THE QUEST FOR EQUALITY IN EDUCATION The issue has continued to swirl around young people: whether all those in the Commonwealth should receive reduced in-state tuition to attend public colleges. Critics say that it is an unfair burden on taxpayers to foot the bill for those who are not here legally. Supporters counter that it is only fair to support all hard-working students and that it would be a revenue boon to state schools, as well. Here, in letters to state officials, students make their passionate case for what they feel it really means for every immigrant to live in the self-proclaimed land of opportunity.


“WE ALL SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education: My name is Carmen Pereira. I am a recent immigrant from Cape Verde. I am writing to you today about why Massachusetts should allow undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition. Anyone dealing with the problem of the high cost of college should receive in-state tuition to help them pay for it. It is only logical that we implement this because all immigrant students should get it. Just because undocumented immigrants do not have papers does not mean they are animals. People are all the same; we all should have the same rights. Undocumented immigrants work hard in school. They learn English. If they go to college and become educated they can help make Massachusetts great. Sincerely, Carmen Pereira


“THESE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education: My name is Alenny Puello Rivera. I am a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic. It does not matter where you live or come from, you should have a right to housing, food, a job, and a good education. These are human rights. Undocumented students should receive in-state tuition because they have the same right to go to college at the same price as documented immigrants. As a result, many more undocumented immigrants might enroll at a state college and

the colleges would make more money. The undocumented students would also benefit by having access to a good education. And if there is a victory, it will be a victory not merely for undocumented students but a victory for all students and immigrants in the state. Sincerely,  Alenny Puello Rivera


“EDUCATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR LIFE” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education: My name is Christelle Narcisse. I am a recent immigrant from France. All undocumented immigrants who are familiar with not having in-state tuition would agree that it is unfair for them to pay more money than the legal residents of Massachusetts to go to college. Whether you are a documented or undocumented immigrant, education is the most important thing in your life. All

immigrants came to the United States of America for better opportunities. They want their children to have a better education than they had. The skills of the immigrants would make our state better. If we continue to offer access to education

only to some immigrant students, not everyone will have the same chance of going to college and this is not fair.

Sincerely, Christelle Narcisse


“HERE THERE ARE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education: My name is Daniela Oliveira. I am a recent immigrant from Cape Verde. All undocumented students should receive in-state tuition because we all have

the same rights to be an American. Also, we provide free education through grade 12 for those students but then effectively deny them the possibility of pursuing a higher education. Everyone has the right to go to school and college to be a wonderful person in this country because here there are so many opportunities. Sincerely, Daniela Oliveira


“IT WOULD MAKE MASSACHUSETTS GREATER” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education, My name is Angeris I. Fuentes Paz. I am a recent immigrant from Puerto Rico. Massachussetts would get long-term benefits from educating these students because the more undocumented immigrants earn, the more they will pay in taxes and it would make Massachusetts greater. If we continue to only offer only in-state tuition to documented students, future generations will have a population that is uneducated, which can cause countless problems in the future.

Sincerely, Angeris I. Fuentes Paz


“FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL LIVE IN AN UNJUST WORLD” Dear Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education: My name is Nicole Rivas. I am a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Massachusetts should allow undocumented immigrants to receive instate tuition because all immigrants want a new life and to see progress. Undocumented students put all their effort into learning a new language and working hard to earn money for college. Meanwhile, the state would have more educated people with a profession. If we continue to deny them, future generations will live in an unjust world. Sincerely, Nicole Rivas


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Before high school ends, I want to:
  • Earn honor roll;
  • Come to school on time for a week;
  • Quit biting my nails;
  • Finally accept a compliment; and  Make DR and AJ believe that they are beautiful. My list was bigger, but I have accomplished these already:
  • Tour at least five colleges;
  • Win a basketball game against my little brother;
  • Stop chewing gum for a week;
  • Make my friend fried chicken; and
  • Finish my “I Heart Diversity” project.
  • Spend as much time with my friends as I can before we part ways.
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Albana Hysa, 16, from Boston Latin School, believes that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president because he can’t relate to the average American. “He is in the upper class of society,” says Hysa. “He thinks he can be disrespectful to people who don’t have the same amount of money or isn’t the same race as he is.” While many mainstream media members and fellow Republicans are afraid to take on the despicable me that the Republican frontrunner appears to be -- from being rude and crude to everyone from Muslims to Mexicans, women and African-Americans -- many teens have no problem dumping on Trump. Takeshi Kumasaki, 15, from BLS, feels that Trump’s apparent need to insult those he disagrees with would not play well on the domestic or world stage. “The president has to unite America and the other continents because, then, what is the point?” says Kumasaki. Kevin Nguyen, 15, from BLS, says that Trump has displayed a toxic reaction to the traditional melting pot of American immigrants, urging them to speak English. “It is hard to learn another language when you have to grow up with one culture and to integrate quickly into another,” says Nguyen. Hysa thinks that Trump has a problem telling fact from fiction, and from not blurting out whatever offensive and outlandish idea pops into his head, because he’s just an entertainer. “He [had] a TV show,” Hysa says. “He’s a celebrity like Kanye West -- who would still be the better president.”
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The Sporting Life
Hockey Night in Boston
“OFTEN, THE ATMOSPHERE MORE RESEMBLED A BOXING MATCH THAN A HOCKEY GAME” BY JACKY HANG // STAFF WRITER On November 3, I got invited to the most exciting sports game that I least expected. It was hockey. Me and my friends were invited to go to the Bruins game at TD Garden. I’ve seen hockey games in movies and TV shows and I initially thought it was going to be predictable like many other sporting events --a large crowd cheers on their team and boos the opponent. However, I noticed some eyeopening moments during the contest. There was a time, for example, when a hockey player was reaching for the puck and seemed so determined on scoring until the opposing player knocked him to the ice, causing his head to become squished into the barrier glass. There were other instances when players got pushed really hard to the ice but quickly bounced up as if nothing had happened. Often, the atmosphere more resembled a boxing match than a hockey game. Though I enjoyed it, I was surprised how these hockey players would be so violent for something that was supposed to be so much fun. A TiP of the hat to the Boston Bruins Foundation for hosting our teens to a night of entertainment, including a game that ended in a 5-3 Bruins loss to the Dallas Stars.
“PLAYING ON ICE GAVE THE SPORT A CERTAIN MELODY AND RHYTHM” BY YVONNE A. DUNKLEY // STAFF WRITER Get it, get the ball. Did I really just say that? I mean puck! There was that kind of excitement electrically pacing through the crowd. The culture of the TD Garden spoke its own language that everyone, even someone new to the sport, could get. As I sat down in the crowded stadium, um, arena, I couldn’t help but notice that people were in their own kind of uniform. Not everyone wore a jersey, but many had familiar black-and-gold shirts for this event. There were mothers and fathers just hanging out with children, talking about everyday things. The environment was so genuine that anyone who could feel at home. I didn’t know a thing about ice hockey except that it was on ice. Still, I had my eyes glued to the game. I often didn’t understand where the ball, er, puck, was. But that didn’t stop me from engaging in something that was so original to me. Playing on ice gave the sport a certain melody and rhythm. It looked very pretty and peaceful. Until the players smashed each other into the side “walls” -- make that “boards.” Besides that, it was really beautiful and everyone should experience not just watching it on TV but being there in the moment. This article was prepared in collaboration with 826 Boston.
“AT THE COLLEGE GAME, THE VIBE IS CALMER THAN AT THE PRO LEVEL” BY MARIAM BAH // CONTRIBUTING WRITER After watching a college hockey game involving Boston University a couple of years ago and a professional hockey game with the Boston Bruins in November, I noticed a few differences between the two. At the college game, the vibe is calmer than at the pro level. They do not tolerate fighting, for example. And the crowd is less extreme. Many in the stands are not even paying attention. The news coverage is weaker, too. Professional hockey action is a lot more intense. The players seem very passionate about what they do. Sometimes it results in fights, but they have an entire city, state -- even nation -- counting on them. The spectators all were on the edge of their seats when the Bruins were close to scoring a goal. Plus, there was an abundance of media trying to capture the best moments of the contest. Overall, there’s a lot more excitement at the professional game. Even if it was your first time, as it was for me, you are keener on following along because everyone is synchronized and hoping for a win. If you ever have to choose between watching a college hockey game vs. a professional one, go for the pros. It’s worth it!

“WHETHER ON OR OFF THE ICE, THEY CONSIDER EACH OTHER FAMILY” BY JAMILLAT DOUMBIA // STAFF WRITER When the game first started, I was extremely confused and didn’t understand the concept. But then I began to figure out what was going on. One of my personal highlights: We had the pleasure of fist-bumping the Bruins players after they left the locker room, to show them support. The players fist-bumped one another, too. This told me that whether on or off the ice, they consider each other family. To protect members of their hockey family against the Dallas Stars, I counted at least three fights on the ice.
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  Soup Joumou (joo-moo), also known as Soup of Freedom, was once the province of white masters but was barred from the lips of the black slaves who cooked it. Now this symbolic dish is served to all year-round but especially on January 1 -- both New Year’s and the anniversary of the day in 1804 that Haiti became the world’s first independent black republic, after defeating the French. Here is a favorite recipe from saveur.com: Ingredients (to serve 6 to 8) • 2 cloves garlic • 2 scallions, sliced, plus more for garnish • 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped parsley • 1⁄2 tsp. dried thyme • 1 medium shallot, sliced • 1 scotch bonnet chile, stemmed and seeded • Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for serving • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 1 lb. beef chuck, cut into 1⁄2” pieces • 2 tbsp. olive oil • 8 cups beef stock • 2 carrots, cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 1 small leek, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces; rinsed • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 1⁄2 small green cabbage, cored and cut into 1 1⁄2” pieces • 1⁄2 small kabocha squash, cut into 1” pieces INSTRUCTIONS Puree garlic, scallions, parsley, thyme, shallots, chile, juice, salt and pepper, and 1⁄2 cup water in a blender until smooth; mix with beef in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove beef from marinade and dry with paper towels; set aside. Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook, turning as needed, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender, about 1 1⁄2 hours. Add carrots, celery, leeks, onion, potatoes, turnips, and cabbage; cook, slightly covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring squash and 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1⁄2 cup cooking liquid, and transfer squash and liquid to a blender; puree until smooth and set aside. When vegetables are tender, uncover, and stir in reserved squash puree; cook, stirring occasionally, until soup is slightly thick, 5–10 minutes more; season with salt and pepper and serve with scallions and lime wedges.
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