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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...

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

1. Experiment with different methods of studying There is a stark difference in the workload of a middle-schooler and that of a Xavier student. If a Xavier freshman wishes to succeed academically, he must compensate for this difference and learn how to maximize the effectiveness of his studying. Personal...

The Egg

The Egg

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the reader reads The Egg prior to reading this article. “Treat others as you would treat them if they were you…for they very well may be.” In essence, this is Andy Weir’s The Egg, a short story that offers an unorthodox explanation of the nature of humani...

Challenging the Culture of Biomedicine

Challenging the Culture of Biomedicine

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2019

In an attempt to simplify difficult issues, we love to identify an easy fix. If a community has high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the assembly of public health workers and physicians looks to better sexual education. However, such an approach is extremely short-sighted. To challenge...

How Charles Darwin Revolutionized the World

How Charles Darwin Revolutionized the World

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2019

For millennia, farmers had channeled artificial selection to produce more docile dogs and more fleshy cows. So why did it take until Darwin's key words, "I think," before biology would be changed forever? Charles Darwin's landmark work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or th...

From Endosymbiosis to Horizontal Gene Transfer: Has Scientific Research Uprooted Darwin’s Tree?

From Endosymbiosis to Horizontal Gene Transfer: Has Scientific Research Uprooted Darwin’s Tree?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

September 15, 2019

Famous for popularizing the once disregarded endosymbiosis theory, biologist Lynn Margulis was the ultimate iconoclast. Although Dr. Margulis began her career researching the uncontroversial Eugena gracilis, she had gravitated to the intersection between genetics and evolutionary biology. As she t...

The Joy of Playoff Hockey

The Joy of Playoff Hockey

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

May 1, 2019

Although I am a major fan of hockey and it is my favorite sport, before a month ago, I had never been to an NHL game. This was for a couple of reasons. One, I didn’t get into hockey until a couple of years ago, thanks to watching Uconn Hockey, and two, I follow the Pittsburg Penguins. I know that sounds...

Sustainability: Necessary and Feasible

Sustainability: Necessary and Feasible

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

April 27, 2019

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as its indigenous people call it, is enshrined in American memory as the location of nine-hundred moai (stone statues resembling human figures). In the anthropological and environmental science community, it is the story of a fierce debate over the downfall of a complex civilization...

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