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Op-ed

“I Have No Excuse”: How Ignorance Breeds Hatred

At Issaquah High School in Washington, prom season was in full swing. The first goal was to ask someone to go with you, obviously enough, but having the funniest sign was just as important to many students. All was well until one girl, whose name will remain undisclosed, showed up with a sign bearing a blatantly racist joke. The sign was emblazoned with the multicolored words “if I was black I’d be picking cotton, but

Health

Why are Measles on the Rise Again?

Just this week, on Tuesday, May 7, a cruise ship carrying members of the Church of Scientology docked at the Caribbean island of Curaçao, and brought an outbreak of measles with them. Hundreds of passengers and crew members have been placed under quarantine on the ship while blood samples are currently being drawn to inspect the situation. It all started when on April 30, when a female crew member was formally diagnosed with the disease

Real Life

What It Feels Like To Be Plagiarized

Plagiarism is something that is widely performed by students around the world. It is simple to carry out, and is quite helpful to those that don’t get caught doing it. Many people tend to get higher grades and are commended by their classmates for not being apprehended. That made plagiarism sound really good didn’t it? Tempting? Amazing? Getting a better grade with no effort and no consequences? Well, the truth about it is much uglier

Real Life

Katie Bouman: The Woman Who Helped Capture The Black Hole

Women are making major advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, famously referred to as STEAM. Just this week, Katie Bouman, an MIT graduate and computer scientist, is being recognized as the face of the black hole project. For years scientists have theorized about black holes and their specific structure. Numerous sketches and diagrams were made based off of hypotheses of scientists around the world. Of course, more historical evidence from

Politics

Now That the Green New Deal is Out, What’s Next?

The environment is a hot topic today throughout the world, so much so that the public has began to show a great deal of interest. This push became especially strong by the end of 2018. This lead to February 7, the day congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing the 14th District New York, proposed a Green New Deal resolution for the legislative branch to consider. While the purpose of this bill was positive, other Democrats in Congress

Mental Health

School Cutoff Dates Affect ADHD Diagnosis

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, typically referred to as ADHD, is one of the most common learning disabilities. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 9.4% of children 2-17 years of age in America have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point. A new study published by The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that school cutoff dates may affect ADHD diagnosis. Grade cutoff dates in most states are on or around September 1, which

Real Life

Energy Drinks Are Bad for Us. Why Are We Still Drinking Them?

Energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement (besides multivitamins) consumed by teenagers and young adults. They deliver a rush of caffeine, often ranging from 80 mg to 200 mg per serving, which provides a surge of energy and increased mental performance. Oftentimes, energy drinks are taken to aid in late-night study sessions, drowsy driving and night shifts. Although they may be helpful in the short-term, they can have lasting negative impacts on overall health.

LGBT+

Dear Straight People: Stop Pinning Homophobia On “Closet Cases”

Dear straight friend reading this, if you consider yourself an ally, take a quick moment to yourself, and think: When was the last time you interpreted someone’s homophobic outburst as “a closet case” with a smug smile on your face? The last time you assumed a toxically masculine straight man using the f-slur was just “secretly gay” and “in denial,” completely content with yourself not only for being observant enough to scope it out, but

Mental Health

The 7 Most Unusual Phobias

Are you deeply afraid of spiders, heights, clowns, tight spaces, elevators, or snakes? If so, don’t be alarmed; these types of phobias (arachnophobia, acrophobia, coulrophobia, claustrophobia, elevatophobia, and ophidiophobia, respectively), along with many others, are fairly common. Phobias are excessive and persistent fears that tend to fall into one of three general categories: social phobias, agoraphobias (fears of situations or places in which one could become trapped, embarrassed, or helpless), or specific phobias. Approximately 18%

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