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Parkland shooting sparks call for change

Art by Anna Gorman

Katya Boskovic, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018

Columbine High School in 1999. Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida becomes the most recent victim of a mass school shooting in America. On February 14, 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been previously expelled, murdered...

Corruption counts produce new South African president

Art by Kyung Ah Kim

Christi Hansen, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018

South Africa, a country with a history of movements for reform, especially involving racial equality, has long been inflicted with corruption, which has led to high unemployment rates, a growing water crisis and mounting racial tensions. In light of this situation, the African National Congress (ANC),...

Water crisis set to drain Cape Town

Art by Joanne Jun

Nicholette Bentz & Christi Hansen, Staff Writers

February 16, 2018

Being told that your city will run out of water in less than six months may sound unrealistic to most, but for those in Cape Town, South Africa, this statement has become a reality. With little water and high temperatures, Cape Town has no more than an estimated 90 days before becoming a dehydrated city. Cape...

New California faces potential secession success

Art by Anna Gorman

Katie McManaman, Staff Writer

February 16, 2018

It has been nearly 60 years since the United States last acquired a state. Back when Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, Fidel Castro was the President of Cuba, the United States was ensnared in the Cold War with Russia and a gallon of gas cost only a quarter. Presently, however, this 59 year drought...

Coffee rust proves a latte trouble

Photo by Paige Laskiewicz

Christi Hansen, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

Is your morning cup of joe in jeopardy? Coffee rust is a disease that is currently affecting the two most important commercial coffee species, arabica coffee and robusta coffee. This is even spreading to another 25 species throughout growing areas in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and South America....

Saint Nick gives his final gift

Art by Joanne Jun

Nicholette Bentz, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

The legend of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, and his kindness and generosity has been retold by generations, yet it is rarely discussed in history where this magical and historical being came about and where he ended up.  Early this previous October, the site of a relatively intact 1600-year old tomb...

Catalonia battles for independence

Art by Kenny Yi

Katie McManaman, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

Catalonia, a 32-kilometer area of northeastern Spain of about 7.5 million citizens, is currently fighting for independence to become its own country. Catalonia has its own language, culture and traditions. The language of Catalonia, Catalan, is prominent throughout most of Catalonia and creates a se...

Cholera crisis plagues Yemeni population

Art by Joanne Jun

Christi Hansen, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

The current situation in Yemen is bleak: the country has had a civil war raging across it for the past two years. Water is limited, and if there does happen to be water, it’s unclean and unsafe to drink. Yemen, a country in the Middle East, has had massive damage from the war, which has ruined sanitation...

Saudi women’s rights enter the fast lane

Art by Joanne Jun

Nicholette Bentz, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

After decades of the Middle Eastern society attempting to obtain equal rights for all races and genders, Saudi Arabia has ended a long-lasting policy; it has become a global symbol of the oppression women endure in this ultra-conservative part of the world. This change, which will allow women to drive...

Harvey hits Houston hard

Art by Anna Gorman

Nicholette Bentz and Christi Hansen

September 28, 2017

Imagine coming back to your house after a week with no home or future, finding everything destroyed by water. As relief efforts strive to aid in the cleanup process in Houston after the disastrous Category 4 Hurricane Harvey, which hit from August 25 to August 29, about 2.2 million people are left...

Zapad War Games stand borderline offensive

Art by Joanne Jun

Zoya Boskovic, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017

The recent 2017 Zapad war games between Russia and Belarus have caused alarm among many NATO countries. The Zapad war games were held in order for Russia to practice its military exercises and procedures. On September 14th to the 20th, Russia and Belarus held the joint military exercises along the Belorussian...

Innovation fuses neurotechnology with modern security

Art by Joanne Jun

John Rapala, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017

Scientists have worked to create devices, like the silicon chip, that mimic the actions of the human brain. The silicon chip, invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, holds large quantities of information and performs mathematical operations. Now, however, the latest silicon chip detects chemicals, explosives...

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