Editorial: There’s no such thing as cold water, or The Nature of Good and Evil

My father had a habit of coming up with very poignant yet seemingly simple sayings. His favorite was “life is too important to be taken seriously.” Occasionally, there would be a specific situation in which one of his sayings applied and he made sure to find a way to slip in his little nuggets of wisdom. One of those situations occurred usually around the time … Continue reading Editorial: There’s no such thing as cold water, or The Nature of Good and Evil

Editorial: Consuming Older Media Through a Modern Lens

This holiday season has bestowed upon us a familiar issue involving a beloved song that contains possibly sensitive material. Of course, I’m talking about the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and its questionable lyrics. The song has been banned from being played on some radio stations while the ban seems to have boosted sales of the song. However one interprets the lyrics, it brings up … Continue reading Editorial: Consuming Older Media Through a Modern Lens

Editorial: Poor People: America’s Most Precious Resource (according to Republicans)

Since January 20, 2017, when President-elect Donald Trump took office, America has been on a landslide of political turmoil. From immigrants seeking asylum being detained and separated from their children, to the constant demonization of the press by Republican lawmakers, to monumental tax cuts for the rich, to this week’s shameful appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has been a demolition derby … Continue reading Editorial: Poor People: America’s Most Precious Resource (according to Republicans)

Guns and America’s Ego

As I write this, I’m watching CNN’s live feed of the mass shooting at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The second I saw a tweet about it, I groaned and said out loud, “Not again.” The debate over whether mass shootings are caused by widespread availability of guns, mental health, racism, etc., has been raging since Columbine. Each argument has its merits and flaws, … Continue reading Guns and America’s Ego

Editorial: 5 things that are killing journalistic integrity

When I was a child, I had a favorite news anchor. In my single digit years, I grew up in Lockport, NY, watching WKBW and I was fascinated by Irv Weinstein. Whether it was his voice, demeanor, or simple presence that glued me to the 5 o’clock news, I’m not sure. But watching Irv ignited a lifelong interest in the news and journalism in general. … Continue reading Editorial: 5 things that are killing journalistic integrity

Editorial: Hate and its Symbols Need to Go

The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., have opened wounds that seemingly rarely get a chance to heal as of late. A large group of white supremacists, some of them armed, waving rebel flags and Nazi flags, descended upon the town. And then all hell broke loose. After 32 year old Heather Heyer, an anti-Nazi protester, was run over and killed after a white supremacist drove … Continue reading Editorial: Hate and its Symbols Need to Go

Editorial: The Scientific Method for the Overwhelmed

Science is hard. There are so many numbers, formulas, graphs, and big words. There are often dangerous chemicals and equipment that require you to dress like a government agent investigating E.T. And so many things to remember! Science can be daunting to those who have not dedicated their lives to it, or at least have taken it up as a hobby. It’s just easier to … Continue reading Editorial: The Scientific Method for the Overwhelmed

Editorial: “The Media is Liberal.” No S#!t, Sherlock

There are things certain groups of people tend to say as if it is almost a catchphrase for their demographic. It’s the mantra or belief that they fall back on when they have no other argument. “The media is liberal” is one of those catchphrases, mostly used by conservatives to show a bias against, and thus silencing, their world view, as if the xenophobia, extensive … Continue reading Editorial: “The Media is Liberal.” No S#!t, Sherlock

Editorial: The Hills I Shall Die Upon

Any creative person will tell you that in order to start a creative project, one must have a direction. Direction leads to discovery, which leads to focus. For the better part of the last month, I’ve been struggling with finding a direction for this publication. My problem is rooted in the fact that I am interested in so many things, taking a direction seemed impossible. … Continue reading Editorial: The Hills I Shall Die Upon

Editorial: “I’m Now the Minority”

I’ve lived in five states within my lifetime, each for different lengths of time. One of the things that unified four of those states was that I lived in predominantly small towns with mostly white populations. There were several different minority communities within these places, but most of the time, I interacted with them rarely on a daily basis. That was until I decided to … Continue reading Editorial: “I’m Now the Minority”