In last week’s issue, Julia Hahn presented an opinion piece titled “Sexting Deserves Harsher Penalties.” While I believe everyone should be entitled to their own opinion, it is unfortunate that Ms. Hahn’s is ill informed and naïve at best. Her stance seems puritanical, rooted in the idea that rather than proper education of young teens on the dangers and consequences of sexting, we should simply adjust the current law to allow for felony convictions. This is a dangerous and ineffective way of handling the way teens think and act.
Over the years, some people have become concerned over the values that Americans are taking to heart. It has become a little disheartening that more people in New York know what Justin Bieber looks like but have no idea what their governor looks like. They could probably name all the members of the Jersey Shore cast but none of the Supreme Court Judges.
On St. Patrick’s Day this year, while Americans were enjoying their copious amounts of alcohol, Bahrain was thrown into chaos. Troops arrested six opposition leaders, who sought reform. However, instead of putting an end to the chaos, the opposition promises to fight more furiously the more they are challenged by the government.
“It’s a great tool,” said sophomore Brock Sumner.
“It is my life, and I freak out whenever I don’t have access to it,” said another sophomore, Karen Gong.
These students are referring to the Internet. When Hofstra’s School of Communication goes without the Internet this April 4-8 during Week Without the Web, students like Sumner and Gong will be solely tested. Week Without the Web, or WWW, highlights how dependent young people are on this technology.
In the past three years that I have been at Hofstra, I can safely say that the food has come a very long way. Recently,Hofstra has completely renovated many of its dining services. It now offers many diverse and relatively new eateries, many of which are brand names such as Au Bon Pain, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Mango, and Subway.
The new term “sexting” has a negative connotation, largely due to numerous amounts of sensational stories in the media. The typical story of a person sending their significant other a nude picture, which then circulates around their school and beyond, does not help the term win a positive reputation.
It does not take much to feel angered by the hypocrisy demonstrated by enormous, excessively greedy corporations. It is even worse when the U.S. government encourages the continuation of such hypocrisy through its actions. Such is the case today with General Motors, which has been successful in avoiding payment of any taxes throughout the last year.
After signing up for classes a couple weeks ago, my friends and I complained about the reality check that comes with each class registration. Every time we sign up for classes, it is a sign of one semester closer to graduation and the real world. It did not help that shortly after signing up for classes, I happened to fall upon an opinion piece by Matthew C. Klein, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, in The New York Times, about the trouble recent college graduates have at finding jobs.
There is no consistency in American foreign policy—we pick and choose what we want to do and there never seems to be a good enough reason for it.
On March 10th, before the U.S. ordered the firing of over 110 Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense sites, fellow Chronicle columnist Julia Hahn argued how the United States should resist the meddling with Libya and other countries we are claiming to help democratize. I’m here to support her argument.
One day a year, the Irish-by-blood celebrate side-by-side with the Irish-for-the-day. St. Patrick’s day is one holiday that everyone can get behind. Unless you’re gay and Irish. Then you have a choice: do you celebrate your heritage with everyone else, or do you sit out because the parade won’t allow any open displays of homosexuality?
In 1994, a group of gay Irish wanted to march in Boston’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade but were turned away by those organizing the event. The gays sued the committee. The lengthy litigation process actually canceled the parade that year. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1995, which ruled in the organizers’ favor, but only after they countersued. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the parade sponsor’s right to ban Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Irish-Americans from marching openly was protected under their expression of the First Amendment.