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Liminality: Confessions of a Senior

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

March 19, 2020

As a senior, I am invariably asked a whole host of questions that I'd rather not answer: where are you going to college (maybe I should have applied ED?), what are you planning on studying (I don't think you can quadruple major), and what my summer plans are (do I really feel like planning ahead?). Still,...

A Prayer a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

A Prayer a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

February 29, 2020

The medical evidence is clear: experiments have illustrated a causal relationship between a diet heavy in vegetables and fruits and defense against diabetes, heart disease (the biggest killer in America), and even poor mental health conditions like depression, all of which reduce the quality of life...

Does Rush Limbaugh Deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

Does Rush Limbaugh Deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

February 13, 2020

Among the many notable guests that the president hosted at the last State of the Union address, one stands out above all others. That man is Rush Limbaugh, a conservative commentator whose recent lung cancer diagnosis has brought him into the spotlight yet again. Surely, I do not mean to suggest that...

Tesla Cybertruck – Tesla’s Latest Money Grab?

Tesla Cybertruck – Tesla’s Latest Money Grab?

By Aidan Pesce, Assistant Reporter

January 25, 2020

Many people are familiar with Tesla. Founded by the famous billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal and SpaceX, Tesla is well-known for its production of electric vehicles. Musk, who some describe as a real-life Tony Stark, is obsessed with bringing the future to us. Playing with self-landing rockets...

Why Banning Pornography Is Not The Right Solution

Why Banning Pornography Is Not The Right Solution

By Aidan Higgins, Editor

January 20, 2020

On December 6, 2019, Representatives Jim Banks, Mark Meadows, Vicky Hartzler, and Brian Babin submitted a letter to Attorney General William Barr, beseeching him to follow through with the Trump campaign's anti-pornography pledge, which they fear has long-since been forgotten by the current administration....

What I Wish I Had Known about College Admissions

What I Wish I Had Known about College Admissions

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

January 2, 2020

As a senior, I am thankfully finally (almost) done with the first semester, a period that has been my most difficult, stressful, and overwhelming in my high school chapter but arguably my most enriching and thought-provoking experience as of yet. Having been faced with looming deadlines, I was constantly...

When the Facts Don’t Agree With Your Opinions: Social Psychology and Sociobiology in Today’s World

When the Facts Don’t Agree With Your Opinions: Social Psychology and Sociobiology in Today’s World

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

December 25, 2019

In today’s digital era, social media makes it easier than ever to obtain a balanced news coverage, given that both liberal and conservative news sources are readily available at our fingertips. Nonetheless, the data illustrate that, rather than adopt more moderate opinions as a consequence of exposure...

We Need to Start Caring More about New Mothers

We Need to Start Caring More about New Mothers

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

November 22, 2019

Earlier this year, a Google employee released a memo titled "I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave and Here is Why," alleging that Google had been a hotbed of pregnancy discrimination [1]. Such internal criticism about motherhood bias in Silicon Valley is hardly new; it took until the complaint...

Opinion: Hong Kong Is Proof That We Need the 2nd Amendment Now More Than Ever

Opinion: Hong Kong Is Proof That We Need the 2nd Amendment Now More Than Ever

By Aidan Higgins, Assistant Editor

November 11, 2019

"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution for the United States, perhaps the document's most controversial and frequently discussed article, guarantees the Am...

Trump and the Threat of Impeachment: What Does the School Think?

Trump and the Threat of Impeachment: What Does the School Think?

By Justin Caulfield, Assistant Reporter

November 5, 2019

Following Speaker Pelosi's decision to launch impeachment hearings, the nation as a whole has been conflicted about President Trump's future given the possibility of his impeachment and removal from office, an issue that presents a potential political liability for both political parties. As I have found...

Education’s Struggle against Critical Thinking

Education’s Struggle against Critical Thinking

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 27, 2019

From the onset of our educational journeys, we fall victim to a paradox: on one hand, we are free to explore all possible answers to an open-ended question, as each provides a different insight. On the other hand, we often believe that there is but one right answer; when expressing a personal interpretation,...

Putting a Price on the Priceless

Putting a Price on the Priceless

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 19, 2019

When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico City, it had been a flourishing Aztec metropolis known as Tenochtitlán, an oasis situated on an artificial island in the Lago de Texcoco. Knowing the cultural value of this pinnacle of Aztec engineering, the conquistadors razed the city and abandoned the dikes...

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