History of the Controversy Surrounding the Electoral College

Will Unger ’19 In the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election, there’s been a lot of buzz around the Electoral College. Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump received more electoral votes, and became America’s 45th president. To understand why this can occur, and why the Electoral College has always been a subject of debate, you must first … Read More

Smollett Worries Minorities From the Precedent Set

by Jonah Sachs ’20 On February 20, actor Justin “Jussie” Smollett, a gay, black Chicago resident was convicted of staging a hate crime against himself outside of his apartment nearly a month prior. Meticulously orchestrated, Smollett single-handedly soiled the credibility of minority citizens everywhere. In a “boy who cried wolf” scenario, many abused minorities are fearful for the future and … Read More

Refugee Crisis Consists of Individual Stories

by Hena Hussain ’20            With a growing number of global conflicts, many throughout the world have been displaced from their homes and lives. Many of these refugees choose to seek asylum in the United States, at a time when the Trump administration is restricting immigration. While Americans are familiar with the broad idea of the refugee crisis, many are not … Read More

China’s Aggressive Rise to Power

by Nick Hermosilla ’19  U.S. relations with China have been a high profile topic since early 2018, when the Trump administration imposed various sanctions on products from China. But the more important news regarding China has been its repressive policies towards its own people and its malignant influence exerted both in the U.S. and rest of the world.  In 2018, … Read More

Hope for Restoring Democracy in Venezuela

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19 On January 23, the United States became the first of 23 countries to recognize Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela. This came after Guaido, head of the National Assembly, was declared interim president after the Venezuelan legislature invoked their constitution, which claims that if there is no current president, the head of the National Assembly … Read More

Newseum In Need of a New Home

by Katherine Sperduto ’19 Washington D.C. houses important buildings such as the White House and Supreme Court, significant monuments, and world-renowned museums. However, the Newseum soon will no longer have a place in the nation’s capital. The Newseum promotes the First Amendment freedom of speech and press while tracing the evolution of communication. It hosts many interactive exhibits where visitors … Read More

Proposed Bill to Block Trump’s National Emergency

by Brenna Henderson ’21 In February, a bill that would block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border was introduced into the House of Representatives by Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro. Ocasio-Cortez and Castro introduced the bill because they thought Trump was abusing his power as president. “President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority … Read More

Division in Government is Destroying American Politics

by Adam Pfeiffer ’20  In wake of the recent government shutdown, and another potential shutdown looming, many Americans, including myself, have felt frustration towards both President Trump and his Democratic opposition in the House and Senate.  Members of Congress and other political leaders seem to not care about serving the American people and improving  our nation. Instead, they simply are … Read More

21 Savage’s ICE Arrest Spurs Twitter Conversation

by Anjali Verma ’20  Immigration policies have been in the news for years but many teens became more aware of these situations when popular rapper 21 Savage was arrested in late January by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE stated that he was in this country illegally and claims that he is eligible for deportation. 21 Savage’s legal defense team … Read More

Meaning of Socialism Shifts for Young American People

by Julia Robins ’20  As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “there is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” For all who benefit, capitalism also has resulted in economic disparities in which a privileged few are extremely wealthy and many more suffer in poverty. According to a report from the Federal Reserve, 36.8 percent of wealth in this … Read More