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State legislations restrict higher youth turnout

The age gap between voters between countries is representative of youth voter turnout internationally.

Sanjana Ranganathan, Opinions Editor

August 4, 2020

Nine years ago, New Hampshire's Republican House Speaker William O’Brien promised to end voter fraud, proclaiming “kids voting liberal, voting with their feelings, with no life experience.” What followed were a series of restrictive voting laws that remain roadblocks to increasing America...

Prioritizing electability in politics eviscerates democracy

Going into the 2020 elections, voters should consider policy positions on issues such as healthcare, the environment and the economy, rather than “electability.”

Sanjana Ranganathan and Vivian Kuang

March 1, 2020

According to a Gallup poll from November 2019, 60% of Democrats surveyed prioritized a candidate with the best chance to beat the incumbent Donald Trump, even if the candidate differs from them on many major issues. This concept of “electability” is not new to politics. But with Democrats anxious ...

Young Americans should use their power to vote

Young voters have the opportunity to shape the 2020 election. Will they use it?

Mehek Kandru, Public Relations Manager

February 29, 2020

In March 1965, U.S. troops arrived on the shores of Da Nang, Vietnam, and the antiwar movement across the U.S. erupted in protest. Youth from across the country gathered with signs plastered with powerful statements, including the well-known phrases “Make Love Not War” and “Hell No! Don’t...

The Citizenship Amendment Bill poses a threat to a secular India

The Citizenship Amendment Bill poses a threat to a secular India

Aditi Praveen and Drishti Upadhyaya

February 19, 2020

On Dec. 11, 2019, the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper-house Parliament, passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The bill intends to fast-track the citizenship of Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The bill stands in support of all refuge...

Meme culture and sympathy

Drishti Upadhyaya, Features Editor

February 8, 2020

On Jan. 2, Donald Trump declared Iranian general Qasem Soleimani dead on American orders. A potential war — possibly even a third world war — became a new threat in the present.  World War III quickly became a hot topic throughout the world. Articles, videos, and media quickly began focusing on the c...

Let’s chat about WeChat

The Chinese government is using the prevalent social media platform, WeChat, to censor information and control users.

Lauren Chen, News Editor

November 30, 2019

Ask almost anyone in China, 2019; they’ll know WeChat is everywhere. Known in China as Weixin, WeChat was created by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. Boasting over a billion users, WeChat is a combination of a messaging app, mobile payment service and much more. However, China is utilizing the app to k...

Trump administration repeats the cycle of book burning

Drishti Upadhyaya, Features Editor

October 6, 2019

History repeats itself as the Trump administration ventures into book burning, though not in the literal sense.  Trump and his administration have enforced xenophobic laws since first coming into power. In 2017, Trump issued Executive Order 13769, commonly known as the Muslim ban, which suspended entry o...

Speaking the truth on free speech

Speaking the truth on free speech

Kavin Kumaravel and Vivian Kuang

May 30, 2019

“Free speech” has never been free. Common conceptions of free speech have always been based off the notion that speech affects each individual equally and that each individual has the same access to speak in the first place. Unfortunately, in many instances this could not be further from the truth, ...

Decolonizing the Indian LGBT+ reform movement

Decolonizing the Indian LGBT+ reform movement

Pranav Chillappagari, Public Relations Manager

May 7, 2019

Being religious and being queer can often times come into conflict with each other. I am often told that my religion does not justify a “certain, unnatural way of life.” But as a Hindu, I find this connection false and ignorant, explained by a westernized change of Hinduism. The term “wester...

Asian-American backlash against race-conscious admissions threatens future of all minorities

Vivian Kuang, Public Relations Editor

May 2, 2019

As the nerve-wracking period of college decisions begins at Dougherty Valley and schools around the nation, many seniors rejected from their dream schools will feel bewilderment, wondering what more they could have done to gain that prized acceptance letter. While these emotions are understandable, recent...

The college admissions scandal can’t change anything

The college admissions scandal can’t change anything

Vikram Balasubramanian, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2019

All the wrong questions When the news of the massive college admissions scandal was unveiled by the Department of Justice, people were shocked. Collectively, many believed that esteemed educational institutions could never be corrupted to allow rich kids to get in without qualifications. Others simply ...

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