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Racially Insensitive Issues in Bon Appétit are Part of a Larger Problem

The highly popular test kitchen staff is widely regarded for their Youtube channel. But the recent scandal regarding former Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport, has brought staffers to speak up about the discriminatory culture at Bon Appétit.

By Keana Saberi, Arts & Entertainment Editor

June 16, 2020

Bon Appétit has always stood as a testament to high editorial standards and exploring the rich culture of food. A highly acclaimed food magazine and richly regarded business based in New York City, Bon Appétit has held the place of an elegant guide to cooking, with it’s well articulated recipes and ey...

George Floyd’s Death Emphasizes the Need for Change in America’s Mindset

Protestors gather to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a cop. His death sparked a series of protests against the ongoing issue of police brutality and racism.

By Amoli Agarwal, Reporter

June 7, 2020

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died on Monday, May 25 shortly after being detained and arrested for using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. While this alleged forgery could have resulted in a few years of jail time and a fine, it certainly did not call for slow murder at the h...

Mental Health Needs More Awareness

Mental illness, despite its prevalence in the United States, doesn't have nearly as much awareness as it should. Especially during this pandemic, it is easy to neglect your mental health. Luckily, organizations such as Sophrosyne Mental Health and Plannr Counseling are here to help people learn about mental health and get help with coping.

By Srilekha Cherukuvada and Nivrithi Kuttuva

May 28, 2020

Anxiously turning on the TV, you dread watching the news that highlights the rising death tolls, the situation worsening day by day, and the apparent gloom seeping through everyone’s home. Time slips away as you lose count of how many days you have been in quarantine. You fear for yourself, your lov...

Reopening States Early is a Risk Due to the Spread of COVID-19

A sign hangs from a shop window, notifying customers that it is closed. Due to COVID-19, many governors had issued stay-at-home orders and shut down non-essential businesses. However, many states are seeking to open early, a dangerous move since the virus is still spreading rapidly and hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with the amount of people infected.

By Nashitha Azeez, Dreamcatcher Art & Photography Editor

May 16, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 has led many governors to issue stay-at-home orders to enforce quarantine and slow the spread of the virus. Many businesses deemed non-essential, such as retail and entertainment, have shut down. Lately, however, lots of states have planned to slowly reopen with some non-essential ...

Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden Need to be Scrutinized

Former Senate staffer Tara Reade has made sexual assault allegations against potential presidential nominee Joe Biden. Though her claims are serious, many of her allegations seem not to line up with other facts.

By Jake Schlanger, Community & World News Editor

April 27, 2020

Currently, the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential race, Joe Biden, is facing new sexual assault allegations made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. These are not the first accusations of misconduct that Biden has faced. Even so, Reade’s new claims are much more ...

When Facing Isolation, Social Media Helps Us Find Solace

In a time of such uncertainty, people around the world turn to social media not only as a source of information but as means of communication.

By Catharine Li, Reporter

April 20, 2020

Thousands of tweets, videos, and posts alike adorned with hashtags such as #FlattenTheCurve and #TogetherAtHome are just a small slice of an evergrowing conversation among social media users. It is evident that the coronavirus outbreak has gone viral: a pandemic swiftly unfolding in the face of a digital age, and...

The Houston Astros Should Forfeit Their 2017 World Series Title For Cheating

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series championship by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two  years later, it was reported that the team had cheated by using a live camera feed to watch for opposing catchers' signs to the pitchers.

By Maya Gangadharan, Photographer

April 11, 2020

Back in 2017, many sports fans in Houston were extremely proud that the baseball team representing them, the Houston Astros, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series championship. The victory brought the city great joy and did an especially good job cheering them up after Hurricane Harvey had h...

Hoarding Endangers Americans Further During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As a result of COVID-19 fears, panic-buying has left many stores with empty shelves. Medicine, food, and sanitary supplies are some of the biggest targets of this hoarding.

By Yunoo Kim and Nashitha Azeez

April 5, 2020

The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has caused mass panic in the United States, resulting in bulk-buying at a multitude of department stores. People are buying sanitary supplies in excessive amounts and sweeping grocery store shelves in fear of a prolonged lockdown. This phenomenon has been capt...

US Travel Ban on Europe is Critical to Defeating COVID-19

President Trump enacted travel restrictions on several European nations beginning Friday, March 13. A national emergency was also declared for the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Steve001 from Pixabay.

By Lucia Santaolalla, Dreamcatcher Extras & Spanish Editor

March 31, 2020

Since its discovery, COVID-19 has continued to spread around the world, especially in the United States and Europe. More than 2,000 have died in the U.S. and there are at least 110,000 people infected with the virus. The U.S. is now the country with the most cases of the coronavirus, while European nations like I...

Travel Restrictions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Will Backfire

A graph displays the 2020 cases and deaths of the coronavirus in China as of Feb. 24. On Feb. 12, the Hubei province's method for classifying COVID-19 changed, causing the sudden surge in daily clinically diagnosed cases that day.

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

February 27, 2020

Since its first diagnosis last December, the coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19, has continued to spread around the world. Around 80,000 people are confirmed to be infected with the disease, and over 2,000 have died, although many were already in poor health before they experienced the symptom...

Cash Bail Practices Worsen Inequality in the Criminal Justice System

Turner Bail Bonds is set up in Indianapolis. Bail bonds agencies like Turner Bail Bonds pay for a defendant's bail, then charge them a percentage of the bail to ensure that they will show up to court when ordered to.

By Shawkin Kabir, Dreamcatcher Poetry & Prose Editor

February 13, 2020

There are numerous inequalities in our country that stem from the lack of wealth, and one of the most glaring arenas takes place in our criminal justice system. Recently, one branch of this criminal justice inequality regarding the subject of bail garnered attention as a result of a bail reform bill being passed in New York. The bill removes the option of cash bail for many misdemeanors and nonviolent crim...

The New York Times’ Double Endorsement Weakens Faith in Newspapers

Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Iowa on Aug. 10, 2019. Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren were both endorsed by the New York Times for the 2020 presidential race.

By Anouka Saha, Opinions Editor

February 8, 2020

Before every presidential election, The New York Times op-ed staff announces its endorsement of a specific candidate. The candidates are chosen after the newspaper interviews them and gets an idea of their platforms and ideals. The editorial board has over a dozen experienced journalists with different areas of expe...

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