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The plight of the spider

Ellie Hand

October 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

After a long night of typing English blogs and attempting to decipher the differences between the preterite and the imperfect Spanish verb tenses, I decided to take a shower to relax and contemplate shower thoughts that plague us under the pressure of the warm water. I stepped into my bathtub, ready...

Pro/Con Electoral College

Pro/Con Electoral College

Emily Francis and Angus Hsieh

October 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

*Con* We don't need the Electoral College, we need change - Emily Francis Many times I have sat in Mr. Peters’ classroom for World History and discussed the concept of democracy. As taught in our current curriculum, the definition of a democracy is rule by the people and for the people. All power...

The Beakon: Life on Mars

The Beakon: Life on Mars

Olivia Buccieri and Sam Barney-Gibbs

October 24, 2018


Filed under Online Features, Opinion

The New York Times has just published an article proving that life on planet Mars is finally achievable. You’ve consulted your local Neil Armstrong, you’ve sufficiently Googled “What is Mars” and your family of five has already packed their 20 or so duffle bags, half of which are filled to the...

My culture and why I rejected it for so long

Sravya Gadepalli

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I hated being Indian. There honestly was not a single part of me that liked it. I hated the music. I hated the movies. I hated the food. I hated the languages. All of it. The rejection truly was all-encompassing. I am a first generation American-Indian. Growing up, I attended a small private...

Boycott Nike or kneel during the anthem

Boycott Nike or kneel during the anthem

Editorial Board

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There has been a profound attack on America; not on its soil, but on its ideals. Partisanship has created a deep divide in the country, deluding many into believing that certain opinions perceived as wrong, controversial or inflammatory shouldn’t be expressed. However, there has been a monumental...

The inhibitions of American selfishness

Atmika Iyer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In seventh grade, I remember sitting down in Mrs. Stein’s classroom, listening to the lesson on World War II. It took a second for naive, 12-year-old me to understand that there was no evil witch, devil or mythical force behind the genocide, only man was to blame. But the atrocities committed in WWII...

Arming teachers: don’t do it

Nick Harvey

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

School shootings are, unfortunately, a dangerous trend in America. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, America has faced nearly 300 more school shootings. It seems as though every other week the headline of every news organization relates to ...

Inclusivity in sports

Amanda Lurey

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

For some time now, there have been debates on what can and cannot constitute as a sport. According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, a sport is “a physical activity engaged in for pleasure.” While many define a sport as an activity with some form of a ball, there is no mention of required paraphernalia...

Space Force: A Waste of money

Insiya Naqvi

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The majority of us have seen movies where we’ve witnessed the inception of an era when fantasy collides with reality. The Star Wars-esque idea of a Space Force has come close to actualizing this fantasy and has recently been debated by different political parties. Here’s what I think about this...

Space Force: an effective use of America’s resources

Daisy Calderon

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Attention space enthusiasts: your dreams about a bunch of guys in retro space suits, fighting with their glowing lightsabers to defend Earth from foreign invasion, may just come true! Or maybe not. Unfortunately, you’ll be extremely disappointed when you find out that Space Force doesn’t entail anythi...

Sports, the real ones

Diego Herrera

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

What is a sport? This is the battle fought for ages at a very undecided border. Well, I’m here to resolve the argument. Whether it be from the dictionary or from tacit societal understanding, there is a structure to everything in life. Sports is no exception to that rule. When you think of a spor...

Making movies with music: Frank Ocean

Making movies with music: Frank Ocean

Chaitanya Ivaturi

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I turn to music when I feel too much — when my throat closes with sadness, when my body shakes with adrenaline, when I want to run someplace far and stay there for a while. Feeling all of this is one thing, but visualizing it eluded me for so long. Listening to “Blond” floored me. How did Frank...