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Egypt wrong to dismiss sexual violence

By Zoe Johnson | Sept. 1, 2013, 1:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

At least 91 Egyptian women were assaulted or raped at protests across Egypt over the course of four days at the beginning of last July.


Colleges rank us; now our turn to rank them

By Jacob Popper | Aug. 31, 2013, 11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The new college ranking system proposed by President Barack Obama will help reduce the tuition of college through financial incentives for schools and help get more low income kids through college and even help manage the repayment of debt through the Pay as You Earn program.


Segregation still prominent 50 years after the March on Washington

By Aidan Keys | Aug. 30, 2013, 11:46 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The government introduced significant legislation to ensure a successful American education system in the last 50 years; however, not enough legislation focuses specifically on improving education in impoverished areas.


The meeting not to abandon

By Rohan Oprisko | Aug. 22, 2013, 7:38 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

After spending a month in a Moscow airport, Russia granted Snowden one year of asylum. Because of this action, the Obama administration cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in which they would have talked about important issues relating to both countries.


The NFL's problem is not one of crime, but of image

By Abel Chanyalew | Aug. 14, 2013, 8:43 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Though his case is much more sinister than most, Hernandez is the 27th current National Football League athlete to be arrested since the Super Bowl last February. This seemingly exorbitant number has fueled the ongoing perception that the National Football League (NFL) has a serious "crime problem".


Indefinite detention is definitely wrong

By Sarah Trunk | Aug. 14, 2013, 8:16 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The NDAA of 2012 included Section 1021, a section that gave the president the right to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely in military detention without due process. The definition of suspected terrorists was vague, leaving most of the act's interpretation up to the president. Section 1021 is alarmingly unfair and should be completely eliminated as soon as possible.


New student loan law provides only short-term relief

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Aug. 10, 2013, 11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A university education is already priced beyond the reach of many Americans and the enactment of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 could make education even more unattainable.


House Republicans must overcome gridlock to pass immigration bill

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 7, 2013, 1:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If the Republican Party wants to win the next presidential election, it is essential that they pass the Senate's bill.


High failure rates on final exams result of MCPS policy

By Harini Salgado | July 28, 2013, 2:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

According to the Washington Post article, nearly 16,000 out of 30,000 students in seven math courses failed their final exams in January. Failure rates were as high as 86 percent for Bridge to Algebra 2, and 61 percent and 62 percent for Algebra 1 and Geometry, respectively.


Sex workers don't deserve demoralization

By Abir Muhuri | July 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

A recent Supreme Court case will allow organizations to support global anti-HIV/AIDS efforts, without the federal requirement of promoting anti-prostitution.


Violence is violence: The VAWA will expand protection for all Americans

By Urvi Banerjee | April 5, 2013, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The prevalence of domestic and sexual violence cannot be ignored. A new piece of legislation provides a landmark step towards the right direction.


O'Malley wrong to put Maryland's capital punishment on death row

By Aanchal Johri | Feb. 17, 2013, 3:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

This month, legislatures may pass a bill that will forever change the Maryland criminal justice system – and most likely for the worse.


Letting it burn

By Urvi Banerjee | Jan. 1, 2013, 9:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference recycled ineffective resolutions from past conferences and put off actual decision-making for a later date, a hesitation inappropriate for the severity of the issue.


Affirmative action: socioeconomic status is the way to go

By Jack Estrin | Nov. 11, 2012, 1:25 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court should rule in favor of Texas, but with one caveat. They should state that affirmative action should now solely be based on an applicant's financial status and social background.


Data mining degrades democracy

By Emma Yeager | Oct. 30, 2012, 8:10 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With all the scrutiny that comes with campaigning for the oval office, President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have allowed the nation to pry into their personal lives and histories. What voters may not realize, however, is just how much the two campaigns know about the public.


"Innocence" video guilty of murder

By Grace Hill | Sept. 26, 2012, 7:56 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Earning over 14 million views and 110 thousand dislikes, the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" has done more than capture the Muslim population's attention - it has caused at least 30 deaths and riots in more than 40 countries.


"Strike" out score-based evaluations

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 23, 2012, 5:36 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Chicago Teachers' Union recently ended a strike against the implementation of a teacher assessment system based on test scores.


"No Easy Day" gives everyone a hard time

By Aanchal Johri | Sept. 15, 2012, 1:29 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Ask someone about the Navy SEAL Team 6 and they'll likely describe of their unwavering bravery, the death of Bin Laden and now their possible lawsuit against a controversial book.


Suppressing the vote

By Emma Yeager | Aug. 26, 2012, 11:29 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In preparation for the presidential and congressional elections in November, a growing number of states have passed "voter identification" laws.


Romney bets wrong on Ryan

By Sam Lewando | Aug. 20, 2012, 5:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has finally emerged as the GOP nominee to take on Obama. To do this, he has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan for his running mate. This choice represents a decision to focus his campaign on economic issues and maintain his core voter base for the election. However, Romney has made an mistake in choosing Ryan, as Ryan's lack of short-term solutions and experience will hurt the GOP ticket.


Punishing "The Penn State Way"

By Michael Gerbasi | Aug. 6, 2012, 11:39 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The harsh sanctions on Penn State University are necessary to heal wounds caused by the scandal.


Unwavering discrimination

By Temi Ibirogba | July 28, 2012, 4:24 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

After the Boys Scouts of America banned Jennifer Tyrell from her son's Cub Scout troop for her sexuality, we are reminded of how all to similar this is to racial discrimination.


Scientists, not spies

By Sarika Ramaswamy | July 27, 2012, 3:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Enemy lists, computer surveillance and government cover-ups seem like the elements of any fictional spy-thriller blockbuster. However, these are all very real elements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its ploy to spy on whistleblowers within the agency has been recently uncovered. When scientists within the agency argued with FDA heads over the accuracy of reports, the FDA conducted surveillance of the scientists, secretly checking personal email accounts and documents. On July 16, congressional investigators revealed that surveillance of a group of FDA scientists had been approved by the FDA chief counsel's office.


Nuclear power and responsibility

By Urvi Banerjee | July 19, 2012, 9:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A recent investigative report claims that the Japanese nuclear power disaster last year was "profoundly man-made," calling the pursuit of nuclear energy into question.


Fed forgets ed

By Aanchal Johri | June 29, 2012, 1:54 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Last week, the College Board finally acknowledged what many educators fail to: many of the 1.2 million kids who drop out of school each year have no other choice.

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