Pent Up: Why Marine Le Pen Was Inevitable

by L. Alexander I started my first drafts of this piece when it felt like no one was talking about the French elections and I was getting more and more concerned. Politics on this campus often feel myopic at best, which I’ve already aired my grievances over, but in this regard that seems to have…

The Politics of Home: Race Fatigue, Gentrification, and Complicity

By Kristin Chang The week before spring break, I could barely sleep.  I woke up every two hours and stared into the dark – maybe a little melodramatic, but I couldn’t fall back to sleep. Instead, I spent the rest of my nights thinking about going “home” for spring break, counting down the days and…

10 Internet Resources for Anti-Racist Allies

by Lizza Rodriguez  1. Poem – “How we Forget” by Loyce Gayo Book- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis Website- Mapping Police Violence Article, Latina.com- “Dear Kylie..” Organization-  Get involved: Hudson Valley Community Coalition , Donate  Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation between Audre Lorde and James Baldwin Article- “A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint”, New York Times 8….

Three Photographs by Isiah Taylor

Photographer: Isiah Taylor Model: Daryn Gray Artist Statement: To put it simply, these images, like most of my work, point out the beauty of women of color—specifically black women. In a society which bashes women who do not fit into a certain box I feel it is important to point out the presence of beauty which…

Post-Election Disenchantment Blues

by  L. Alexander I distinctly remember that on the night of November 7th I turned my phone off, shut my eyes tightly and hoped that all would work out well. I’d submitted my absentee ballot a few weeks prior; it was six weeks before I would return to the United States. I’d fired off one…

White women are not my sisters (and other thoughts on the Women’s March)

by Kristin Chang When fellow first-year Jordan Valerie Allen and I organized a group of 50 students to attend the Women’s March on Washington (with the absolutely invaluable help and guidance of Natalie Gross), we hadn’t quite anticipated that we’d be drowned in a wave of cisnormative white women wearing pink “pussyhats.” And after scanning…

Scar Story

by Keya Acharya  *Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence/ Trauma    Scar Story   there’s one on the back side of my funny bone from when the doctor injected numbing cream and then twisted a metal circle piece into my arm and dug the skin out   a long skinny one on my toe (the sides of…

Call in Response: Police Brutality On.Stage

BY LIZZA RODRIGUEZ  In the month of August alone, American Police extrajudicially murdered close to 100 people, most of whom were black and brown folxs. Police brutality in the 21st century has been revealed as the nation state’s ahistorical performance; local and state law enforcement officials direct the show with the help of military grade…

I Will Never Be Cho Chang

BY KRISTIN CHANG In fifth grade, I dressed up as Hermione Granger for Halloween. My costume was made entirely of household parts: my wand was a chopstick, my robe was stitched from an old baby blanket, and I’d drawn red and gold stripes onto a napkin for a tie. I was proud of my costume,…

The Sukkah Right in Front of Me

BY SHLOIMY ZENWIRTH To most of you passing by it, the Sukkah will not elicit any emotions. For some, it fills them with positive feelings. But having the Sukkah put up 250 feet away from my college bedroom fills me with anguish/claustrophobia/negative flashbacks. The Sukkah brings back some terrible feelings. It brings up the times…