The Griffin

Political views polarizes ethics

Emily Zhu, Associate Editor

December 5, 2019

Barbara Jordan, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, presents her keynote speech to Congress in the 1976 Democratic National Convention. “I could list the problems which cause people to feel cynical, angry, frustrated…I could recite these problems, and then I could sit down and offer no soluti...

The tightrope between church and state

Laura Hennawi, Associate Editor

December 5, 2019

Religion: the most prized controversy. A subject of debate for centuries, faith shaped the course of our world’s history and politics. Religion is a powerful instrument employed in governments worldwide, but how far has religion gone here in the United States? The Family–also known as the Fellowshi...

Tik-tok sparks cultural revolution

Geoffrey Dochat

November 22, 2019

Even if you have been literally living under a rock for the past year, you still would have heard about TikTok, the newest social media craze. The platform allows users to create lip-syncing videos to a wide selection of songs from popular artists and sounds from other users. The app has become extremely...

Social media: elevating envy

Morgan Pierce

November 22, 2019

Vibrant sunsets, sparkling waters, sun-kissed skin—now that I’ve got your attention… these are just several endless aspirations of contemporary culture. You wake up every morning and grab your phone… right? Then you cross into the realm of social media—where you see assortments of smiling...

Ugh… Jimmy Fallon

Jeongin Kim, staff editor

November 22, 2019

As talk-shows have permeated mainstream media, Jimmy Fallon has infiltrated our daily lives. The talk show format’s increasing popularity can be attributed to their illusion of accessibility—that we can be best friends with celebrities, because, after all, they’re just like us. Under this guise...

The pitfalls of modern education

Fanglin Ding, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

As per the norm of a modern western society, education is heralded as the crux of civilization. We romanticize the nature of our education system, and continue to spread the mantra that more education is simply a necessary thing. However, what do we notice when we actually take a much needed and serious...

Past actions cause detrimental effects

Noah Wilkens, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

An increased presence and importance of the press and media worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. In conjunction with the increased magnitude of stories, the stigma surrounding them has followed suit. The world of politics is often provoked by the suffocating amount and type of content administered...

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

January 7, 2019

No need to wrap these, Santa, just hurry: 1. Sell all the Dulaney laptops to buy one big laptop 2. Nationally televised Dulaney Chess Club matches 3. Consistent exposure to Google 4. The designated JUUL room (just kidding there are already two on every floor) 5. Bring back superlatives 6. Unlimited...

it’s debatable: normalizing environmental apathy

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-chief

January 7, 2019

Climate change is the new 2018 conspiracy! Do you believe in aliens, ghosts, an afterlife? Well what about climate change? Let’s consult our soon-to-be president in his early years as the Republican presidential candidate. “I am not a believer. Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe...

American reactions condone Saudi actions

Rushil Byatnal and Laura Hennawi

January 7, 2019

When news came out Oct. 2 that Jamal Khashoggi, an overt critic of the Saudi Arabian government and a prominent Washington Post journalist, was murdered by the Saudi government after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the public outrage was immense. Khashoggi was a figure of free speech in the...

Materialism Detracts from Holidays

Ankith Hiremath, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: spending time with family, relaxation from work and most importantly, empty wallets. Society has embarked on a materialistic frenzy to acquire all of the newest fad items that will inevitably go out of style as the next year rolls around. The holiday season...

The value of constructive criticism

Geoffrey Dochat, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Feedback is one of the most important elements of growth and improvement in adolescents. I know firsthand how much a simple piece of feedback regarding my performance in athletics or school can help me improve. The catch is that those who praise you or provide you with criticism have to do so in such...