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Toni Airaksinen

Undergraduate at Barnard College

Who’s to Blame for the Water Shutoffs in Detroit?

It seems like Detroit is always in the news for something. From its crime rates to its bankruptcy filing last year, there is never a lack of situations in Detroit that the popular media can write about. The ongoing water…

4 Comments / 124 View / July 22, 2014

The Dangers of Linguistic Elitism

Earlier this week, the song “Word Crimes” was released by Weird Al Yankovic, a parody of the highly controversial song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. In the video, Weird Al explores writing in the “proper” way and references some elements…

18 Comments / 3120 View / July 18, 2014

From the Ivory Tower to You: Research in the Age of Mass Media

When I was 16, I was tasked with creating a “grand plan” for my future, as an assignment for one of the Psychology classes I was taking. Considering all the time that I had spent reading about language acquisition and…

1 Comment / 242 View / July 13, 2014

Improving the Environment: When Community Service Gets Personal

With all of the lofty associations that the notion of “protecting the Earth” elicits, environmental-related community service is often considered a valuable way to spend your time. From helping clean up a local beach to installing recycling bins in an…

11 Comments / 241 View / July 9, 2014