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…

Wrinkles

Wrinkles Haley Monday feeling blue but told to smile. by my mother who reminded me that i’ll get wrinkles. not when i was a pre-teen not now when i’m seventeen but when i’m married, when i’m older, exhausted, and no longer as pretty. when i’ve delivered loyalty to my husband and children.   wrinkles will make him want to cheat on you.   guy advice on how to score. girl advice on how not to have him leave you for being yourself. my mother gives me advice on how to climb the corporate ladder by piggybacking on my boyfriend’s success….

Love & I Once Was an Eagle

“Love” & “I Once Was an Eagle” Abby Pace Love Heat envelops Bright translucent rays come You’re my sun   I Once Was an Eagle I was an eagle A creature who flew with the wind The sway of the trees was my guide The stillness of creation signaling me when to stop With wings made of muscles that propelled me forward Then there you were, admiring my elegance and beauty The way I would swoop to the river, just barely grazing above the water You slept to the tune of my call with its distinctness of joy You loathed…

Racial Dating Preference and Fetishism

Racial Dating Preference and Fetishism Monique Calingasan Phrases like “If she ain’t foreign, she’s boring!” or “No spice, no rice!”  might sound crude to most people. But what’s wrong with just liking * insert race here * people anyways? That’s more like a compliment right? Wrong. Many may argue that being attracted to people with certain skin tones is equivalent to liking girls with brown eyes or men with bushy beards, but there is a crucial difference— race. The difference between finding a few features of a person as attractive or unattractive is that this preference is not exclusive to…

Flint: Two Years Later

Flint: Two Years Later Annemarie Cuccia Two years ago, news of a water crisis in Flint swept the internet. The response on social media could be called the beginning of the online activist age, with petitions and complaints going viral on Twitter. However, the world moved on, as Flint remained mired in corruption and plagued by poison. This is why, on January 5th of this year, Michigan Live published an article with the devastating title “Two years after Flint water emergency declaration, legislators call for action”. Incredibly belated reaction aside, the response indicates an unwillingness to act to benefit citizens,…