Flint, Michigan: An Update


It has been over a year since Flint, Michigan dominated the news. A year since we were bombarded with stories of people unable to drink the water from their sinks and children dealing with lead poisoning. After being the center of the media’s attention for several months, Flint was forgotten. However, the people in Flint […]

The Stigma Against Satisfaction: Looking at Women’s Sexual Health Through the Ages


There is a variety of topics that the discussion of which is considered to be taboo in Modern Orthodox Judaism. From questions regarding belief in God to eating at non-kosher restaurants but keeping a kosher kitchen at home, there is no shortage of hushed conversations and hidden actions. One topic that is avoided or, at […]

An Interview with Political Science Professor Dr. Hill Krishnan


On the first day of class, a teacher will often ask the students to share what they did over the break. I was pleasantly surprised when, on the first day of my International Relations class, Dr. Hill Krishnan asked us to share our dreams. It may seem like a cheesy question, but anyone who knows Dr. Krishnan […]

The Homeless in Our Midst — and How Stern Students are Responding


The Biblical commandment to love one’s neighbor may not seem especially relevant to the relationship between Stern College students and the dozens of homeless people they pass on the streets every day. Yet, one Stern student told The Observer, “Some of these people live only a few feet away from our dormitories. They are our […]

Why Bert And Ernie Could Be Gay


I grew up watching Spongebob Squarepants; every night at eight, my brother and I would sit down in front of the TV to relish the antics of Spongebob and his underwater crew. For years, I regarded Spongebob Squarepants as the greatest TV show to grace the Earth. Until eighth grade, that is, when my peers […]

SCDS Gains Access to Schottenstein Theater


During Richard Joel’s last Beren Campus Town Hall meeting, he made an announcement that surprised not only the theatrical community on campus, but many students who heard it: Schottenstein Theater would be shared between both dramatics societies starting this fall. Until now, Schottenstein Theater, located a few blocks away from the Wilf Campus, only provided […]

An Interview with the Leaders of the National Women’s History Museum


Two months ago, I wrote an article about the fight for a national museum celebrating the women of this country and their contributions to American history. The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an institution based right outside of Washington, D.C that works towards the goal of making this museum a reality. Founded in 1996 […]

Amona: Dreams and Disillusion

Leah Klahr

As we drive  to Amona on the curving mountain roads from Ofra, a settlement in the Binyamin region, my friend says, “Amona is special; it’s a place where people believe. I come up here to believe.” Amona was first settled in 1995 by youth from Ofra, who had grown up playing on the deserted hilltop […]

The Eight Best Study Spots at Stern

As midterms are almost upon us here at Stern College, it is time to locate the ideal study spots that will keep us focused (and sane) throughout the turmoil that is the exam season. Though by this point in the year one can hope to have found the perfect study spot on campus, I often […]

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 […]