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 […]

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 […]