Articles by Miriam Renz

Having the Menstruation Conversation, Period.

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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 […]

Family and the Reframing of American Law

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There is common agreement that a “frat culture” exists amongst a variety of exclusively male communities. Whether it be depicted on sitcoms like Greek or during political campaigns, it is clear that such a culture is vibrant and encouraged amongst young (and even older) men. Though there may be camaraderie within female groups, there is […]

Autumnal Tints: An Essay for Thanksgiving

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I am home and I am quieted, yet awakened, by the falling leaves of my New England town’s trees. Looking through my bedroom window, I see the creamy-orange carpet of leaves that now cover the entirety of my backyard: “Autumn,” they say. Tonight is Thanksgiving dinner, and my parents have invited over fifteen people to […]

Ansel Adams

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Before social media was the common forum for sharing and reflecting on others’ photographs and artwork, artists and photographers struggled to find publishers, gallery openings, and patrons, among the many avenues of publicity. One artist who experienced this pre-digital age struggle in the art world was Ansel Adams. A San Francisco-born child of financially unstable […]

The History of American Voting Laws

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As citizens of modern America, the right to vote appears to be intrinsic in our roles as humans. Regardless of race, class, gender, or religion, we are encouraged and privileged to participate in the act of shaping collective political opinions. However, within this collective thought process, there is a consciousness of recent voting restrictions that […]

“A Nod To Tradition:” An Interview with Lone Soldier and Recent Memoirist, Jonathan Sidlow

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I recently spoke with Yeshiva College student, Jonathan Sidlow, about his experience in the Israel Defense Force as a Lone Soldier. Sidlow recently published a memoir, What Was Once a Dream— a journalistic collection that graphically and vibrantly paints a picture of his military service which culminated during the summer of Operation Protective Edge. The […]

No Small Bench By the Road: The Story of Brister Freeman

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If you follow the trail signs through the Hapgood-Wright parking lot in Concord, Massachusetts, you will soon find yourself on a curated interpretive trail called, “Thoreau’s Path on Brister’s Hill.” Walking along this path, you are invited to step off to the side where you’ll be guided by 19th century writer, Henry David Thoreau’s own […]

Redecorating

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I don’t remove my dorm room decorations from my walls until my father arrives to pick me up after finals. Every year, this procrastination irks him to no end as he schleps bags out to the car while I longingly reminisce, glancing at the pictures and posters that reflect the year I’ve had. Packing my […]

Shame

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This semester I am enrolled in a memoir-writing class called Writing Women’s Lives. In addition to exploring and analyzing many contemporary memoirs (all written by women), we consistently produce our own memoir pieces and share them with the professor, and sometimes, with the entire class. Every few weeks we divide into workshop groups in which […]

BREAKING NEWS: Syrian Refugees To Be Accepted To Yeshiva University Beginning in Fall 2016.

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NEW YORK: As has been the case for several years now, YU has struggled financially, forcing the administration to find new donors, impose numerous institutional cut-backs, even sell some of its historic buildings. However, as many are aware, few of these options have proven to be the ‘saving grace’ that the institution needs, leaving Yeshiva […]