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Could this be Trump’s way of overcompensating for his already documented small hands? Has his envy of athletes led him to the White House to devise a plan to rally other small handed team owners to work against the larger handed athletes? OK, maybe not and I’m pretty sure the president is very content with his hand size (this was in no way meant to discriminate against those of the small handed community). What this is in fact is the top 10 moments Donald has attempted to insult professional athletes. The introduction of technology has allowed some of the greatest sports trolls and insults to take place and live forever. Imagine if President Nixon was able to trade verbal jabs with Muhammad Ali, or if Ronald Reagan utilized his platform as president to take aim at Magic Johnson, just imagine what could’ve been said. In the midst of an ongoing…

In 2017, the phrase “Proud to be an American” doesn’t roll off the tongue so smoothly. Colin Kaepernick, a now former player for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the news a lot this past year. In protest of racial injustice, Kaepernick has opted to take a knee during the ceremonial national anthem that opens each game. Many people have taken offense to this. “How dare he disrespect the flag?” they cry out. “They’re disrespecting the troops.” One person I interacted with even claimed that Kaepernick was doing this all for attention, a last minute attempt at saving a fledgling pro football career. Recently, Kaepernick has become a free agent, and has yet to sign to a team. In response this whole situation, our commander in chief had this to say: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get…

Clouds made up of a pungent aroma tickle the girl’s nose as they float through the air. She plops down next to me and looks around the empty room, a juxtaposition to the housewarming party outside to kick off the school semester. The clouds drift through chatter and a faint melody, the lyrics difficult to comprehend over the thumping bass emanating from the floor. Lovers, friends, and strangers burrow in the corner as if it were only them on this Friday night. “Shoutout to Paul,” one of the girls sitting on the ground declares. Her sweetheart goes to work on the newly acquired cluster of green. Exchanges of commodities move like conversation. Paul, both cold and elusive, can give you what you need for a little change. The wall facing the only source of light, which protrudes over a wall of insulation, projects images created by shadows of partygoers. The…

What serves as a daily target for harassment on the heads of some Muslim women is now a fashion that western markets are tapping into for profit. According to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, Muslim consumers spent a projected $230 billion on clothing. This number is projected to more than double to $484 billion by 2019. This is more than the amount of fashion spending of Japan and Italy collectively. We’re seeing a trend that recognizes Islam’s rapid growth. Pew Research foresees that the amount of Muslims worldwide will be the same as Christians by 2050. Nike recently announced the “Pro hijab” for Muslim women, which they will begin selling in the Spring of 2018. They are the leading athletic wear company to venture out into the market of Muslim modesty. Nike’s move is definitely worthy of celebration and is long overdue. In a world regularly…

There comes a period every month where I encounter existential dread on a level that outweighs the trauma I incur when the Starbucks in the library furnishes me with a beverage containing chunky almond milk.  It’s my “time of the month” or as my mom attempts to pressure me into phrasing, “my women sickness,” (it flows better in farsi, I promise.) But if we’re being real here, it’s the week I’m involuntarily inflicted with the equivalency of being stabbed in the vagina five-thousand times and hormonal imbalances that amplify my already severe emo-ness.  There’s no room to sugarcoat this shit when I’m being compelled through my hormones to cry off notable amounts of my Diorshow mascara every hour.  I now have gone through an entire month’s worth of mascara in a week, have two dollars to my name, and am experiencing the emotion “ugly” for the first time since puberty. Periods…

Since the dawn of man, it has been exactly that. Men this; men that. “Stronger, smarter, better,” apparently. As a man myself I’ve gotta admit that I’ve benefitted tremendously in only 20 years from simply being born with a different anatomy, and that’s without mentioning race. In order to take a more objective view at gender, it might help to ignore human history. It’s a little man-washed. That being said, let’s take one big step outside the world of humans and see how other species are handling the trial of XX against XY. We’ll start small in the realm of those that buzz  and freak us the hell out. Insects. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. That has nothing to do with my point but it’s true. In the case of the honeybee, the female is literally the queen. But this isn’t a one woman show. Contrary to popular…

I signed the petition to save the Humanities and the Arts at Stony Brook University because I’m trying not to feel completely hopeless. Because when the university releases a new financial plan, I can guess what was cut without looking. Because the root of the word university means “the whole” and Stony Brook continually shows it cares only about a portion.   Because the Dean of Arts and Sciences is supposed be an advocate for the arts and the sciences. Because the university doesn’t think I do “research” because it happens in a library and not a lab. Because that’s ridiculous. Because STEM classes are held in the new Humanities building and humanities classes in the old Physics building. Because purposely making classes in certain majors difficult to enroll in and then claiming no one is enrolling is a blatant abuse of power. Because I want my degree to be…

With the Republican majority in the Senate, the confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will undoubtedly proceed successfully. However, Senate Democrats must surely be feeling the heat from their constituents, many of whom believe that the Republicans unfairly stole the Supreme Court seat. Some Democratic senators concurred with these sentiments and have declared they would not support any candidate for the vacancy other than Merrick Garland. An uncompromising attitude towards Trump’s pick might seem unfair to a President in the early days of his term, but for many Democrats the obstruction of Merrick Garland’s chance of even getting a fair hearing and the massive loss of opportunity to help balance the Court, leaves almost no room for compromise or complacency. Justice Breyer is 78 years old and Justice Ginsburg is almost 84. It is very likely that more seats will open up during a Trump presidency and…

Verdah Ahmad, a junior sociology major and the Vice President of the Muslim Students’ Association at Stony Brook University, is the daughter of two Pakistani immigrants who came to America 25 years ago in the hopes of seeing their children help build the country that gave them opportunity. In this letter she expresses the challenges that the Trump administration causes for Muslims in the U.S.: On Jan. 27, I watched Donald Trump sign his fourteenth executive order in six days, wielding his glorified sharpie-sword to cut off immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries to American borders. Promising to “[establish] new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump and his administration gleamed as they augmented and consolidated the grimy gears of an Islamophobic machine that has existed in this nation for decades. As a Muslim-American, witnessing the implementation of legislation that…