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Why You Should Worry About Net Neutrality

Miranda Ramirez, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2017


Filed under #WhatsTrending, Editorial

Think of all the uses the internet has. It allows us to stay in contact with distant friends and family members through social media. It helps us study and research for various homework assignments. Now think of having to pay for all these uses and more. Well on Nov. 21, the Federal Communication Commi...

Blinding America From the Truth: The Horrendous Reality Behind the Slave Trade in Libya

Makayla Riley, Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, News

Recent footage by CNN shows Africans being sold in a small rural town of Libya. In the video, it shows the auctioneer yelling out prices up to $500 for each person. The atmosphere was outlandish and filled with malicious intentions met among the buyers in their hopes of owning a human being. Watchi...

To Kill a Mockingbird Banned

Ajla Nasic, Social Media Manager

November 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Literature, like other forms of expression, is often intended to provide commentary on life or provide insight to the ideals of others. Works of literary art like To Kill a Mockingbird serve as a record of history to a time where racism and bigotry and widely accepted and widespread in the United States. H...

Silenced by Guilt and Fear

Nathalie Sibal, Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial

In early October, The New Yorker and The New York Times published articles that contained several stories about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault or harassment towards actresses. These stories have inspired other victims to speak up about their experiences after years of keeping the...

U.S. and North Korea, World War III?

Makayla Riley, Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial

With the recent controversial election of President Trump and the appalling events surrounding his recent months in office, people are becoming more terrified at what will come next of the world. One, concerning the heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, has seen a lot of attention. ...

Speak American

Brenda Melara, Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Social media was filled with comments about a controversial video of a classroom in Cliffside Park High School, New Jersey the morning of October 12. The 26 second video is about an English teacher reprimanding three students for speaking Spanish and telling them to speak “American,” presumably mean...

Supreme Court Reviews Groundbreaking Civil Rights Case

Dennise Reynoso, Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Editorial

With the Supreme Court’s return to the bench Monday, Oct. 2, several topical issues that have received much trepidation in the past few months will finally be reviewed. One case that has been heavily debated is the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.   The case involves...

Female Empowerment in Saudi Arabia

Ajla Nasic, Social Media Manager

October 23, 2017


Filed under Editorial

After decades of withstanding oppression under the state of Saudi Arabia and years of advocacy for more rights, women in the country were finally granted the right to drive per a decree issued by the country’s prince on Sept. 24. While it was not officially illegal for women to drive, authorities ref...

Bill Wurtz Takes Online Creators by Storm

Jasmine Fernandez, Copy Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Editorial

With YouTube’s creative populace skyrocketing in recent years, it’s no surprise that audiences are unearthing hidden gems from the platform’s woodworks. Among these gems lies Bill Wurtz, the creator accredited with nearly 400 videos including history of japan and history of the entire world, i guess. Recently...

Betsy DeVos Rescinds Dear Colleague Letter

Dennise Reynoso, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Editorial

On Sept. 7, Secretary of State Betsy DeVos announced that the administration will make changes to current college campus policies concerning sexual assault and violence. DeVos explained that the “Dear Colleague Letter” put in place by former president Barack Obama, will be overturned due to appar...

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