We Still Prefer John Over Jennifer

We Still Prefer John Over Jennifer Written by Dede Chapline* News Article *Dede is a guest writer from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she is a senior. Dede is one of the top two students in her class and is passionate about equal rights, service dogs, yoga, and environmental protection*   Last March, the Polish Member of the European Parliament, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, stood up to give his two cents on wage inequality. With an alarming amount of confidence, he announced, “women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.” The Spanish MEP,…

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming Written by Annemarie Cuccia News OpEd   The realization that the world is slowly dying hits you all at once, fades, and then hits again a week later. Perhaps this is why, despite the universal problems it poses, climate change is too often an afterthought on the world stage. We are all so busy with yesterday’s scandal and today’s nuclear threat that tomorrow, much less a hundred years from now, is as foreign as a country halfway across the globe. Thankfully, discussions are beginning on how to slow this new enemy, but I will…

Be True To You

Be True to You Written by Haley Monday Creative Writing Exist loudly. Speak proudly. When you fail, do it spectacularly.   Bake your lovers a cake. And if they don’t like it, let your heart ache. Don’t let your happiness be faked.   Let yourself feel, Only then can you heal. Let yourself know that emotions are real.   Learn how to win. Love your own skin. And never stop your face from creating a grin.   Be true to you! Let that be your breakthrough. And if you need a permanent reminder, get yourself a tattoo.

The Slave Trade in Libya is Sparking International Outrage

Written by Elana Banks News Article Refugees and migrants in Libya are being targeted, preyed upon, and sold like animals; A modern day slave market. Libya is a hub for migration, for it is a gateway to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. These migrants are especially vulnerable since they are migrating from poor, war-torn, and economically-failing countries, and crossing one of the deadliest routes on the planet. Smugglers exploit that vulnerability and lure people into modern servitude and sex trafficking, among other things. Smugglers are originally paid to get people to the Libyan border. But, they instead hold migrants as…

Go Rock the Vote!

Go Rock the Vote Written by Allison Anker News Op-ed My mom is probably the biggest dork when it comes to voting. Every time there is a local election, she hurriedly rushes to the polls to cast a vote, proudly sticking her “I voted” sticker on her shirt. Her enthusiasm for voting has carried on to me, with her drilling into my head the mantra that it is my privilege and duty as an American to vote. Voting is a key step in the republic we live within, so why do so few actually vote then? According to governing.com, less…

My First Political Hero

  My First Political Hero Written by Sarah Tooley News Op-Ed From the time I first became able to speak, I was surrounded by political influence. My very conservative, Republican grandmother made an extreme effort to make sure I knew the power of politics in this country. She has encouraged me to educate myself on the issues throughout not only election years or national crises, but day to day as well. We have had plans since I was three years old to not just celebrate my eighteenth birthday, but to celebrate the fact that I would then be a registered…

Cuba’s Unwritten Healthcare Conundrum

Cuba’s Unwritten Health Care Conundrum Written by Annemarie Cuccia News Article Though it may sound strange, Cuba has long been lauded as a prime example of a socialized medicine system. Access to care for all populations is guaranteed, and costs are much lower than in the United States. Even during the embargo, Cuba’s healthcare functioned well. However, cracks are beginning to appear in this seemingly perfect system, and doctors are leaking out of those cracks. The problem centers around a simple fact– Cuban doctors make about $30 a month. Even controlling for differing currency values and prices in Cuba, this…

HAIR

Artwork by Claire Smith Illustrative “Better Together” HAIR Written by Haley Monday Creative Writing Big hair, shiny hair and soft hair, straight hair or curly hair, brown hair, braided hair, blonde, black and red hair, short hair, long hair, tangled hair, thin hair and thick hair, dyed hair, pinned hair, loose hair, fake hair, permed hair and gray hair. No hair. It’s all beautiful. It’s all you.

I am not a Sun person.

  I am not a Sun person. Written by Allis Sells Creative Writing I am not a Sun person. Her wicked heat scorches my pale skin, Leaving behind a red blanket across my exposed flesh. I am not a Sun person. She burns brightly in the sky unapologetically being Her, While I hide away day after day within the confines of my room. I am not a Sun person. Sun illuminates a contagious happiness, When all I wish to do is wallow in self turmoil a while longer. I am not a Sun person. Every once in awhile the afternoon…