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Mia Boccher

Mia Boccher
Environment

The World Is Dying And It’s Our Fault

The United Nations released a report last Monday, where the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that there is only 12 years left to maintain the global temperature at 1.5 Celsius. Even half of a degree can mean that the chance of droughts, floods, fires and extreme temperatures can affect the lives of people all over the world. For those who may not be environmentally knowledgeable, there is a distinct difference between global warming and

Politics

Nikki Haley’s Resignation is Important- Here’s Why

The announcement of Nikki Haley’s resignation seemed incredibly random. Officials within the White House were caught off-guard when reporters asked about the circumstances of her resignation, because they had no idea she was planning to resign.  In the Oval Office on Tuesday morning, President Trump and Nikki Haley discussed her leave casually and calmly, the two exchanging compliments. President Trump explained that she told him about six months ago that she may want to resign,

Politics

This Bill Could End the Opioid Crisis

With the discussion of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, all other political news has taken the backseat or slipped under the radar. Fortunately, there is some positive news. The Senate recently released a bipartisan legislation that has provisions on stopping illegal drugs from crossing the border, creating inclusive recovery centers, and discovering new ways to treat children who are affected by the opioid epidemic. The fact that the Senate went past party divisions and united to

Politics

How the Border Patrol Serial Killer Coverage Enforces the Wrong Stereotypes

ICE can’t seem to be out of the news for very long. An intelligence supervisor for Border Patrol has just been arrested for the murder of four women and the possible attempt of a fifth. Despite having a gun pulled on her and being grabbed, the fifth victim managed to escape the car and notify a state trooper on a suspicious man who allegedly killed one of her friends. Juan David Ortiz befriended all the

Real Life

Is Juuling an Epidemic Or A Phase?

Movie stars used to smoke cigarettes. On camera, illuminated by a cloud of smoke, celebrities promised that with smoking, one would achieve a charmed life and a popular way to pass time. Movies romanticized nicotine so much that the percentage of high schoolers smoking rose from 20% in 1985 to 25% a decade later.  Yet, after the groundbreaking discovery of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, the percentage of smokers dropped. The public no longer

Op-ed

Opinion: Should Pope Francis Resign for Helping Cover up Sexual Abuse?

Catholics are praying that the wave of sexual assault allegations are coming to an end after another startling allegation made headlines recently. Investigations on sexual abuse ranged from Philadelphia, to overseas where priests in Australia and Latin America were convicted of sexual abuse over the summer. As Pope Francis visited Ireland to talk directly to those who claim that they have been sexually assaulted by Catholic ministers, a shocking letter released to the public stated

Feminism

Mollie Tibbitts’ Murder Isn’t About Immigration, It’s About Misogyny

The disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts hit the news fairly quickly when she disappeared on July 18 for a jog in the town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Like all current events stories, with no leads, it died down. Until now, when her body was discovered under a few cornstalks in a town outside from Brooklyn. It’s hard in this country to not take it politically. Because the accused murderer is a man named Cristhian Bahena Rivera, and

Politics

Why Abolishing ICE Is a Legitimate Option

When you go onto the official website to view the history for U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, a short paragraph describes its creation in 2003, its separate offices and its annual amount given. It also provides opportunities to read news stories based on ICE agents’ recent arrests and various ways to contact the agency. Public safety should be taken seriously, and America is very much afraid of another 9/11, yet that fear has become unreasonable

Express Yourself

Destigmatizing Tarot and Wicca

A witch. A Satanist. When I talk about being Wiccan, people immediately assume those things about me. The word pagan is a worse word, invoking thoughts of blood and animal sacrifice. That’s because it’s what we have been led to believe that these religions practice, and unless you really research these religions, that is all you know of them. Until recently, I had no religious affiliation, and even when my mom’s friend read my tarot

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