Op-ed

Trump’s 2020 Kickoff Celebration of Exaggerations and Lies

It’s a surprise to nobody that Incumbent President Donald Trump is running for reelection in the 2020 presidential election. Surrounded by a large pack of his rabid and loyal base in a giant Florida stadium, he declared to the world that he was far from being done in the White House. Spewing rhetoric that he’s been pushing since his first day in office, he played the crowd perfectly. This was Trump’s big party for him

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Joe Biden

Personal Background: Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20th, 1942. Biden was born to Catherine Biden, and Joe Biden Sr, an oil salesman and later, a used car salesman. Biden grew up in the middle class for most of his early life, double majoring in history and political science at the University of Delaware, and earning his BA. Biden continued on into law school at the Syracuse University College of Law. After

Politics

The Democrats are Coming! An Analysis of the Des Moines Poll

The Des Moines Register, Mediacom, and CNN Iowa Report released a poll that ranked the masses of Democratic hopefuls in terms of public likeability and the possibility of them being Democratic presidential candidates. The poll was ran by Ann Selzer and was conducted in the first few days in June by 600 Iowa Democrats likely to vote in the 2020 caucus. The most popular is Joe Biden. He has received 24 percent from likely Iowa

Real Life

How Her Relationship With a Virtual College Advisor Led Vanessa Toro to Emory University

The college application and decision process can be difficult and confusing, especially without guidance, which is why CollegePoint emphasizes the importance of a student and advisor relationship. One such duo, Vanessa Toro and Natural Baptiste, are an instance of a perfect match. Vanessa and Natural were paired when Vanessa was a high school junior in Land O’ Lakes, Florida and Natural was a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Vanessa first heard

Op-ed

Your Reckless Driving Affects Others

No 15-year-old wants to hear about car accidents first thing in the morning, but there I sat, listening to my elderly driver’s ed teacher drone on about fatal incidents involving telephone poles and semi-trucks at 10 in the morning. By the time he started the precautionary safety film, the entire class’s eyelids were beginning to shut. But half-way through the film, after seeing traumatic images and violent collisions, none of us wanted to get behind

Tech

The Dangers of Deepfakes– When Videos No Longer Represent Reality

In this era of misinformation, we have grown accustomed to maintaining a sense of skepticism while reading article headlines, being careful not to fall for “fake news.” But with the continuing advancements in artificial intelligence technology, it has become increasingly apparent that we now must also be wary of fake videos, or deepfakes. Credit: BuzzFeedVideo Deepfakes are manufactured or altered videos that make people appear to do or say something that they never did. Examples

Real Life

How CollegePoint is Changing the College Admissions Game for High-achieving, Low Income Students

No sooner had I pressed the call button, than Oge’s brilliant smile lit up my screen. She radiated confidence and bliss, and I found myself grinning right alongside her as she detailed her summer agenda. As a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary (WM), Ogechukwu Okali is already knee-deep in lab research investigating social trends, including everything from implicit bias in in-group and out-group members to the consistency and severity of school-assigned

Op-ed

The Uncanny Idiosyncratic Behavior of the Media: The Toxic Vice Doctrine

In a world so PC, so misbehaved and so unpredictable, a world where comedians and reality TV stars become world leader and mothers don’t believe in vaccinating their children, I find that we have arrived at the front door of the beloved quirky Vice media and have had the welcome rug pulled from under our feet. Vice media, in the beginning, was unique, bold and a refreshing concept. It had a bite and it was

Op-ed

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was Really, Really Bad at her Job

“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job … to be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interview last December. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Thursday she announced that she would be leaving her White House post

Feminism

Jean Purdy: The Forgotten Female Pioneer Snubbed Of IVF Breakthrough

In 1978, the late British nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy, along with physiologist Robert Edwards and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, became the first in the world to achieve in vitro fertilization, an artificial procedure where a sperm makes contact with an egg, outside the womb. This first successful attempt at IVF lead to the birth of Louise Brown, the first human to ever be conceived by artificial reproduction. Being the first person to recognize and describe

LGBT+

It’s Pride Month, And Corporations Are Looking To Profit Off Of It

The words “life, healing, sunlight, nature, peace, harmony, spirit” have been plastered on Listerine bottles that are decorated with the original LGBTQ+ flag, alongside the phrase “Care with Pride” as the marketing campaign by the company for the month of pride. Though perhaps perceived as an approach to distributing support to the queer community by hetero/cis individuals, Listerine is merely evident of the annual LGBTQ+ capitalistic effort my corporations to profit off of queer peoples

LGBT+

Here’s Why Straight Pride is Discriminatory

One single recent Facebook post about a planned “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston has caused massive internet backlash and spawned many arguments. Posted just in time for the beginning of June, which is LGBT+ Pride Month, the proposal is clearly a deliberate slap in the face to the LGBT+ community and its allies. Amid allegations that parade planners are linked to racist and anti-Semitic organizations, it’s important to take a look at the bigger picture.

Politics

Why Modi’s Return to Power in India could Spell Further Misery for Queer Citizens

On the 23rd of May 2019, Narendra Modi’s BJP led NDA government returned to power. This has grave implications for the LGBTQ+ community in India. With its divisive policies and support base composed primarily of the orthodox Hindus, its consideration of queer people within India has been greatly lacking. When we talk about queer people in India, the conversation remains incomplete without discussing the decriminalisation of section 377– a part of the Indian penal code

Feminism

Jean Purdy: The Forgotten Female Pioneer Snubbed Of IVF Breakthrough

In 1978, the late British nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy, along with physiologist Robert Edwards and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, became the first in the world to achieve in vitro fertilization, an artificial procedure where a sperm makes contact with an egg, outside the womb. This first successful attempt at IVF lead to the birth of Louise Brown, the first human to ever be conceived by artificial reproduction. Being the first person to recognize and describe

Op-ed

Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alleged Hypocrisy Outweigh His Contribution To The Civil Rights Movement?

Despite Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against discrimination in the 1960s, a current report stated that a secret FBI recording depicted the civil rights activist having an affair with 40 women and watching a pastor sexually assaulting another. Meant to be opened in 2027, the tapes were disclosed—holding recordings from King’s hotel rooms in the 1960s. The bugs were situated in the rooms because King’s aide, Stanley Levison, was accused of being a Communist. According

Op-ed

Why Alabama Public Television’s Refusal to Air an Episode of Arthur Harms LGBTQ+ Children

The LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous advancements in the 21st century — from global pride parades to laws intended to eliminate discrimination against identifying members to incorporation in mass media. Even television conglomerate Disney introduced its first-ever storyline with an openly-gay character in 2017 on the series Andi Mack. As recognition of the LGBTQ+ community progresses, some have responded with inhibitory controversy and discontent, especially with reference to the exposure it imposes on children. Amid

Op-ed

US Army’s Tweet Reveals the Horrifying Reality of Military Service

This Memorial Day weekend the US Army issued a tweet asking followers, “How has serving impacted you?.” What followed was thousands of replies from service members and their friends and family, many detailing stories of PTSD, suicide, substance abuse, disabilities and sexual assault. My children's father used his military leave to periodically return to town to try to kill me and cause other havoc. He was never held accountable. One time he took our son

Politics

LGBT+

Mental Health

Feminism

Making Abortion Free Works: The Netherlands

Abortion is an issue at the forefront of American debate. The two prevailing arguments being pro-life and pro-choice, with pro-life supporters believing that a woman should never be able to have an abortion– even in the circumstances of rape,...

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