War’s One Truth

By Shoshana Rubin, November 15, 2012

“War is hell.” There has never been and never will be a more apt description.  War is ugly.  It is bloody.  It is shameless.  It is unconscionable. And, sometimes, war is necessary. We cannot avoid war when our enemies pursue it so relentlessly and that is a shame.  Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets at [...]

The Ram’s Horn

By Shoshana Rubin, September 17, 2012

Immediately after graduation I started a State Department internship in Vienna.  While I “walked” in May with the rest of my classmates, I stayed enrolled so that I could go to Vienna for the valuable work experience.  This meant that my parents paid for another year’s worth of tuition, plus whatever extra funds I needed [...]

“Free Speech Isn’t Free” Isn’t Just a Cliché

By Shoshana Rubin, August 20, 2012

My college’s quad is huge.  It’s one of those institutions that tries to hold true to the idea that students should eat, drink, go to classes, and live on the quad.  As you might imagine, then, it caused some serious consternation when a student hung the Confederate flag from his window.  I certainly wasn’t happy [...]

Gender, Israel, and Freedoms

By Shoshana Rubin, August 15, 2012

My college had a very active Jewish sorority.  Every year we built homes for Habitat for Humanity.  We gave out candies on the Quad.  We were responsible for lighting the college’s menorah during Hanukkah.  And every year we “manned” the Israel booth during the college’s international festival.  My sophomore or junior year one of my [...]

The Eye of the Storm

By Shoshana Rubin, August 8, 2012

When I was 11, like many Floridians, I got to experience my first hurricane.  It wasn’t much of a hurricane and we really weren’t frightened of it.  My dog actually wanted to spend time in the driving rain (dogs are weird).  We were unlucky to be in the path of the worst of the storm, [...]