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The unspoken majority: how COVID affected farmers

Despite the farming industry reaching record lows, farmers like Andy Van Utrecht continue to put food on other peoples’ tables.
January 14, 2021

COVID’s effects on American economy are undeniably catastrophic; nearly 100,000 businesses have permanently shut down, the stock market saw its biggest crash since the Great Depression, and the global...

Violence at the Capitol: The protests in DC that destroyed Congress

The US Capitol is filled with protesters who are angered by the 2020 election.
January 13, 2021

On Jan. 4, thousands of protesters and rioters charged the Capitol building to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election.  Many of these protesters destroyed rooms, doors, and other items...

Sports teams are dropping their racist names

Progressive Field, home of the former Cleveland Indians, was the site of many protests against the baseball team's name. While the name is still on the field, Cleveland is in the process of changing the baseball team’s name.
January 12, 2021

The Cleveland Indians recently announced that they will be changing their name in order to drop the currently racially insensitive title. The team will keep its “Indians” nickname and uniforms through...

The 400 year fight continues

Black Lives Matter activists sit at the capital stairs fighting their peaceful fight.
January 11, 2021

From Treyvon to Floyd and everyone before and after, Black Lives Matter(BLM) fights to move progressively during these unprecedented and dispiriting times of the year 2020.  Through all the chaos the...

How celebrities use their influence to affect society

Chris Soules is a very well known actor who has starred in the Bachelor. Came out in support for Donald Trump and other Republicans. While only being an actor many GOP candidates quickly emphasized his support.
December 22, 2020

Celebrities are valued for their talents and wealth, so much so, that many people look to them for advice on unrelated matters. This has led to many celebrities to have their opinions valued on topics...

Idolising celebrities: Why children choose certain people

Children have many celebrities and influencers they look up to, but with social media their ways of choosing who they support have changed.
December 22, 2020

Growing up, many children fantasize about their favorite superheroes, musicians, artists and characters. These people are often made out to be positive influences on younger generations.  With social...

Desperate times: Hospitals faced with staff shortage during second wave of COVID-19

Doctors and nurses are facing high COVID-19 cases with few available medical staff. Between the overcrowded hospitals and reduced financial aid, healthcare systems are on a quest to fight staff shortages.
December 22, 2020

The second wave of COVID-19 cases are overflowing U.S. hospitals creating a surge in demand for nurses and doctors. Hospitals are undergoing massive attempts to increase the workforce in the medical...

Financial toxicity: an alarming concern due to high prices of chemotherapy

The rising costs of cancer treatments places unnecessary stress of families who are already facing the threat of a devastating disease.
December 20, 2020

From 1995-2014, prices for cancer drugs, such as chemotherapy, have skyrocketed by four times their original cost. As a result, patients are forced to pay almost $12,000 out of pocket after insurance,...

The forgotten trade: How welding has been soured in the public eye

Despite negative stigmas surrounding welding, Arik Queal continues the development of his trade during his metals class.
December 20, 2020

There were approximately 570,000 welders in 1988, but only 357,400 in 2012. Despite efforts by schools to promote welding, the number is continuing to drop. There are a large number of factors playing...

The evolution of scalping

A PlayStation 5 being sold for over double its retail cost on eBay
December 19, 2020

Scalping refers to someone buying some item in bulk and then reselling that item at a far greater price. Scalping is a practice that has become more prevalent in online shopping for the past few years,...

Contactless cuisine: The rise of delivery services during COVID-19

Restaurant closure due to the pandemic has caused a surge in food delivery service profits.
December 19, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, wearing masks, hand-washing and self-isolation have been recommended by health officials to keep cases low. Businesses have adjusted accordingly. Luckily,...

COVID-19 assisting the media in distorting body image

The negative effects of social media can reach far beyond the mind in these unprecedented times.
December 16, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find themselves experiencing social isolation due to quarantines and limited social interaction with friends and family. Even without experiencing quarantines,...

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