Maya
Mokh
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 9:09pm
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In these times of uncertainty and social distancing, it can be really easy for us to justify habits that aren’t always conducive to our mental health—spending days lazing on the couch, staying inside all day, binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix (this I’m totally guilty of). While some laziness and being stagnant can definitely be justified as therapeutic, acting in self-care and self-love is essential during these stressful times.

Here are a couple of activities you can do to soothe your mind, body and soul during these stressful times:

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 1:13pm
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I became hip to Noname’s Book Club this past summer. Noname, a rapper and organizer from Chicago, started a book club to uplift voices of color by highlighting two books each month for online and in person community members to read. February was the first time I was able to read along. I choose to read a collection of poems by Morgan Parker called “Magical Negro”. I’ve always loved to read books, especially work written by Black people but poetry is a whole other realm for me.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 9:37pm
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On March 10, five states held their primaries (Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington), while North Dakota held their Democratic caucuses.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 9:13pm
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In Reel Bad Arabs, Dr. Jack Shaheen explored the portrayals of Arab and Muslim characters in film. After analyzing a thousand different films from 1896 to 2000, he found that 12 films had positive depictions of Arabs and Muslims, 52 neutral, and 936 negative. And representations of Arabs and Muslims haven’t gotten better in the past twenty years. There may be crumbs of decent representation since, but Dr. Shaheen’s work is still relevant. 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 9:06pm
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There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about the power of voting. In a society in which many aspects of our livelihoods aren’t controlled by us, it is important that we at least have a say on who is allowed to lead our nation. As citizens of the U.S., we aren’t necessarily given the chance to determine the future of healthcare policy or the allocation of public school funding. Casting our vote is the only way we can ensure that our interests are taken into consideration when decisions are being made that directly affect our lives.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 8:34pm
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For years, Cosmopolitan has been the biggest female-focused millennial brand in the world, influencing and shaping the lifestyles of women. Cosmopolitan’s captivation of society essentially created this idea of a “Cosmo Girl,” a bold, independent, fashion forward woman — an idea which consequently inflicts harm on society, because we can’t all be a cosmo girl.

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 8:29pm
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Amidst the chaos of the world, I looked up to the sky and witnessed a flock of birds carelessly soaring. To them it was just another day. The outbreak of a virus, cancellation of classes, disruption of routine meant nothing to the birds as they remained unfazed. The birds didn’t have to worry about grocery store stocks running low, or the possibility of losing their jobs. They found their versions of toilet paper and hand sanitizer in nature. They didn’t worry about how the virus would hinder their ability to have financial security.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 8:17pm
Sacrifice

In the wake of the video of the student government president making anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab comments, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be Palestinian; both on this campus and in the broader world. Sometimes, I find myself envying the certainty I had in my identity as a child.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 7:49pm
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I waded in the ocean as a prayer to wash my soul clean.

I honored the idea that salt might stick to my wounds, might mend the flesh, let me be holy. 

Time sometimes feels as though it slows in South America, like it is consumed by the ebb and flow of my life. Like I control it, like maybe I could consume it - let it drip into me. 

I saw the sun rise and set over the Atlantic Ocean. 

This university.

The Brooklyn Bridge. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 7:35pm
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Que dios te bendiga. May God bless you.