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The latter part of the 2010s has proven to be nothing short of a hellscape of scandal, opinions and angry mobs. It’s a cultural phenomenon called “The Culture Wars”, and the deeper into it we get, the more divided we seem to become, with the left calling for the right to be punched and harassed, the right calling for the left to be “owned” and “triggered,” and both calling for the shutting-up of those damn centrist “fence-sitters” who have committed the unearthly sins of being politically open-minded and legitimately hearing both sides out.

Post-college is always a scary thought for many graduates, but not many can say they’ll be jump-starting this new chapter of their lives in Mexico. For Hanaa’ Tameez, her journalism career will start in Mexico City this July as she enters a three month fellowship with The Wall Street Journal. As a journalism student at Stony Brook, getting the opportunity to write for a big name publication like The Wall Street Journal is a big deal. “At first I was like ‘Holy Shit,’ and then I thought, ‘okay how do I tell my parents?’ and then my third thought was like ‘Holy Shit,’” Hanaa’ said. As the current Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman, a journalism advisory board member and mentor, Hanaa’s time at Stony Brook has revolved around journalism. “I think because I’ve been able to do a lot of different things and because I’ve had different experiences in the school…

“If you don’t see it, it didn’t happen,” was the message that Nicole Young, senior producer of the CBS Evening News and producer of 60 Minutes, delivered to a packed but silent room in Frey Hall on Tuesday night at Stony Brook University. “If it needs to be seen, it needs to be seen.” This was after she had shown a video of a 60 Minutes segment she helped produce on the Syrian gas attack titled “A Crime Against Humanity.” The video featured Syrian citizens, including children, dead or dying due to the sarin gas the government released to weaken the rebels. Sarin is an odorless, colorless gas that paralyzes the respiratory system en route to a painful death. About 13.5 million people watched that segment of 60 Minutes according to Young, a good number for the program. Young talked about her experiences in the Jordan-Syria border among other topics…