“Oh my god, I love your top!” – Becoming a compliment monster

By: Laura Hornberger During my exchange program in Amsterdam, I suddenly became a compliment maker. I found myself complimenting my classmates about their outfits, study skills and even about their well-prepared food. But why is it so much easier to say compliments out loud in English? And are many superficial compliments meaningless in the end? I’m studying with international students from all over the world: … Continue reading “Oh my god, I love your top!” – Becoming a compliment monster

“That’s the worst thing: the dead bodies have become normal”

By Dana Dübbers Over 12,000 men, women and children have been killed by unidentified vigilantes or during confrontations with the police because of President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign in the Philippines. Since he took office in June 2016, killings have become commonplace across the country. 23-year-old photojournalist Basilio H. Sepe, who just became Philippines Photographer of the year at the International Photography Awards, reflects on the … Continue reading “That’s the worst thing: the dead bodies have become normal”

“I understand people’s concerns”

By Vincent Leb 27-year old Wisam fled Syria in 2015. Three years later, he reflects on his new life in Austria; a country well-known for its anti-migrant policies. ‘The first ideas that cross my mind when I think of home? Pain. Injustice. Crisis without an end in sight. I see friends being tortured in prison and children who lost their parents. Many problems and no … Continue reading “I understand people’s concerns”

From Kentucky to New York City

by Tatiana Costa Lopes   New York is the fashion capital of the United States. Tatiana met up with McKenzie and Bryson, two young people from Louisville, Kentucky trying to make it in the Big Apple. They shared their hopes, goals and less exciting realities of moving from a small town to New York City to pursue a fashion career. Continue reading From Kentucky to New York City

On night patrol with The Dark Guardian

By Dana Dübbers and Laura Hornberger   The appearance of Chris Pollak is reminiscent of the colourful but shady figures of superheroes in comic books. As his alias Dark Guardian, he patrols Staten Island at night to keep the neighbourhood safe. Is this a cry for attention or a necessary support for safety in the community? Pollak stands at a crossroad opposite Tompkinsville Park in … Continue reading On night patrol with The Dark Guardian

Escaping the price

By Livia Hirsch Fare evasion has skyrocketed since 2015. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.) expects to lose $215 million dollars in 2019 due to fare evasion on subway and buses. Close to 208,000 people ride the subway every day without paying. This equals to approximately 4% of all daily commuters. The agency can measure this by posting staff throughout the year at various subway stations … Continue reading Escaping the price