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Colin Knechtl

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America needs to deal with it’s terrorphobia to win the war on terror and Americans are incredibly paranoid about terrorism. Gallup’s latest polling for 2016 has found that 51% of Americans are at least somewhat worried that themselves or a family member will fall victim to terrorism, showing that half of America has the idea that another terrorist attack is not only a constant threat to the nation but also our families. For it to be a phobia, an extreme or irrational fear of something, we need to look at how much of a risk terrorism really is to the everyday lives of Americans. Considering that more people have died annually from thunderstorms than terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11, the ‘irrational fear’ that goes into being a phobia is fairly evident. To have hundreds of millions of people fearing for their families over a threat that’s hundreds of…

On December 31st, when the ball drops in New York and you reflect on the past year, what will stand out most from 2016? For the editors of TIME magazine there was no person more prominent in 2016 than President-elect Donald Trump. One of the most divisive figures in modern american history, Trump was elected as one of the most disliked candidate in American history. Many people despise the idea of him representing our nation, particularly those who fear the impact of his rhetoric towards minorities. There’s been a lot of disatisfaction with Trump’s victory, and now with him being awarded the “Person of the Year Award”, it is difficult to be angry at TIME if you understand how they choose these individuals every year. TIME’s classification for Person of the Year isn’t about who’s done the most good. In TIME’s Person of the Year 75th anniversary editorial, they define…

Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government has just passed it’s updated 2016-2017 budget in which more than $3 million was split among various clubs, organizations and departments. Clubs and student-run organizations receive the largest portion of the USG Budget, ringing up to$1.1 million. “We spent almost one-third of our budget on clubs that directly interact with our students,”USG President Cole Lee said. “This is the most critical mission of USG.” The biggest price tags among the clubs are lead by Ice Hockey, with a 2016-17 budget of $99,999.99,  followed by Men’s Rugby at $64,000 and Roller Hockey at $42,000. The majority of undergraduate professional societies received $1,000 to $4,000 and most other clubs received $10,000 to $20,000, such as Pocket Theater and LGBTA receiving $15,386 and $11,957 respectively. While finishing the budget, USG encountered an unexpected request when Campus Recreation came asking for help to keep the university’s intramural sports fully…

Out of the many absurd and crazy things to have come out of this year’s presidential election, one of the wildest has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s assertion that the election was going to be rigged. Even crazier is that he was somewhat right. While there wasn’t any mass fraud at the polling booths on November 8th, the outcomes of this past election could not have accurately represented the views of most Americans. This has occurred by the systematic redrawing of voting districts over the last several decades. Beginning after the 2000 census and continuing after the 2010 census, incumbent senators and representatives have been able to tailor the kinds of people who would vote to favor themselves and and their parties where they controlled the state governments. This is the effect of gerrymandering. Gerrymandering congressional districts allows one political party to diminish the influence of the other while…