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Virginia to legalize marijuana, taking a progressive step in right direction

Mia Pisani, Lifestyle Editor June 3, 2021

This July, Virginia plans on becoming the first southern state to legalize marijuana. But even with this legalization, there are strict laws surrounding it. Ages 21 and above can possess up to an ounce...

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Mass Shootings Are Our New Normal — And They Shouldn’t Be

Eva Ponos, Editor-in-Chief June 3, 2021

In 2020, there were 614 mass shootings in the United States that fit the definition. The predicted number of mass shootings for 2021 is 511, according to These high numbers show not only a...

Anti-transgender legislation at an all time high

Anti-transgender legislation at an all time high

Anna Long, Staff Reporter May 26, 2021

Anti-transgender legislation has reached an all time high in the United States this past year. “It is shocking that anti-equality extremists in state legislatures across this country have dedicated an...

Cinco De Mayo: Join the fiesta but leave the stereotypes at home

Cinco De Mayo: Join the fiesta but leave the stereotypes at home

Annabelle Rosse, Staff Reporter May 5, 2021

It’s Cinco de Mayo! ¿Es hora de ponerse el poncho y el sombrero? Not so fast.  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is synonymous with tacos, mariachi and buy-one-get-one deals at “Mexican” restaurants....

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Autism misrepresentation: Autism Speaks and MUSIC controversy

Sonia Samantaroy, Features Editor April 15, 2021

For years now, people on the autism spectrum have been underrepresented in a variety of ways. Autism Speaks, one of the biggest autism organizations, has been under scrutiny in years prior. One of their...

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Blocking sites on school provided laptops is more damaging than helpful

Kirsten Carl, Lifestyle Editor April 15, 2021

Every student knows the feeling of logging onto their school computer to look for inspiration for a class, or simply browse the internet. However, this becomes an impossible task since the school board...

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Royal family’s words and actions indicate systemic racism

Claire Moeser, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat down with Oprah Winfrey early last month for an interview regarding their decision to step back from their positions as senior members...

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Federal government’s move against $15 minimum wage conflicts with Americans’ desire

Naarada Samarasinghe, Entertainment Editor April 15, 2021

On March 5, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) shot down the addition of a minimum wage increase in a now viral action that involved her enthusiastically pointing her thumb to the ground. The overall vote against...

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The case for Governor Cuomo’s resignation

Connor Foote, Sports Editor April 15, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo currently faces several allegations of sexual harassment by female aides, including Lindsey Boylan who, in an essay published on on Feb. 24, details her account...

Religious reasonings agitate contentions in American politics

Religious reasonings agitate contentions in American politics

Luke Kurcina , Staff Reporter February 26, 2021

Religion in the US government, particularly in the legislative branch, has been misconstrued, convoluted, and corrupted for self serving purposes, and a reevaluation of what religion means is necessary...

The Unknown Depths of Academic Pressures in Northern Virginia

The Unknown Depths of Academic Pressures in Northern Virginia

Eva Ponos, Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2021

It’s no secret that Northern Virginia is known for competitive academics and producing students with bright futures. While this is an impressive feat, there is another side to the success that most people...

Side-by-side comparison of police response to BLM (left) and Capitol riots (right).

The difference in police response to BLM protests and Capitol riots was unacceptable

Aidan Jones, Staff Reporter February 23, 2021

When Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests broke out across the nation, Former President Donald Trump was quick to stop the action. When his own supporters stormed the Capitol, he took little action, and when...

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