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A woman cries Tuesday, May 24, 2022, as she leaves the Uvalde Civic Center, in Uvalde, Texas. At least 19 students and two adults were killed when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott. (William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma Press/TNS)
We Will Be Next
Ria Lowenschuss May 25, 2022

Yesterday, 19 children and 2 adults were killed in an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Today, millions of American children filed...

The Search For Perfection
The Search For Perfection
Felicity Rosa-Davies and Lucy Cassell-Kelley April 28, 2022

As I waded through the swamp of college admissions, I realized that I didn’t have a dream school. Like so many of my peers, I felt the pressure...

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History of AP
Anjali Kakarla April 9, 2022

College Board administered the first Advanced Placement (AP) tests to 27 high schools in 1954 as part of a pilot program. Last year,...

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Keeping Schools Open Should be a Priority
Simon Shavit April 8, 2022

A brief stint of virtual schooling after a long break. A repeat of what occurred almost two years ago now. The threat of an extended...

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Mental Health in College Sports
Emmy Chung

The news of Katie Meyer’s death shocked the sports world. The 22-year-old captain of Stanford University women's soccer team reportedly took her own life on March 1, 2022. Unfortunately, this is far from the first case.  We only hear about issues with mental health when it’s too late; When the buildup of stress becomes too much.  Student-athletes...

Roe v Wade is in Danger
Roe v Wade is in Danger
Lucy Cassell-Kelley

Nearly five decades ago, the Supreme Court dispensed its ruling on Roe v. Wade, effectively decriminalizing abortion in the United States. Since then, groups trying to limit access to legal abortions have...

Stanford guard Haley Jones Celebrates a basket in the 2021 national championship game
The Real Madness: Inequity in Championship Basketball
Lucia Page Sander

As winter comes to a close, Americans gear up for the highest-grossing collegiate sporting event in the United States. Of the roughly $1.15 billion dollars the National Collegiate Athletic Association...

We Must Protect Children
We Must Protect Children
Ria Lowenschuss

On March 13, 2020, I was fifteen years old. I was still a freshman in high school and I had no idea what my future had in store for me. Covid was a mystery that I had only heard about in the news and in...

Dont Hit Snooze
Don't Hit Snooze
Reagan Masek

You’re sound asleep and wake up to the blaring sound of your alarm. “Just a few more minutes,” you say to yourself. Although it is tempting, do not hit the snooze button. Each snooze button is...

She is Not Asking For it
She is Not Asking For it
Chrissy Kuiper February 18, 2022

As a woman in the U.S, walking alone at night is something I rarely do. But why? Most women have or will experience sex-based discrimination in their lifetime. At 17, I have experienced my fair share of...

Personal Challenges
Personal Challenges
Laurel Peterson January 9, 2022

I glance around the big playground, taking in its emptiness as I step off the asphalt path and onto the hard-packed dirt. It’s always been a great place to escape to, as basically only people who go...

Running Shoes and Life
Running Shoes and Life
Ailish Kilbride December 15, 2021

I stood. My feet: riddled with tiny red spots—burning. My eyes: immediately drawn to the sunbeams bursting through my window. My legs: sore from the five miles yesterday. A runner’s high, a feeling...

Make Womens Soccer a Fall Sport
Make Women's Soccer a Fall Sport
Ellie Fife December 1, 2021

Currently, Michigan is one of the few states that offers women's high school soccer in the spring. Most states offer a fall season or, in the south, a winter season when high school soccer does not conflict...

Flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters. 30/Dec/2005.
Findings from Government Studies
Sam Gibb-Randall

For the last three months, I’ve been researching and comparing governments. I have done this through compiling different comparative indexes, most prominently the World Bank Government Indicators and Legatum Prosperity Index, and doing research to fill in the cracks. In the beginning, I wanted to find out if Canada’s government, compared to the...

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas.
Unmuted: We Deserve More Than Thoughts and Prayers
Scarlett London

Since the pandemic, it has been hard for my family to get to synagogue for Shabbat services on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings. We still try to attend virtually during the high holidays, as well as...

The ranked-choice system is more commonly used internationally, but it is also used by some large American cities, including San Francisco and New York. Alaska is the second state to implement it. (Dreamstime/TNS)
Unmuted: Ranked Choice Voting
Scarlett London

Picture this: you are a high school senior, applying to college. There’s an ultra-competitive school you have dreamed about attending since you were a little kid. The campus is beautiful, the teachers...

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Failure of "2020 Mentality"
Tai Tworek

Undoubtedly, 2020 brought unprecedented hardships. As we rang in the new decade over a year ago, it was almost impossible to imagine the full ramifications of the coronavirus and subsequent pandemic. But here...

A group of migrants wearing T-shirts that read, Biden, please let us in, kneel and pray at the border crossing on March 2, 2021 in San Ysidro, Mexico. The group gathered and marched up to the border post to petition the new U.S. administration for asylum. U.S. Border Patrol (CPB) agents conducted a heavier operation at the border crossing with the goal of preventing a stampede. (Stringer/dpa via ZUMA Press/TNS)
Unmuted: At the Border
Scarlett London

Joe Biden has been in office for about six weeks. He has already signed a slew of executive orders reversing many atrocious Trump-era policies. But any sense of profound relief or celebration at having...

People react outside the Hennepin County Government Center after the guilty verdicts were announced in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minnesota. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
Unmuted: The Verdict
Scarlett London

Well, it happened. Derek Chauvin was found guilty of George Floyd’s murder. CNN reports that Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree...

A Worthy Part
A Worthy Part
Sebastian Oliva

My Latino and Black brothers’ and sisters’ continuous antipathy has gone on for far too long. As a Black and Latino high school young man, I have been discriminated against countless times....

Activists march through Chicagos North Lawndale neighborhood during a rally to defund police on Friday, July 24, 2020. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Black Death
Eliot Klus

As a mixed child in a white family, I simultaneously learned about my Blackness and its danger. I remember when my white step-father first exposed the health risks my Black existence invites. There were...

The Issue With #AllLivesMatter
The Issue With #AllLivesMatter
Taylor Tucker-Gray

This article was originally published on Dec. 14, 2015. We are bringing it back today.  Still relevant.  It is of paramount interest to be informed and have an understanding of the difference between...

In this screenshot taken from a webcast, Sen. Josh Hawley, R- Mo., speaks during a Senate debate session to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. ( Images/TNS)
Some Nerve
Charles Solomon

On Jan. 6, 2021, what I like to call ‘rioting insurrectionist state-sanctioned domestic terrorists’ breached the U.S. Capitol.  I had left a Zoom call and joined my parents in the family room to...

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The Numb Reality
Jenna Jarjoura

I sat on my living room couch drinking my coffee as I burst into laughter over TikToks about the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. But then I took a step back and my bliss...

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A Taste of Our Own Medicine
Eliot Klus

"This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic,” said President George W. Bush, yesterday. American democracy is esteemed in a way few things in our...

A supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
Deeper Than Privilege
Grace Wang

“This is not America.” “I am shocked to see this.” “Why is this happening?” Words of surprise covered my feed yesterday afternoon.  Those words confused me.  Have you not been listening?...

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