Ilana
Mermelstein
Ilana Mermelstein
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 1:57pm
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Growing up as a Jewish kid, I regularly took offense to strangers wishing me a “merry Christmas” during the holiday season. I remember exiting those interactions with a scowl, ranting incessantly to my parents about how “they don’t know that I celebrate Christmas” and “there are other holidays during this time of year.” 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 3:16pm
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In July of this year, musical artist Kanye West announced his candidacy in the highly anticipated presidential election. However, minimal follow-up on this declaration occurred in the subsequent months, so voters were reluctant to take his campaign seriously. Last week, though, West tried to reinsert himself into the conversation. On Monday, Oct.

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 10:23am
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Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden made notably questionable statements during the first presidential debate on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy was one of the most memorable moments of the evening, and quite obviously not for positive acclaim.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12:38pm
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The United States prides itself on maintaining a strict separation of church and state, denouncing the entanglement of religion and government and permitting citizens to practice any religion of their choice. However, aside from the occasional court decision prohibiting prayer in a public school, evidence suggests this “strict separation” is more of a hanging sheet: a barrier, but not one that fully prevents mingling between sides. Though civics classes may have informed you otherwise, the line between government and religious involvement is often blurred.