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Promote adoption of universal basic income program

(04/17/18 10:00am)

In March 2016, the Canadian province Ontario set out on an experiment to see whether the implementation of an universal basic income would help those affected by poverty. According to Ontario’s site for its Basic Income Pilot program, a basic income is “a payment to eligible couples or individuals that ensures a minimum income level, regardless of employment status.” Basic income differs from other social assistance programs in that it can be “given to anyone who meets the income eligibility criterion” of being unemployed or earning under CAN $34,000 annually, is “generally simpler to administer” because payments can be made through a tax credit model, and can consolidate separate welfare programs into one payment system. 

Criticize lax response to administrative racism at Brandeis

(04/17/18 10:00am)

Last Monday, three members of the Brandeis administration stood before a town hall of students, professors, faculty, staff and alumni of Brandeis University to discuss the investigation of basketball coach Brian Meehan, in the wake of an April 5 Deadspin article that revealed numerous derogatory practices. This town hall’s efficacy was as dubious as any town hall, but it has opened the floor to a nuanced discussion about what Brandeis stands for and the value of diverse voices on campus.

Criticize harmful national origin data collection bill

(03/27/18 10:00am)

The Connecticut legislature held a March 8 hearing on Senate Bill 359, an act that called for banning ethnic subgroup data disaggregation in the Connecticut education system. As a Ph.D. candidate in Social Policy who studies mental health and trauma,  I was invited by the bill’s supporters to testify on the damage a potential data collection program would impose on students, parents and teachers. 

Consider market ramifications of US-North Korea tension

(03/27/18 3:06pm)

Since Kim Jong-un took leadership of North Korea after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, North Korea has been conducting heavy research on nuclear tests and missiles. Some analysts argue that their fierce rhetoric on nuclear power is just to strengthen their international standing, but their motives remain in question. Whatever the purpose is, the ramp-up is creating anxieties.

Condemn racism and divisiveness in political conversation

(03/20/18 10:00am)

Less than two weeks ago, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were in an interview with Cari Champion from ESPN, in which LeBron criticized Donald Trump. According to a Feb. 19 NPR article, Laura Ingraham, a pundit for Fox News, responded to James’ comments by saying, among other things, “shut up and dribble,” and “must they run their mouths?” 

Caution against ‘walk up, not out’ approach to gun violence

(03/20/18 10:00am)

On Sunday, a package bomb detonated in Austin, Texas and injured two unnamed men, making it the fourth incident of its kind this month, according to a March 19 Washington Post article. Fortunately, the two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but the same cannot be said for the victims of the first three explosions. The first three incidents killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, 17-year-old Draylen Mason and an seriously injured an unnamed 75-year-old woman. In these three cases, the packages were placed on the individuals’ doorsteps at night rather than being delivered through a postal service according to a March 19 CNN article. These occurrences, right on the heels of the 48 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since the beginning of this year, shed light on a bigger nationwide problem. Be it gun violence or bomb attacks, domestic terrorism is the problem plaguing the country and appropriate action is not being taken. 

Consider the risks involved in online grocery expansion

(03/20/18 10:00am)

In a Jan. 26 China News Service article, several industry researchers and CEOs expressed their concern about the lack of growth in the e-commerce industry. “The bonus generated by online expanding doesn't exist anymore,” said Xing Wang, the CEO of Meituan, the biggest tech firm providing group buying and crowd-sourced review services in China. 

Views on the News: Tillerson's Firing

(03/20/18 10:00am)

On March 13, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and indicated he would nominate current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement, according to the New York Times. Tillerson’s firing comes at a crucial time, as the United States prepares to enter peace talks with North Korea and investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. How do you think Tillerson’s firing might affect the current administration, and what does it say for the future of U.S. foreign policy? 

Views on the News: YouTube

(03/13/18 10:00am)

On March 3, the New York Times reported that YouTube had launched a large-scale crackdown on misleading and inflammatory content, with thousands of conspiracy and far-right videos being removed from the website. Dealing with deceptive content has become a pressing issue for companies like Facebook and Google, whose services have been widely used as a platform for spreading misinformation and organizing hate groups. Should tech companies take steps to curb malicious content on their platforms, or should free speech remain paramount?  

Promote awareness of harassment in the food industry

(03/13/18 10:00am)

 Across the country, servers and bartenders are speaking out with stories of crude comments, groping and other unacceptable behaviors by customers. Over the past year, much attention has been placed on sexual harassment and inappropriate treatment of employees in the workplace. However, one of the largest industries in the country is being overlooked: the restaurant industry, which has some of the most vulnerable employees of any occupation, according to a March 12 New York Times article. A  Jan. 18 Harvard Business Review article reported that 90 percent of women and 70 percent of men experience some sort of sexual or professional harassment in the restaurant business, which saw more harassment claims filed than any other industry. As stated in the same New York Times article, “A ‘customer is always right’ ethos often tilts the equation — creating the kind of power imbalance that has become front and center in a broader conversation about sex and gender in the workplace.” Servers and bartenders around the country face a dilemma every single day: When relying on tips as a significant part of their income, how should servers go about creating boundaries with customers? Many have learned to ignore inappropriate comments made by customers in order to get that extra tip which might help pay for basic necessities like groceries or rent. This puts these employees at greater risk of sexual harassment, as they are forced to push any mistreatment under the rug when their income depends on it.