If you ask any politically aware person about the state of American politics today, they will likely characterize it with one word: polarization.
I’m proud to present the third edition of Happy Medium Magazine! It has now been over a year since we started Happy Medium, and we’ve come a long way due to the continuous support of the Binghamton University Student Association and the students, faculty, and staff.
This edition is special due to the six custom pieces of art created by our Resident Artist, Rhea Da Costa. Featured on the cover and throughout the issue, Rhea’s art ties in the narrative elements of each article to create beautiful visuals. See her work on pages 9, 13, 16, 17, 22, 25, and 28.
The editing team is very excited to share the content of this edition. The articles featured here showcase our team’s diverse skillset in political writing, including an interview with a student candidate, a profile on House Minority Leader and Binghamton alum Hakeem Jeffries, a Supreme Court case review, an analysis on the reelection of Chinese President Xi Jinping, an inquiry into the cause of polarization in America, and a first-hand investigation into racial tension in Trinidadian politics.
Editor in Chief, 2022-23
SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Moore v. Harper: Independent State Legislature Doctrine May Have Implications for Federal Election Processes
At stake? Democracy itself—a broad adoption of the ISL doctrine could result in rogue legislatures stripping previously-guaranteed voting rights protections from the state constitution with no ability for state courts to protect these rights.
How Chinese President Xi’s Reelection May Impact Taiwan and the US
Xi Jinping holds the three highest positions in the Chinese Communist Party, wielding more power than any of his predecessors, and he might be here to say.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Politics are Marked by a Racial and Cultural Divide—Here’s Why
Two large political parties in Trinidad and Tobago are largely separated by race—an outcome of centuries of European colonization.
Binghamton University Alum Hakeem Jeffries Becomes New House Minority Leader in Democratic Leadership Shakeup
With Jeffries becoming more prominent in American politics now than ever before, Happy Medium offers a profile of the congressman as a politician and as a Binghamton alum.
Student Candidate Chance Fiorisi Stakes His Claim for Binghamton City Council
BU undergraduate aims to knock on every door in the district with the goal of building a grassroots campaign.