Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality

It’s 2018, and people have a lot to look forward to. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, movies such as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” are set to hit the theaters, and the company Moon Express plans to send everyday people to the moon! However, the year isn’t looking so great for those not belonging to the human race. Last year, scientists reported that three species of lizards, an Australian bat, and the fishing cat went extinct, with even more species missing from that list. In addition, many other species, such as pandas, tigers, elephants, and gorillas are endangered.  Humans are the main cause of those already extinct and the species on the path towards extinction.Scientists have discovered a way to reverse this trend, but it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie: de-extinction, the process of resurrecting extinct species. Continue reading “Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality”


MLK Day: A Reflection

The annual MLK show has presented itself once again, with some truly astounding acts. There were beautiful, meaningful acts that truly adhered to theme: stop the hate. Among these were the powerful dance Leah Richard, ‘19, did to “Rise Up” by Andrea Day, the song sung by Eliana Kraut, ‘20, “I Believe” about a world in which we could all truly be equal, and, of course, the annual “I Have A Dream” speech video. However, is this enough to commemorate a remarkably important leader such as Martin Luther King Jr.? MLK did so much for our country. He was one of many leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, but arguably the most well known, especially since he used peaceful protests to achieve his goals. It may appeal to our yearly presentation to acknowledge more of his achievements and educate its audience more what he actually accomplished. Continue reading “MLK Day: A Reflection”

Ex-Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Eli Canter/The Globe: Felons released from prison are denied voting rights in three states. 

As a country that prides itself on its democracy, the USA should not be one of the four countries that take away a person’s right to vote after they complete their sentence for a felony conviction. In the United States, forty-eight states take part in some form of criminal disenfranchisement. In ten of those states, convicts lose their right to vote after their sentences are completed, but are able to apply to regain their voting rights. However, in Kentucky, Florida, and Iowa, once you get convicted of a felony, you can never vote again. Convicts should be allowed to vote once they have completed their jail time, because they are no longer are in debt to society for their crimes and have served their punishments. It unjust to take away a person’s right to vote after their sentence is completed because it breeds racial injustice, and leaves many people without a voice, which contradicts and violates our democracy. Continue reading “Ex-Felons Deserve the Right to Vote”

A Year to Remember?

At this time last year, it seemed like things could not get any worse.  The internet was flooded with anti-2016 images, depicting the horrors of the year and how badly people wished for the arrival of January 1, 2017, signifying when “hell year” would finally be over.  It’s about a year later, and here we are again, seeing the same sort of hypochondriacal national philosophy.  And they aren’t wrong.  North Korea threatens destruction in Asia.  Hurricane after hurricane has battered the United States and the Caribbean: first taking Texas, then Florida, then Puerto Rico, leaving behind streets that resemble swimming pools and an entire island in perpetual darkness. Serial killers roam Florida.  11 adults and 12 children were killed in Manchester after a bomb went off at an Ariana Grande concert.  Innocent concert goers were targeted again in October in Las Vegas, when a  gunman killed 59 people.  The list of men that have committed sexual assault is a mile long, chock full of household names that the world has watched on screen for many years.  While the long list of 2017 horrors is stocked with events that contribute to the collective idea that the world is coming to an end, the scariest part is that the perceived steady decline of the world is starting to feel normal.  That philosophy could be the nail in the world’s coffin. Continue reading “A Year to Remember?”

A New Year, A New Resolution

It’s that time of year again. No, not the holiday season. I’m talking about the time of year when we make a list of resolutions for ourselves that we never seem to fulfill. We go into the New Year with our heads held high and our goals in sight. Somehow, these resolutions never seem to stick. So, why is that?

Whether you began this New Year with a resolution of going to the gym every day, going to bed before 11, or getting all of your work done before dinner, chances are you didn’t follow through with it. Maybe you were able to attain your goal for about a week, but by the time December comes around, you find yourself wondering what ever happened to that “ plan” you seemed to have. Continue reading “A New Year, A New Resolution”

Christmas Consumerism

Marketing in America is more aggressive than ever, and it’s especially clear during the highly anticipated holiday season. Big brands relentlessly advertise holiday deals and sales, targeting masses of anxious holiday shoppers. The streets of SoHo are swamped with people hunting for the perfect gift. It’s hard not to fall prey to advertising—the flashy signs and persistent emails—but this holiday season, I urge you not to. Contributing to the overconsumption that big brands promote makes you a part of the industries that praise consumerism, and deplete our resources. Continue reading “Christmas Consumerism”

Free Meek Mill

On Monday, November 13th, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center to protest the recent ruling against Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams. They held up signs displaying the protest slogan, “#FreeMeek”, and chanted the lyrics to Dreams and Nightmares, the Philly native’s most popular song. Despite support from Jay-Z, the Philadelphia 76ers, and millions of fans across the world, Meek Mill remains behind bars. Continue reading “Free Meek Mill”

A Conservational Paradox

Just weeks ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced their intention to reverse the Obama Administration’s 2014 ban on the importation of sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The “trophy of an elephant” refers to the head or tusk of a killed elephant. The Trump administration received immediate backlash from both sides of the political spectrum, and social media exploded with celebrities and commentators from across the political spectrum, such as Ellen DeGeneres, posting in support of the ban. One day later, on November 17, President Trump announced on Twitter that he was putting the decision to remove the ban on “hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.” To date, no final decision has been issued.

This ban was enacted in order to try and save the endangered species, African elephants, from extinction. According to National Geographic, their numbers have fallen from as many as ten million one hundred years ago to as few as 400 today. This a species on the verge of extinction. Continue reading “A Conservational Paradox”

America’s Sex Ed, An Institution in Crisis

We live in a country where there is no federal system for sexual education. Only 23 states actually mandate sex ed, and only 13 of those require the information presented to be accurate. It’s frightening to think that so many teens across the country are not being taught sex ed, and even if they are, they may be getting distorted information. Researchers have found that over 80% of sex ed curricula supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contained information that was inaccurate. Peggy Orenstein, in her book Girls and Sex, said that some sex educators taught students that the “pill is only 20 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, that latex condoms cause cancer, that HIV can be transmitted through sweat or tears, and that half of homosexual teen boys already have the virus.”  These falsehoods fly in the face of actual data and are intended to scare adolescents into remaining chaste. Continue reading “America’s Sex Ed, An Institution in Crisis”

The Question of Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation–a term that’s constantly being thrown around. Cultural appropriation is widely defined as the adoption of certain aspects from a culture (in most cases, clothing) for personal motives, without that culture’s consent. It’s easy to pounce on someone for wearing an offensive costume, but a majority of people aren’t even aware what “cultural appropriation” even means. Continue reading “The Question of Cultural Appropriation”

Why We Shouldn’t Fear North Korea

In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi’s authoritarian government in Libya was finally toppled by NATO intervention in the country. Only 8 years prior, a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq and deposed its dictator, Saddam Hussein. Both of these regimes were notorious for their human rights violations, censorship, and corruption. Both had long incurred scrutiny, hostility and sanctions from the U.S. and other western powers. Particularly in Iraq, fears had abounded about the WMDs the regime might develop. Iraq had long been a dominant military power in the Middle East, yet was easily toppled in just over a month by U.S. coalition forces. Continue reading “Why We Shouldn’t Fear North Korea”

Trump’s Tepid Response to Charlottesville

“You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.” These were the words President Donald Trump chose to describe a violent white supremacist rally that occurred about a month ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. President Trump’s remarks shocked the American Public, many of whom wished the President would outright condemn white supremacism and nazism without beating around the bush. Continue reading “Trump’s Tepid Response to Charlottesville”

The Wealth Advantage in College Admissions

Top universities pride themselves on creating diverse learning environments where students of different races and backgrounds can come together. Over the past few decades, colleges been increasingly more diligent about aiding minority groups, developing affirmative action programs, and creating reliable support systems for all students. However, the college admissions process is still systematically set up so that wealthier applicants and legacies (i.e. children of alumni) are more likely to be accepted into a given school than their peers in the bottom socioeconomic quartile.

For years, colleges have given legacy students preferential treatment during the application process. In fact, it is on average seven times more likely for a legacy to be accepted to a college than an ordinary student. One of the main reasons for this is because alumni donations are the single largest source of revenue (outside of tuition) at most colleges and universities. It also happens that most alumni children tend to be white and from wealthy backgrounds. According to a recent study by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, only 3% of the undergraduate class at the most prestigious universities are from the bottom income quartile. That means that the majority of students at top colleges are middle class or wealthy. College admission deans argue that legacy ranks will become more diverse over time, but the data thus far has not supported this claim. Continue reading “The Wealth Advantage in College Admissions”

Senior Internships

It’s no secret that senioritis is a plague that Mamaroneck High School just can’t seem to shake. As soon as spring rolls around, the cars in senior lot decrease at a steady pace, and so do the seniors lurking in the hallway. This year however, the scene will be much different because of a new grade-wide policy. This year’s seniors, instead of hanging out in the overpass or library, are now required /to pursue a senior internship of their choice. Continue reading “Senior Internships”

The Perilous Future of Coding

There is a popular narrative that is quickly growing in our society regarding computer science education. Articles like “From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky” (NPR) and “As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change” (NYT) feature new initiatives to train people in computer science, and happy new coders jubilant about getting “six figures, right off the bat.” Even the halls of Mamaroneck High School feature a poster tacked up outside the computer science room emblazoned with Mark Zuckerberg promising we’ll soon be “teaching programming like reading and writing.”

All is not as well as it seems. The push for computer science education and training coming from the Silicon Valley elite is not some humanitarian effort designed to spread the gospel of code to depressed mining towns in Eastern Kentucky; it’s a concentrated effort by the industry to drive wages down from their temporarily high perch and allow even more of the massive profits currently made by technology companies to float towards the top. Continue reading “The Perilous Future of Coding”