Without message, music has no meaning
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Without message, music has no meaning

I’m talking to you, Drake.  TikTok has become an unfortunate constant in my life.  In the time of coronavirus, I find that my lectures are punctuated by a…

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Social media as a window, not a mirror
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Social media as a window, not a mirror

With all this free time, be mindful of your social media use  With more time on our hands than ever before, checking social media has never been easier…

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The short-lived benefits of fast fashion
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The short-lived benefits of fast fashion

The ugliness of fast fashion is no secret, but where does that leave consumers? Americans have a shopping problem, and it’s easy to see why consumerism has skyrocketed.…

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Voter turnout is key for 2020
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Voter turnout is key for 2020

The battle to mobilize voters this November is already on With all the uncertainty regarding the 2020 presidential election, there is one surefire guarantee: The outcome will depend…

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Billie Eilish: Should we see her in a crown?
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Billie Eilish: Should we see her in a crown?

Billie Eilish’s success is a combination of hard work, privilege Thank you, Billie Eilish, for making me feel that I have nothing to show for in my life.…

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Russia’s suspicious calmness during COVID-19
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Russia’s suspicious calmness during COVID-19

The nation’s past issues with transparency may come back to haunt the government during the pandemic “Under control” are the two words President Vladmir Putin used to describe…

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Revisiting the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides a century later
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Revisiting the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides a century later

Through a deliberate decades-long campaign of ethnic cleansing, Turkey eradicated its minority communities and denied their history. Now it’s time to speak up. Deep in the heart of…

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Social distancing: helping your immunity, harming your health
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Social distancing: helping your immunity, harming your health

Although unprecedented, we can still take advantage of this free time Simple pleasantries such as small talk with a coworker, catching up with a friend over coffee or…

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Finding my Punjabi roots through fashion
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Finding my Punjabi roots through fashion

Fashion is not just an outward display of culture, but a way to connect to it   Wedding season is generally a happy time for all, but it’s especially…

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McDonald’s unlikely role in the Cold War
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McDonald’s unlikely role in the Cold War

What Russia’s early obsession with fast food implies Just two years before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, over 30,000 customers flocked to the opening of…

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Music’s digitization can help us amid COVID-19 crisis
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Music’s digitization can help us amid COVID-19 crisis

In this time of turmoil, music is here for us  The Internet has become an unlikely hero in all of our lives. Something that we took for granted…

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Shopping is a fleeting satisfaction
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Shopping is a fleeting satisfaction

A break from consumerism can allow us to appreciate what we have  I have three consistent coping mechanisms for bad days: dark chocolate, Gilmore Girls and buying new…

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The next great political realignment
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The next great political realignment

Democrats, Republicans and the battle for the soul of America At the Republican National Convention in 1992, the controversial conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan declared that the country…

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Pussy Riot: A turning point in Russian politics
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Pussy Riot: A turning point in Russian politics

Russia’s protest group is telling of its political dissonance On Feb. 21, 2012, a group of women wearing colorful ski masks and carrying electric guitars stormed the Cathedral…

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Streaming is reshaping the music industry
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Streaming is reshaping the music industry

Streaming is the biggest threat to stars like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber  Before streaming, buying iTunes gift cards occupied the top of my Christmas list. I spent…

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