Obama should take tougher stance on Russian aggression


For Ukraine, 2014 has been a year marked by escalating conflict and tension. Protests for governmental change, the dissolution of Parliament, Russian annexation of Crimea and trouble at the Russian border have strained the Ukrainian people. Given the reemerging Cold War tensions and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions, the time has come for the […]

Williams’ death calls for more sensitivity to topic of depression


On Monday, Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, returned to Twitter for the first time since Aug. 13 with this inspiring message: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself,” a quote by Harvey Fierstein, who co-starred with Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. […]

Voting is useless if citizens do not engage in discussion


These are difficult and demanding times to be an American citizen. Within the nation’s borders, deep-seated racial tensions have risen to the surface yet again as Eric Garner of New York, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri and countless unnamed and unarmed others have died at the hands of police following alleged excessive use of force. […]

Terrorist hostage negotiations should not be an option


This week, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released by the Syrian terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra. Curtis was captured in October 2012 after he entered Syria to cover the raging civil war that ravished the country. After two years of talks and discussions with other countries in the region, the United States was able to […]

Perry overstepped ethical boundaries in Lehmberg scandal


Though it is vital to maintain professionalism while serving in any public office, people slip sometimes. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent scandal is one distinct case. It involves what Perry believes to be a justified act that falls under the basic right to freedom of speech — but that doesn’t make it any more forgivable. […]

ALS Association brings many together to make a difference


Nominate a friend, stimulate global awareness and provide a monetary donation — all this for a good cause and some fun? Sounds like a great idea. For most. Perhaps the question of greater importance is whether the positive outcomes of the ice bucket challenge can outweigh the negative. For this cause, the end does justify […]

Ice bucket challenge’s goal to raise awareness lost in the hype


Late July marked the emergence of the now-worldwide phenomenon, the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association’s “ice bucket challenge.” Though the numbers might point to a win for the 30,000 suffering from ALS, there are many consequences ignored by the public, most notably insincere activism that does little to promote awareness through education. The origin of […]

Starbucks college program effective idea


In America, a good education is not easily brewed up. So when Starbucks announced Monday that it would pay for its employee’s college education, the company showed that it valued its employees’ educational aspirations by financially supporting them through the process of gaining their bachelor’s degrees. To make a more impactful statement about the role […]

City must encourage use of summer programs


As the summer for students at the University of Southern California begins, the school year is still winding to an end for kids within the Los Angeles Unified School District. When I was in middle school and high school, those three months of summer break that laid ahead of me were ideal for spending all […]