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Harvard turns down federal aid due to public pressure

Joseph Owen Staff Writer April 28, 2020

Harvard University faced backlash after the multi-billion-dollar educational institution sought out millions in coronavirus federal aid. Harvard, along with many other of their colleagues has slowly begun to back away from seeking out federal aid due to the fact they may not necessarily need it.


COVID-19 causes surge for food stamps

Joseph Owen Staff Writer April 21, 2020

During a time of unemployment and isolation, low-income families are turning to food stamps to pay for their groceries. While many have applied for food stamps, most have not received the support they need from their state.


MLB: talks to resume in may

Joseph Owen Staff Writer April 14, 2020

The MLB has announced a plan to start their regular season as early as May during the COVID-19 shelter in place. Not only does this plan completely change the dynamic of a 162 game season of baseball, but it could also be a future look into what baseball may become in the next decade. With changes to the season, the game and the rules of baseball, fans and players alike question if there is even a point in starting the season back up.


National and local farms struggle to stay afloat

Joseph Owen Staff Writer April 8, 2020

Agricultural farmers around the United States are struggling amidst the COVID-19 crisis as many worry for the future. Many farmers around the country are able to sell their products due to the massive amount of customers stocking up during the pandemic, but as that begins to slow down, so will farming. Some farmers are still able to thrive as they sell out of their own farm, but big farms along with most of the smaller ones will slowly begin to see a huge recession as the pandemic continues


Citizens not taking shelter in place seriously

Joseph Owen Staff Writer March 31, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm with over half of a million cases worldwide, the most now in the United States at over 100,000 cases. Unlike China, Italy, and many other countries on lockdown, many American citizens primarily young adults are not taking the virus seriously. The virus has run rampant through the United States even with government lockdown of nonessential businesses and nearly zero contact rules set by restaurants.


Young adults showing little motivation to serve their country

Joseph Owen Staff Writer March 24, 2020

The United States Military has been a staple of American culture for centuries as young men and women fight for the protection and freedom of the U.S. Joining the military has always been something that any citizen can respect, as many do not understand the endurance and strength it takes to join the military let alone fight on the front lines for the United States of America.


The Invisible Man sheds light on domestic abuse

Joseph Owen Staff Writer March 11, 2020

The Invisible Man debuted in theaters nationwide on Feb. 28 and received really good reviews for being a Blumhouse Productions film. Elisabeth Moss gave a riveting performance as a woman who had been abused by her millionaire boyfriend as she fought for rehabilitation.


Sexism portrayed in the music industry

Joseph Owen Staff Writer March 4, 2020

In today’s society, there are three things those under the age of 25 love: music, sex, and the internet. Music has been a centerpiece of society’s evolution for a very long time, but the evolution of it has changed dramatically in the past century. We have gone from folklore music played by a professional who came in on horseback to play for the queen to so-called music stars saying three words involving sex on an average track and making millions of dollars.


NASCAR continuously puts its racers in danger

Joseph Owen Staff Writer February 26, 2020

On Feb. 16, the NASCAR’s Daytona 500 ended in catastrophe as driver Ryan Newman, who was battling for first place, was involved in a near-fatal crash. During the final lap of the event, Ryan Blaney’s front bumper connected with Newman’s rear bumper causing Newman to swerve into the wall then flip head-on into another driver going upwards of 200 mph. Newman’s car was set ablaze as it slid upside down hundreds of yards and actually crossed the finish line.


‘Happiest Place on Earth’ becomes the most expensive place on earth

Joseph Owen Staff Writer February 19, 2020

When someone travels to Disneyland and takes a significant other or family they end up spending upwards of $3,000 or more before even getting through the gates.


Adidas uses recycled materials in their products

Joseph Owen Staff Writer February 12, 2020

The multi-billion dollar sportswear company, Adidas, is taking a positive step in an environmentally friendly direction as they look to use recycled plastic in their products. Adidas’s plan is to use recycled plastic in 50% of their apparel by the end of the year, and 100% by 2024 in their efforts to rid the world of plastic that is hurting the environment.


Kobe Bryant’s death sparks controversy about his past

Joseph Owen Staff Writer February 5, 2020

The world went into a frenzy on Jan. 26th as news emerged confirming the death of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. He died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. Kobe was not only an icon in basketball, but in Los Angeles where he spent 20 years playing for the Lakers, winning five championships, as an MVP. He dominated the league and was by far the best player of the decade. Everyone knew who Kobe was and when he retired after the 2016 season, no one forgot, especially Los Angeles.

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