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It’s no secret that drinking is a huge part of college culture. This is something that is almost global and something I, personally, can attest to. Before coming to Stony Brook, I attended two other universities, one of which was in Europe. My freshman year I went to a school called University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, the Netherlands. Middelburg may be considered a city, but don’t expect towering skyscrapers. You would be more likely to find a group of elderly women biking than a businessman on his way to a meeting. The school itself was an honors college, and therefore only required three years and had about 600 students enrolled in total. Because of this, it was really easy to get to know your peers, and the school ensured you would during the “introweek.” Every incoming class had to take part in a week full of school-designated and -created activities…

President Trump is attempting to lead the nation into the most violent stage it’s been in since 9/11 with regards to the eradication of what he insists on calling, “Islamic extremism.” He is a politician like no other before him. He follows no system, viewpoint or policy. Unlike former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s debatable strategies to eliminate terrorism from the Middle East, Trump is targeting Islam in particular and attempting a modern day crusade involving the West vs. Islam. Compared to Bush and Obama’s past attempts to differentiate terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS from Islam itself, Trump has repeatedly targeted Muslims since the beginning of his campaign without any appropriate reasoning, calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” After 9/11, President Bush explained the difference between Muslims and terrorism. “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect,…

It’s easy to buy into America’s mythology, glorify the Constitution’s framers, forgive slavery, justify Manifest Destiny, allow genocide, proclaim emancipation and forget the disenfranchisement of millions. But history without context isn’t history, It’s ignorance. Perspective is key to understanding and coming to terms with America’s injustices. In a society that continues to be dominated by straight white men, perspective can be lacking. Its absence can be seen and heard in presidential candidates and leading politicians demonizing Syrian refugees. It’s easy to say that refugees of the Syrian Civil War want to spread radical Islam and change the American way because people want to believe it. Fighting against the tidal wave of propaganda is difficult. Getting over the cognitive dissonance from seeing a refugee crisis as a result of America’s foreign policy failures in the Middle East can be a bit much to ask for from a typical person, but this…