A Nation of Fad Causes

by Isabel Paterson ‘12 Watching television during the past few years, it seems almost every channel is littered with environmental advertisements. Messages such as, “Going green is easy,” “If you save energy, you are saving our earth,” “Every person counts, make a difference in our environment,” are engraved into our brains. Not saying this is a completely bad thing; in … Read More

Don’t Have To Be Straight To Be a Scout

by Diana McDermott ‘13 “…The Boy Scouts of America does not accept homosexuals as members or as leaders, whether in volunteer or professional capacities,” states the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in their Position Statement on Homosexuality released in June 1991.  In a society in which television programs like “Glee” and “Modern Family” are so highly rated, it is surprising … Read More

CON: Prop. 19, Uncertain Benefits, Destructive Consequences

by Holland McCabe ‘11 Everyone agrees that marijuana is a hallucinogenic substance that impairs one’s judgment, and poses similar dangers to alcohol. But in these desperate times, some states are looking to equally desperate measures. California’s Proposition 19, which legalizes the growth, sale and use of marijuana, is just such an example of these measures. Supporters of Proposition 19 claim … Read More

PRO: It’s High Time To Legalize Marijuana

by Brad Matthews ‘11 In California, a new debate on marijuana is going on, raging like a forest fire. Proposition 19 is a referendum that proposes allowing anyone 21 and older to cultivate a small amount of marijuana and permit adult consumption in private so long as minors are not present. It also permits cities to regulate and tax sales. … Read More

Muslims Face Disturbing Discrimination

by Arjun Singh ‘12   On September 11, 2001, the terrorist group al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 innocent people in a series of coordinated suicide attacks. In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy, Americans rightfully were outraged. Although this anger could be seen as reasonable at that time due to the many casualties, now, nine years later, it still persists. However, … Read More

Abuse Glorified by Sex Appeal

by Ellen Kirkness ‘12 The chart topping single “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem, featuring Rihanna, has swept the country in a matter of weeks, yet it is no longer only the song which is taking breaths away. The music video, which premiered on MTV August 5, stars Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan living in an abusive relationship. Throughout … Read More

Speed Cameras Amount to No Good

by Rebecca Stussman ‘12 Yesterday, driving innocently home from a grueling day of school, I was almost rear-ended. Was I texting while driving? Was I speeding? Was I reading a book or even listening to the radio? No. I was slowing down to avoid getting my picture snapped by one of those delightful, picturesque speed cameras, which are now in … Read More

Even Congress Can’t Take Itself Seriously

by Hannah Stokes ‘11 It was an embarrassing day for both Congress and Stephen Colbert on September 30, when the television host showed up on Capitol Hill to give “expert testimony” on immigration. When the moment finally arrived for Colbert to address Congress, he couldn’t resist making jokes, which made light of an issue that deserves complete seriousness and detracted … Read More