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Let’s bash Bitcoin

Let’s bash Bitcoin

Michelle Chen

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If you’ve been following any mainstream news outlets at all this past year, chances are you’ve heard of Bitcoin. Or Ethereum, or Ripple, or Litecoin, or any of these trendy cryptocurrencies heralded by many as revolutionaries of our marketplace economy. These virtual forms of currency have certain...

Survival in the tainted workforce: Is morality trumped by need?

Survival in the tainted workforce: Is morality trumped by need?

Harper Wayne

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Slowly and with increased following, people are coming out about sexual assault and harassment in the workforce. Women like Melanie Martinez and men like Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, and Woody Allen have all been accused of sexual assault. Our own president has been accused of assault as well....

Adversity and growth

Sam Barney-Gibbs

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

From the minute we were born, our parents attempted to shield us from the horrors of the world. What is war? What is danger? The closest that we got to pain was bumping our heads against the wall. But now that we’re driving, drinking coffee, preparing ourselves for college, and other teenage actions,...

Polite Persuasion

Yael Kaufman

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If we could convince anyone to do anything, then life would be immensely simpler. From Oprah to Donald Trump, everyone has his or her own style of persuasion, some slightly better than others. There is a certain manipulation and etiquette to swaying just one person or even an entire army of people...

Alex’s Opinion

Alex’s Opinion

Alex Goldbeck

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Along with many people across the country, I participated in the Women’s March. I marched for reproductive rights. I marched for LGBTQ communities and their rights. And most importantly, I marched for the equality of future generations of all genders and all races. As I looked around the streets of Los Angele...

Kimia’s opinion : The Plight of Activists

Kimia’s opinion : The Plight of Activists

Kimia Mohebi

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If my entire body was represented by a freeway, it would be one completely clogged with traffic. Messy, awful traffic. The lanes of the highway would be filled with things like pollution, because we’re literally 30 minutes away from Los Angeles, college applications, the modern American news cycle, a ...

Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Kimia Mohebi

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The sovereign leader of sexual liberation is dead. Hugh Hefner, at the age of 91, died Sept. 27. On that Thursday morning, most major media platforms wrote articles on him, his legacy and the history of his massive Playboy empire. Some, almost tearfully, said goodbye and thanked him for creating a spa...

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

The Editorial Board

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The beat of music. The cheers and screams of the crowd. Then, the first round of gunshots. And then, different kind of screams: terrified, panicked screams. Then, groans of pain, disguised by the relentless tat-tat-tat-tat-tat of the rifles firing down into the crowd. And then, ten minutes later: si...

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Anish Natarajan

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In past years, diversity has become something of a controversy in Hollywood. Each year, new movies come out with the great claim of having casts from different countries and backgrounds all over the world. But a question we should be asking ourselves is: Do we really care? Films such as “Moonlight...

Modernize your definition of beauty

Modernize your definition of beauty

Harper Wayne

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Beauty in our society is often decided by a certain set of words from the dictionary with an attached set of criteria to match. The question I am posing: Why have we attempted to define beauty when it is fluid and individualized? We are born into this world without a head full of hair, without teeth and ...

Shakespeare through the phone

Shakespeare through the phone

Kimia Mohebi

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“(678) 999-8212” (sung: six, seven, eight, triple nine, eight, two, one, two). If this phone number rings any bells for you (pun certainly intended), or you have the sudden urge to wear baggy pants and not one, but two, gold chains, there’s a chance that you know of the musical masterpiece that...

Villains singing their way through teaching

Villains singing their way through teaching

Katya Kiseleva

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Let me set this straight: I've never been a Disney fanatic. But for whatever reason, this past summer, I've experienced some kind of Disney Renaissance. One day a video titled “Epic Disney Villains Medley,” by Peter Hollens featuring Whitney Avalon, popped up in my recommended on YouTube. As the...