Conservatives Expand Efforts To Ban Books in Schools

by Daisia Smith ‘22 Many students can attest that fictional books helped them as children and young adults learn things about themselves and their world that they never had the personal experience to understand on their own. However, efforts to censor what students may access and read has intensified in recent months. Across the country, parents and even some school … Read More

Zoom’s Popularity Persists, Even If Less Dramatically

by Nicholas Schade ‘23 Up until a recent spike in Covid-19 cases from the Omicron Variant, Zoom’s stock value had been steadily decreasing for several months. On August 31, its stock value dropped 17 percent, or around $60, and is down around 44.5 percent overall this year. While these lowered stocks could hint at a blip in Zoom’s buildup, expect … Read More

Reparations Proposals Could Lead To Restorative Justice

By Apurva Mahajan ‘22 For the past 32 years in Congress, an existing bill has called for reparations for slavery but has never gotten a floor vote. Bill H.R.40 would establish a commission to examine slavery and racial discrimination from 1619 to the present and recommend possible remedies. This past April, Democratic lawmakers called for a vote on H.R.40 and … Read More

Black Men Imprisoned Wrongfully

By Tatiana Rodriguez ‘23 Racial profiling is the assumption that someone has committed or may commit a crime based on their skin color, and such biases sometimes leads to the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of black men due to the stereotype and the racism they face. According to the Innocence Project, an organization to put an end on wrongful convictions, … Read More

College Students Are Sharing Rooms with Black Mold

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 Black mold can be easily detected with its musty and earthy smell along with its black spores that can appear on everything from walls to shoes. For the mold to thrive all that is necessary is moisture and a nice dark place. Many college campuses have had infrastructure issues like crumbling walls, mold, infestations, and flooding … Read More

Ji-Young Moves into the Sesame Street Neighborhood

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 Ji-Young, the newest Sesame Street neighbor, debuted on November 25, making history on the franchise. The seven-year-old Korean-American appeared first on HBO Max’s See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special, becoming the first Asian-American muppet. “Coming Together” is a multi-year initiative formed to address the ways to speak to children about ethnicity, race, and culture. … Read More

US Auctions Off Oil and Gas Leases

by Naomi Bang ‘23 Just days after the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the Biden administration oversaw one of the largest oil and gas lease sales in the United States. The federal auction generated over $190 million and offered up to 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to be used for oil and gas drilling leases. … Read More

The American Tradition of Tearing Down Statues

by Matthew Kauffman ‘23 The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, was removed via crane on September 8 after a drawn-out controversy muddled by protests and lawsuits. Stonewall Jackson was also torn down, and Jefferson Davis was vandalized with graffiti and toppled. Former Vice President John C. Calhoun, who owned about 80 slaves, was removed from … Read More

Fans Trampled To Death in Human Stampede at Astroworld

by Selene Ashewood ‘22 and Rachel Klein ‘22 Famous rapper Travis Scott faces legal and media backlash after at least 10 deaths, including that of nine year old Ezra Blount, occurred at his concert on November 5–the first day of Astroworld Festival in Houston. Tight spaces and often-encouraged rowdiness of the crowd created conditions which injured some of the 50,000+ … Read More