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5 Autumn Traditions from Around the World

5 Autumn Traditions from Around the World

October 29, 2019

Halloween is just around the bend, and everyone is gearing up for a night of campy horror movies, over-the-top costumes of fan-favorite characters, and sweet treats that rot your teeth. Most Americans have been celebrating this holiday for as long as they can remember; it's simply a staple tradit...

Celebrating Ace Awareness Week

Celebrating Ace Awareness Week

October 21, 2019

Ace Awareness Week 2019 began yesterday, October 20th, and ends October 26th. This week, we celebrate asexual identities and educate ourselves and the people around us about asexuality and the "ace" spectrum. What is Asexuality? Asexuality is a very broad term that is most simply defined as the lac...

Home to Over 10% of the World’s Species is Burning; Here’s Why

Home to Over 10% of the World’s Species is Burning; Here’s Why

September 20, 2019

Why is the Amazon Rainforest Burning? Across the Amazon Rainforest, over 90,000 fires have burned. That’s over 60% more than last year, as specified by National Geographic But what is causing all of these fires? According to PBS, “The fires are mainly being set by ranchers and farmers seeking to clear land for cultivation.” Ranchers and farmers that live near the Amazon s...

#GenerationLockdown

#GenerationLockdown

May 3, 2019

A scenario that keeps playing over and over again like a scratched up DVD, is going to keep playing until someone puts an end to it. But what if you try to fix it temporarily and it only plays back on occasion? This is the solution that the U.S government and school systems came up with after so many scho...

Christchurch New Zealand Shootings

Christchurch New Zealand Shootings

March 29, 2019

As of March 15th of 2019, around the center of the peaceful town of Christchurch New Zealand, a gunman entered the Al Noor mosque and began opening fire on the panicking churchgoers. He continued the attack walking back to his vehicle and driving over to the Linwood mosque where a civilian disarmed him a...

Why We Cannot Cease Aggression Towards Syria

Why We Cannot Cease Aggression Towards Syria

March 25, 2019

The Syrian Civil war has been raging on for eight years, starting in March of 2011. President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad has been in office since 2000, and as much as I want to give him a break for attempting to rule a country in such turmoil, he has committed some undeniably evil and inhumane actions. ...

Trump Administration Launches Global Decriminalization of Homesexuality

Trump Administration Launches Global Decriminalization of Homesexuality

March 11, 2019

Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay man who works within the Trump Administration, takes lead on the effort which launched February 19 in Berlin. This effort will focus on places like Africa, the middle east and the Caribbean.  The U.S. Embassy is flying an LGBT activist from across Europe ...

Will the Future Be Female?

Will the Future Be Female?

February 22, 2019

As of Wednesday, February 20th, a record number of women have declared they will be running for President of the United States in 2020. These women are all members of the Democratic Party and are all either current Senators or House Representatives. While the simple number of women declaring they are...

Brexit: UK Leaving the EU

Brexit: UK Leaving the EU

February 13, 2019

What is the EU? The EU stands for European Union. The EU is a unified trade system and has 28 member countries. It allows for the free flow of goods and people.  The members of the EU are Austria, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Malta, Czechia, Netherlands,...

State of the Union: United or Divided?

State of the Union: United or Divided?

Jackson Heller, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019

The State of the Union Address is a long practiced, well-known tradition in American government, and this year it seemed to be a speech of healing and unification. I've never been in full agreeance with President Trump, considering the countless controversies that surround him, but I was pleasantly su...

R. Kelly: The Monster Behind the Music

R. Kelly: The Monster Behind the Music

January 22, 2019

When you hear the name R. Kelly, the thought of lively and catchy music may pop into your head. You may think of the R&B star that you used to listen to in your younger years. The amount of shock that hit when researching this man was horrifying; he is guilty of so many sickening things that fe...

Catholic Church in Crisis

Catholic Church in Crisis

September 26, 2018

The Catholic Church is a long-standing religious institution that has made an extraordinary impact around the globe in areas such as science, philosophy and moral doctrine. With more than one billion followers worldwide, the Church has a massive impact on the actions and beliefs of an enormous group...

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