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Third Time’s the Charm…

Aayushi Wadhawan and Kelly Liu

October 19, 2020

Severus Snape from “Harry Potter,” the Grinch and Gru from “Despicable Me” all have one thing in common: a legendary redemption arc. Given a second chance, they all won back the hearts of the audience after initially being the antagonist of their story.  Similarly, last Thursday, Preside...

Town Hall Triumph for Blossoming Biden

Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa 
Federation of Labor Convention. Image from Flickr.

Lance Locker

October 19, 2020

From around October 2 to Oct 14, President Trump was infected and battled with COVID-19, which caused the cancellation of the in-person October 15th Presidential Debate — one of, if not the first canceled Presidential Debates in U.S. history. Immediately following the President’s decision to decline a vi...

Debate Dilemma: How Impactful Was It Really?

Debate Dilemma: How Impactful Was It Really?

Lance Locker

October 16, 2020

Every year, Apple advertises new versions of the iPhone that are unnoticeably different from the previous year’s device, and still people shell out more and more money each year to pay for the “upgrade” only to end up realizing that their new phone wasn’t actually revolutionary or valuable. L...

Posts and Picket Signs

Designed by: Sophie Ismail

Bayarmaa Bat-erdene and Sophia Ismail

October 13, 2020

Since the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been at the forefront of activist agendas. In addition to the upsurge of protests worldwide against police brutality and racism, BLM has been generating attention on various social media platforms. Numerous users have reposted in...

We Need to Hold Influencers Responsible for Their COVID-19 Partying

We Need to Hold Influencers Responsible for Their COVID-19 Partying

Victoria Feng and Madeline Schmitke

October 9, 2020

In a diagram shared on social media by New York Times technology reporter Taylor Lorenz, hundreds of famous TikTokers have been caught hanging out with one another this summer, possibly spreading COVID-19 amongst one another without knowing it. At the center of the web lies Charli D’Amelio, who has 87.1 ...

S(nap) Away the Sleepiness

S(nap) Away the Sleepiness

Vaasu Kakuturu

October 9, 2020

Sheer dedication and pure will are the only things that keep my eyes from closing and my body from collapsing deep into my chair. It is merely the end of the second period, and yet the vibrant voice of my US history teacher, passionately bellowing a George Whitefield sermon over the Zoom call, is doing li...

Movie Theaters vs. Online Movies

Olivia Han and Shannon Moser

October 5, 2020

Movie theaters reopen as a safe place return, with fortified safety precautions against COVID-19  The surge of excitement in that split second of pure darkness before the movie starts, surrounded by the buttery scent of popcorn and the soft murmurs of a buzzy audience, is something you can onl...

TikTok Food: Taste or Trash?

Melissa Liu

October 3, 2020

Long Road Ahead

Long Road Ahead

July 2, 2020

  The recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, on top of the numerous lives unjustly lost due to police brutality and systemic racism, has propelled the Black Lives Matter movement into mainstream media and public discussion. Floyd’s story acted as an awakening, forcing ...

COVID-19 Government Response

Courtesy of the UN

Greycen Ren

May 29, 2020

We’ve all been at home under the stay-at-home orders for over two months now, and I don’t think it would be controversial to claim that the government’s response to COVID-19 has drastically changed our lifestyles. During this quarantine period, we have all seen various experts in different fields off...

Dear Unproductivity

Courtesy of NYT

Jasmine Sun

May 28, 2020

In the past few weeks, my screen time has admittedly gone up by 87%. The main culprits? Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. But on all of these, it seems that wherever I look, there’s an inescapable trend taking over these platforms: a push to somehow “better” ourselves during this time spent in quara...

Quarantine Activities

Quarantine Activities

Emily Lu, Ayla Dursun, and Janice Lee

April 25, 2020

Staffers suggest creative ways to stay occupied while staying at home

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