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Posts published in “Issue 3: November 2020”

A Navy Life of Many Journeys

By Hisham Semaan

My journey in the world’s most powerful Navy began in September of 2008 when I started my Officer Candidate School training in Newport, Rhode Island. Since I was a child, my dream was to become an American military officer. Despite my family’s concerns for my well-being and calls to reconsider, I fulfilled my dream by getting my officer commission as an Ensign in the Supply Corps on 08 Dec 2008. My new life had begun. Looking back, the Navy kept its promise to me with their motto of “Accelerate Your Life.”

My experience in the Navy is wide-ranging, from basic military training to leading hundreds of Sailors on seafaring deployments.…

White Apathy

November 7, 2020 was a day of change for the United States. A new administration that promotes equality, rather than discrimination, will take office on January 20, 2020. While this will hopefully lead to a move in a positive direction for equity in policies and the justice system, progress needs to occur in our society on a cultural and individual level. I have been reflecting on white privilege and its many facets. I started doing the 28-day challenge called Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad. The reflection process promotes people who identify as white to deliberate how they benefit from white privilege and harm POC with racist actions and thoughts.…

Stern Hobbies: From babybacks to bacon

By Ryan Bedell

As part of our new “Stern Hobbies” series, The Oppy is taking a look at off-the-beaten-path interests among some of our classmates at Stern. If you have a hobby you would like to write about, please e-mail the Oppy at Today’s feature comes from Langone student Ryan Bedell.

In 2014, on the island of Jeju off the southern coast of South Korea, my life was forever changed. I could point to the growth that happened in my year there, or the friends I made, or even the severely broken foot I suffered in a rather serious motorcycle accident.…

Covid Journals: Mask Life

From left to right, Sternies Deirdre Keane, Michelle Vogt Gwerder, Teresa Bruno, Shaina Himelstein and Shelby Duncan and their masks.

As part of our Covid Journal series, we asked your fellow classmates, named above, to share their perspectives on a new staple of our everyday lives: Masks. 

Considering that we live in one of the fashion capitals of the world, let’s start there. As you can see from the photos above, and in true New York fashion, most masks our article participants sport are black and utilitarian. Shelby’s classic, surgical mask will never go out of style. It’s tried and true.…

Stern Singles Presents: Patton Chandler

Welcome back to another addition of Stern Singles. We are excited to introduce you all to another Stern eligible bachelor, Patton Chandler! A musical theater, college football, and all things fried loving southern boy looking for love!! 

Patton grew up in Huntsville, Ala., home of the world renowned Space Camp and setting for The Case of the U.S. Space Camp Mission, a true classic of the Olsen Twins’ cinematic oeuvre. Patton received his BFA in musical theater at The Hartt School in Connecticut and then headed to the big city, where he spent six years working as an actor. 

He’s a fresh Sternie, obeys COVID-19 quarantine rules, loves a good Christmas decor situation, and is loyal to the core.…

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