Pro v Con: Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology becomes more common in daily life, the public and experts in the field have responded with mixed opinions on the benefits and costs of these technological curiosities. The rapidly growing field of AI development has some people fearing the possible consequences of self-teaching robots and others excited to see the innovations these machines could produce. … Read More

Aspiring Journalist Reflects On Dangers of Reporting

Conference attendees sit in the Newseum’s Fallen Journalists Memorial. Courtesy of Freedom Forum Institute. by Anika Mittu ’19  The truth came to student journalists from across America in the form of 2,232 names etched into glass and a wall of haunting headshots that towered far above our heads.  First, I noticed the demeanor of my fellow free spirits changed instantly. … Read More

Girls Avoiding Engineering

by Lauren Hesse ‘19  Of 24 students enrolled in aerospace engineering, 3 are female. Of 17 students enrolled in civil engineering, 2 are female. Of 39 students enrolled in digital electronics (a class focusing on electrical engineering), 8 are female. Yet, the ratio of females to males enrolled in other advanced STEM classes like AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry … Read More

Gun Violence Has Desensitized Our Generation

by Anjali Verma 20′  Some things should never be challenged. For example, freedom of speech, or the safety of children in schools, or of people in a house of worship, or young people dancing in a bar. The year 2018 has been filled with what seems like a never-ending cycle of shootings. In today’s politically charged climate, young people have … Read More

Why Have We Forgotten About Kavanaugh’s Confirmation?

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 After being nominated by President Trump on July 9, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on October 6 with a 50-48 vote. Despite the testimony of Christine Ford and the other women who came forward about Kavanaugh’s questionable past, he was accepted to one of the most influential positions in America and will be serving a … Read More

Hyperpartisanship Threatens Functional Government

by Lauren Hesse ‘19  The current political climate is one of hyperpartisanship and dissent. Upon examining  media coverage of current issues from sources with both left- and rightward slants, I have determined that the only commonality Democrats and Republicans appear to share is a belief that members of the other party are inherently wrong for holding their beliefs. No one seems … Read More

Nationalism Is A Dangerous Word

by Drew Scott ‘20 In October, President Donald Trump said something that confirmed what many of us already knew about him. He said, “A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much… We can’t have that. They have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist… … Read More

Better U.S. and Middle East Relations Needed

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19  For years the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the U.S.’s most important ally in the Middle East. However due to recent events, such as the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, diplomatic standoff with Qatar, kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister, and the ongoing involvement in the Yemen Civil War, the United States has … Read More

Trump’s Response To Pittsburgh Shooting Isn’t Enough

by Will Unger ‘19  The deadliest attack against Jews in America did not happen in some bygone age of bigotry. It happened on Saturday, October 27, 2018. That morning, during Shabbat services, a gunman entered the synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people.  In response, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, warning local residents to take shelter. Trump’s’ initial postings … Read More

Should High School Football Be Banned?

In February, California state legislators Kevin McCarty and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher proposed a bill to ban the sport of football before high school, with the ban later being changed to 12 years old and under. The bill was pulled before California lawmakers could vote on it in April. Should youth or even high school football be banned due to rising … Read More