Category Archives: Opinion

Spatial Culture of Eastern

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

            In the book Cultural Studies: A Practical Introduction, Michael Ryan argues that Cultural Geography teaches us that if the world around us shapes our lives, we also make the world around us over in ways that embody and embed our thoughts, imaginings, ideals, and meanings(12). This idea can be shown in the Eastern community, where not only the campus holds its own “culture,” but also every residential hall has one.

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The Ukraine Issue

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

On Twitter, there is a video circulating of a 14 year old who just recently died from leg injuries sustained when she was riding her bike on the streets of Ukraine, attempting to fight to live until she could not anymore. A young Ukrainian couple has gone viral for suiting up to fight off Russian invaders right after getting married. Families have been torn by the devastation of a war raging with Russia, choosing between life and death as all men aged 18 to 60 (peoples brothers, partners, friends, fathers, sons) have been ordered to stay and fight alongside their 6th, and current president–Volodymr Zelensky. Some people have decided they would rather die fighting than to leave the country they love so dearly, whereas others find themselves with no choice but to leave for the sake of future ambitions and loved ones. Regardless of the variety of choices and situations, one thing remains clear: Ukranians are not going down without some sort of fight, and were clearly underestimated by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Another key point to realize is that this situation is much more complicated than social media makes it appear.

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A Critique of Eastern´s FYI Programs

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

            Anyone who has spent their first year at our institution, Eastern CT State University, has most likely completed an FYI course. For those who transferred into the university or those who are unfamiliar with FYI courses, FYI courses are “First Year Introduction” courses. They are set up as split modules, one part of the class dedicated to a liberal arts topic and another part led by more senior students who have taken the position of peer mentors in which they are given the responsibility to aid in the social and academic transition to college of first year students. The course I took in my first semester (Fall 2020) was Holistic Crisis Management, which is a business oriented class. However, there are more light hearted FYI courses such as CT’s Jurassic Park which is being offered this semester.

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Settling the Black History Month Controversy

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

Recently, someone asked me “What is the purpose of Black history month? Black history is a part of all history and if we are trying to overcome racism through unity isn’t it counterproductive to discriminate against other races by differentiating one month specifically for Black people?” This is not the first time I have heard this question. To some, who believe they are colorblind when it comes to race and think this is the best approach to peace, Black history month is unnecessary and possibly even racist. Therefore, when faced with the existence of this month, one question comes to mind: why?

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Reality of Peace

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

Let us pose a question. Is the world truly at peace right now? Some will answer yes, and some will answer no. Some will stand with the 5th amendment and say nothing. Another question. What if the whole world spoke one language, people looked the same (skin color and other appearances), served one country, and lived with a smile on their faces; would it be considered world peace? Some people will say that it is impossible, and some will wish for it. It might/not bring world peace, but it might/not bring equality.

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Love for Snow

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

As someone who came all the way from Saudi Arabia, I got to say that my love for snow is so big that it covers New England with a snowstorm. As of last weekend, I can say that I have seen snow four or five times in my life. I am fully aware that there are people out there who hate the snow, one of them is my father. I totally understand the reasons.

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The Value of Studying Abroad

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

Due to rapid technological advancements that have allowed people to create and share experiences we could have never imagined were possible centuries ago, people are more connected than ever before. With a few taps on a screen, anyone can create friendships with people who live across seas, oceans, and borders in mere seconds. The world is at our fingertips, an abundance of information and entertainment is just waiting to be explored by whoever is curious enough to go on digital adventures. Travel has become a commonplace due to the creation and improvement of transportation methods. Consequently, so has trade–resulting in an increase of complex international relations. The world we live in today is a globalized society that is only increasing in diversity due to all the mentioned factors.

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President Cheng Visit

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

“You don’t cut your way to greatness, you don’t slash your way to excellence; you got to invest in it.” These are the words of President Terrance Cheng, the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. He visited Eastern on December 2, 2021 in the school library’s Johnson room. I was one of the students invited to attend this visit of his, and I went prepared with a question that had been weighing my mind and the minds of many others–both students and faculty members: was Cheng planning on replicating the merger he started with CT community colleges, consolidating Eastern, Southern, Western, Central and UCONN?

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Native American Sovereignty Op Ed

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

Imagine losing aspects of your ancestry, having relatives, stories, and more taken away from you—relying on traditional and cultural practices such as food cultivation and hunting practices as some of your only remaining ties to your history and heritage. Now imagine living in a world where even that is at risk, your land and therefore your food source and sovereignty being threatened along with it. Most people would find this unacceptable, because as humans we have a naturally tendency to be compassionate. We are designed to be social creatures, to find solace in bonds to heritage and to others.

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Reading: A Thing of the Past

Chanel Brown Contributing Writer

When I was 8 years old, I discovered my interest in reading through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I loved the way my imagination was able to create a magical world through simple words on a page.  I enjoyed the feeling of anticipation as I flipped through the chapters; wondering if Harry and his friends could defeat the powerful Lord Voldemort.  I was able to find an escape from the real world through books, and I still love reading to this day.  Reading has not only been an escape for me, but it has also assisted in developing my writing and communications skills.  It is proven in society that literacy is a fundamental tool to be successful in school and most career fields.  So, how could something as important as reading be neglected by so many?

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