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Beloved Memories in the Absence of Memorial

Elizabeth Ann Baker passed away on March 6th, 2020.  Her memorial service remains indefinitely postponed.
For my grandma, and for millions of other Americans who have passed away since the start of the pandemic, the closure of a memorial service remains out of reach.
November 25, 2020

When I woke up on the morning of Friday, March 6th, 2020, it felt like a normal day. I went to school and was preparing for my musical performance later in the evening. It turned out to be a day that I...

All Too Easy

A woman stares at a screen in monochromatic shades. As technology grows more important in our daily lives, it becomes harder and harder to find life outside of its addictive grasp.
Exposing our regression when we allow social media to overtake our lives
November 25, 2020

When our normal lives closed for months on end, a new life opened, one of social media. And though it had been used for decades prior to COVID, the long hours at home passing in monotony led to an increase...

Essay: Defending democracy

Weeks after the 2020 election—and after Democratic candidate Joe Biden was announced the winner of the presidential race—political signs still adorn neighborhoods throughout McHenry.
I was a teenage poll worker on Election Day, and my experience taught me what democracy really looked like
November 24, 2020

America is a democracy. Its citizens enjoy free thought, free will, and a free country. That's what makes the U.S. great; people are allowed to believe what they want to believe. That is, of course, until...

The True History of Thanksgiving and Why You Should Reconsider How You Celebrate

Artwork promoting Seeding Sovereignty's program that aids Indigenous communities fighting COVID.
November 24, 2020

The smell of a roasting turkey, dinner with family, and the all too familiar viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: this is what most Americans envision for their plans on every fourth Thursday in November....

Coronavirus pandemic emblematic of the failure of neoliberalism

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the flaws of the United State’s neoliberal society by relegating health conversations to those of economic recovery.
November 24, 2020

As the American public sits on their couches and in their Zoom meetings a year after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed, many cannot help but wonder why the coronavirus pandemic is still taking a...

It’s simple: house Cincinnati’s homeless

Clockwise from top right: members of Cincy DSA at Pittsburgh, CEO of 3CDC Stephen Leeper, Maslow's Army distributing goods
Who's fighting for the most vulnerable?
November 24, 2020

It’s 2018, downtown Cincinnati; tents are packed all across Third Street. The city’s homeless are grouped along the long pathways, loosely organized into a colony of people just looking for shelter....

The Jokes Need to Stop

A paper doll is surrounded by jokes about suicide. Thoughtless comments about suicide trigger pain to those suffering from suicide loss.
Why jokes about suicide aren't funny
November 23, 2020

Four years ago my mom answered a phone call. I was sitting across from her when I first heard cries through the phone. Her dad committed suicide. From there, and through the chaotic events that still follow,...

AOC’s Twitch stream did what other politicians can only dream of

 AOC crewmate asking if they’re being “marinated,” a popular term to describe gaining someone’s confidence only to kill them at the end of the game. (Daisy Calderon / Talon)
How video games created a new way to gather votes
November 23, 2020

Arguably one of the most beloved Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently broke the internet by streaming “Among Us,” a game that grew in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.  On Oct....

Red, white and cries of “vote blue, no matter who”

Philipos Melaku-Bello sits in his wheelchair in front of the poster-covered fences. Melaku-Bello has spent years protesting for various causes outside of the White House, particularly those pertaining to racial and immigration injustices.
Being a Californian at the center of the 2020 presidential election
November 23, 2020

 Click here if unable to see above. The first presidential election that I can really remember was that of 2012, when Barack Obama won over the nation to cement a second term for himself in office....

Editorial: Generation Z, we’re disappointed in you

According to The New York Times, there are currently 11.8 million COVID-19 cases and over 250,000 deaths reported in the United States alone. This virus is too dangerous to be ignoring the science; wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.
November 23, 2020

From stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer to binge-watching "Tiger King" and doing Chloe Ting workout videos on YouTube, do you remember what quarantine was like in March?  In the beginning,...

Why I couldn’t be friends with a Trump supporter

What’s the difference between racism and pizza toppings? One is a major dealbreaker, and the other isn’t. In such a politically polarized nation, it’s easy to see why people are urging everyone to come together and love their neighbors regardless of political opinions. However, when basic human rights are at stake, it’s not that simple.
November 23, 2020

 I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that my Instagram and Twitter feeds are flooded with passionate messages from all parts of the political spectrum. But even in this seemingly endless sea...

More than just Melanin: the striking impact of Colorism in our Community

November 20, 2020

In the wake of various social justice movements came the call for racial justice and equality throughout the nation. And while issues like these on a large scale are extremely important, microaggressions...

I Shouldn’t Have To Play Goldilocks While Shopping: Standardize Clothing Sizes Now

Nowadays, the numbers on the tags of clothes are frankly irrelevant. But they shouldn’t be.
November 20, 2020

This summer, I did most of my back-to-school shopping at the Clackamas Town Center, a four-minute drive from La Salle. I was looking for a variety of clothes, but especially jeans, as they are a staple...

Madam Vice President: Role Model for ALL

November 20, 2020

Introducing Madam Vice President….. Kamala Harris.  Kamala Harris was just announced the 46th Vice President (Elect) of the United States. Harris is already breaking through glass barriers as she...

Attorney General Barr threatens protesters with sedition

Peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Los Angeles stand together in the faces of law enforcement. A number of protests have emerged in prominent cities in response to the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
November 20, 2020

Even though the majority of the Black Lives Matter movement has proven to be peaceful, United States Attorney General William Barr has considered charging violent protesters with sedition. Barr’s responses...

It Is Time to Bridge the Gap Between Pittsburgh’s Black and Jewish Communities.

Members of the Pittsburgh community demonstrate for the Black Lives Matter movement.
November 19, 2020

For myself and the vast majority of both Jewish and non-Jewish students at Allderdice, October 27 will never again be a normal day. On October 27, 2018, Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life (TOL) synagogue witnessed...

Yan: Raising a new flag, a symbol of hope for Mississippians

Mississippians voted on a new flag,
November 19, 2020

After a century of bearing a flag that symbolized the dark Confederate past of the state, Mississippi raised a new magnolia flag, signaling the end of a troubling era and marking the start of a newfound...

Trump’s online misinformation raises red flags

When used properly, social media can provide individuals with an invaluable forum to openly share, spread and discuss opinions and ideas on a variety of subjects. However, when it is used to spread misinformation, the users’ online voice must be muted and taken away accordingly.
November 19, 2020

When used properly, social media can provide individuals with an invaluable forum to openly share, spread and discuss opinions and ideas on a variety of subjects. However, when it is used to spread misinformation,...

Biden won; what now for the left?

Joe Biden, former Vice President under Barack Obama, was elected to the presidency, defeating one-term incumbent Donald Trump.
November 19, 2020

After an arduous and lengthy campaign season like no other, former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner. While Democrats were predicted to take the Senate and keep their wide House...

Microaggressions Impact Student Learning and Classroom Dynamic

Microaggressions come in various forms and can amass into a detrimental impact
November 18, 2020

Microaggressions have become troublingly normalized in modern society. Schools, as microcosms of society, are not exempt from this issue; underrepresented students battle not only microaggressions, but...

Riots Through a Different Lens

Since its colonial days, American public life has been marked by episodes of civil unrest.
Civil unrest should be understood as a symptom of systematic oppression, not as a tool to combat it.
November 18, 2020

The civil unrest that has marked much of 2020 has provoked pundits on both the left and the right to declare that civil war in America may be imminent.  But a wider view of history may suggest otherwise,...

Op-Ed: Fight Like an Activist, Not a Consumer

Black Lives Matter and Pride apparel for sale. Digital Illustration by Edan Zinn '23.
November 18, 2020

Fight Like an Activist, Not a Consumer Activism does not require buying material goods to show support. The Black Lives Matter movement is not just a phrase on a yard sign. Being anti-racist...

Collected Thoughts Surrounding the Election from an Iranian-American Girl

The 2020 presidential race was a historical event, with the most votes received for a presidential candidate as well as the first woman of color to occupy the office of Vice President. To many, the Biden-Harris campaign signifies a dawn of hope and prosperity, of living in a world where anything is possible. Photo Courtesy of Scott Olson
November 18, 2020

In cascades, it felt as if four years of paralyzing fear collapsed. The air encompassing me had not changed but now it was serene and warm. That frigid body of hate was no longer layered within it- it...

More than a Score

Contrary to their purpose, standardized tests can have widespread negative effects on students.
We know the numerous inadequacies of standardized testing. So why are they still guiding our education?
November 17, 2020

Two Saturdays ago, I, along with dozens of other students, reluctantly walked through the doors of NASH at 7:45 AM, where we would soon spend the next five hours bent over a desk reading passages and solving...

Column: Why I’m not the ideal Latina

The image features my grandmother’s 80 birthday dinner with two of my cousins, my sister and myself surrounding her. My grandmother's skin tone was far lighter than either of my two cousins and more similar to me and my sister’s.
November 17, 2020

It’s my abuela's 80 birthday. All four grandchildren surround her. My younger cousin stares at the heavily decorated chocolate cake while my older cousin, sister and myself stare up at my grandmother....

Woods: Our fight isn’t over

Recently, many LGBTQ candidates have been elected for various government positions.
November 16, 2020

It’s easy when you get caught up in all of the fuss around the election to be discouraged by the fact that many of us voted in a “lesser of two evils” type of way and do not feel like any of the...

Colorado’s Adoption of the Popular Vote Means More Than Just a Vote

One vote for the electoral college is thousands of individual voices that are drowned out and clumped together.
November 16, 2020

On election day, Colorado joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), passing it as a law with 52 percent of the vote. Although the compact will not be enacted until enough states join...

Op-Ed: Reflecting on My Cultural Identity

Kozhemiakin looks in the mirror. Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn '23.
November 16, 2020

From the time I was very young, I have been heavily immersed in my culture.   Сырники (tvorog pancakes) on Sunday mornings is the thing I look forward to the most, in particular.  The luscious,...

What Does Sustainable Fashion Really Mean?

November 13, 2020

Fashion, in its eternal evolution, is never stationary, and neither is the way it’s consumed. Sixty years ago, the average American spent over ten percent of their income on clothing, purchasing fewer...

As the Pandemic Exacerbates Learning Inequities, Further Action is Needed

If we allow these disadvantages to continue hindering the learning of low-income, already underserved students, we will create irreversible harm for an entire generation.
November 12, 2020

Battling weak internet connections, typing essays on minuscule smartphone keyboards, and attempting to navigate alien learning platforms without sufficient support from parents or teachers — these are...

“Arrest the cops”: Exploring the parallels between performative activism and profits

Companies and celebrities are profiting off tragedies
November 12, 2020

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he tragedies of 2020 — like ones pertaining to racially-motivated police brutality — have heightened longtime discussion on racial injustice. Carried by the tides of news media...

Staff Ed: Campaign Money

Campaign finances have a lot of influence on how a campaign runs. Art by Ella Cuneo
The Globe discusses campaign finances and the influence of money in a race for political office.
November 12, 2020

$66,000,000. The cost of about 570 average St. Louis homes. The cost of about 835 Teslas. The cost of about five million meals. That is how much President Donald Trump spent out of his pocket in the 2016...

Why Donald Trump failing to win reelection is a huge step for the protection of truth

THE 45th PRESIDENT: Donald Trump at a rally in Prescott Valley, AZ in Oct. 2016.
November 12, 2020

Well, that’s it. Biden has been elected president, according to the projections of most major news sources. Still, as amateur journalists and citizens of a democracy, we were frustrated with the rampant...

Medlin: One Million Moms, American Family Association stain Mississippi’s legacy

Founded by Donald Wildmon in 1977, Christian fundamentalist group American Family Association (AFA) stands up against topics such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights.
November 12, 2020

What does a hate group look like in America today? Last month, conservative activist group One Million Moms, based in Tupelo, Miss., announced plans to boycott Oreo for selling rainbow-colored cookies...

Veterans Day Remembrance: Pvt. Michael Fanella

Pvt. Michael Finelli was just one of thousands of local soldiers killed or wounded in battle during World War II. His story is not unique, but his sacrifice should be remembered.
November 11, 2020

Altoona resident Michael Fanella was just 21 years old in May of 1944. Hunched down in a foxhole, Fanella and his fellow artillerymen were taking cover under intense German fire during the Battle of Anzio...

Let’s hear it for the girls: The value of women in politics

With women being severely underrepresented in politics, there is a dire need for women in politics in the United States.
November 11, 2020

With 2020 marking the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, long should be the days where women's rights are still a source of partisan polarization. The monumental 19th Amendment...

A woman not for all women

Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a powerful woman, but is she a powerful feminist woman?
November 11, 2020

On Sept. 18, 2020, the U.S. lost a champion of gender equality, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her final moments, surrounded by family, the notorious RBG famously shared her dying wish with...

Idolizing politicians: The destruction of democracy

A crowd stares adoringly at a godlike politician with horrible qualities.
November 10, 2020

Throughout history, idolizing major political figures and parties has led countries down paths of destruction and dictatorship. In the most extreme example, as Adolf Hitler rose to prominence in Nazi Germany,...

How to make school safe? Let’s take it outside.

The view of the campus from Houston Street during seventh period on Thursday reveals English teacher Eric Wydeven and and history teacher Joseph Carcione under matching Mac blue shade tents.
Principal Griffith partners with Families in Nature to turn McCallum's many courtyards into outdoor learning spaces
November 10, 2020

Modern society created buildings for our safety: to protect against the elements. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, however, the space inside buildings has become the unsafe safe space, and it has be come...

Fit for the Bench?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. - Barrett was confirmed last month to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18.
Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the US Supreme Court is inconsistent with the progress America currently needs.
November 10, 2020

Girls, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community across America are fearing for their rights with the recent confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.  Barrett's history makes many uneasy. Her involvement...

Día de los Muertos provides a timely, universal message

The Day of the Dead should remind people that death is not just a statistic, but the loss of a real life, and we should use this day to reflect on that.
November 10, 2020

The moment October begins, it seems that the spooky season grips everyone and everything. Families dig out fake cobwebs, companies begin Halloween-themed ad campaigns and candy prices begin to skyrocket....

The Case for ACA

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would force abounding numbers of Americans to choose between the absence of healthcare and financial ruin.
The Affordable Care Act is set to appear in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but any repeal of the act would change the lives of millions of Americans.
November 9, 2020

I write this article because I am afraid that tomorrow basic rights will be taken away from the American people.  On November 10th, the Supreme Court will hear eight hours of oral debate over the Affordable...

I’m Proud to Have a Limb Difference. “The Witches” Movie Says I Should Feel Otherwise.

%23NOTAWITCH. The new movie “The Witches,” an adaption of Roald Dahl’s novel, has been receiving backlash for its negative depiction of limb differences. The film stars Anne Hathaway, whose witch character is made to look scarier because of her three-fingered hands, creating a negative view of this real limb difference. Members of the disability community have taken to posting photos of their difference with %23notawitch to combat this narrative. “My hope is that kids with or without limb differences seeing this movie won’t associate people with limb differences with ugly, mean witches,” said Rachel Sumrada, a high school senior and amputee from Cleveland, Ohio.
November 6, 2020

What does a witch look like? Someone with green skin? A pointy hat? The new film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,”  sparked a backlash over its interpretation of that question. Released...

The Proud Boys and the Normalization of Fascism Must be Stopped

In the first 2020 presidential debate that took place on Sept. 29, President Trump told Proud Boys to
November 6, 2020

Fascism has become a topic that has suddenly wedged itself into our everyday lives.  As an example of this, over the past few months, I have noticed many Americans are becoming increasingly aware of...

The eroding, expired Electoral College

Why should swing states weigh so much more than safe states?
November 6, 2020

The Electoral College needs to go. It’s outdated, wastes votes, lowers turnout, gives a select few states complete control over the outcome of the election and does not accurately reflect the will of...

Racist experience sparks support of systemic changes by students

After the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other black victims, students seek changes of systemic racism.
November 6, 2020

Rodney King. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Trayvon Martin. Jacob Blake. Daniel Prude. The list goes on and on. These people aren’t a statistic but victims of systemic racism and police violence. Black...

Financing exerts authority over election

With oversight currently lacking, U.S. elections have become purchasable by the ultra rich.
November 5, 2020

Flashy TV ads and sold out campaign rallies which we see every election are not free, and the network of financing behind them is ugly. As a candidate, spreading your message and reaching voters is costly....

Voting Age: Is It Time for a Change?

Should the voting age be lowered? THS students weigh in.
Staff Writer Rowan Copes ('23) reports on the debate over the voting age in the United States.
November 5, 2020

You open Instagram. “Register to Vote!” pops up at the top of your feed. You scroll through your “recommended” page on TikTok. The first three videos to appear are public reminders to vote on November...

Thrifting presents an ethical dilemma

Junior Annie Fabian sports an all-thrifted outfit, sporting clothes she purchased online or traded for.
November 5, 2020

The 2016 television show “GIRLBOSS” depicts the beginning of real-life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso’s fashion empire Nasty Gal vintage, which began as only an eBay store. Amoruso’s counterpart...

Not all young people can be trusted with the immense responsibility of voting

Minors can not be trusted with the responsibility of voting. The voting age should remain at 18.
November 5, 2020

In 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the U.S. voting age from 21 to 18 years old. Based largely on the work of young activists, some people are pushing for the voting age to be lowered once again to 16....

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