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Cash Bail Practices Worsen Inequality in the Criminal Justice System

Cash Bail Practices Worsen Inequality in the Criminal Justice System

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

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

The New York Times’ Double Endorsement Weakens Faith in Newspapers

By Anouka Saha, Morale Officer

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...

Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Will Live On For Generations to Come

Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Will Live On For Generations to Come

By Sourav Dhar, Sports Editor

February 3, 2020

It still doesn’t feel quite real, like a horrible dream that we are hoping we can wake up from. Many around the world are still struggling to live with the reality that one of the most recognizable figures in society has passed away. Kobe Bryant’s sudden death seemed like it stopped the world fo...

Oscar Nominations Perfectly Portray the Lack of Diversity in Film Award Shows

Oscar Nominations Perfectly Portray the Lack of Diversity in Film Award Shows

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

January 29, 2020

The Oscars have always been renowned for their selection of films in varying cinematic areas from costume design to motion picture. However, they are also criticized for their inadequacy when it comes to promoting diversity. The startling lack of female directors nominated in the 2020 Oscar nomination li...

The Soleimani Killing Was Impulsive

The Soleimani Killing Was Impulsive

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

January 24, 2020

On Jan. 3, Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was killed in an overnight attack authorized by President Trump. Soleimani was a key piece in Iran’s military influence and defense, widely regarded as the second most powerful figure in the government. His death was a harsh blow to the Iranian government, as...

Uighur Muslims Face Severe Oppression in China

Uighur Muslims Face Severe Oppression in China

By Emily Malone, Photographer

January 16, 2020

Near the end of 2018, the detainment and abuse of millions of Uighur Muslims came to light. In the region of Xinjiang, China, Uighurs are facing major oppression in “vocational education and training centers.” As a result of the Chinese government refusing to share information about the camps, the oppress...

RRISD Sends a Dangerous Signal By Caving to Former Cheerleaders’ Demands

RRISD Sends a Dangerous Signal By Caving to Former Cheerleaders’ Demands

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

January 12, 2020

In the aftermath of gender discrimination allegations levied against Westwood by a former cheerleader, RRISD has gotten rid of the zero-tolerance policy for student leadership organizations. The controversy arose when a former cheerleader claimed that RRISD discriminated against cheerleaders by apply...

Amazon’s Mistreatment of Workers Must End

Amazon’s Mistreatment of Workers Must End

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

January 9, 2020

Starting from the first development of modern technology, there have constantly been new products created to make the essential aspects of our lives easier. Gift buying or purchasing a treat for yourself is a staple of many people’s lives and has become an even faster process because of an intensify...

Cheating Is An Epidemic In Schools Across The US

Cheating Is An Epidemic In Schools Across The US

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

December 18, 2019

Cheating has always been an epidemic in schools across the United States. Unfortunately, because it is hidden beneath the wraps and people refuse to acknowledge it, the stigma around cheating has never changed. In recent years, cheating has dramatically increased, making it near impossible to combat. A...

Instead of Saving the Poor, Universal Basic Income May Only Cause More Suffering

Instead of Saving the Poor, Universal Basic Income May Only Cause More Suffering

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

December 15, 2019

The conception of the idea of universal basic income (UBI), an entitlement program that would give all adults $1000 each month, in the U.S. mirrors that of universal healthcare. A mid-tier presidential candidate brings to the spotlight a plan inspired by those in some European nations. In the 2016 e...

The US Must Abolish the Death Penalty

The US Must Abolish the Death Penalty

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

December 11, 2019

Everyone has a right to their life. That should be a given. But in our country, there is a policy that brings an exception. Why have we decided it is acceptable to take someone’s life? Rodney Reed, a black death row inmate who was convicted by an all-white jury for the murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop,...

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Let the Holiday Disguise the Truth

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Let the Holiday Disguise the Truth

By Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor

November 22, 2019

In the coming week, students in elementary schools across the country will begin to learn the traditions and causes of America’s second most celebrated holiday, Thanksgiving. As an American with roots elsewhere on Earth, Thanksgiving appealed to me most among a myriad of other holidays, as it offered...