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Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again)

Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again) Annemarie Cuccia In what could only be described as an unsurprising, yet infuriating development in the saga of Trump White House scandals, staff secretary Rob Porter quit last week under allegations of physical and mental abuse concerning his two ex-wives. The reaction from the White House was, at best, mixed, and at worst, a chaotic attempt to push blame onto anyone but themselves. Initially, many staffers reportedly encouraged Porter to “stay and fight”, but when it became clear he would have to resign, they all crafted a unified message. And then promptly…

“READY” & “WIN”

“READY” & “WIN” Haley Monday READY Wide awake in this new era I am drowning in a sea of new responsibilities. My lungs are ready to breathe fresh air. So even if I’m being swallowed by the high water I won’t stop reaching for the sky.   Able to see the world now I can finally witness the venom that fills up above.. Poisonous gas flies over all of us Yet only few can see that we’re all Slowly being killed.   Screaming against the injustice Even when we’re drowned out by the racket of men in charge. We shout…

Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment

Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment Written by Sara Moore The oil industry in Oklahoma sparks debates over climate change, causes earthquakes, and inspires Oklahoma Senators to bring snowballs into the US Capitol. However, environmental harm isn’t the only danger posed by the Oklahoman economy’s dependence on oil. On January 22nd, a violent explosion overwhelmed an oil rig in Eastern Oklahoma. It appears to be the deadliest oil accident since 2010. According to the Houston Chronicle, the victims included Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth; Cody Risk, 26, Wellington, Colo.; and Matt Smith, 29, McAlester,…

Rising Sun

Rising Sun Annemarie Cuccia   Here, in our house by the rising sea, nothing moves. Waves crash against walls as if they are attempting to shake them, but the stillness is oppressive. They ask why we remain here.   To leave? Well, to leave would be a crisis. When you only know one thing, when all that is familiar to you is just beneath your feet, it is hard to run your hands along another banister, to feel different sheets against your skin. Even the stillness would be, in the way that stillness must be, missed. For if we were…

“Mourning” & “Summer-The Peaceful State”

“Mourning” & “Summer-The Peaceful State” Abby Pace Mourning I feel your presence invade with care The darkness isn’t the only thing there I feel your piercing stare I wonder where you are My hands search and grab, but get nothing but air Summer- The Peaceful State I long for the searing heat that wraps around me To feel the sun on my skin with its strong sensation these worn out feet miss the grass that’s been baked in sun My overlistened ears eager to hear the birds again This overwhelmed heart mourning for the love of what could be My…

Feminazi

Feminazi Haley Monday   I’ve been told to calm down. That yes, my ideas of oppression and sexism are important, but not important enough to be respected at the dinner table.   I’ve been told that mentioning politics can make people upset. That’s it’s annoying that I care for my country too much. That I need to chill.   If I scowl at a offensive joke I’m a party-killer. I’m too serious.   I’ve been told to be careful. That if I speak too loud my opinions could be heard.   I’ve been told to shut-up. To quiet down. To…

“In My Eyes” & “Girls, Girls, Girls”

“In My Eyes” & “Girls, Girls, Girls” Abbie Staggs In My Eyes I look in the mirror and all I see Is me, is me A girl I don’t want to be I see “large and in charge” I see “skin and bones” I see “freckles” I see “acne” I see “wrinkles” In my eyes, I see everything, other than the good in me Every flaw screams at me, claws at me Why me, why me? I look in the mirror, and now I see Me, me A girl I  A M I see “strong” I see “compassionate” I see…

Empty Prayers: Is there a Cure for the American Epidemic of Gun Violence?

  Empty Prayers: Is there a Cure for the American Epidemic of Gun Violence? Sarah Ondak  It’s a demented game of Mad-Libs: A ______ (man or boy) _______ walks into a  __ (school, church, club, concert, theater) ___ and kills  _   (1-58)_____    ___   (bystanders, students,  teachers, parents, children) ____ with a      (semi-automatic weapon)     .   The story doesn’t seem to have much variation. This fact was noted by Nestor Ramos for the Boston Globe, who said of mass shootings, “There are only three things we don’t know about the next time: WHO, WHERE, AND HOW MANY?” According…

Grounded

Grounded Alyssa Diamond The summer of 2017, I visited a 1900’s ghost town; a Dust Bowl remnant where the sky hangs heavy and dirt clouds its residents’ eyes. A town haunted by a silence that spoke. The rumble of old engines passed here and there, a clock tower rang on the hour, a lawnmower started— sleepy, domestic. It had been a long time since this town had put its grandeur to rest. I heard a meow behind me. A family of strays stood near a puddle contaminated with oil. I shooed the cats when they tried to drink from it,…

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile Annemarie Cuccia Hawaiians were in for a rude awakening one Saturday morning. An emergency alert was sent to the entire state reading “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” While the alert may not have been a drill, it was certainly an error. The alert was blamed on an officer selecting the incorrect message template to send, resulting in it being sent to everyone, rather than just internally. This caused understandable panic among Hawaiians, but it also caused those familiar with ICBM…