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  • U.S. use of death penalty complicates UN vote

    A week ago, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), cast a rather shocking vote. She voted against a resolution condemning the death penalty for gay people in many countries, as well as cases involving apostasy, blasphemy, and adultery. 12 other UN members, including Iraq and Egypt, voted in the same manner. Haley’s decision shines a telling spotlight on the current administration...

    Forum | October 16, 2017
  • Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico is inexcusable

    On the night of Tuesday, Sept. 19, the outer limits of a Category 5 hurricane larger in size than the land it would soon devastate, swept over Puerto Rico. In the following days, during a hurricane season more ferocious than we’ve seen in decades, Hurricane Maria washed over Puerto Rico for a period o...

    Forum | October 9, 2017
  • New Title IX interpretation undermines victims on college campuses

    Every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Going through such harrowing events can have severe emotional and psychological impressions on the victim. In most cases, perpetrators of these acts are able to walk away freely without punishment for their actions, thus silencing the voice, dignity, and rights of the people they have sought out as prey.

    Forum | October 2, 2017
  • Vatican encourages priest misconduct with coverups

    Last week, the Vatican stepped in on behalf of a high-ranking priest and diplomat in the Vatican’s U.S. Embassy. American authorities attempted to strip the priest of diplomatic immunity and potentially charge him with possession of c...

    Forum | September 25, 2017
  • 50th anniversary celebration should not erase past mistakes

    As one of the youngest top universities making a name for itself, Carnegie Mellon does not shy away from celebrating the innovations and accomplishments achieved in the short few decades since its relatively recent fusion in 1967. Since the founding of Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1900, we have transformed from a small vocational school to an internationally renowned research university wit...

    Forum | September 18, 2017