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Real Life

Interview: Matt Hollis, Dedicated to Saving the Environment Through Company, Elytus

With brands like Starbucks taking initiative to decrease plastic use, many companies are finally making the transition to more environmentally friendly models; however, change can happen even in our own homes. Elytus is a company dedicated to helping brands like Whole Foods, Red Robin and Cinemark reduce their waste footprint and increase sustainability. I sat down with President Matt Hollis to get first-hand suggestions on how to do more for the environment. How’d you first

Real Life

America is Covertly Profiting From School Shootings

You would think that with every incident of gun violence, there would be a push for policy. Instead, there’s only been a growth in profiting. In the wake of so many school shootings, security companies and defense associations have thoroughly increased their revenue after a boom in the industry. Instead of the demand in gun reform increasing, there’s only been a demand in security mechanisms for schools. While implemented with good intentions, the problem with

Race

The Damage a White-Centric Education Has on Young People of Color

With it being Black History Month in the UK, it’s that time of year when schools pretend to care about black history for a week before returning to their ethnocentric education. It’s that ironic month where pupils sit in school assemblies where they watch videos about how a lack of representation in school subjects can affect pupils of color before going to their history lessons where they’ll learn about the Tudor period for the fifth time in their

Race

Why Every School Should Offer African American History Classes

Traditional history classes focus on what is considered the most significant American history- unfortunately, most “significant history” revolves around exclusively white figures. African American historical figures and issues are really only discussed during lessons on slavery and the civil rights movement, causing in-depth discussions about Black history to be a novelty.  This creates a very one- dimensional education. Without knowledge of cultures and history outside of white America, young people are growing up not only

Tech

ConnectHear: A Hope For The Deaf Community

ConnectHear is the vision of three young leaders and activists from Pakistan. They use the very thing that “intimidates” most people as a way to empower the hearing-impaired individuals and as a purpose to bridge the communication gap between the deaf community and the society and bring them together as one. Their soon-to-be-released tech gives the idea of using sign language interpretation services to spread awareness and bring forth initiatives that allow hearing-impaired individuals to

Race

There’s A Crisis In Black Education That We Need To Talk About

Contrary to popular belief, getting an education is not just about books and grades- students are also learning how to respectfully and actively take part in the life of this nation. Without the freedoms offered to us through the U.S. Constitution, many students would not be able to take part in this process of free and equal education, most especially black students. As we look across the country, the ability for black students to obtain

International

For Your Back-To-School List: Fairtrade Purchases And Ethics Education

Amidst end-of-summer insanity, it can be easy to lose ourselves in preparations for the year ahead. Between work and school, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done and accomplish what we had hoped. However busy autumn gets, we can’t lose sight of the things that are most important. Passion, love, family. The people in our lives, and the people that do things for us that we don’t ever see. Namely, third

International

Press Freedom is Going Downhill

On April 24, Reporters Without Borders published the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, an annual ranking that the NGO releases of different country’s relationships with media outlets. While this index is incredibly interesting, reading through it gets more and more sour as the years pass due to the amount of countries that fall under harsh censorship and abuse of journalists. The main issue with this year’s report, according to RSF’s analysis, is that leaders in many democratic countries

International

An Interview With Rachel Dodson: The Founder Of A Jewelry Company Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Cambodian Women

One look at Penh Lenh jewelry and you know it’s something special. But for some, it’s more than a collection of colorful, vibrant jewelry, it’s a life-saver. Penh Lenh is a jewelry brand dedicated to funding opportunities in education and the work field for at-risk Cambodian women. 100% of all sales are returned immediately to the organization and help improve the lives of the artisans women who create the pieces. Affinity sat down with the

Feminism

At Catholic Schools, Sex Ed Turns Into Shaming Young Girls

In my opinion, sex-ed is one of the most useful things which should be taught in school since kids reach puberty, and even earlier. But bad sexual education is worse than not receiving it at all; it indoctrinates young people with false, dangerous information that can have disastrous consequences. I had the misfortune of being taught sexual education in a workshop at the Catholic school I attended: it was two days filled with sexism, slut-shaming,

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