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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…

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…

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,…

On Nov. 8, Donald Trump stood in front of our nation to give his acceptance speech as our 45th President of the United States.  This may have come as a shock for many people, especially since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but still lost the election. However, that is why we have the Electoral College. Our government allows everyone to have a voice, until that voice goes against what the people in power want. The Electoral College was created to ensure each state is fairly represented and has some sense of equal say during the election.  However, a candidate like Clinton, who was ahead in the popular vote, still lost to Trump because he made it to 270 electoral votes first. While the system was created to fairly represent smaller states like Rhode Island alongside much larger states such as California, it overlooked one small thing: the votes of…

Undocumented children in America who aspire of one day attending college may never see their dreams become a reality. President-elect Donald Trump has signaled in one of his debate speeches, that once he takes office, he may rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that makes thousands of illegal immigrants eligible for affordable college education.  Trump’s potential decision embodies a sentiment that has gripped America since its inception: anti-immigration.   DACA, an executive policy passed by President Obama in 2012, grants Social Security numbers (SSN) to undocumented children , allowing them access to financial aid and work permits. There are over 3,500 undocumented immigrants in New York who are recent high school graduates. But only five to 10 percent of these students have been granted a SSN and can now afford to attend college, according to the American Immigration Council website. The federal government has issued 844,931 DACA…

No one cares. I mean that literally. Every time I finish reading a New York Times article, I check the comments section on Facebook, just to see how vile and putrid the dregs of humanity can be, and every time I’m surprised at the new lows of ignorance. But more than the content, I’m surprised at the effort put in by some people. Essays have been written in Facebook comments. Essays. More than an intro, body and conclusion. Why? To convince the two people who might skim through it that your stupid views are right? People don’t even read the articles before they start commenting. Why in the world would they read your misspelled and misinformed viewpoint on the forever war (until November) between Trump and Clinton? I tried to put myself in the mindset, I even tried to become one of those cretins who posts essays, but the effort…

Though election day is still far away, many of you may not be aware that Donald Trump has already won. Why, you might ask? That takes us to the major motion picture Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice. This amazingly adequate film takes place after Superman’s battle against General Zod, a face-off that leaves half the city in ruins. Superman is viewed as a god by the people of Earth. Batman sees this absolute power as dangerous, while Superman sees Batman’s lack of respect for the law as reckless, putting the titans at each other’s throats. Through the fog of battle you may not realize that the point of Batman fighting Superman is not to defeat him. The Son of Krypton could kill Batman with a flick of his wrist. The point of fighting Superman is to make him bleed. To show that god can bleed, that Superman is not…

It seems like almost everyone knows billionaire business mogul Donald Trump. Trump has stirred conversation here and abroad, much of it negative. Many of the foreign students we spoke to found Trump’s politics shocking yet strangely familiar. He is employing tactics that have been used in many countries throughout history.   The potential endgame of a Trump presidency, however, seemed to concern them all. Brazil: “This Type of Leader Spreads.” Ana Ribeiro, Sasha Botello and Allan Franco, a group of Brazilian students, said they spent a whole night discussing the possible consequences of a Trump presidency. The American economy could collapse, they said, if Trump’s hostilities against immigrants reached a fever pitch. “The country attracts the greatest minds,” said Allan Franco, a chemical engineering major. “It would be really bad.” Donald Trump, known for misogynist comments, praising America’s strength, and saying he’s fighting for the country, reminded the group of…

If New York wants to pretend that it’s democratic, it needs to fix how its elections work. The United States as a whole is not a shining beacon of voter turnout, instead trailing most of the developed world, according to the Pew Research Center, but New York’s turnout is absolutely abysmal. In 2008, only 19.5 percent of eligible voters participated in the presidential primaries. During the 2014 midterm elections, when congressional seats were up for grabs, turnout was only 28.8 percent. And here’s another fun fact: in 2012, only 1.4 percent of New York Republicans cast a vote in the presidential primaries, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. Those numbers should terrify anyone who wants to have faith in participatory democracy. It’s true that the presidential primaries are garnering a lot more interest than usual, both nationally and across the state. One needn’t look further than Stony Brook University, where…