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Burqa ban sparks debate

Burqa ban sparks debate

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under News

With Trump’s new travel ban and the shooting in a Quebec mosque in recent days, “Islamophobia” has become a buzzword around the world. Islamophobia is defined as “dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force,” according to Oxford Dictionary. Across...

Early spring or six more weeks of winter?

Early spring or six more weeks of winter?

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

  Cincinnati has experienced a lack of significant snowfall this winter. Currently, there has been a recorded 6.2 inches of snow for the season, with 4.2 inches in January.   This is far less than the typical 12.2 inches of snow Cincinnati gets in a winter.   “It’s so sad. We had so much ...

Science fair erupts with new ideas

Science fair erupts with new ideas

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
January 31, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

  “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”   The theoretical physicist Albert Einstein’s words reflect the basis of science fair, an annual activity that provides the opportunity for all student...

Asia gains tremendous amounts of ‘e-waste’

Asia gains tremendous amounts of ‘e-waste’

Eshika Kohli, Business Manager
January 26, 2017
Filed under News

As electronics such as refrigerators, TVs, air conditioners, or laptops become outdated, some electronic waste (e-waste) is transported across oceans to China. As stated by a recent United Nations report, “China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world.” This may seem...

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Sydney Evans and Adhiti Chundur
January 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

 On Sat. Jan. 21 marches for women’s equality took place across the world. Even here in Cincinnati thousands of people, both male and female, from all walks of life took to the streets and gathered at Washington Park.  The march was kicked off by the event coordinator, Billie Mays at 11:55 a...

United Kingdom planning European Union exit

United Kingdom planning European Union exit

Eddie Wade, Staff Writer
January 24, 2017
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to the final Brexit vote that will be sent to both houses of the UK Parliament to officially extract the UK from the European Union. May has said that the UK has had a “hard brexit.” With the goal of full immigration control and law-making, May feels that the UK c...

Say (No)tella for different reasons

Say (No)tella for different reasons

Jessica Lu, Staff Writer
January 20, 2017
Filed under News

Lately, Ferrero has been getting a lot of heat over one of America’s favorite spreads: Nutella. The European Food Safety Authority has released a report over the carcinogenic contaminant in palm oil, a major ingredient in the chocolate hazelnut spread. The report has led stores like Coop, a major...

Pollution in Beijing leads to health problems

Pollution in Beijing leads to health problems

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
January 18, 2017
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The poor air quality in Beijing, China has put people on high alert. The smog covering China’s capital city has led to health and class issues. The polluted air has caused several deaths to those who do not have enough money to prevent the the smog from getting into their homes. Rising middle cl...

Animal activists applaud

Animal activists applaud

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
January 17, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

     “I hate to witness animals in captivity - or see circus elephants paraded down the streets. When animals are caged, it’s a loss of what they are,” said author Katherine Applegate in a 2011 interview with Publishers Weekly.   Her words reflect the criticism of various animal activists towar...

Bombing threatens Americans overseas

Bombing threatens Americans overseas

Eddie Wade, Staff Writer
January 13, 2017
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In Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the lives of American and Afghan citizens were on the line after a bombing right outside of the Afghanistan Parliament building and the American University of Afghanistan. This tragic event took the lives of 38 civilians and military personnel. There were technical...

North Korea claims to have working nuclear missiles

North Korea claims to have working nuclear missiles

Jason Merkel, Staff Writer
January 13, 2017
Filed under News

Over the past decade, North Korea has claimed to have working ICBMs, or intercontinental ballistic missiles. While detonations have been recorded at testing sites by other countries, the recorded strength does not match North Korea’s claims. “I’m not extremely worried about their [North Korea’s] missile capab...

California, Nevada suffer extreme flooding, mudslides

California, Nevada suffer extreme flooding, mudslides

Eshika Kohli, Business Manager
January 12, 2017
Filed under News

Various portions of the West face continuous issues as winter storms begin their journey, including extreme snow, flooding, and mudslides. Such states in these areas expect more to come in the near future. Yosemite National Park has been closed due to heavy rains and flooding forecasts. The park will...

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