While it is important to maintain an attitude that individual participation is vital to a thriving democracy, it is easy to lose sight of this when staring at overwhelming voting patterns and the media portrayal of electoral trends.
Today’s most pressing debate should center on the latest economic initiative or education proposal or MTA budget - not the size of a Pepsi. And unfortunately, with Bloomberg’s relentless campaign to dictate the health choices of every New York City resident, issues that really matter – and that are really the business of the office of the mayor – are being sidelined.
However, the speech was peppered with evidence of an underlying assumption, one that I find prevalent at Barnard College and particularly offensive. It is this pervasive idea that “women,” as an entity, are a homogenous block of singularly minded individuals
With every new semester comes the opportunity for a fresh beginning. But as the Palestinian Authority awaits the Security Council vote on its third bid for statehood, any opportunity for novel approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has disappeared from the world stage. The problem: Palestine’s bid for statehood is a blatant attempt to avoid negotiations. Not only does statehood violate [...]