The Russian Anti-LGBT Sentiment Explained by Parts

By Paulina Anaya Cuevas. Warning: This article is likely to be considered controversial among readers for its content. It is the twenty-first century and many things have definitely changed. Fashion. Lifestyle. Nutrition. Borders. We ask for world peace and plead to end world hunger. We start wars, we end wars. Women are objectified. Feminism is…

Newton’s Law of Gravity

By Sai Rayala. They say Isaac Newton Was sitting under an apple tree Watching the soft cotton clouds Float like mist in the pale blue sky. An apple broke off and fell down And struck poor Newton on the head. A hit that led to gravity.   It’s a pity our world has no place…

Taking A Bite Out Of Shark Week

By Ashley Goodman. After weeks of bolstering hype with dramatic and sometimes blood-soaked advertisements, Discovery Channel has finally kicked off its 29th annual Shark Week, which began on July 23 and will continue through July 30. This year, Shark Week will premiere in over 220 countries around the world. The week of shark festivities is…

The Travel Ban Lives On

By Adanya Hicks. On July 19th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on restrictions against the entry of family members and against refugees entering the country. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to relax the current travel ban against several predominantly Muslim countries. The ruling allows grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other…

Life on a Deathbed

By Subah Bhatia. According to statistics by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. We talk about drug addicts as if they’re heinous people. We talk of them killing themselves slowly, we talk ill of their…

Poetry

By Ansh Mundra.  Usually, we write poetry Like this. With six words on one line And five on the other.   Why do we Write like this, With sentences broken down And written in Separate lines As if Such a style Has a greater impact On the reader.   Why can’t I write like this,…

We Should All Be Aware

By Kaitlyn Fischer. Domestic violence and sexual assault are topics that many people intentionally avoid. Not just because of the horrifying facts and realization of it all – like the fact that a quarter of women in the United States suffer from domestic violence – but because the stigma associated with it is truly astonishing….

On Suicide: Reflections Inspired by Chester Bennington

Right now I’m sitting on my bed. It is 2:02 AM on July 22nd, 2017. The lead singer of Linkin Park died two days ago, on the 20th. I’m not a huge fan of Linkin Park. My sister was a listener for a year or so, but I never took the initiative to seek out…

A Woman’s Dollar

By Engelberta Yue. The year is 2017, yet still, a woman’s dollar is only worth 80 cents as compared to a man’s. Even more shocking is the fact that those numbers came from the United States – a country with one of the highest “quality of living” ranks. Globally, a woman’s average earnings are just…

Liu Xiaobo Leaves a Legacy that the Chinese Government Fears

By Cadence Quaranta. On July 15, just two days after Liu Xiaobo’s death, a small group of family and friends were seen gathered around the famous Chinese human rights activist’s casket, each bowing three times before the body, silently mourning.  After the cremation, Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, clutched her husband’s ashes tightly.  Chinese government…

Changing Perspectives With Old Music

By Cole Cathcart. Think what you will of modern music. It is the product of centuries of hard work. Musical pioneers of all genres have crafted their own unique styles. As a result, wonderful “creole” musical mixtures have blossomed over the years. If you look deeply into the timeline of music, you’ll come to a…

The Binge

By Jourdan Lobban. A girl is lying in bed under layers of blankets.  Five empty Welch’s fruit snack wrappers lie near her fingertips. Soft, loosely coiled black hair covers her from ears to cheekbones. Her skin, once reddish gold mixed with honey, is currently a dull brown masking in darkness. A typical Tuesday evening. Nema’s…