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CUNY must show initiative in struggle for LGBTQ rights

As diverse as each CUNY college’s community are, there seems to be a lack of university-wide recognition of individual differences. Entry statistics gravitate toward focusing on racial and gendered demographics and seem to completely disregard other distinguishing identity components, such as sexual orientation. CUNY’s implementation of various events for the LGBTQ community and strategic funding…

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USG Report: USG greets students with Welcome Week

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year! I must give a huge shout out to the Class of 2020 for joining the Baruch College ranks—welcome to the Bearcat pack! For all returning students, welcome back to your home away from home. Every single member of the student government is excited to embark on what promises to…

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Politicker: Brazilian rule ignores state poverty

Dilma Rousseff, the suspended president of Brazil, has called for early elections in order to provide stability in the politically riotous nation. Rousseff’s outspoken desire for an immediate change comes amid a suspension brought on by accusations of corruption, embezzlement and cronyism in the fallout of an economic downturn that the Brazilian government handled poorly….

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Milwaukee police officer does not deserve blame

Two nights of violence gripped Milwaukee, leaving six businesses torched, eight officers killed and 31 people in handcuffs. In addition to being Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee doubles as the most segregated city in the United States. The violence erupted after a black officer killed 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith, who ran a traffic stop. Officers say…

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Burkini ban imposes unjust restrictions

On July 28, the mayor of Cannes placed a municipal ban on certain bathing suits. As absurd as it sounds, it is not the first time the French government has enacted clothing restrictions on the public. Although France has established a history of curtailing veils, or hijabs, the most recent controversy pertains to the swimwear…

Court case exposes systemic racism
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Court case exposes systemic racism

The Supreme Court recently overturned the death sentence of Timothy Foster after an investigation revealed that his prosecutors were intentionally singling out potential black jurors. Foster, a black man, was originally convicted of murdering an elderly woman in the 1980s and was sentenced to death by an all-white jury in the Supreme Court of Georgia….

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New York lifts luxury tax on tampons

In May, New York government officials voted to eliminate the “luxury” tax on menstrual products. The luxury tax that had previously been imposed indicated that the taxed products, such as pads and tampons, were not vital to the maintenance of women’s health and sanitation needs. Linda B. Rosenthal, a state assembly member, who calculated that…

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Politicker: Constitution must protect terrorists

Army Col. James Pohl probably thought he was doing the right thing. The judge presiding over the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known in the media and military circles as the principal architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, worked with the prosecution to eliminate any evidence that may have favored Mohammed’s defense. Mohammed claims…

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Laws against domestic violence lack efficiency

The identification of domestic violence has transitioned from being labeled as ordinary household conflict to a serious crime. The change is attributed to the Violence Against Women Act, which has been praised for its role in protecting victims. It ensures that crimes in domestic violence get properly investigated and makes it mandatory to arrest the…

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Rally attacks infringe upon democracy

There are certain familiar events once can expect to see during a presidential election. Protests and political outrage are not new to the election season and the presidential elections are becoming similar to sporting events. Both teams have their diehard fans who trade ugly insults and comments driven by hate. Both internationally and at home,…

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