Daily World News Brief: ‘Cessation of hostilities’ to begin in Syria within the week

A “nationwide cessation of hostilities” has been agreed to in Syria, according to BBC. While this ceasefire does not include the Islamic State group or the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian Army and Russia are expected to end strikes within a week. This also allows for more humanitarian aid to be delivered to damaged communities. The […]

Daily World News Brief: SCOTUS’s emissions plan block may set back climate goals

The Supreme Court has blocked President Barack Obama’s efforts to regulate coal emissions, and The New York Times reports that this may impair the international agreement made about global warming in December 2015. Though the Supreme Court has not decided yet whether to permanently overturn the regulations, this decision has been seen by other countries […]


SPU senior promotes social justice

Afonso adapts to shifts, seeks civil change

  Senior Bruna Afonso is confident in her ability to adapt quickly. A trip to Osaka, Japan in the spring of her junior year however, proved to be challenging. “Dealing with the culture shock and the completely different pace of life and society was an absolutely sobering experience,” Afonso says. She has always held great […]


Sleep deprivation is point of pain, not pride

Late nights hold no benefits for health or academic performance

Since middle school, I’ve been hearing people nonchalantly refer to their terrible sleeping habits as a point of pride. As if by forgoing sleep, they’re proving how difficult their lives are, and by association, how physically and mentally attuned they are to survive despite it. But really, this is like bragging about how many cigarettes […]

Zapatistas are model for revolution

Rebels of flexibility and tenacity

“We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution.” These are the words of the Zapatistas, also known as the EZLN, a leftist group that rejects global capitalism and political corruption in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. And what a revolution it has been. While recent history has witnessed numerous uprisings roar up […]