Month: January 2020

The State of the Coronavirus

Lily McLean, journalist and social director

At a time when the vast majority of people generally partake in celebrations for the Lunar New Year, China is unusually grim. The new strain of coronavirus first originated in the city of Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province. This was in late December and early January but as of Wednesday, the virus has spread to fifteen countries, including the United States. 

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Hong Kong’s disruptive anarchy

Julian-Alexandre W., journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team.

Since the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders Amendment Bill, outrage has spread among many Hong Kong civilians. This bill supports the enactment of extradition – anyone who commits a severe crime in Hong Kong will fall into the hands of mainland Chinese jurisdiction. Because of this newfound bill, a once civilized and law-abiding Hong Kong has become divided, belligerent, and angry. The cry for democracy and human rights have driven the youth to mass protests throughout Hong Kong island. These ongoing demonstrations have proven to be dangerous for both the protestors and the police. Angry crowds turn into mobs, taking their voices to a new level by overturning cars, burning garbage, smashing storefront windows, and littering bricks to blockade busy streets. In retaliation, the police are violent as well by carelessly dropping tear gas and utilizing pepper spray. The mad chaos often turns the police force’s fears into executing unintentional shootings of young demonstrators.

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Letters About Literature

Brennan-Pierson W., journalist

Dear Ralph Ellison,

I have always had the belief that books are more than just interesting stories written to pass time. Books carved impressions and opened gateways to different places and times for me. Books have engulfed me in worlds of both joy and tragedy making me bubble with happiness or sigh in sorrow. Books have enabled me to escape my protected world to explore other dimensions. With each journey, my mind broadened and my feelings confided.

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The Thunberg Effect: Social Media in her Fight Against Climate Change

Alexa W., journalist

IMPORTANT: As many of you know, Australia is currently suffering from bushfires that are bring about mass destruction.  If you would like to donate, but do not know how I have provided a link to an article with information on the crisis and how to donate.

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From the Big Screen to the Phone Screen: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Efforts to Bring About Change

Alexa W., journalist

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5343725bt) Leonardo DiCaprio during the show Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th anniversary celebration, Los Angeles, America – 05 Nov 2015

Social media acts as a powerful force in spreading awareness to issues and events as they occur in the world.  Over the years, celebrities have begun to utilize their growing influence to help further raise attention to such information.  Leonardo DiCaprio is one star in particular who has utilized his voice to raise awareness about climate change in the world and its consequences. 

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Student Guide to College Admissions

Emma D., journalist

What are some of your top goals in life? Many of you are probably saying that getting into college is one of them. However, getting into college is more than just filling out and sending in applications. Below, I have compiled a list of five things you can do throughout high school to give yourself a great chance of pursuing higher education at the colleges you love.

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What it takes to be a great online teacher

Gryffin T., journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team. 

The job of any great teacher is to see their students reach superior academic achievement. Online teachers and advisors must go the extra mile to communicate effectively with students in cyberspace. It is not so easy to connect individually through distance learning, but it is essential to the teacher-student relationship.

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The crisis in Australia

Nyma E., journalist

The recent and ongoing bushfires in Australia have devastated many. There has been extensive damage to property, and the biodiversity of Australia is also being threatened. Many aspects of these bushfires are very different when compared to other recent wildfires. This makes them all the more unpredictable. 

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The Peloton ad, a dystopian fairytale

Brennan-Pierson W., journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team. 

Recently, a seemingly innocent advertisement by the exercise machine company, Peloton, has sparked outrage and disgust from “woke” liberals and reporters.  The ad, titled “The gift that gives back,” is only thirty-one seconds long and features a young, attractive woman receiving a Peloton bike from her husband for the holidays. She thanks her husband and proceeds to record herself exercising on the bike for the rest of the year. Next Christmas, she shows her husband the video montage she took. How could such a short and straightforward ad about a bike cause any outrage, you might ask? According to dull reporters and frenzied liberals, the answer is that the ad is blatantly sexist, and highlights spousal abuse. 

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