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Hype culture evolves marketing

Laura Hennawi, Editor

February 6, 2020

The interconnectedness of the world in the 21st century continues to rise as technology advances. Powerful companies and people are more informed about us and our data than ever before, but this does not come as a surprise to those living in today's constantly changing world. As expected, companies...

Democratic beliefs face destruction

Jeffrey Yang, Staff editor

February 6, 2020

American ideology has a new major opponent in 2019. No, the Soviet Union hasn’t resurfaced. No, North Korea hasn’t had any new developments relating to the United States. The major opponent facing American democracy is Hong Kong is a former British colony that was given back to China in 1997....

Redefining our morals

Dylan McCabe, Editor

February 6, 2020

The incomprehensible power of a moral compass cannot be measured. It is a fundamental virtue to the framework of individualized character. It has been a driving force of civilization for all of time and has been responsible for the humanitarianism that drives all of mankind. Psychologist Johnathon...

Star Wars and politics

Geoffrey Dochat and Dylan McCabe

February 6, 2020

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars became a staple of pop-culture. The original trilogy redefined cinema through its revolutionary special effects, stellar character development and universal themes. What kept bringing fans back was the idea of hundreds of alien species in space facing...

Apple’s redundance aggravates buyers

Carolyn Twomley, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

The quick modernization of society popularized having the latest and greatest technology. When Apple unveils its new devices, it seems like they are either over the top with new bells and whistles or include one minor detail that is advertised as a life altering. The level of extravagance with the products...

Extremism promotes disobedience

Geoffrey Dochat, Associate Editor

February 6, 2020

In February of 2019, VICE News published a documentary which followed animal rights extremist group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). DxE’s co-founder, Wayne Cheung, is the leader of most of their protests, which endorse civil disobedience as well as trespassing and theft. Cheung, if convicted, will...

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...