Mass Shootings Increase Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

by Avery Prudenti ‘22 As the pandemic continues, a widespread misconception persists that mass shooting numbers have decreased because of the quarantine precautions put in place. However, this is not true. Since just April 16, 2021, there have been an astounding 147 mass shootings in the United States. The Gun Violence Archive defines mass shootings as when four or more … Read More

Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Could Revolutionize Amtrak

by Reade Fenner ‘22 President Joe Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, on March 31, that could transform U.S. transportation, specifically America’s passenger railroad service, Amtrak. Biden’s bipartisan proposal, also called the American Jobs Plan, includes efforts to repair roads, buildings, expand broadband internet access across the nation, upgrade schools, improve power lines, and shift towards cleaner energy usage … Read More

Maryland Passes Historic Police Reforms

By Lauren Hill ‘22 In April, Maryland lawmakers voted to pass a package of sweeping reform bills that are aimed to increase accountability for police officers and restore public trust in the police force. These reforms have put Maryland at the forefront of a national debate about what should be done to prevent police brutality and the use of excessive … Read More

Change-makers and News-shakers: Nemonte Nenquimo

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth despite its small size, containing the lush Amazon Rainforest and the rich indigenous culture of countless tribes. The Waorani people are traditionally hunter-gatherers living in smaller clan-like groups. In 1958, American missionaries made contact with this tribe that numbers around 5,000 people today. Since the 1960s, … Read More

Japan’s Infection Spike and Slow Vaccine Rollout Put Summer Olympics in Jeopardy

by Naomi Bang ‘23 With less than three months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan enters a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. Last week, the country hit over 7,000 infections which is the highest daily level in over three months. Increasing cases add to worry about Japan’s slow vaccine rollout and over-burdened medical systems.  Locals are especially concerned about holding … Read More

Birth Rate Declines as U.S. Government Policy Fails To Support Childcare

by Jay Joseph ‘22 The United States has joined countries across Europe and Asia in a severe pandemic baby bust. Over 24 states reported a seven-percent decline in births last December. Based on birth rates from the Great Recession and the Spanish Flu (in which no major recession occurred), the Brookings Institution estimates that there will be 300,000 fewer births … Read More

Congressional Democrats Debate New Minimum Wage

by Lauren Hill ‘22 At the end of February, the Senate parliamentarian ruled against raising minimum wage through a Covid relief bill. This ruling was a major setback for President Joe Biden, and other congressional Democrats who have been pushing to fast-track a minimum wage increase and avoid objection from republicans. However, top Democrats have vowed to continue the fight … Read More

How Travel Has Changed From The Pandemic

by Ella Casey ‘21 Quarantining for over a year during the coronavirus pandemic has brought untold changes to modern society, among which was a devastating drop in the travelling. Nations largely dependent on tourism for their economy had to adapt to this lack and build up their economics under new industries. The general population, too, adapted in finding new ways … Read More