The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: American Rupture and Unity


On January 24, four days into his new administration, Trump signed an executive order advancing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172 mile-long underground oil pipeline which will run from North Dakota to Illinois. While the construction is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs and the pipeline itself is designed to transport […]

YU Students React to the JOFA Conference

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At 9:00 am on Sunday, January 15th, over 1,200 men and women crowded into the Roone Arledge Auditorium of Columbia University. The many rows of seats were quickly taken, and a host of stragglers filed upstairs to fill the overflow seating area. As event coordinators would note throughout the day, the attendance had far exceeded […]

The History and Controversy Behind the Second Avenue Subway

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As New Yorkers celebrated the end of an eventful 2016 and the beginning of the new year, commuters had one more thing to celebrate this New Year’s Day—the opening of the Second Avenue Subway. The $4.5 billion project, which extended the Q line from the existing station at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street to Second […]

Coverage of the Battery Park Protest


NEW YORK. This past Sunday, January 29th, a protest was held in response to President Trump’s recent executive order to ban incoming immigrants, a ban that specifically targets Muslim refugees. After a tumultuous day at the JFK Airport, with several passengers being detained and questioned, this protest came together quickly and hosted a variety of […]

The Fallacy of the MMR-Autism Link


In 1998, British gastroenterologist and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield published a paper in a UK medical journal, The Lancet, alleging that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine caused children to develop autism. He also claimed that it could lead to bowel disease, hence why a gastroenterologist was involved in the first place, but it’s the […]



In Hebrew, “tikva” means hope. “Tikva” also means hope for hundreds of Jewish children in Odessa, Ukraine who are orphans, or suffering from extreme poverty, neglect or abuse. Tikva is the name of the orphanage that takes these children in—feeding, clothing, loving and helping them to heal. In the early 1900’s, Odessa, the third largest […]

The Fight for the American Museum of Women’s History

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Out of the 2,400 National Historic Landmarks in the United States, 5% are dedicated to a woman’s achievement. There are 5,193 public statues in the country, but only 294 are statues of women. The National Parks Service maintains forty-four memorials, and not one is for a woman. In New York City, one of the most […]

The Y-Studs: They Never Let Us Down


During reading week at Yeshiva University, the beit midrash is packed with students preparing for their finals. At a table by the window, Dafna Meyers puts down her seforim, picks up her headphones and takes a much needed break to listen to “Don’t Let Me Down/Closer,” the Y-Studs’ newest song. She soon has another friend […]

Having the Menstruation Conversation, Period.


Recently, New York removed what came to be known as the ‘tampon tax,’ a former luxury tax that was applied when someone would purchase menstrual pads or tampons. The controversy surrounding this tax was in regard to the idea that feminine hygiene products fall within the category of a ‘luxury’ item, in contrast to items […]

The Alt-Right Fight


College students like to one-up each other. They are constantly trying to outdo one another in the internships they apply for, the courses they take, and the large words and complex terms they throw around. To make themselves seem smarter, they employ the use of sesquipedalian terminology to embellish the less than ordinary points they […]