Month: February 2020

2020 National Women’s March

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, editor

Sat January 25, 2020

(GW CHRONICLE) — On January 18th and 25th, 2020, thousands of women’s rights activists united across the nation to advocate for equality. Standing in unity, women’s rights activists carried the gustiness that had initially sparked the origin of the Women’s Rights Movement in the year 1913. The marchers of today represent not only their current generation but also the hundreds of generations that bravely marched before them. For centuries, the notion that men are the superior and entitled gender in comparison to women has been challenged to a point where now women are rising above, rising above stigmas, discriminatory barriers, and unjust enactments that accede to discrimination.

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The complexity of elections

And how you can help

Lily McLean, editor and social director

On March 3rd, 2020, roughly 79% of California’s 25.3 million eligible voters will go out and vote in the primary election. Several other states will be holding elections on March 3rd as well, but among these, California has the largest population by several million. Texas voters will also head to the polls and a new record of registered voters was recently set there this September. Florida, the third-largest state, will vote in the primary on March 17th, while the fourth-largest state, New York, will have to wait until April 28th. 

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The Trump, Venezuela Standoff

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. 

The entropy in Venezuela has reached an all-time high. Since 2013, the authoritative Nicolas Maduro, the current leader of Venezuela, has continued to plummet this country into an economic and political disaster. He has exploited his power to instill absolute and complete control over his people. His socialistic dictatorship has failed. Yet he refuses to accept the hard truth even as the people of Venezuela protest against his political reign. The United States and its sitting President, Donald Trump, has recognized this and has recently taken action to prevent Maduro’s malicious deeds and intentions. But how can the United States maneuver Maduro to accept new leadership and bring back prosperity to Venezuela?

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An Update On The Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus, which was first detected in Hubei Province, China, has been declared “a public health emergency of international concern”, by the WHO. COVID-19, the official name for this disease, has infected 73,335 people, 72,438 of them being in China, killing around 1,873 in both China, and other countries, such as the Philippines, Japan, France, and Hong Kong. In the beginning of the outbreak, the cases had some link to a seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. It has been discovered that this disease can be passed from person to person: the main reason for the spread inside and outside of China.

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While a dog is only a part of your life, you are their entire world

Gryffin Penn, journalist

While a dog is only a part of your life, you are their entire world. Close to half of all American households have at least one dog in their family. Dogs are amazing, furry four-legged best friends to humans. They are loyal, highly intelligent, love unconditionally, and are extremely mindful creatures. 

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New Study Suggests the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Spread Further than Originally Estimated

Ryan F., journalist

Thanks to modern technology, scientists think that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have spread its pollution further than what we originally thought. The original estimates were based off of satellite images taken of the oil spill off of the coast of Mexico. The spill itself was almost 800 million liters of oil. The satellite images were used to estimate where the oil had gone in order to find out which areas needed to be temporarily closed off to be cleaned. However, now, almost a decade later, scientists have run computer simulations that suggest the oil may have spread further than we originally thought.

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Upstate New York’s increasing Orthodox Jew population

Kyla W., journalist

South Fallsburg, Sullivan County, NY – With the winter season well underway, thousands of members belonging to the Orthodox Jewish community have already returned to their urban homes after migrating to
rural Sullivan County for the summer. Nevertheless, the amount of Hasidic civilians seeking permanent residence in the town of Fallsburg continues to increase steadfastly with each coming year, and in turn, has been a source of conflict with more secular members of the district.

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The Power of Music

Emma D., journalist

“Without music, life would be a blank to me,” Jane Austen once said. Music has been a part of our lives since our early ancestors first walked the Earth (Greenberg). In fact, some people believe that music developed even before language (Greenberg)! Our ancestors clapped their hands and banged stones and sticks together (Frontiers). From there, a whole range of different types and styles of music developed, including, but not limited to, classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and rock. While these genres all seem radically different from one another, they are united by one fact: they are all a form of music, and music has the power to affect us all throughout our lives. 

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The Oscars Dilemma

A look into the ceremony’s diversity issue

Alexa W., journalist

We have barely stepped into the new decade and the new year, however it already seems as though we are going backwards.  Recently, the Oscars held its 92nd show to honor a myriad of films, however the spotlight fell onto its nominees or rather the lack of diversity present in the nominations.  While a lack of diversity in a nomination list for an award show celebrating elite members of society seems small in comparison to many other issues plaguing the world, this issue is much larger than it seems.  In fact lack of diversity in the Oscars led to popular trends such as #OscarsSoWhite and led many people to boycott the Oscars, celebrities included. Natalie Portman even showed up to the 2020 Awards show in a custom Dior gown which had the names of all female directors who were snubbed by the Academy.

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The UK has finally left the EU

Nyma E., journalist

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union after being part of the bloc for 47 years. Brexit is a word that has been in many people’s vocabulary for the past three-and-a-half years; it is a portmanteau to the words British and exit, referring to the UK’s split from the EU. For some, Brexit is very favorable, but for others, Brexit is horrendous. 

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