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Staff Writer Houdah Daniels: Why Autism Awareness Month is meaningful to me

Staff Writer Houdah Daniels: Why Autism Awareness Month is meaningful to me

Houdah Daniels Staff Writer

Growing up in a Ghanaian household, like many other cultures, my parents emphasized to my siblings and me that it was paramount for us to respect our elders. My dad, in particular, explained that even with twins, if one were to be born hours before the other, they were to be respected as such. (more…)

The toxicity of teenage dieting

The toxicity of teenage dieting

Jasmin Taylor Staff Writer

As a teenage girl, it’s impossible to go about my day without seeing or feeling some form of pressure to conform to Western societies’ standards of beauty. Whether it’s women on TV shaving their already hairless legs to market the newest razors, or women with flawless skin trying to convince me the newest foundation is essential for my beauty, advertising is filled with female expectations of beauty, and it’s everywhere.

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Casual anti-semitism among Liberals should not be ignored

Casual anti-semitism among Liberals should not be ignored

Lena Levey Staff Writer

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the U.K., has faced numerous allegations of anti-semitism since he rose to power in 2015. He originally garnered criticism following comments he made that militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which have called for the end of Israel, were his “friends,” and that cleric Raed Salah, a man who has claimed Jews drink the blood of children, was an “honored citizen.”  (more…)

Split Conscience: Genetic Modification on Human Embryos – A look at both sides of the argument

Split Conscience: Genetic Modification on Human Embryos – A look at both sides of the argument

Lea George News Editor

With recent technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9, evolving, the possibility of the practice of genetic modification on human embryos has become more prevalent, with some even testing it on living embryos. However, it is an incredibly dividing topic that poses strong arguments for both sides of the debate. As a society, we must choose between what may be the greatest technological advancement yet, or a possibility dividing social classes even further than they currently are. This topic provokes a moral dilemma in many people, including myself, who are struggling with a well-split conscience.

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Establishing freedom in education

Establishing freedom in education

Raunak Lally Staff Writer

Until my sophomore year, when I arrived at ASL, I was never given an opportunity to explore subjects by taking on a packed schedule, nor to make my schedule more manageable. The American curriculum allows students to fit as many A-level-equivalent classes into their schedule, or to take more free periods than science classes. For eight years, I was educated in the British school system: my classes were fixed, I was always scheduled to meet my academic requirements and I had a substantial amount of extracurricular experiences under my belt because they were mandatory.

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