The Cultural Columnist

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Individual Fulfillment is the New Norm…For Now

Families have always been a construct shaped by larger societal forces. Before the industrial revolution when America lived in an agricultural age, families were formed as a tool for building … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Instructions Not Included” finds success beyond the Hispanic community

“Something touching but with comedy and a lot of heart” is what Eugenio Derbez said he wanted for his new Spanish-speaking film, “Instructions Not Included.” That is precisely what he … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Promise for Change, But Will it Be Fulfilled?

“When times change, so must we,” said President Barack Obama. Times HAVE changed. Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the country’s first African-American president, was inaugurated for a second … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Problem with Change

I have officially been accepted to the Discover the World: Europe program at St. John’s for next fall! I am very excited for this study abroad opportunity, considering it would … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Les Miserables” — A Huge Success

I watched Les Miserables on Christmas and I was convinced there were no words to describe its grandiosity—its lasting impression was too overwhelming to put into words. But the flashbacks … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Power of Language

I would first like to apologize for my absence from blogging. My excuses are that my semester ended a couple weeks ago, I got a C in one of my … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

To All the Young Lives Cut Short, May You RIP.

This is Emily. She is my 6-year-old sister. Isn’t she beautiful? She has been such an important part of my life for six long years. I can’t imagine getting a … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 7 Comments

How Will I Raise My Children?

Three years ago I had been working at a kid’s summer camp as a camp counselor in Parsippany, New Jersey. I was having a bad day. My boss called me … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 122 Comments

“Making It” Doesn’t Seem So Great

Is “making it to the top” all that great? I believe a good chunk of us want to “make it” in life. A lot of us are bound by that … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Acceptance, A Result of Awareness

In an effort to raise awareness on the variety and multicultural celebrations in this holiday season, the Multicultural Affairs Organization at St. John’s University hosted the fifth annual Festival of … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

“America the racist?”

Here’s a tweet I came across a little while ago. “Hate hearing people not speak English in America #sorrynotsorry” Ignorance and discrimination at its finest, people. Well, let’s be clear. … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · 11 Comments

Injustice in the Education System

Students all over the country are not benefitting from a universal/single education. There are educational injustices at play in the United States that suggest unequal opportunities for students. To begin … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

Race and Identity

There exist aspects of our identity that are made obvious to us throughout our lifetime, and it is almost always the very aspects that do not fall into the norm … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Negative Commentary to Kristen Stewart Underlines Our Own Flaws

In the June 2012 issue of Elle Magazine, Kristen Stewart participated in an interview that revealed her mature and surprisingly insightful mentality. Yet some argue otherwise. One of her most … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Do Test Scores Reflect Teacher Aptitude?

  The Chicago teachers’ strike has caught the nation’s attention on the fundamental conflicts of teachers in general. However, their new tentative deal at the end of their strike has caught … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Can Obama deliver in his next term?

As President Obama accepted the democratic nomination for this year’s presidential election, he offered a powerful speech that very much reflected his personality and channeled the familiar, romantic hope he … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · 2 Comments
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