TikTok Unfairly Targeted

by Ziv Golan ’26 The popular social media platform, TikTok, has been under fire recently. Government officials have accused the app, owned by Chinese company Byte Dance, as being spyware for the Chinese Communist Party. A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the RESTRICT Act, which allows the federal government to regulate and even ban foreign-produced technology, with the aim clearly … Read More

Desantis has Gone Wild

by Ziv Golan ’26 Recently, Ron Desantis, the Governor of Florida, and Disney have been in a heated back and forth after Disney publicly objected to the Desantis-backed so-called, “Don’t Say Gay Bill” last year. This bill would discourage teachers from discussing their sexual orientation in class. Desantis responded to Disney by attempting to effectively take over the Disney World … Read More

It’s Time to Repatriate Historical Artifacts

by Solaiman Hassanin ‘23 It’s no secret that many museums worldwide depend on artifacts from other places. For example, the British Museum in London boasts a collection of 8 million different artifacts from nearly all corners of the globe. Two of the museum’s main attractions, the world-famous Parthenon Sculptures and the Rosetta Stone, originate in Ancient Greece and Egypt respectively. … Read More

UMD’s Many Programs Divide Rather than Unify Students

by Alex Braun ‘23 Most college acceptance letters are very similar. They start out by congratulating you on being offered admission to the university, detail how you stood out among the tens of thousands of applications they received this year, and try to list some of their school’s opportunities to “sell” you on accepting their offer of admission. If you … Read More

Missed Chance To Shine a Spotlight on Sustainability

by Briana Sisler ‘24 Fashion Week is a week-long event taking place in the “Big Four” fashion capitals of New York, Milan, Paris, and London. Artists and companies show off their latest collections and lines to millions of people around the world, who watch in person or follow the trends after the fact, in hopes of selling them to collectors … Read More

How Netflix Destroys Its Own Shows

by Connor Pugh ‘24 Close viewers of their favorite Netflix shows may have noticed a recent trend of frequent cancellations of in-house original content after only one or two seasons, leaving the story unresolved or ending on an unsatisfying note. Netflix original shows like Inside Job and 1899 have been cancelled despite substantial audience and critic praise, leaving many fans … Read More

Should the Supreme Court Rule Against Affirmative Action?

The Supreme Court will likely decide to overturn the legal precedent for race-based college admissions in a lawsuit brought by an action group, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), against two high-profile universities: Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Affirmative action is defined as a policy that seeks to include particular groups, in this case racial groups, into an … Read More

How Cars Harm Olney’s Transportation and Business

by Connor Pugh ‘24 Olney has long been a popular spot for students attending Sherwood to relax and hang out with friends. The town is officially considered a satellite community, which means it is a smaller town adjacent to the core of the metropolitan area, namely Washington. However, satellite communities often have their own distinct cultural and historical identities that … Read More

Teens Need Different Messaging about Marijuana than ‘Just Say No’

by Maggie Reese ‘24 With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland beginning on July 1 for adults age 21 and older, it is more clear than ever that the use of marijuana has become nearly as accepted and normalized as drinking alcohol. It no longer makes sense or is realistic to continue thinking that marijuana should be grouped with … Read More

Social Media Should Hold Back on the Queerbaiting Accusations

by Genevieve Mayle ’23 A number of celebrities have been accused of “queerbaiting.” Most recently, Kit Connor, an 18-year-old star in Netflix’s show Heartstopper (a queer romance), was accused of queerbaiting for not declaring his sexual orientation while playing a queer character. The term “queerbaiting” has evolved over time, but now people should use the term more sparingly and with … Read More