humanities, specifically history, has decreased. According to occupational employment statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor, 3,700 people were employed as historians in 2008.
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We have to teach computer science students about maintaining algorithmic neutrality

Rohit Panda December 8, 2019
When someone says they are studying computer science (CS), you don’t normally associate these students with doing anything remotely political in the future. A stereotypical assumption would be that people in the field have no real influence on society beyond coding.
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TikTok is a leading marketing tool for businesses to creatively brand

Xenia Gonikberg November 17, 2019
The video app, TikTok, is surprisingly becoming more and more popular among corporations. Although the app’s main audience consists of teenagers and young adults, more companies have started using TikTok as a platform to brand themselves.
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The Electoral College undermines the popular vote

Xenia Gonikberg November 3, 2019
As we all know, it’s that time of year again: the time to vote in your local elections. Although the Electoral College will not be playing a role in elections this year, the 538 members will be representing America’s votes next year in the 2020 presidential election.
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Washington Post editor discusses science and transparency at latest ‘My Life As’ lecture

Washington Post editor discusses science and transparency at latest ‘My Life As’ lecture

Brianne Ledda October 2, 2019
“You may notice that we got a new goth motto,” Laura Helmuth, science editor at The Washington Post, said at Stony Brook University’s latest “My Life As” event on Monday, Sept. 23.
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Misandry in feminism is real and needs to be addressed

Andrew Infantino September 15, 2019
In the wake of #MeToo and Brett Kavanaugh, feminists have become increasingly vocal that men should be held accountable for sexual misconduct and discrimination.
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The gender gap in class participation

Samiha Ahmed October 21, 2018
Stony Brook University’s undergraduate population is 53 percent male and 47 percent female. The split is not 50/50, but it is close enough to be even. Still, in terms of classroom participation, there seems to be an overwhelming presence of male voices.
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Why a pet’s life matters

Diva Dotson October 17, 2018
Whether they bark, meow or hiss, pets give you the kind of unconditional love you rarely get from a human. It might seem weird to people without any pets, but that furry friend can have a huge impact on a person’s health and well-being.
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