Hong Kong Protests Are Inspiring Message About Democracy

by Apurva Mahajan ‘22 In February of this year, Hong Kong proposed and passed an extradition bill, otherwise known as the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Bill, which would allow the government to consider sending a criminal suspect from another country back to Hong Kong to face a trial there, even if there wasn’t an … Read More

Positive News to Make You Smile

by Julia Robins ’20 I remember turning on the television on August 4th and seeing the news of the Dayton and El Paso shootings. I wish sincerely that when I turn on the television, I would see good news rather than stressful and depressing stories of war, terrorism, politics, pollution, drugs, and inequality. According to the Journal of Broadcasting & … Read More

Study Finds Publicized Police Brutality Affects Mental Health

by Martholdy Pierre-Canel ‘21 A highly circulated video on social media shows an incident that occurred on August 27 in which an 11-year-old, black female student at Mesa View Middle School is pinned to the ground. Officer Zachary Christensen of the Farmington Police Department in New Mexico slams the student against a window, then onto the ground as the student … Read More

After Horrible Weekend in August, Maybe Things Will Be Different

by Apurva Mahajan ‘22 After the El Paso and Dayton shootings that happened back-to-back in early August, many Americans waited to see how the government would respond to the public’s anger. The response from the White House and the Republican-controlled Senate has been disappointing to those who want to see changes to the nation’s gun laws. However, public support for … Read More

Greta Thunberg: Champion of the Climate Crisis

by Kara Thompson ’20 Generation Z has been the generation of change. From the Parkland students who organized March for Our Lives to student protesters at the March for Science, young people around the globe have been actively involved in fighting for their rights. As of late, many have been fighting for their futures. Greta Thunberg has become by far … Read More

Trump’s Withdrawal of Troops Betrays Kurdish Allies

by Sudha Sudhaker ’21 On October 6, 2019, President Trump withdrew 1,000 American troops from Northern Syria without any warning to America’s Kurdish allies. After Trump’s administration announced that United States troops would leave the border area, Turkey launched a military offensive into northeastern Syria. Trump defended his decision as an attempt to fulfill a campaign promise to end U.S. … Read More

Up In Smoke

by Joseph Oscilowski ‘22 Over the past few months, an alarming number of illnesses and even deaths have been linked to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Association (FDA) currently believe the cause to this illness is synthetic THC, but continue to investigate why people are getting sick. The U.S. government has … Read More

MCPS May Add LGBTQ and Disability Civil Rights to Curriculum

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 Maryland school officials are considering adding the fight for civil rights of LGBTQ and disabled people to the curriculum, and not just in social studies. First reported in the Washington Post, officials plan to focus on the histories of both of these groups, including events such as the 1969 Stonewall riots, the landmark 1990 Americans with … Read More

Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Revealed in NY Times Book

by Sudha Sudhaker ’21 In a forthcoming book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” by The New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly  investigate Brett Kavanaugh’s past to determine whether or not the accusations of sexual assault and harrasment against him are credible. Pogrebin and Kelly spend a significant time further investigating Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations, as … Read More

The Amazon Continues to Burn . . . Who Knew?

by Jonah Sachs ’20 The flames engulf hundreds of thousands of organisms every day, leaving three-toed sloths and armadillos to attempt their brave escapes. To no avail, though, as these animals don’t stand a chance against the unstoppable fire power of the Amazon’s newfound dry heat. Plant species continue to die out, faster than the media can say “SharpieGate,” yet … Read More