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OPINION: The Academy Awards lack genuine activism

OPINION: The Academy Awards lack genuine activism

Vincent Nguyen

February 17, 2020

Though they were once an unquestionably prestigious awards ceremony adored by just about every moviegoer, the Academy Awards—more popularly known as the Oscars—have increasingly been the subject of controversy in recent years. With the 2020 Oscars reaching yet another record-low viewership count...

OPINION: Animal gene editing is a step in the right direction for saving human lives

Isaac Craig

January 30, 2020

The birth of the first pig-monkey hybrids marks the beginning of chimera gene editing. In Nov. 2019, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences inserted monkey stem cells into pig embryos, using in vitro fertilization to then continue pregnancy. From the thousands of embryos, 10 pigs were bo...

OPINION: Current meme trends tend to desensitize and spread rumors about real current events

Sasha Syrevych

January 17, 2020

With recent tension between the U.S. and Iran, many rumors about an upcoming “World War Three” have emerged. Many teens on various social media platforms are speculating about what the tension means for the country, and of course, the hypothetical event has been made into countless memes. The...

OPINION: Call-out culture is a lazy form of activism

OPINION: Call-out culture is a lazy form of activism

Vincent Nguyen

December 24, 2019

Sitting at home, browsing Twitter and liking posts have rarely ever accomplished anything without being backed up by tangible action. Rather, this type of behavior has only fueled the craze of “slacktivism” – defined as activism without any real commitment – and created an environment in which...

OPINION: Why ‘Happy Holidays’ is a more inclusive saying than ‘Merry Christmas’

OPINION: Why ‘Happy Holidays’ is a more inclusive saying than ‘Merry Christmas’

Neil Veira

December 17, 2019

As the holidays approach, the question of whether or not to greet people with “Merry Christmas” troubles many. Since some celebrate seasonal holidays other than Christmas, knowing what to say and navigating the politically correct way to greet someone during the holiday season can be difficult. A...

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