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December 12, 2018

THIS STORY WAS ERRONEOUSLY CREDITED TO ANOTHER REPORTER IN OUR PRINT ISSUE.  IT WAS WRITTEN BY LAUREN GARDNER.

      As the ball drops in New York City on December 31 people cheer and hope that the new year will bring new and exciting things. When the clocks strike 12, New Year’s resolutions spread through the air, and revelers make a pledge to accomplish them. Most of the time the goals last for about a month or two if one is...

September 7, 2018

    This past April, I received a call that would change my life forever. Fifty-one student journalists are selected from around the country to attend the Al Neuharth Journalism and Free Spirit conference in Washington, D.C. When I picked up my phone, a representative from the Newseum informed me that I had been selected to represent Rhode Island. It was by far the biggest honor of my life.

    I then got chewed...

March 22, 2018

    Imagine you just graduated from college. You maintained a high GPA, managed to be involved in many activities and clubs throughout your time in college, and even completed several internships. You have all the qualifications and necessary work experience to be hired at any job and you just left your latest interview feeling confident in how it went. The interview slot after yours was booked by someone with a much smaller r...

March 22, 2018

   Affirmative Action policies are defined as policies that favor “those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education,” or, as it is commonly referred to, “positive discrimination.” The idea of these programs are to give traditionally disadvantaged groups, such as minorities and women, the same opportunities as everybody else. 
     This idea originated in the 1960s throug...

February 23, 2018

The Fight for $15 movement has gained traction nationwide by pushing to increase the minimum wage (which is currently federally mandated at $7.25 per hour) to $15. Rhode Islanders as a whole are struggling to support themselves, but it especially difficult for the 78,000 workers (around 15.8% of the state’s workforce) who are currently making the state minimum of $9.60 per hour. Per week (if they work forty hours), a minimum w...

February 22, 2018

     As a teenager opens their first paycheck from their after-school job, they feel a wave of excitement as they see all the money that their waiting tables, flipping burgers, or stocking shelves has earned them. If you ask that same teenager if they would like to earn $15 an hour instead of the smaller wage that they had been earning, they would of course say that they would. When thinking just of yourself, the minimum wage...

January 20, 2018

     Guns are responsible for an average of 30,000 deaths per year. Food is responsible for the over 100 million people in the United States that are obese. Isn’t it odd how we as a nation personify objects as a way to justify our own actions? We don’t blame fists for domestic violence, so why do we blame guns for instances when a gun was simply the means that was chosen to carry out someone’s plans? The average 911 response t...

January 20, 2018

     “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” -Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

     The United States has the highest rate of gun violence in the developed world, with Americans being ten times more likely to be killed by guns than those who live in other developed countries, according to a stu...

December 20, 2017

We live in a digital age in which almost every facet of life is influenced in some way by the existence of screens and programming. Perhaps the most important form of this digital world is the internet.
      And who are responsible for this widespread use of the internet? That would be internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. They are the businesses which give individuals access to the entirety of the in...

December 20, 2017

     You turn on your computer. As you wait for it to start up, you decide to use your phone to check Snapchat. Such a simple task that we think nothing of this. However, what would happen if your phone told you could not go on Snapchat because your internet plan did not allow it? Or what if your laptop would not allow you to log into your email account? You would panic, right?
      Net neutrality simply protects ou...

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