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The state of our union is divided

On Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump gave his State of the Union Address. The president covered a range of topics from tax reform to health care to the unity of our government and our country. Overall, the president seemed very pleased with the progress he had made in his first…

Trump year in review

Whether you loved it or hated it, 2017 was a wild ride. Donald Trump is president and new norms are being set daily. Trump has been creating controversy after controversy with every passing day. He has set many goals for his first year of presidency, listed in his first 100…

Sexual Assault: Change has to come

Two weeks ago, I wrote a story explaining why the mass female power displayed at the 2018 Golden Globes was so important. A few weeks before that, Cristina Tuser, another Opinions writer for The Observer expressed the necessity of listening to the Hollywood stars that had been coming forward about…

“America first” should put Dreamers first

Just last week, the government shut down on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Democrats and Republicans could not come to an agreement regarding immigration, which kept them from passing a budget for the new year. After three days, Congress was able to come to pass a…

Hold Trump accountable

As many parents may know, making excuses on behalf of your child will only teach them that they do not have to take responsibility for their actions. In light of the president’s recent racist comments and the many women accusing him of sexual assault, it seems the White House and…

Environmental Waste Issues are not a Waste of Time

Prime Minister Theresa May has recently pledged to eliminate all unnecessary plastic waste in the UK by 2042. In her plan, Prime Minister May aims to extend the charge of 5 pence for plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England, encourage government funding for plastics innovation, and help developing…

Fire and Fury: A pitiful attack on Trump

Fire and Fury, released January 9th, 2018, is the supposed end-all insider account of the true nature of the Trump White House. Written by Michael Wolff, a Columbian educated author, this non-fiction work was meant to describe the perverse and horrifying nature of the American presidency. During mid-2016 to late…

The Disservice of the National Park Service Deputy

Paul Daniel Smith, an ex-National Park Service official, was recently named deputy director of the National Park Service (NPS). On the NPS website, the press release announcing Smith’s new role quotes U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who believes “no one [is] better equipped to help lead our efforts…

The dangers of K-Pop

On December 18th, Jong-hyun Kim, the 27-year old lead vocalist of K-pop group SHINee, committed suicide. This was heartbreaking news to the K-pop industry, but more so, it has brought attention to both the immense pressure put on South Korean pop stars and the lack of mental health awareness in…

Awards Season Continues with the Grammys

With the beginning of a new year, there also comes the immediate reminiscing of the things that made that year great. Nowhere is that instant nostalgia so prevalent as in music. With such notable events as Childish Gambino’s sudden genre shift, the absurd rise of SoundCloud rappers, and the death…