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Toni Airaksinen

Undergraduate at Barnard College

On Grade Inflation: What’s in an “A”?

Often, it seems like there is nothing more consequential than one’s GPA. Our GPAs are inextricable from our transcripts; deeply related to our self-perception. From middle-schoolers vying to gain admission into high school, to graduate students trying to keep their…

3 Comments / 253 View / September 14, 2014

More Than Just A Mattress: Emma Sulkowicz

Mattresses aren’t easy to pick up and carry—neither are the emotions and fear that come after being sexually assaulted.  Emma Sulkowicz, a senior at Columbia University, feels both. Sulkowicz was allegedly raped in her own dorm bed on her first…

11 Comments / 577 View / September 9, 2014

‘Someday, Someday, Maybe’: On Barnard’s Summer Reading

Earlier this summer on a warm evening, I came home from work to a package on my front doorstep. It was a package from Barnard College with my name on it. Inside, was a small book entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe…

3 Comments / 445 View / September 5, 2014

Packing Our Bags, But Not Our Insecurities: On Leaving for College

You’re a soon-to-be college student. Maybe you’ve spent the summer lounging around your home, casually sipping tea while watching Netflix. Maybe you’ve been hanging with friends, speaking a mix of happy chatter and doge. Alternatively, maybe you’ve been interning with…

2 Comments / 318 View / August 22, 2014

Marching in Solidarity with #MichaelBrown in Cleveland, 560 Miles Away

On Thursday evening, thousands of people around America protested, demonstrated, and marched in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9th. From Times Square to Los Angeles, people…

2 Comments / 103 View / August 16, 2014

Why America Can’t Have the Success of Finland’s Schools

When wistful thinking prevails, it’s easy for people to fantasize. Popular media perpetuates fantasies by continuing to compare the American educational system to those of other countries. With this, people are left thinking: America’s education system doesn’t work; why can’t…

1 Comment / 3976 View / August 12, 2014

GG9: These Aren’t Your Gay’s Gay Games

Earlier last week, the 9th Gay Games began in Cleveland, Ohio with the Opening Ceremony and much fanfare. The Gay Games, a week-long event that I like to think of as a ‘small-scale, LGBTQ oriented Olympics’ began in 1982 in…

3 Comments / 191 View / August 11, 2014

This Year’s Common App Will Make You Cry—As Usual

Today, the Common Application for the high school graduating class of 2015 went live. The application, which is used as an all-inclusive tool for applying to colleges and universities across the world, is, in many ways, the bane of one’s…

5 Comments / 3604 View / August 1, 2014

Recent Chicago Shootings Have Us All Asking “Why?”

This past weekend, at least 13 people were shot in Chicago. Among these victims were children and teenagers, a 24 year old man, and even a three-year-old boy, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. These shootings are not a part…

0 Comments / 210 View / August 1, 2014

Reimagining Our Urban Environment: Vineyards, Gardens, and Murals

In a recent effort to encourage economic development, the City of Chicago is moving forth with the “Large Lot Program,” which allows the City to “transfer City-owned vacant lots to residents for $1.” In Chicago’s neighborhoods that have severely declining…

0 Comments / 293 View / July 27, 2014