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Disney Gives LGBTQ Kids Hope

Disney Gives LGBTQ Kids Hope

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 23, 2019

It was reported that Disney has a television adaptation of “Love, Simon” in the works, a popular young adult movie following the perspective of a gay teenager. This is the second show created by Disney that would feature a gay character. This is a major step by the company to show LGBTQ+ kids aro...

Ride-Share Safety: Why Your Parents Don’t Like Uber

Ride-Share Safety: Why Your Parents Don’t Like Uber

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 16, 2019

This past week a 21-year-old college student Samantha Josephson, from the University of South Carolina, got into the wrong Uber after leaving a bar. She was found dead the next afternoon. Her murder has sparked conversation regarding the safety of the popular ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft. ...

Betsy DeVos’ actions are insulting to special needs students

Betsy DeVos’ actions are insulting to special needs students

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 16, 2019

Last week, it was reported by many news outlets that the Department of Education, led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, proposed a budget that would eliminate millions of dollars in funding for programs that benefit students with special needs. The biggest program being affected is Special Olympics. Accordi...

Representation of bigger bodies in Hollywood is here but is it too late for us?

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

April 16, 2019

Growing up in the 2000s as a thick girl was tough. Low cut jeans, midriffs and tiny two-piece swimsuits were in. Being thick was not. I grew up watching tall, thin, fair skinned white women on TV. There wasn’t any other representation other than the aforementioned. If there was, it wasn’t for teen...

Take Me Out to the Ball… Wait He’s Making How Much?

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 26, 2019

Philadelphia is my home town. It’s a place where pizza is cut in triangles, we call subs hoagies, and cheesesteaks are better than any hotdog or Italian beef. It’s also the place were Bryce Harper, a professional baseball player, is getting paid $330 million dollars over 13 years to hit a ball with...

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Another White Hero!

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 26, 2019

You may not have heard, but you were supposed to boycott Marvel’s latest film “Captain Marvel,” because of its lead actress Brie Larson. Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t know. Considering “Captain Marvel” racked in 153 million during its opening weekend, it would seem most of us di...

How the Rich Get Into College

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 26, 2019

  There are two absolute truths when it comes to college: it is expensive and it can be competitive. The expensive aspect of it can be really scary. Most students have to save up money, putting off their education, or accept that they will be swamped in student loans when they graduate. T...

Please Vaccinate Your Children

Victoria Hong, Writer

March 21, 2019

  There’s a cell phone game called Plague Inc. that both fascinated and horrified me. In this game, you are a disease of your design and your goal is to kill all 8 billion people on Earth. On easy mode, (no one washes their hands, research doctors don’t work, and sick people are given hugs)...

Why Are We Blaming Jordyn Woods?

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

March 21, 2019

  Another celebrity scandal going viral on the internet, this time it’s cheating allegations involving Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend. It was reported that the Kardashians had severed ties with Woods as a result of her alleged affair. They, along with th...

Nike and Serena Williams call for “crazy women”

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 20, 2019

  Nike is still riding the train of controversial ads, first with Colin Kaepernick and now with Serena Williams’ whose new commercial calls out the biases placed on strong women. In the “Dream Crazier” commercial, which aired during the Oscars on Feb. 24, Williams narrates a script s...

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: GETTING TO KNOW THE UNKNOWN

Luísa Soares, Writer

March 20, 2019

  As an exchange student and a person who has lived outside the United States almost my whole life, I believe it's really important to pay attention to what's going on in the news around the world. In Brazil, we usually compare ourselves to the "American way of life" because it's a pattern...

Who Shall We Buy Today Mr. Kraft?

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 20, 2019

  It’s always struck me as odd that a person can decide to sleep with ten people in a single evening and it’s legal. However, if two consensual adults agree to a transaction of sex for money, suddenly, it’s illegal. What two people decide to do in private is their business, so long as i...

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