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There Needs to be More Action Regarding Reparations

In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a compelling piece titled “The Case of Reparations” that was published in the Atlantic. Intended to be an eye-opener to the necessity of compensating the descendants of slaves, Coates ignited a national fervor for advocating the potentiality of an economic system that aims towards redistributing wealth in the America. Recently, extended conversation on reparations has reached political platforms and has been promoted through social activism. Though mentioning the subject is a sign of initial support,

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New Zealand Beats America To Gun Reform Following Tragedy

New Zealand’s response to the mass shooting that claimed at least 50 lives is one that many Americans have petitioned, prayed and protested for. Within 72 hours following this tragedy, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that “ gun laws will change.” She confirmed that the gun reforms would be announced by March 25 — a mere ten days following the attack. What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented

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Hello, Madam President: Amy Klobuchar

Personal Background: Senator Amy Jean Klobuchar was born on May 26th 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota. Her father was a successful journalist, and her mother, an elementary school teacher. She is of both Slovene and Swiss descent. Klobuchar attended Yale University (Class of 1982: political science major) and proceeded to attain her law degree at the University of Chicago. Klobuchar published her first book, Uncovering the Dome, in 1986. She worked as a telecommunications attorney and

Mental Health

The Remnants Of The Parkland Shooting Continue To Affect Its Victims

The days following the Parkland Shooting are still vivid memories. I remember talking about it, seeing the videos of the incident on social media and having to ‘prepare’ for a similar situation that could occur. I remember feeling like this ‘what-if’ situation was becoming more of a reality, a burden faced by high school students across the nation and the families that had to deal with the pain left by it. Seventeen people lost their

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Hello, Mr President: Andrew Yang

Personal Background: If you don’t know who Andrew Yang is, don’t worry, you’re not alone in that; Yang is a new face for mainstream politics. Yang is running under the democratic party for a bid in the 2020 election. He has quickly gained a lot of ground and became a major contender for the Democrat candidate in an already crowded field. Yang is one of many Democrats who, like Bernie, call themselves “Democratic Socialist.” He

Mental Health

OCD Is Still Stigmatized For A Reason

“My O.C.D. is so bad, I’ll straighten the picture frames on the wall.” “My O.C.D. is so bad, sometimes I don’t want to be around my parents because I’m afraid I’ll try to murder them.” We, as the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D.) community, are familiar with the misinterpretation surrounding the condition. To many, it simply represents the need to have things organized and tied up in pretty ribbons. The predominance of people associate the illness with

Op-ed

Is It Too Late To Scapegoat & Regulate Social Media?

Should we forgive those who run us through history if they seem out of touch with the political correctness of technology?  Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who the BBC published a story on in early February, and whose claims that ‘social media is ruining politics,’ has opened the door to a new debate on how much of the political world we once knew has shape-shifted. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a picture is painted

Op-ed

Governance In The Age Of Social Media

Social media, by the popular press, is always seen as a harbinger for chaos, a ‘media source’ that blurs the line between opinion piece and fact that spreads rumors faster than light and allows fantasy to take flight on butterfly wings that allow little room for facts. But is that really all it is? And how is governance tied into a platform used by adolescents to share pictures that no one really cares about to

Real Life

Powerful Youth: Jaden Smith is Helping Flint Michigan

Twenty-year-old Jaden Smith is working with a church in Flint, Michigan after the soon to be five year anniversary of when the water crisis began in the Michigan town. Jaden and his father Will founded, with Drew Fitzgerald, JUST WATER, after Jaden was upset by pollution in the ocean. The father and son duo wanted to find a solution to the plastic and pollution that affects the environment so the pair created the water company.

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Op-Ed: Senator Klobuchar is a Bad Boss, But You Only Care Because You’re Sexist

The New York Times ran an article on Minnesota Senator Amy Klobucher on Friday, depicting the treatment over her an aide that misplaced her fork. The senator, once told she had no fork, scolded the aide, used a comb she had on her person, and once finished with her salad, made the aide clean it. The article punctuated other incidences involving Senator Klobucher, such as her throwing objects such as binders at her aides, and

Real Life

College Homelessness, Hunger and Lack of Healthcare are Epidemics

For students battling the ever-increasing costs of college tuition, many are forced to choose between higher education, and their physical wellbeing. It’s alarming that a growing number of students are opting for the less obvious choice, school, over livelihood. Almost as alarming as the fact that, on a systemic level, virtually nothing is being done to combat this. Too often college students have become the subject of jokes, usually for the way they have to

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5 Ways to Keep Your Smartphone Data Safe and Secure

Phones have become an integral part of our lives and thus they hold almost every detail of your life that you can imagine. It is important for you to constantly be aware of what you’re storing on it, how that’s being used, and how you’re protecting that data. Here are 5 ways you may have overlooked: 1.) Security settings Your phone has some general security settings and every application on it has its own privacy

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National Emergencies That The Government Should Actually Be Focusing On

On February 15, President Trump declared a national emergency on the border with Mexico to access the $5.7 billion that Congress refused to give him for his promised southwestern border wall. The declaration resulted from a two-month long government shutdown that was essentially the accumulation of the President’s temper tantrum over not getting exactly what he wanted. The thing is, there are far worse emergencies in the U.S. than border control at the southern border.

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The Young People and the Climate

Climate change has grasped the attention of many, especially because of the outburst the younger generation. This issue was largely taken up after Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg began missing school every Friday to protest her government’s lax stance on climate change. Thunberg’s popularity exploded and her tactics were adopted by other European school children who also began protesting their government’s non-committal stance on climate change. American teenager Alexandria Villasenor was inspired by Thunberg and has

Real Life

Savant Syndrome: A Prodigious Condition

If you’ve seen the television show The Good Doctor, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Shaun Murphy, the young resident and medical genius. His uncanny ability to visualize the inner workings of the body is unique to an uncommon condition known as savant syndrome. Savant syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which a person with a mental disability possesses an extraordinary artistic, musical, visual-spacial, calculation, or calendar-calculation skill. This exceptional condition often becomes apparent at

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Remembering the Ladies Over 200 Years Later

President Trump’s State of the Union address touched on many issues, and resolved for a better relationship within the political parties in the government. Trump even spoke of the largest female body serving in Congress, which drew appreciation from...

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