This issue of Binghamton Review marks the first issue of the Spring 2016 semester: my last semester as an undergraduate of Binghamton University and my last semester as Editor-in-Chief of this fine publication. I will be touching more upon this as my time comes closer to an end, but there is still another semester of work to be done and progress to be made.
Last semester was an extremely successful semester for Binghamton Review in my eyes and I hope that you – the reader – feel the same way. I believe that we continuously produced well-rounded issues full of high-quality, well-written, thought-provoking articles, and I plan to continue this trend of consistency and improvement this semester.
This upcoming semester should be quite interesting – in addition to the average news cycle, as primary season heats up we will be thrown into the middle of an ever-intensifying political battle. Before finals in May, we may even have a general idea about who will be the presidential candidates representing America’s two major parties. Binghamton Review will be here to analyze and poke fun at the narrowing down of the political fields. But that should go without saying. However, we will continue to offer a broad series of voices and topics to our dedicated readers.
In this issue, Tom gives students advice for how to deal with campus police to avoid trouble. Yuval has a bone to pick with inaccurate, incomplete and biased memes that are taking over social media feeds. Howard has continued on his trip to destroy Buzzfeed, and at this point it has definitely become a trip. Max contrasts Martin Luther King Jr’s dream discussed in his famous 1963 speech with the methods taken on by Black Lives Matter activists. Ray delivers a touching personal story about his past challenges and overcoming them. Laura discusses the trivialization of rape and the modern “rape culture.” Joe outlines the current political landscape of the 2016 election, and the impact of early primary victories. Finally, Luke discusses the contradiction of the left protecting feminism and Muslims simultaneously.
I would once again like to thank my staff members, including the executive board members, writers, editors, and everybody else who contributes to Binghamton Review in any way. I would also like to thank the readers for your consistent support and feedback that you have sent throughout the semester. If you’d ever like to give feedback, thoughts, or get involved at Binghamton Review, I encourage you to reach out to me at email@example.com.