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…

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,…

Step Up, Oklahoma

Step Up, Oklahoma Annemarie Cuccia After a year of budget shortfalls and funding crises, the Oklahoma legislature is entering a concurrent session in an attempt to rectify budget problems while continuing to govern. The session began with Mary Fallin’s final State of the State, in which she encouraged legislators to support a plan she believes can restore Oklahoma, called the Step Up plan. The plan was submitted by a group of community and business leaders to the legislature, and both parties have their concerns. As the legislature moves towards a vote, many Oklahomans are unaware of what the plan even…

Iceland is Taking Steps in the Right Direction for Gender Equality

Iceland is Taking Steps in the Right Direction for Gender Equality Sarah Tooley In the pursuit of equality for women in the workplace, the island country Iceland is making significant strides. As of January 1st, legislation has gone into effect requiring Icelandic businesses to provide valid documentation that both male and female employees are equally compensated for their work. Discrimination of wage distribution based on gender or race alone was previously illegal in Iceland— as in many other countries, like the United States— since the early 1960s. What makes this legislation more progressive is the fact that it has greater…

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,…

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…

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…

#Transthevote

  #TranstheVote Written by Sarah Ondak News Article The LGBTQ community has taken major strides in the past years. Representation is on the rise: GLAAD reports there are more LGBTQ characters on TV than there have been at any point in history. Disney had its first explicitly gay scene in Beauty and the Beast, and Power Ranger’s nod to a potential bisexual yellow ranger shows that small steps are being taken in the right direction. There’s still so much room to improve, especially when it comes to politics. Since 1974, openly gay Americans have been serving in political office. The…