The Observer

Fordham: Are We Passive Towards Torture?

Fordham: Are We Passive Towards Torture?

April 29, 2015

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Editor Emeritus Published: April 29, 2015 Colleges and universities across the world...

My Eastern European-Jewish Experience

April 14, 2015

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Editor Published: April 15th, 2015 When Russian Jewish immigrants...

No Deportation Without Immigration Reform

No Deportation Without Immigration Reform

September 24, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Co-Editor Published: September 24, 2014 I’ll always be an advocate of legal immigration, but in the midst of our country’s current immigratio...

The Media’s Representation of Israel Leaves Much To Be Desired

September 20, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Co-Editor Published: August 22, 2014 When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the former has almost always drawn the short end of the stick when it comes to a fair and balanced representation in the media—at least if it’s the liberal media that’s doing the reporting. And while it’s...

Televising Pistorius Trial Sets a Good Precedent

Televising Pistorius Trial Sets a Good Precedent

March 2, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Editor Published: March 2, 2014 It’s been more than a year since South African double amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistoriu...

Rowling’s Harry Potter Announcement Was Unneeded

Rowling’s Harry Potter Announcement Was Unneeded

February 17, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Editor Published: February 16, 2014 When excerpts of J.K Rowling’s Wonderland magazine interview were revealed on Feb. 1, many Harry Potter...

Obama Can Survive Marijuana Legalization

Obama Can Survive Marijuana Legalization

February 12, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Editor Published: February 12, 2014 In President Barack Obama’s Jan. 27 interview with the New Yorker, he let slip that he believed...

The U.S. Must Address Its Education Problem

The U.S. Must Address Its Education Problem

January 30, 2014

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Opinions Editor Published: January 30, 2014 The state of public education in the United States is a well-known but often ignored issue. Sure, w...

Blogs Are Not On the Verge of Becoming Irrelevant

Blogs Are Not On the Verge of Becoming Irrelevant

November 20, 2013

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Asst. Opinions Editor Published: November 21, 2013 I only recently entered the “blog world” by finally making a Tumblr, and I’ve already becom...

Russian Riots Show Us That Racism is Still a Problem

Russian Riots Show Us That Racism is Still a Problem

November 2, 2013

  By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Asst. Opinions Editor Published: October 30, 2013 It often seems like issues of racism, or ethnic discrimination, for that matter, get pushed to the back of ...

Ads Against Obamacare Go Too Far

Ads Against Obamacare Go Too Far

October 2, 2013

By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Asst. Opinions Editor Published: October 2, 2013 The Obamacare debate—also known as the seemingly never ending fight betw...

Most Promising Education Policies: Lhota or de Blasio?

Most Promising Education Policies: Lhota or de Blasio?

September 23, 2013

POINT: Joe Lhota for Mayor By RACHEL SHMULEVICH Asst. Opinions Editor Published: September 23, 2013 I may not be a New York citizen (and therefore not eligible...