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Cheating Is An Epidemic In Schools Across The US

Cheating runs rampant in schools across the world. Part of the recent rise in cheating has been attributed to increased accessibility from technology, as well as the continued score-focused environment of schools.
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...

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

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang was the first among the candidates to announce his plan to implement UBI. The policy, named the Freedom Dividend, would provide every U.S. adult citizen with $1000 a month.
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...

The US Must Abolish the Death Penalty

Protestors rally against the death penalty on Feb. 8, 2013. Due to rising advocacy against capital punishment, more than 20 states in the U.S. have abolished the death penalty.
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,...

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

Native Americans and Pilgrims share a feast at a depiction of the first Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving was held in October 1621.
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...

Austin Should Prioritize Helping the Homeless Over Restricting Them

A homeless man sits outside the Chuggin' Monkey bar in downtown Austin. The homeless population of Austin has been steadily rising over the last few years, keeping hundreds out of shelters and on the streets.
November 10, 2019

Many of us have gone camping with our families. The tent, the flashlight, the sleeping bag, and the campfire are glued in our blissful memories. What most of us won’t ever remember is waking up the next...

Fourth Democratic Debate Exposes the Petty Division Within the Democratic Party

The Fourth Democratic Debate for the 2020 presidential election was held in Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
November 5, 2019

The Fourth Democratic Debate on Oct. 15 saw the Democratic candidates in a tense and compelling discussion against one another. The night centered around the ongoing impeachment investigations into President...

Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine Proves Why He Should Be Impeached

At the Impeachment March on July 2, 2017, a participant holds up signs protesting the Trump administration's relationship with Russia.
November 3, 2019

The possibility of U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment has reappeared in the latest news. On Sept. 25, a transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released,...

The Trial of Amber Guyger Calls to Attention Our Flawed Justice System

On Sept. 20, 2015, around 100 people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to protest police brutality by the Metro Transit Police against 17-year-old Marcus Abrams.
October 27, 2019

All he had done in that moment was eat some ice cream while watching a bit of television. That has never been a crime. Yet he was still shot. This was the scene that led to the trial of Amber Guyger...

The US Prison System Must Change

Actress Felicity Huffman was one of several parents arrested for fraud after bribing Rick Singer to manipulate her daughter's test scores.
October 22, 2019

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman forked over $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores manipulated by Rick Singer, the mastermind behind a huge college admissions scandal consisting of over...

Additions to the ADL’s Hate Symbol Database Highlight the Need to Combat Hate

Along with several other symbols, the okay hand gesture was added to the ADL's Hate on Display database on Sept. 26. Photo courtesy of Peakpx.
October 17, 2019

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) continued the long-standing fight against hate on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the addition of several new hate symbols to its Hate on Display database, which tracks the use...

Cheerleaders Treated Unfairly

Cheerleaders perform at a pep rally on Sept. 9, 2019.
Letter to the Editor
October 16, 2019

A Ninth Amendment Violation is in question at Westwood High School. [Editor's Note: The Ninth Amendment is not related to the current cheerleader situation. We believe the author meant to say "Title IX,"...

Greta Thunberg Is An Inspiration To Young Climate Activists

On Aug. 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg sat outside the Swedish Parliament building, holding a sign reading
October 14, 2019

From leading the masses in striking against climate policy inaction to sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a yacht to minimize travel impacts on the warming globe, plucky and strong 16-year-old Greta...

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