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

An aerial view of Washington, D.C., focusing on the United States Capitol.

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 […]

Post-Election at YU


The 2016 election cycle has been one defined by its vitriolic and polarizing rhetoric. Derogatory words such as “crooked,” “racist,” “deplorable,” “sexist,” and “liar” have become a part of this year’s common vernacular. Politics has become, more than ever, a force that divides people as disrespect and hate have bubbled to the surface of American […]

Fake News: How Does it Work and Did it Affect the Election?


If you are friends with certain types of people or follow certain types of groups on Facebook, you may have seen this headline crop up on your feed sometime between late August and early November: “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President.” This patently false story has garnered about 1 million shares, reactions, […]

Gwen Ifill and Her Impact on Journalism


There are few individuals in the world to whom one can point and say with certainty that they changed their field of work. Most people enter a profession and make a living, some even excel in their field, yet few revolutionize it. Gwen Ifill, however, undoubtedly revolutionized journalism. She singlehandedly fought systemic discrimination in the […]

The Truth About The Music Major


“You’re a music major? What instrument do you play?” This is the most common question that Stern College music majors face, and it represents one of the biggest misconceptions about the major.  While accumulating “performance credits” is a piece of the major, it is a small percentage of the total credit count that every music […]