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Toni Airaksinen

Undergraduate at Barnard College

Cleveland Reacts to the Murder of Tamir Rice

On November 22, a 12-year-old boy was murdered outside a recreation center on Cleveland’s west side. After a very brief confrontation with the Cleveland police, Tamir Rice was shot when officer Timothy Loehmann believed he was reaching for a gun….

0 Comments / 92 View / December 4, 2014

Hundreds of Protesters Continue to Rally After Ferguson Decision

On November 24th, it was announced that there will be no charges brought against Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18 year old Michael Brown. The case has become a national source of contention and debate, with many…

0 Comments / 160 View / November 30, 2014

When I Hear About a 12 Year Old Boy Getting Shot Dead in My Hometown

This past summer, when I would visit my friend Monique after volunteering, I’d catch the 22 Bus going west on Detroit Ave—which passed Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cudell was the recreation center where many people I knew worked…

17 Comments / 186 View / November 24, 2014

“Feminist” on Time’s Word Ban List: Not Necessarily a Bad Thing?

Last week, the Internet went hysterical in protest of Time Magazine’s ban list. Penned by Katy Steinmetz, the list is a yearly feature that calls for readers to vote for the word that  they would like to see banned. Winning…

1 Comment / 143 View / November 21, 2014

In the Latest Episode of Students Suing College: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Yesterday, a group of students from Harvard University sued the University, urging the University to divest millions of dollars from their stock portfolio from fossil fuel companies. The students state that the University, which is one of the most highly…

1 Comment / 128 View / November 20, 2014

New Blog Chronicles the FroYo Craze in Gentrified NYC

“…and now it’s a f*cking froyo place” It’s cold, sterile like doctor’s offices, isn’t filling, and costs way more than it’s worth. But apparently, New Yorkers love it—and by “it,” I mean frozen yogurt. From Pinkberry to 16 Handles, frozen…

0 Comments / 262 View / November 10, 2014

In Defense of the “Basic B*tch”

It’s November. And while the leaves have begun to change colors and fall fast to the ground—you’re finding yourself quickly running to the nearest Starbucks, in desperate need of a venti triple shot Pumpkin Spice Latte. Oh, not so fast….

10 Comments / 1193 View / November 2, 2014

5 Tips for Writing the Common App Essay 

It’s that dreaded time of the year again: college application season! While you could be watching Orange Is The New Black and catching up on some well-needed rest, you’re stuck in the rut of procrastination and essay rewrites.   As two…

3 Comments / 536 View / October 29, 2014

When A “Crazy” Person Gets On The Subway

You’re on the subway. Perhaps on your way to your internship or to meet up with a friend for dinner.  Every now and then you pull your eyes away from the screen of your smartphone to look at the people…

3 Comments / 758 View / October 9, 2014

Make History Tomorrow: Join the People’s Climate March in NYC

Do you live in the New York City area? Do you want to be a part of history? Do you care about global warming and environmental protection? Tomorrow, world leaders are coming to Manhattan for a United Nations summit on…

1 Comment / 117 View / September 20, 2014