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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...

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 humanity...

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...

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